Gilbert de Gant, Earl of Lincoln

Gilbert De Gant, Earl Of Lincoln

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Gilbert de Gant, 1st Earl of Lincoln (c. 1126–1156) was an English nobleman who fought for King Stephen during The Anarchy.

He was the son of Walter de Gant and Maud of Brittany.Evans An uncle, Robert de Gant, was Lord Chancellor for King Stephen.Crouch 2000, p. 160

While still fairly young, Gilbert fought on the side of king Stephen at the Battle of Lincoln in 1141, where he was captured along with the king.Davis p. 50 He was then compelled to marry Rohese de Clare, daughter of Richard de Clare, 1st Earl of Hertford and Adeliza de Meschines, and a niece of Ranulph de Gernon, 2nd Earl of Chester.

In 1149 or 1150 the king made him Earl of Lincoln as a rival to William de Roumare, who had gone over to the side of Empress Matilda.Davis p. 135

He and Rohese had only one child, a daughter, Alice de Gant, who married Simon II de Senlis, Earl of Huntingdon-Northampton.Evans

He founded Rufford Abbey c. 1148 in Nottinghamshire, England.

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