William d'Aubigny (Brito)

Not to be confused with this man's brother-in-law, William d'Aubigny (died 1139) who married Maud Bigod.

William d'Aubigny (d. after 1148), was an itinerant justice under King Henry I of England. He was commonly known by the appellation Brito.

William was a son of Main d'Aubigny, Breton lord of Saint-Aubin-d'Aubigné (now in Ille-et-Vilaine department) and Adelaide de Bohun.[1] He fought at the Battle of Tinchebray (1106) and was high in Henry I's favor.[1] He was allowed to marry Cecily, the elder daughter of Roger Bigod, sheriff of Norfolk. Through her, he acquired a part of the honour of Belvoir in Leicestershire - his castle became the centre of the family estates - after his mother-in-law, who had been the heir of Robert de Todeni aka Robert de Tosny, lord of Belvoir, died about 1130.[1] The couple had four or five sons and two daughters.[1] His heir was William, who married Maud Fitz Robert, daughter of Robert Fitz Richard. The Magna Carta surety, William d'Aubigny, was their son -- his grandson.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 4 K. S. B. Keats-Rohan, 'Aubigné, William d' (d. in or after 1148)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  2. Section LA: Descendants of William D'Aubigny


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