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List Of Those Accompanying William The Conqueror On His Invasion Of England in 1066

Please see NOTES at bottom of page for comments from researchers

This list is taken from the plaque in the church at Dives-sur- Mer, Normandy, France, where William the Conqueror and his knights said mass before setting sail to invade England in 1066. It lists all the knights who took part in the invasion.

The concept of surnames as we know them was not very well-developed. An individual either took the name of the village where they lived (this would generally be the case for those those starting with a "de"), or else the surname was a sort of nickname, depicting certain characteristics e.g. Alain le Roux (Alain of the red hair), Raoul Vis-de-Loup (Raoul wolf-face) etc. In other cases, it could be the father's name, in the format "fils de...." (son of..... ). This in later years became "Fitz....", as in such names as "Fitzjohn" etc.

The spellings were often different then. For example Bunker comes from French Bon-Coeur ("Good-Heart). This would have been written "Cor-bon" in Norman French. Also, the bishop of Bayeux, who is normally known by the name of "Odo", is listed under the French spelling of "Eude".

Please note that the original was not in alphabetical order.

Some of the men's names are linked - either to pages I have on The Olive Tree Genealogy, or other sites.

Albelin Geoffroi
Alis Guillaume
Arundel Robert
Baignard Raoul
Bainard Geoffroi
Basset Guillaume
Basset Raoul
Basset Richard
Belet Guillaume
Bertran Guillaume
Bigot Robert
Blouet Raoul
Blouet Robert
Boissel Robert
Bonvalet Guillaume
Botin Raoul
Bourdet Hugue
Bourdet Robert
Cardon Guillaume
Corbet Robert
Corbet Roger
Crespin Wile
Croc Renaud
Cruel Robert
Cul de Louf Eude
d'Addetot Oure
d'Adreci Normand
d'Alencon Bernard (Bernard d'Alengon)
d'Andeli Richer
d'Andre Arnould (Arnould d'Andri)
d'Angleville Guillaume
d'Ansleville Honfroi
d'Argentan David
d'Argues Guillaume
d'Armentieres Robert (Robert d'Armentihres)
d'Arques Osberne
d'Aubernon Robert
d'Auberville Robert
d'Auberville Robert
d'Auberville Seri
d'Aubigni Niel (Niel d'Aubigni)
d'Audrieu Guillaume
d'Aufai Goubert
d'Aumale Robert
d'Aunon Raoul
D'Auvrecher d'Angerville
d'Avranches Hugue
d'Avre Rahier
d'Ecouis Guillaume
d'Engagne Richard
d'Escalles Hardouin
d'Espagne Auvrai
d'Espagne Herve (Hervi d'Espagne)
d'Eu Comte Robert
d'Eu Guillaume
d'Eu Osberne
d'Evreux Comte Guillaume
d'Evreux Roger
d'Helion Herve (Hervi d'Hilion)
d'Incourt Gautier
d'Ivri Achard
d'Ivri Hugue
d'Ivri Roger
d'Olgeanc Guillaume fils
d'Orbec Roger
d'Ornontville Gautier
d'Ouilli Raoul
d'Ouilli Robert
d'Unepac Raoul fils
de Bailleul
de Bailleul Renaud
de Balon Guineboud
de balon Hamelin
de Bans Raoul
de Bapaumes Raoul
de Barbes Robert
de Beauchamp Hugue
de Beaufou Guillaume
de Beaufou Raoul
de Beaumais Richard
de Beaumont Henri
de Beaumont Robert
de Beaumont Robert
de Beauvais Goubert
de Bercheres Oure
de Bernai Raoul
de Bernieres Hugue (Hugue de Bernihres)
de Berville Niel (Niel de Berville)
de Bienfaite Richard
de Biville Guillaume
de Biville Honfroi
de Blangi Guimond
de Blosbeville Gilbert
de Bohon Honfroi
de Bolbec Hugue
de Bondeville Richard
de Bosc Guillaume
de Bosc-Normand Roger
de Bosc-Roard Roger
de Boulogne Comte Eustache
de Bourneville Guillaume
de Brai Guillaume
de Brebeuf Hugue
