There is a Vitre, Vitrie or Vitry in Brittany, and a Vitray-sous-1'Aigle, arrd. of Mortain, Normandy. Wace mentions "cil de Vitrie" (ll. 13604 and 13705), but there is nothing to indicate whether he refers to the same or different persons. Andre de Vitrie married Agnes, daughter of Robert, comte de Mortain, the half-brother of the Conqueror, and is probably the companion of duke William to whom Wace refers. He therefore doubtless came from Vitray-sous-1'Aigle. Their son Robert received from his grandfather, comte de Mortain, all the land the latter held in Trugny, Nicey and Vercreuil, Normandy. His son, Robert de Vitrie, called the younger, married Emma, daughter of Alain de Dinan; and Eleanor, their only daughter, married, 1, William, son of Fulk Painel; 2, Gilbert Crispin V, baron de Tillieres, who was killed in the Crusades in 1191, before St-Jean d'Acre; 3, William Fitz Patrick, earl of Salisbury; and, 4, Gilbert de Malmaines, who had a son Thomas by a former marriage, who married Joanna, a daughter of Eleanor and Gilbert Crispin de Tillieres. Eleanor is generally believed to have been the mother of Ella, sole daughter and heir of her third husband the earl of Salisbury, who became the wife of William Longuespee; son of the Fair Rosamond, by Henry II. Andre de Vitrie was a benefactor of Hambie and Robert de Vitrie possessed half the fief of Rye-en-Bessin, and other lands in le Bocage, at the end of the 12th century. William de Vitrie appears in a charter recorded in the Monasticon Anglican. The historians of Brittany claim that Robert, seigneur de Vitrie (Ille-et-Vilaine), grandson of Rivallon-le-Vicaire, is the person indicated by Wace. It is quite possible that both Andre and Robert were at Senlac, since Wace has recorded the name in two different places. There is considerable information on this family in Bowles' History of Laycock Abbey.

--(Falaise Roll)

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