Countess Judith of Lens

Female 1055 - Aft 1086  (32 years)


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  • Name Judith of Lens 
    Title Countess 
    Born 1054-1055  Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died Aft 1086  [2
    Person ID I51122  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2018 

    Father Lambert II, Count of Lens,   b. Lens, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1054, (France) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Adelaide of Normandy,   b. ~1030, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1090, (Normandie, France) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married (Normandie, France) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F19048  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Waltheof, Earl of Northumbria,   b. (1030-1040), (Northumberland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1076, Winchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Y  [1
    Children 
     1. Maud of Huntingdon, Queen Consort of Scotland,   b. ~ 1074, (Northumberland, England) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1130-1131, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F19044  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Countess Judith (born in Normandy between 1054 and 1055, died after 1086), was a niece of William the Conqueror. She was a daughter of his sister Adelaide of Normandy, Countess of Aumale and Lambert II, Count of Lens.
      Life

      In 1070, Judith married Earl Waltheof of Huntingdon and Northumbria. They had three children. Their eldest daughter, Maud, brought the earldom of Huntingdon to her second husband, David I of Scotland. Their daughter, Adelise, married Raoul III de Conches whose sister, Godehilde, married Baldwin I of Jerusalem.

      In 1075, Waltheof joined the Revolt of the Earls against William. It was the last serious act of resistance against the Norman conquest of England. Judith betrayed Waltheof to her uncle, who had Waltheof beheaded on 31 May 1076.

      After Waltheof's execution Judith was betrothed by William to Simon I of St. Liz, 1st Earl of Northampton. Judith refused to marry Simon and she fled the country to avoid William's anger. William then temporarily confiscated all of Judith's English estates. Finally, Simon married Judith's daughter, Maud, in or before 1090.

      Judith founded Elstow Abbey in Bedfordshire around 1078. She also founded churches at Kempston and Hitchin.

      She had land-holdings in 10 counties in the Midlands and East Anglia. Her holdings included land at:

      Earls Barton, Northamptonshire
      Great Doddington, Northamptonshire
      Grendon, Northamptonshire
      Ashby Folville, Leicestershire
      Lowesby, Leicestershire
      Merton, Oxfordshire
      Piddington, Oxfordshire
      Potton, Bedfordshire
      Sawtry, Huntingdonshire

      The parish of Sawtry Judith in Huntingdonshire is named after the Countess.
      From the Domesday Book

      In POTONE Hugh holds virgate of land from the Countess. Land for 1 plough; it is there, with 1 smallholder. The value is and was 5s; before 1066, 2s. Earl Tosti held this land in Potton, his manor.

      Countess Judith holds POTONE herself. It answers for 10 hides. Land for 12 ploughs. In lordship 3 hides; 3 ploughs there. 18 villagers and 2 Freemen with 8 ploughs; a ninth possible. 13 smallholders and 3 slaves. 1 mill, 5s; meadow for 12 ploughs; pasture for the village livestock. In total, value 12; when acquired 100s; before 1066 13. King Edward held this manor; it was Earl Tosti's. There were 4 Freemen who had 1 hide and 1 virgate; they could grant to whom they would.

      In (Cockayne) HATLEY Countess Judith holds 3 hides and 2 virgates as one manor. Land for 6 ploughs. In lordship 1 hide and virgate; 2 ploughs there. 8 villagers with 4 ploughs; woodland, 4 pigs. Value 6 5s; when acquired 100s; before 1066 6. Earl Tosti held this manor. It lies in Potton, the Countess' own manor. A Freeman had 1 virgate; he could grant and sell, and withdraw to another lord.

      Ranulf brother of Ilger holds EVERTON from the Countess. It answers for 5 hides. Land for 5 ploughs; 2 ploughs there; 3 possible. 4 villagers; 5 smallholders. Meadow for 1 plough. Value 3; when acquired 100s; as much before 1066. Earl Tosti held this manor. It lay in Potton, the Countess' own manor.

      end of biography [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S9980] "Maud, Countess of Huntingdon" biography, accessed & downloaded Thurssday, November 17th, 2016 by David A. Hennessee, ht.

    2. [S12587] "Judith of Lens", Biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_of_Lens, https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/usfeat.