de Breteuil Roger
de Bretteville Gilbert
de Brimou Renier
de Briouse Guillaume
de Briqueville
de Brix Robert
de Buci Robert
de Budi Gilbert
de Bulli Roger
de Burci Serlon
de Buron Erneis
de Bursigni Guillaume
de Caen Gautier
de Caen Maurin
de Cailli Guillaume
de Cairon Guillaume
de Cambrai Geoffroi
de Canaigres Guillaume
de Canouville
de Carnet Guillaume
de Carteret Honfroi
de Carteret Mauger
de Carteret Roger
de Castillon Guillaume
de Ceauce Guillaume
de Champagne Comte Eude
de Chandos Robert
de Chandos Roger
de Chartres Raoul
de Cherbourg Anquetil
de Cioches Gonfroi
de Cioches Sigan
de Claville Gautier
De Clinchamps
de Colleville Gilbert
de Colleville Guillaume
de Colombelles Renouf
de Colombieres Beaudouin (Beaudouin de Colombihres)
de Colombieres Raoul (Raoul de Colombihres)
de Conteville Raoul
de Corbon Hugue
de Cormeilles Ansfroi
de Corneilles Goscelin
de Couci Aubri
de Courcelles Roger
de Courci Richard
de Courcon Robert (Robert de Courgon)
De Courcy
de Courseume Raoul
de Craon Gui
de Cugey
de Culai Honfroi
de Dive Beugelin
de Dol Hugue
de Douai Gautier
de Douai Goscelin
de Dreux Ansure
de Dreux Herman
de Durville Guillaume
de Falaise Guillaume
de Fecamp Guillaume (Guillaume de Ficamp)
de Ferrieres Henri (Henri de Ferrihres)
de Fontemai Etienne
de Fougeres Guillaume (Guillaume de Foughres)
de Fougeres Raoul (Raoul de Foughres)
de Fourneaux Eude
de Framan Raoul
de Fribois
de Gael Raoul
de Gand Gilbert
de Gerould Robert fils
de Gibard Gilbert
de Glanville Robert
de Gournai Hugue
de Gournai Niel (Niel de Gournai)
de Grai Anquetil
de Grancourt Gautier
de Grentemesnil Hugue
de Grenteville Turold
de Gueron Turstin
de Guideville Hugue
de Harcourt Robert
de Hauville Raoul
de Hodenc Hugue
de Hotot Hugue
de l'Aigle Engenouf
de l'Appeville Gautier
de l'Aune Guillaume
de l'Estourmi Raoul
de l'ile Honfroi
de la Berviere Drew (Drew de la Bervihre)
de la Bruiere Raoul (Raoul de la Bruihre)
de la Foret Guillaume
de la Guierche Geoffroi
de la Mare Guillaume
de la Mare Hugue
de la Pommeraie Raoul
de la Riviere Goscelin (Goscelin de la Rivihre)
de Laci Gautier
de Laci Hugue
de Laci Ilbert
de Laci Roger
de Lanquetot Raoul
de Letre Guillaume
de Libourg Fouque
de Linesi Raoul
de Lisieux Roger
de Loges Bigot
de Lorz Robert
de Loucelles Guillaume
de Maci Hugue
de Malleville Guillaume
de Mandeville Geoffroi
de Manneville Hugue
de Marci Raoul
de Mathan
de Meri Richard
de Meulan Comte Robert
de Meules Beaudouin
de Meules Roger
de Mobec Hugue
de Moion Guillaume
de Monceaux Guillaume
de Mont-Canisi Hubert
de Montaigu Drew
de Montaigu Ansger
de Montbrai Geoffroi
de Montbrai Robert
de Montfiquet
de Montfort Hugue
de Montfort Robert
de Montgommeri Hugue
de Montgommeri Roger
de Moron Raoul
de Mortagne Mathieu
de Mortain Comte Robert
de Mortemer Raoul
de Moyaux Roger
de Mucedent Gautier
de Munneville Niel (Niel de Munneville)
de Mussegros Roger
de Nesdin Arnould
de Neufmarche Bernard
de Neuville Richard
de Noyers Guillaume
de Ouistreham Roger
de Papelion Turold
de Paris Foucher
de Parthenai Guillaume
de Paumera Guillaume
de Peis Guernon
de Perci Arnould
de Perci Guillaume
de Picvini Anscoul
de Pierrepont Geoffroi
de Pierrepont Renaud
de Pierrepont Robert
de Piquiri Guillaume
de Pistres Roger
de Poillei Guillaume
de Pont de l'Arche Guillaume
de Pont Hubert
de Pontchardon Robert
de Port Hugue
de Raimbeaucourt Gui
de Rainbeaucourt Engerrand
