Sinclair DNA Connnections
By 1086, the Bigod family held land in 692 locations in southeastern England. A study of the families who held of the Bigod is very informative. Among them are Vaux and St. Clair.
It seems Roger Bigod, Richard St. Clair and others were not necessarily nice to the Saxons in England -
“Multiplied vexations ruined its Saxon Citizens, and rendered it uninhabitable to a great number of them, who emigrated into the province of Suffolk, to the neighborhood of Beccles and Halesworth. There three Normans, Roger Bigot, Richard de St. Clair, and Guillaume des Noyers, seized their persons and made them tributary serfs, although they were at the time too few to be an advantageous property.” (1)
King (pages not numbered) has a nice account of the ascension of King Stephen (‘of Blois’) in 1135. In this chapter, he writes of the
“noble officers of the household: the constables Robert de Vere [Vaux], Miles of Gloucester, Robert d’Oilly, and Briad Fitz Count; the stewards William Martel, Hugh Bigod, Humphrey de Bohun, Simon de Beauchamp, Robert Malet, and Robert Fitz Richard de Clare; the butlers William d’Aubigny and Eudo Martel; the chamberlains: Aubrey de Vere [Vaux?], and William de Pont-de-l’Arche. There there are the barons Robert de Ferrers, William Peverel of Nottingham, Simon of Senlis, Geoffrey de Mandeville, William d’Aubigny Briton, Payn Fitz John, Hamo de St Clair, Ilbert de Lacy, Geoffrey Talbot, Walter Espect, Roger of Valognes, Henry de Port, Walter Fitz Richard de Clare, Walter de Gant, Walter de Bolebec, Walchelin Maminot, William de Percy. (2)
(1)Scale, Henry “Ancient history, English and French: exemplified in a regular dissection of the Saxon chronicle; preceded by a review of Wharton’s Utrum Elfricus grammaticus?, Malmesbury’s Life of St. Wulstan, and Hugo Candidus’ Peterborough history: wherein the principal Saxon annalists are now (for the first time) identified,” J. Hatchard and son, 1830
(2) King, Edmund, “King Stephen,” Yale University Press, 2010 ISBN 978-0-300-11223-8