Sir Simon Senlis, 1st Earl of Northampton

Male 1046 - 1111  (~ 65 years)

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  • Name Simon Senlis 
    Title Sir 
    Suffix 1st Earl of Northampton 
    Born ~1046  Calvados, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As 2nd Earl of Huntingdon 
    Also Known As Simon St. Liz  [1
    Died ~1111  Bourgogne, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I53718  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 7 Sep 2019 

    Family Maud of Huntingdon, Queen Consort of Scotland,   b. ~1074, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1130-1131, Scone, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married 1090  [1
     1. Matilda Senlis,   b. ~1093, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1140, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F20135  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Simon "1st Earl of Northampton, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon" de Senlis I formerly Senlis aka de St. Liz
      Born about 1046 in Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
      Son of Ranulph (Senlis) de Senlis and Judith (Unknown) de Senlis
      [sibling(s) unknown]
      Husband of Maud (Huntingdon) of Scotland ó married 1090 (to Dec 1111) [location unknown]
      DESCENDANTS descendants
      Father of Hugh (Senlis) de St Liz, Waltheof (Senlis) St Liz, Matilda (Senlis) Clare, Simon (Senlis) de St Liz and Malcolm (Huntingdon) Canmore
      Died about 1111 in Priory of La Charit‚e-sur-Loire, Bourgogne, France

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      British Aristocracy
      Simon (Senlis) de Senlis I was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.
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      1st Earl of Northampton, 1st Earl of Huntingdon; Crusader

      "SIMON DE ST. LIZ, said to be a son of Ranulph the Rich, a Norman, appears to have come to England early in the reign of William II. Presumably in consequence of his marriage, he became EARL of HUNTINGDON and NORTHAMPTON after 1086 (for he is not named in Domesday Book) and in or before 1090, when he witnessed a charter to Bath Abbey as "Earl Simon." He witnessed another royal charter under the same designation a little later. He fought for William in Normandy in 1098, and was taken prisoner by Louis, son of the French King. On the accession of Henry I in 1100 he witnessed the charter of liberties issued by the King at his Coronation. He built the Castle of Northampton and founded or refounded the Priory of St. Andrew in that town, and made it dependent on the Cluniac house of La Charit‚e-sur-Loire; this was probably in the time of William Rufus, but certainly before 1108, when he granted an ample charter to it in conjunction with Maud his wife. He was a benefactor also to Daventry Priory, and probably built St. Sepulchre's, Northampton, about this time. He went to Jerusalem cruce signatus, and returned safely, but setting out again he died on the way at the above named Priory of La Charit‚e, and was buried there.

      "He married, perhaps as early as 1090 when she would be aged about 18, Maud, eldest daughter of Waltheof, EARL OF HUNTINGDON and NORTHAMPTON, by Judith, niece of William I. He died, as aforesaid, at La Charit‚e presumably in 1111 or shortly afterwards. His widow married DAVID I of Scotland. [Complete Peerage VI:640-1, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

      Simon Senlis/St. Liz: (b. before 1045, d. 1109, buried at the priory of La Charite-Sur-Loire). He probably went to England from Normandy about the end of the reign of William the Conqueror, and he was offered by the Conqueror the hand of William's niece, Judith of Lens, the widow of Earl Watheof of Huntingdon whom William beheaded in 1076 for treason, but Judith refused to marry him on account of his lameness. He then recieved the earldom of Northampton and Huntingdon from the king and eventually married Waltheof and Judith's daughter Maud (d. 1131), probably not earlier than 1098. In 1098 he was fighting on the side of King William Rufus in Normandy and was taken prisoner by Louis, son of the king of France. He was one of the witnesses to the coronation charter of King Henry I of England in 1100. Afterwards he went on the crusade and died in 1109.

      Earl Simon built Northampton Castle and founded the priory of St. Andrew, Northampton, probably in 1108. By his wife Maud he had two sons: Simon (d.1153, Earl of Northampton, married Isabel de Beaumont, daughter of Robert de Beaumont, Earl of Gloucester who d. 1118 by whom he had a son Simon III who died without issue after having married Alice de Gant, daughter of Gilbert de Gant, Earl of Lincoln), and Waltheof III (d. 1159, Abbot of Melrose). His daughter Maud married Robert Fitz-Richard de Clare of Tonbridge and William d'Albini who died 1155/6.-AEDC

      AFT 1111 Reinterred St. Neots, Vichy, France
      Royal Ancestry 2013 D. Richardson Vol. I p. 278
      Phillips, Weber, Kirk and Staggs Families of the Pacific Northwest, by Jim Weber,
      Reports and Papers of the Architectural and Archaeological Societies of the Counties of Lincoln and Northampton (Savill and Edwards, London, 1850) Vol. 1, Page 236

      end of this biography [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S14554] "Gerald "Lord of Enniscorthy" de Prendergast formerly Prendergast", Biography, Ancestors & Descendants,