Foundations Volume 4




  Detail from the 13th century reliquary of St Gertrude at Nivelles Abbey, Belgium.
  The original was destroyed by a bomb in 1940. Remnants are on display at Nivelles.
  After the war a gold and silver replica was commissioned from goldsmith William Ibens
  and presented to the abbey.

  The two figures are St John (L) and St Agatha(R) with the sword.
  See the article "From Theophanu to St Margaret" in this journal.

   Photograph © copyright IRPA-KIK, BrusselsFrench icon

by Katharine Keats-Rohan[1]


I was honoured to be invited to address the Foundation of Medieval Genealogy on the occasion of its tenth anniversary meeting in Oxford in October 2011. I chose to talk about my books, in which members of the FMG have shown so much interest. In doing so I make some more general points about the type of research it embodies, and show its usefulness in trying to understand a particularly difficult text, the Thorney Abbey Liber Vitae.

Foundations (2012) 4: 3-20      © Copyright FMG and the author

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by Margaret Schooling [1]


When William "le Fort" de Vivonne died in 1259, Henry III granted his estates and the marriages of his four daughters to four of his household knights. However, in 1248 Henry had allowed William to inherit and hold family lands in Poitou as well as those he already held in England, so those lands were also part of their inheritance. Henry may have seen these arrangements as part of his policy of consolidating his hold on the Aquitaine, but the girls' mother, Matilda de Ferrers, managed to regain control. The daughters eventually married other men and the inheritance was divided according to whether the daughters and their husbands lived in France or England.

Foundations (2012) 4: 21-35      © Copyright FMG and the author

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by Bruce McAndrew[1]


The sigillographic and armorial evidence relating to the early earls of Fife has been analysed. The utilisation of a bend sable to differentiate senior and junior lines in the extended Fife kin group provides heraldic support for Guido’s hypothesis of the existence of two lines of Fife earls in the late 12th and early 13thcentury.

Foundations (2012) 4: 37-43   © Copyright FMG and the author

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Notice regarding the publication of a monograph on “The Livingston Ancestry of the Duncanson Sisters of New Netherland”

by Adrian Benjamin Burke[1]

Foundations (2012) 4: 44     © Copyright FMG and the author

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by Chris Phillips[1]


This article is based on a talk by the author at the FMG Annual Meeting in October 2011. He explains the origin of the term, “foot of a fine”, and how the information within them is of value to the medieval genealogist.

Foundations (2012) 4: 45-55 © Copyright FMG and the author

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by Bridget Wells-Furby[1]


Two fines made in 1358 reveal the existence of Margaret, an otherwise unknown daughter of Thomas lord Berkeley (d.1361). The fines record Margaret’s marriage to the young John de la Pole. The marriage is interesting not only for the fact that Margaret evidently died without issue within a short time of her marriage as John was to marry Joan Cobham in 1362 but also within the context of Margaret’s own family background.

Foundations (2012) 4: 56-62      © Copyright FMG and the author

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by Alex Maxwell Findlater[1]


The exact descent from the Limesi family to the Lindsays and later the Pinkenys of Crawford, and indeed to the present Lindsay earls of Crawford is still a matter of dispute. This paper examines the evidence and weighs the inconsistencies in an attempt to provide a positive statement of that descent.

Foundations (2012) 4: 63-80                                                                                                                              © Copyright FMG and the author

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by Michael Anne Guido[1] and John P Ravilious


This paper supports the Polish theory of descent for Agatha, the mother of St Margaret of Scotland, which was first published by John Ravilious in 2009. The issues of conflicting chroniclers, onomastics, and the political context of the Hungarian connection are all explored. New documentation is presented to establish a link between the Piast, Ezzonen and Arpad families as well as evidence that Mieszko had three daughters who survived to adulthood and married.

Foundations (2012) 4: 81-121    © Copyright FMG and the author

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