He was married to , who was a younger son of Gilbert Crispin II and came to England from Armentières-sur-Avre, near Verneuil, in Normandy.The Dives and Falaise versions of the Battle Abbey Roll claim that he fought at the Battle of Hastings with his father, but this is unlikely as he was probably still a child.One seriously-academic hypothesis is that he might have been an illegitimate son or cousin of Gilbert Count of Brionne, who was a grandson of Duke Richard I known as “The Fearless”.
Whether he was or not, there is strong documentary and advanced DNA evidence that he was our earliest provable ancestor: (c.1000AD – c.1045).
Gilbert, supposedly nicknamed Crispin because he had spikey, brush-like hair, was an important member of the nobility of Normandy.
Duke Robert I put him in charge of Tillieres Castle, to help defend the Norman border against invasion by the king of France 1,000 years ago.
His wife’s name was Gunnor – she was almost certainly .
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He also had a daughter Margery who married Robert de Willoughby.