Person:Edith Fitzforne (1)

Edith Fitzforne
d.1173 England
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Name Edith Fitzforne
Gender Female
Alt Birth? ABT 1071 Avon, England
Ancestral File Number 9FTK-C1
Alt Birth? Abt 1072-1074 Greystoke, Cumberland, England
Reference Number? LNKD1759
Ancestral File Number 9FTK-XX
Birth? abt 1084 Greystoke, Cumberland, England
Marriage 1100 Hook Norton,,Oxfordshire,Englandto Robert II , D' Oilly
Marriage abt 1121  Cohabitation without marriage formalities?  
to Henry I "Beauclerc" , King of England
Death[2] 1173 England
Burial? Oseney Abbey, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

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Edith Forne was an English noblewoman who was the concubine of King Henry I of England and the foundress of Osney Abbey near Oxford.

She was the daughter of Forn Sigulfson, Lord of Greystoke, Cumberland.

Edith had two children by King Henry:

  1. Robert FitzEdith, Lord Okehampton, (1093–1172) who married Dame Maud d'Avranches du Sap. They had one daughter, Mary, who married Renaud, Sire of Courtenay (son of Miles, Sire of Courtenay and Ermengarde of Nevers).
  2. Adeliza FitzEdith who appears in charters with her brother, Robert.

In 1120, Henry caused Edith to marry Robert D'Oyly the younger, second son of Nigel D'Oyly. As a marriage portion, she was granted the Manor of Cleydon, Buckinghamshire. Robert and Edith had at least two children: Henry, buried at Osney in 1163,[1] and Gilbert.

In 1129, Edith persuaded her husband to build the Church of St Mary, in the Isle of Osney, near Oxford Castle, for the use of Augustine Monks: this was to become Osney Abbey.[1] She told him that she had dreamt of the chattering of magpies, interpreted by a friar as souls in purgatory who needed a church in which to rest.

Edith was buried in Osney Abbey, in a religious habit, as John Leland describes upon seeing her tomb as it was on the eve of the dissolution: ‘Ther lyeth an image of Edith, of stone, in th' abbite of a vowess, holding a hart in her right hand, on the north side of the high altaire’. The legendary dream of magpies was painted near the tomb.

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  1.   Edith Forne, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2. Edith Sigulfson, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.