de Rainecourt Gui
de Rames Roger
de Rennes Hugue
de Reviers Guillaume
de Reviers Richard
de Rhuddlan Robert
de Riebou Gautier
de Romenel Robert
de Ros Ansgot
de Ros Anquetil
de Ros Geoffroi
de Ros Serlon
de Rosai Vauquelin
de Rou Turstin fils
de Runeville Geoffroi
de Sacquerville Richard
de Saint-Clair Richard
de Saint-Germain
de Saint-Germain Roger
de Saint-Helene Renaud (Renaud de Saint-Hilhne)
de Saint-Helene Turstin (Turstin de Saint-Hilhne)
de Saint-Leger Robert
de Saint-Ouen Bernard
de Saint-Quentin Hugue
de Saint-Sanson Raoul
de Saint-Valeri Gautier (Gautier de Saint-Valiri)
de Saint-Waleri Renouf
de Sainte-d'Aignaux
de Sauvigni Raoul
de Senarpont Ansger
de Senlis Simon
de Sept-Meules Guillaume
de Somneri Roger
de Sourdeval Richard
de Tanie Auvrai
de Tessel Guimond
de Thaon Robert
de Tilly
de Tocni [Toeni?] Guillaume
de Toeni Berenger
de Toeni Ilbert
de Toeni Jumel
de Toeni Raoul
de Toeni Robert
de Torteval Renaud
de Touchet
de Tourlaville Raoul
de Tournai Geoffroi
de Tournebut
de Tourneville Raoul
de Trelli Geoffroi
de Valognes Pierre
de Vatteville Guillaume
de Vatteville Richard
de Vatteville Robert
de Vaubadon Ansfroi
de Vaubadon Osmont
de Vauville Guillaume
de Vaux Altard
de Veci Robert
de Venois
de Ver Aubri
de Ver Guillaume
de Verdun Bertran
de Vernon Gautier
de Vernon Huard
de Vernon Richard
de Vesli Guillaume
de Vesli Hugue
de Vesli Robert
de Villon Robert
de Viville Hugue
de Warci Osberne
de Warenne Guillaume
de Werables Gilbert
de Wissant Gilbert
des Moutiers Robert
des Vaux Robert
du Bec Geoffroi
du Bois-Hebert Hugue (Hugue du Bois-Hibert)
du Bosc-Roard Guillaume
du Breuil Osberne
du Merle
du Perche Comte Geoffroi
du Quesnai Osberne
du Quesnai Raoul
du Saussai Osberne
du Saussai Raoul
du Theil Raoul
du Tilleul Honfroi
Espec Guillaume
Eveque de Bayeux Eude (Eude Evjque de Bayeux)
Flambard Renouf
Folet Guillaume
Fossard Niel (Niel Fossard)
Fresle Richard
Froissart Guillaume
Fromentin Robert
Giffard Berenger
Giffard Gautier
Giffard Osberne
Goulaffre Guillaume
Greslet Aubert
Guernon Robert
Hachet Gautier
Hewse Gautier
Ide Vesci Ive
l'Adoube Ruaud
l'Ane Hugue
l'Archer Guillaume
L'Estourmi Richard
L'ile Raoul
la Cleve Guillaume
Le Bastard Robert
le Berruier Herve (Hervi le Birruier)
le Blond Gilbert
le Blond Guillaume
Le Blond Robert
le Bouguignon Gautier
le Breton Auvrai
le Despensier Guillaume
le Despensier Robert
le Flamand Jasce
le Flamand Beaudouin
le Flamand Eude
le Flamand Gerboud
le Flamand Guinemar
le Flamand Hugue
le Marechal Geoffroi
le Poitevin Guillaume
le Poitevin Roger
le Roux Alain
le Senechal Eude (Eude le Sinichal)
le Senechal Hamon (Hamon le Sinichal)
le Vicomte
Louvet Guillaume
Malet Durand
Malet Gilbert
Malet Guillaume
Malet Robert
Maminot Gilbert
Maminot Hugue
Mantel Turstin
Martel Geoffroi
Maubenc Guillaume
Mauduit Gonfroi
Mauduit Guillaume
Maurouard Geoffroi
Mautravers Hugue
Merteberge Auvrai
Murdac Robert
Musard Hascouf
Musart Hugue
Painel Raoul
Pancevolt Bernard
Pantoul Guillaume
Pastforeire Osberne
Peche Guillaume
Pevrel Guillaume
Pevrel Renouf
Picot Roger
Pinel Raoul
Pipin Raoul
Poignant Guillaume
Poignant Richard
Pointel Thierri
Quesnel Guillaume
Silvestre Hugue
Taillebois Guillaume
Taillebois Ive
Taillebois Raoul
Talbot Geoffroi
Talbot Richard
Tibon Gilbert
Tinel Turstin
Tirel Gautier
Tranchant Raoul
Vaubadon Renouf
Vis-de-Louf Honfroi
Vis-de-Loup Raoul


