Sir Robert DE ROS Lord of Holderness
(Abt 1117-Abt 1162)
(Abt 1125-After 1212)
William DE TRUSSEBUT Lord of Warter
(Abt 1121-)
(Abt 1130-1205)
Sir Everard DE ROS Lord of Helmsley
(After 1145-1183)
(Abt 1151-Abt 1196)
Robert "Fursan" DE ROS 1st Baron Ros of Helmsley
(Abt 1169-Before 1226)


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Isabel FITZ WILLIAM Princess of Scotland

Robert "Fursan" DE ROS 1st Baron Ros of Helmsley 558,559,738,895,7923,7924,7926

  • Born: Abt 1169, Ros, Holderness, East Riding Yorkshire, England 803,1625,7927
  • Married: 1191, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland 895,1625,3661,7923,7924,7925
  • Died: Before 23 Dec 1226, Helmsley Castle, North Ride Yorkshire, England 558,803,1625,7924
  • Buried: Before 23 Dec 1226, Temple Church, London, England 1135

   Ancestral File Number: 9G44-3Q.

   General Notes:

Robert de Ros, surnamed Furfan, in the 1st Richard I [1189], paid 1,000 ma rks fine to the crown for livery of his lands. In the 8th of the same rei gn [1197], being with the king in Normandy, he was committed to the custo dy of Hugh de Chaumont, for what offence appears not; with especial char ge to the said Hugh, that he should keep him as safe as his own life; b ut Chaumont trusting William de Spiney with his prisoner, that person bei ng corrupted, allowed him to escape out of the castle of Bonville. de R os eventually gained nothing, however, by this escape, for Richard caus ed him nevertheless to pay 1,200 marks for his freedom, while he had the f alse traitor Spiney, hanged for his breach of faith. In the next reign, ho wever, Robert de Ros found more favour, for upon the accession of King Joh n, that monarch gave him the whole barony of his great-grandmother's fathe r, Walter Espee, to enjoy in as large and ample a manner as he, the said W alter, ever held it. Soon after which he was deputed, with the bishop of D urham, and other great men, to escort William, King of Scotland into Engla nd, which monarch coming to Lincoln, swore fealty there to King John, up on the cross of Hubert, archbishop of Canterbury, in the presence of all t he people. About the 14th of King John's reign [1213], Robert de Ros assum ed the habit of a monk, whereupon the custody of all his lands, viz., Wer ke Castle, in the co. Northumberland, with his whole barony, was committ ed to Philip de Ulcote, but he did not continue long a recluse, for we fi nd him the very next year executing the office of sheriff for the coun ty of Cumberland. At the commencement of the struggle between the barons a nd John, this feudal lord took part with the king, and obtained, in conseq uence, some grants from the crown; but he subsequently espoused the baroni al cause, and was one of the celebrated twenty-five appointed to enforce t he observance of Magna Charter. In the reign of King Henry III he seems, h owever, to have returned to his allegiance, and to have been in favour wi th that prince, for the year after the king's accession, a precept was iss ued by the crown to the sheriff of Cumberland, ordering the restorati on of certain manors granted by King John to de Ros. This feudal lord w as the founder of the castle of Helmsley, otherwise Hamlake, in Yorkshir e, and of the castle of Werke in Northumberland -- the former of whi ch he bequeathed to his eldest son--the latter to the younger, with a baro ny in Scotland to be held of the elder by military service. In his latt er days he became a Knight Templar, to which order himself and his predece ssors had ever been munificently liberal, and dying in that habit, anno 12 27, was buried in the Temple Church. Robert de Ros m. Isabel, natural da u. of William the Lion, King of Scotland, and widow of Robert de Brus, a nd had issue two sons, William, his successor; and Robert, Baron Ros of We rke. He was succeeded by his elder son. [Sir Bernard Burke, Dormant, Abeya nt, Forfeited and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage, London, 1883, p. 45 8, Ros, or Roos, Barons Ros] 895


1. Bullet; 1215, MAGNA CHARTA SURETY.

   Marriage Information:

Robert married Isabel FITZ WILLIAM Princess of Scotland, daughter of William DE HUNTINGDON "The Lion", King of Scotland, Earl Huntingdon and Isabel AVENAL, in 1191 in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland 895,1625,3661,7923,7924,7925. (Isabel FITZ WILLIAM Princess of Scotland was born in 1169 in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland 1625, died in Oct 1263 in York 1135 and was buried in Church Of The Black Friars, London.)

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