'Hugh de Beaumont, called "Hugo Pauper," 3rd s. of Robert, Count of Meulan in Normandy, by Elizabeth, da. of Hugh, Count of Vermandois, was knighted before 1138, and cr. EARL OF BEDFORD by King Stephen in 1138, who put him in possession of the Castle and Barony of Bedford, ejecting therefrom the sons of Robert Beauchamp, whose cousin, the da. and h. of Sir Simon Beauchamp, had been granted in marriage to the said Hugh. ...'