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The family originated at Glanville (8 miles west of Pont-l'Eveque, in Normandy), and it was Robert de Glanville who settled in East Anglia some time after the Conquest. The descent down to Isabella in the 13th Century is not clear, and information is scant, with small items gleaned for example from "The History of the English People 1000-1154", by Henry of Huntingdon (who was also descended from the Glanville family).
[FHAM321] Seigneur Hamon-aux-dents de Torigny m. Godchilde de Belleme . [GLAN411] Sire Richard de Glanville m. ? . . [GLAN421] Sire Rainald de Glanville m. ? . . . [GLAN431] Ranulf FitzRanulf de Glanville, Lord of the Honor of Eye m. Flandrina . . . . [GLAV441] Hervey de Glanville m. Matilda de Salt-des-Dames . . . . . [GLAV451] Ranulfe de Glanville m. [VALN452] Bertha Valognes . . . . . . [GLAV462] Maud de Glanville m1. [AUBE441] William d'Auberville . . . . [GLAV441] Hervey de Glanville m. [SALT442] Matilda de Salt-des-Dames . . . . [GLAN442] William de Glanville, feudal Lord of Bromholm m. [SACK442] Beatrix de Sackville . . . . . [GLAN452] Beatrice de Glanville m. [LEIG441] Hugh de Leigh . . . . . [GLAN451] Bartholomew de Glanville m. Isabella . . . . . . [GLAN461] Sir Geoffrey de Glanville m. [HAYX452] Margaret de la Haye . . . . . . . [GLAN472] Isabella de Glanville m. [BOVI471] Sir William de Boville . . . . . . . [GLAN473] Emma de Glanville m. [GREY472] Sir John de Grey of Shirland
[GLAN411] Richard de Belfoi (son of [FHAM321] Hamon, see HAMON), was Sire of Glanville.
[GLAN421] Rainald de Glanville, Sire of Glanville, died c.1054.
[GLAN431] Ranulph FitzRanulf de Glanville, said by Dugdale (1674) to have been one of the barons to Robert Mallet, Lord of the Honor of Eye, who gave to the monks of Eye a house in Tukesley, upon the foundation of that monastery (see Mon. Ang. Vol. 1, p. 357 1, n. 10). Gabriel D'Umoulin in his "Historie Generale de Normandie," etc., records that Ranulf "entered into England in the train of William the Conqueror, and who by his wife Flandrina had issue Robert (who is assumed to be the Domesday holder), William, Dean of Liseaux, Walter, and Hervey." Ranulph married Flandrina.
[GLAV441] Hervey de Glanville (born 1095, son of [GLAN431] Ranulph) married [SALT442] Matilda (daughter of [SALT431] Roger de Salt-des-Dames). He died 1147.
[GLAV451] Ranulfe de Glanville (born c.1112), Justiciar of England, married [VALN452] Bertha (born c.1132, probably daughter of Theobald de Valeines, see VALEINES). He died at Acre in the Holy Land, 12th October 1190.
[GLAV462] Maud (daughter of Ranulfe) married 1. [AUBE441] William d'Auberville (see AUBERVILLE); then 2. Roger de Todenham.
[GLAN442] William de Glanville (son of [GLAN431] Ranulph), of Bromholm and Bacton, succeeded Ranulph (according the Dugdale). William was feudal Lord of Bromholm (Norfolk), and founded Bromholm Priory (1113). He married [SACK442] Beatrix (born c.1105, daughter & coheiress of Sir William, see SACKVILLE). He died some time before 1154.
[GLAN452] Beatrice de Glanville (daughter of William & Beatrice) married (c.1151) [LEIG441] Hugh de Leigh (see LEIGH).
[GLAN451] Bartholomew de Glanville (son & heir of William, according to Dugdale), of Bromholm and Bacton, was feudal Lord of Bromholm. He was Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk (1170-76), and built Orford Castle (Suffolk).
Bartholomew married Isabella de Berking (widow), and died c.1180.
[GLAN461] Sir Geoffrey de Glanville (born 1167, 2nd son of Bartholomew), of Bromholm and Bacton, succeeded his elder brother William who died without issue (1234). Geoffrey married [HAYX452] Margaret de la Haye (born 1175, daughter of Sir Geoffrey de la Haye, origin not known, but there was a Geoffrey de la Haye, chaplain to King Henry II, mentioned in 1180). They had several children, but including one son only, including:
Sir Jeffrey, feudal Lord of Cobham, and feudal Lord of Bacton (Norfolk), married Margaret (daughter of Sir Jeffrey de la Haye). At one time he held Honing Manor, which had been held by Robert de Glanville at the Domesday Survey (see earlier), thus confirming descent in the family. He had no issue and after his death his inheritance was shared between his five sisters, except that as the "eldest daughter of whom, Eleanor," had married in Normandy, all the land due to her (Honing Manor) was taken into the king's hand, and King Henry II held it until he gave it to Sir Almaricus [Emery] Pecche, the husband of a younger daughter.
[GLAN472] Isabella de Glanville (coheiress of Geoffrey) married [BOV1471] Sir William de Boville (see BOVILLE).
[GLAN473] Emma de Glanville (coheiress of Geoffrey), and her share of her brother's estate included Dallinghoo Church. She married [GREY479] Sir John Grey (see WILTON (GREY) BARONY). (A later descendant was William de Huntingfield, born 1237, see NOTE below.)
[GLAN474] Basilia married Sir James de Creke [Creche] (who held Heveningham, 1286) . A later descendant, Joan de Creke, married another Sir William Boville, see NOTE below.
Geoffrey died 1254, without living issue.
NOTE: According to "Blomefield History of Norfolk" (1800), in 1309-10 a grandson of Sir William de Boville, made a claim on the manor of Alderton, and church of Dallinghoo (Suffolk). This was Sir William de Boville (who had married Joan de Creke), the son of William de Boville (who had married Isabel Carbonell). Also involved in the dispute was William de Huntingfield, descended from Emma de Glanville (who had married Sir John de Grey). It would appear at this late date (1309-10) that the first name of Isabella's father could no longer be recalled, he having died so long before.