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Roger fitz Miles , earl of Hereford
(Roger of Gloucester)

Died: 1155   Active: 1137-1155   

He succeeded his father, Miles, as earl of Hereford in 1143, and controlled Gloucester, as well as the Forest of Dean, Hereford, W. Herefordshire, N. Gwent and Brycheiniog.

Grandson of Bernard of Neufmarche (maternal), he succeeded his father, Miles, as earl of Hereford in 1143. Prior to this, in 1137, Roger acquired control of a substantial honour when King Stephen gave the lands of Roger's late father-in-law (Pain fitz John) to Roger and his wife, Cecilia. This included Archenfield in Herefordshire, interests in the Lacy honour in the southern march and the lordship of Arwystli in Wales.
Following the death of Earl Robert of Gloucester in 1147, Roger led the Angevins in England although he entered into a treaty with Stephen and his position in Henry II's reign was difficult. Peace between the two men was seemingly restored before Roger's death at Gloucester Abbey in 1155, where he had retired and taken the monastic habit.

Sites associated with this person

Brecon Priory, Powys (patron)

Llanthony Prima Priory, Monmouthshire (supporter)

Bibliographical sources

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Crouch, David, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online - Roger fitz Miles (View website) (Subscription reqd.)