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an Honourable Composition, to bring him over K.wm. to his Interest. And accordingly about the Year 1076. they came to an Agreement; By virtue whereof He was intirely restored both to his Estate and Honour, and after which He served the Conquerour with as much Fidelity, as ever he had with Constancy opposed him before.
And thus have we seen how that Title came first to be ascribed to this Great Champion, from which our Family afterward took its Denomination. I have before said, That he left only one Daughter behind him marryed to Hugh Evermur; who in his own and his Wives Hugh Right, became thenceforth Lord of Brunne and „„"" Depyng. 8I must now add that this Hugh also left but one Daughter, his Heir; who marryed Richard de Rulos, Chamberlain to King William Rd. <ie the Conquerour, and carried away both the Honour and Estate of her Family to Him.
9It was now a kind of Fate to this Family to have no Male Issue to settle in: For as Hereward and Hugh Evermur before, So this Richard de Rulos now left only one Daughter Ba]dw and Heir, Adelhildis who married Baldwin ^eTt Fitz-Gilbert; a very eminent Person, and a *^ei
8 Ingulf: P. 77. 9 Ingulf: P. 77.78,
noble Family, being Brother to Walter, 'the Father of Gilbert de Gant, the first Earl of Lincoln of that Race.
By this Baldwin she had a Son, whom in an Ancient Charter, relating to the 2Abby of Brunne, founded by this Baldwyn, I find by the Name of Roger, and in whom it was to have been hoped the Family might have fixed. But the time of its Settlement in the Male Line, was not yet come: For either this 3Roger dyed unmarried, Or he left no Children to succeed him. And so the Dignity and Estate fell to Emma his Sister; And by her came Hugh dewac: de Wac, her Husband: in whom that Name w^T* first began to settle, and from whom the Family has eversince been call'd by it.
But here I find one of our Learned Antiquaries adding another *Discent, and of which therefore some Notice must be taken, He tells us that Baldwin left only a Daughter, and heir, As I have said, but then he adds, that the Name of this Daughter was Roesia, that she marryed William de Ruseis, that by him, she had only one Daughter, Emma, marryed to Hugh de Wac, and who herself also took that Name, 5as is evident from an ancient Charter of the Abby of Brun, before mentioned.
1 Baronag: To. 1. P. 589.
2 Monasticon To. ii. p. 237. b. 40. ibid: p. 235. b. 25
3 Baronag: ibid: p. 236. a. 539. b.
4 See Mss. Rog. Dodsworth Vol: ii. foi; II.
How this can possibly be reconciled with the Charter of King Edward the IIId now quoted in which this Emma is expressly called the Daughter of Baldwin, I cannot tell: unless we should call in Question, and say, that she ought to have been stiled his Grand-daughter; which yet without some very good Reason for it, we ought not to do. But indeed I still think the Account already given to be the right; because, in an other Charter, belonging to the "Abby of Thorney, I find Baldwin Fitz-Gilbert, his Grandfather; and which, if he were, he must also have been Father, to Emma his Mother.
As for the Mistake of Dr. Dodsworth, if Sr. Wm. Dugdal be right in making Baldwin Fitz:Gilbert Brother to Walter, who was the Father of the famous 'Gilbert de Gant. Earl of Lincoln, it may possibly have arisen from hence, that this Baldwin had a Sister of the Name of Roesia, whom Mr. Dodsworth took for his Daughter; and who possibly might be married to 8William de Buscio, as that learned Gentleman has observed.
5 MoDasticonT. ii. p. 236. a. 12. 6 Monasticon ib: p. 469. b. 7 Monasticon T, i. p. 245. n: 54.
But be this Matter as it will: That Emma Wac was either Daughter or Grandaughter to Baldwin Fitz:Gilbert, that she carryed away both the Honour and Estate of her Family, and setled it, together with the Name, in Hugh de Wac, is on all hands agreed, and this is enough for my purpose. How our Family was from these continued, to the failure of its eldest House I shall now proceed, in my second Book to consider.
8 Wm. de Ruseis p. 18 and this Wn. de Buscio are surely the same Person. E. B.