MATHIEU DE LA FERTE-MACE.
Wace (l. 13707) designates this personage, "sire de la Ferte," who
came to England at the conquest from La Ferte Mace in the arrondissement of
Domfront, department of the Orne, in the Passais-Normand, in the contingent
of Henri de Domfront. Turulph, a companion of Rollo, obtained in 912 the barony
of La Ferte (Firmitas) near Evreux, now la Ferte-Fresnel. His grandson of the
same name lived in the time of Richard I. Radulphus de la Ferte lived before
1000; William his son gave the forest of Notre Dame des Bois to St-Evroult abbey.
Hugh de la Ferte is considered by Norman People and Cleveland as the personage
referred to by Wace, but this is an error, as pointed out by Le Prevost, who
establishes that Hugh II, seignior of Ferte-en-Bray, became a monk in the abbey
of St-Ouen in Rouen before the conquest, without leaving issue. William de la
Ferte, who with Turgis de Tracie were governors of Main in 1073, were perhaps
of this family. A William de la Feritate held Weston and Stokes by barony from
the conquest of England. A sire de Ferte Mace, probably either Mathieu or William,
married a sister of Odo, bishop of Bayeux, and his son William is mentioned
in a charter of an archbishop of Tours, temp. St-Louis, from which it may be
assumed that William also was present at Senlac. Richard de la Ferte accompanied
duke Robert of Normandy to Palestine in 1096. From this family descended the
marquesses of Sligo, barons Kilmaine and viscounts Montague.
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