Gilbert de Gant, Earl of Lincoln


Gilbert de Gant, Earl of Lincoln

Gilbert de Gant, Earl of Lincoln (c. 1126 – 1156) was the son of Walter de Gant and Maud of Brittany.cite web | author=Charles F H Evans | title=England, Earls created 1138-1143 (v1.2 edition) | publisher="Foundation for Medieval Genealogy" | url=http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/ENGLISH%20NOBILITY%20MEDIEVAL1.htm#GilbertGandLincolndied1156 | accessdate=2008-01-21]

He was made Earl of Lincoln by King Stephen, despite William de Roumare (Romayre) still enjoying the Earldom. He was also known as "comte de Lincolne Gislebert II de Gand".

He married Rohese de Clare, daughter of Richard fitz Gilbert, Lord of Clare and Adeliza de Meschines; He was taken prisoner, while still in his youth, with King Stephen at the Battle of Lincoln in 1142. He was later compelled by Ranulph de Gernon, 2nd Earl of Chester, to marry his niece, the Lady Hawyse de Roumare, daughter and heir of William de Roumare, in whose right he eventually became Earl of Lincoln. They had daughter Alice de Gant, married to Simon of St Liz III, 7th Earl of Huntingdon and Northampton.

He founded, as Earl of Lincoln, Rufford Abbey c. 1148 in Nottinghamshire, England. He became the fourth Earl of Lincoln in England, in 1147.

His uncle was Robert de Gant, who was Lord Chancellor for King Stephen.Crouch, David "The Reign of King Stephen: 1135-1154" Harlow, Essex: Longman Pearson 2000 ISBN 0-582-22657-0 p. 160]

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