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Guillaume/William de Fiennes, siegneur of Fiennes, living 1240-1, is stated in print to have married Agnes de Dammartin, daughter of Aubrey II, Count of Dammartin.This marriage can be considered of extreme importance dynastically, as it made Guillaume's later day descendants
related by blood to Queen Eleanor of Castile, first wife of King Edward I of England.This kinship was the occasion by which many of Guillaume's descendants came to England, among them being Margaret de Fiennes (wife of Edmund de Mortimer), Joan de Fiennes (wife of John
Wake), and Maud de Fiennes (wife of Humphrey de Bohun).Later day Fiennes descendants who also came to England include Jacquette de Luxembourg (wife of Richard Wydeville, Lord Rivers) and Enguerrand de Coucy, Earl of Bedford.Due to these important high born English marriages, many people can readily trace their ancestry back to Guillaume de Fiennes and his wife, Agnes de Dammartin.For interest sake, I've included a list further below the names of the numerous 17th Century New World colonists who descend from Guillaume de Fiennes and his wife.For further details on individual lines down to immigrants, please see my book, Plantagenet Ancestry, published this year.
Reviewing various reference works in print, I've had a difficult time finding sources which document Guillaume de Fiennes' immediate family.One of the best works I've found so far is Margaret Howell's recent work, Eleanor of Provence, published in 1998, page 168, which indicates that Guillaume de Fiennes and his wife, Agnes, had at least
three sons, Enguerrand, Michael (clerk) [Dean of Bridgnorth], and Baldwin, and one daughter, Katherine.William and Agnes also appear to have had a daughter, Mahaut, wife of Baldwin III, Count of Guines [see Monumenta Germaniae Historica, 24 (1925): 772 - for record dated 1232 in which Guillaume de Fiennes is styled "father-in-law" to Count Baldwin III of Guines).
Recently, as I was going through a volume of Monumenta Germaniae Historica, I located a record which confirms the fact that Agnes, the wife of William de Fiennes, was the sister of Renaud [de Dammartin], Count of Boulogne.An abstract of this record is presented below.This record also specifically names William de Fiennes' father,
Enguerrand de Fiennes, who died in the Holy Land in 1189.
Source: Monumenta Germaniae Historica, vol. 24 (1925)
Willelmi Chronica Andrensis, pg. 729:
134. Willelmus abbas: Eodem anno nobilis vir Willelmus dominus de Fielnes ecclesiam istam multipliciter cepit inquietare et nostras possessiones sub sua iurisdictione consistentes undique perturbare, volens ab elemosinario nostro cappam pluvialem et sumptuosam annis singulis extorquere.Siquidem a tempore, domini Warini, elemosine
nostre fundatoris et eiusdem Willelmi predecessoris, in nostro hospitali de filo grosso cappa solebat singulis annis texi et domino de Fielnes transmiti, quali elemosinarius et ceteri monachi solebant uti.Sed quia pater eiusdem Willelmi, nobilis ille Ingelramnus, ad
partes Iherosolimitanas proficiscens, pro bono pacis, sicut credimus, consensu fratrum nostrorum ad 16 solidos Boloniensium appretiari fecit: idem filius eius, exemplo patris male utens et tantum pretium ad cappam comparandam minime sufficere dicens, cappan quinquaginta vel sexaginta solidorum ab elemosinario nostro extorquere voluit et proinde bona nostra cirumquaque saisivit.Dominus vero abbas Iterius ex ordiniarii stabilitate seu vigore, qui multum favebat nobilibus, non multum confidens, et ex comitis Boloniensis Reinaldi iustitia, cuius idem Willelmus sororem duxerat, omnino diffidens, datis ei de
substantia pauperam viginti libris Parieniensium, pacem, quam gratis habere non potuit, pretio comparavit et eandem cappam ad quinque solidos sterlingorum annuatim appretiatam per chartam suam confimari fecit sub hac forma:"END OF QUOTE
Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah
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List of New World immigrants descended from Guillaume de Fiennes, seigneur of Fiennes, and his wife, Agnes de Dammartin:
Robert Abell, Elizabeth Alsop, William Asfordby, Barbara Aubrey, Anne Baynton, Marmaduke Beckwith, Richard & William Bernard, John Bevan, Essex Beville, William Bladen, George & Nehemiah Blakiston, Joseph Bolles, Thomas Booth, Elizabeth Bosvile, Mary Bourchier, George, Giles
& Robert Brent, Stephen Bull, Charles Calvert, Edward Carleton, Kenelm Cheseldine, Grace Chetwode, Jeremy Clarke, James & Norton Claypoole, St. Leger Codd, Elizabeth Coytemore, Francis Dade, Humphrey Davie,
Frances, Jane & Katherine Deighton, Edward Digges, Thomas Dudley, Rowland Ellis, William Farrar, John Fenwick, John Fisher, Henry Fleete, Edward Foliot, Thomas Gerard, Muriel Gurdon, Elizabeth & John Harleston, Warham Horsmanden, Anne Humphrey, Daniel & John Humphrey, Edmund Jennings, Edmund, Edward, Richard, & Matthew Kempe, Mary Launce, Hannah, Samuel & Sarah Levis, Thomas Ligon, Nathaniel
Littleton, Thomas Lloyd, Anne Lovelace, Henry, Jane, & Nicholas Lowe, Percival Lowell, Gabriel, Roger & Sarah Ludlow, Thomas Lunsford, Agnes Mackworth, Anne, Elizabeth & John Mansfield, Oliver Manwaring, Anne & Katherine Marbury, Anne Mauleverer, Richard More, Joseph & Mary Need,
John Nelson, Philip & Thomas Nelson, Joshua & Rebecca Owen, Thomas Owsley, John Oxenbridge, Richard Palgrave, Richard Parker, Herbert Pelham, Robert Peyton, William & Elizabeth Pole, Henry & William Randolph, George Reade, William Rodney, Thomas Rudyard, Katherine Saint Leger, Richard Saltonstall, Anthony Savage, William Skepper,
Diana & Grey Skipwith, Mary Johanna Somerset, John Stockman, Samuel & William Torrey, John & Lawrence Washington, John West, Amy Willis, Thomas Wingfield, Hawte Wyatt.