From: "Tompkins, Matthew" <MLLTATffwlaw.com>
Date sent: Mon, 16 Aug 1999

Hi Lorine,

I have just seen the page on your website where you list the names on the monument at Dives-s-Mer. I am afraid that list was debunked almost before the mortar on the monument was dry. You will find a very persuasive and scholarly enquiry into the question of just who can be said with certainty to have been with William at the Battle of Hastings in a small pamphlet produced by the Society of Genealogists in London:

"My Ancestors came with the Conqueror" by AJ Camp (1990, London)

I have a copy at home, but not in front of me (I'm at work), but if I remember rightly it is mostly the text of a talk given in 1932 to the Society of Genealogists by Geoffrey White FRHistS. It contains (on page 9) a rather amusing comment by White on the desire everyone has to be descended from someone present at Hastings, as follows:

"No one could examine old pedigrees and peerage books without being convinced that an ancestor who came over with the Conqueror was formerly regarded as an appendage which no gentleman should be without, and that when a man rose in the world, one of his first cares was to adopt an eligible ancestor. And the adoption of an ancestor was in many ways a much easier operation than the adoption of a child. For instance, it would be difficult to adopt a child who did not actually exist, but there was no difficulty in adopting an imaginary ancestor. Again, a child usually had relatives already - even Bunthorne in "Patience", who never had a mother, confessed to an aunt - and their consent to the adoption had to be obtained; but a man who wished to adopt somebody else's ancestor never troubled about such formalities. Thus a really popular ancestor might accumulate quite a number of unconnected families as his descendants, much as a comet might develop a number of tails, or a Hollywood star a number of husbands; although he believed that the stars usually shed one husband before adopting the next. Sic itur ad astra!".

Sorry to be a spoilsport, and congratulations on your site. Most impressive.

Matt Tompkins, London


Tue, Sep 2, 2008
John Basset Collins johnATpatsysales.com Hi Matthew, I just read your email appended to http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/misc/knights.shtml and am far from certain that you are correct in debunking the Dives-sur-Mer list.

This list of William's followers, set up in 1866 in the church at Dives-sur-Mer (whence William set out on his invasion of England), was compiled from Domesday Book and other authentic records by Léopold Victor Delisle - then working in the Manuscript Department of the Bibliotheque Imperiale (Nationale) in Paris, before becoming head of the National Library in 1874.

Thus, while everyone listed may not actually have been at the Battle of Hastings, they certainly were in England within 20 years after the Battle. It would, however, be more accurate to call it the 1086 List of Knights.

It is certainly a much more reliable list than any copy of the Battle Abbey Roll, even that from the 1330s in the National Library of Scotland (NLS Adv MS 19.2.1).

Delisle has been described as the most learned man in Europe with regard to the middle ages.

My interest is because, after coming from Ouilly-le-Basset in Normandie, "The Basset family probably produced more royal servants in England, from the reign of Henry I until 1250, than any other family." [Basset Charters, c. 1120 to 1250 by William T. Reedy, PhD. Published by the Pipe Roll Society as its New Series No. 50, 1995.] Two of them are named among King John's advisers in the preamble to Magna Carta.

John Collins


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