Herlewin LE BRUN Simon Fitz RALPH Reginald LE BRUN Matilda LE BRUN Helwisa DE PLAIZ Mini tree diagram

Ralph Fitz Herlewin de Hunstanton BRUN3,4

also known as Ralph fitz HERLUIN3

about 10682 - UNKNOWN2

Life History

about 1068

Born in Hunstanton, Norfolk, England.1

(most likely)

about 1094

Born in Cheswardine, Shropshire, England.2

(less likely)

about 1094

Birth of son Simon Fitz RALPH in Hunstanton, Norfolk, England.1

about 1097

Birth of son Reginald LE BRUN in Hunstanton, Norfolk, England.1

about 1100

Birth of daughter Matilda LE BRUN in Cheswardine, Shropshire, England.4,1

about 1119

Married Helwisa DE PLAIZ.2


Death of daughter Matilda LE BRUN.5


Death of Helwisa DE PLAIZ


Death of son Simon Fitz RALPH


Died in Hunstanton, Norfolk, England.2


  • The Le Strange Website explains the origins of the family inHunstanton in the early years of the Norman consolidation of power inBritain.  The Norman overlord, primarily for tax purposes underWilliam I, was Roger Bigod.  Bigod was in charge of three areas inNorfolk County, Hunstanton, Ringstead and Tottingham.

    The landholding tenant of Hunstanton was Ralph fitz Herluin (Ralph sonof Herluin, also spelled Herlewin), who then took up the nameassociated with the land he was in charge of, Ralph de Hunstanton.His daughter Matilda (Maud in some sources -- both are Norman-Germanicnames) married one of the newcomers (Extraneus, foreigner, which cameto be pronounced [Le] Strange), named Roland.  Roland then inheritedthe tenancy-lordship status of Matilda's father Ralph.

    One source reports Roland born in Cheswardine, in Shropshire (Welshborder area).  But Burke's Peerage  reports him born in Mileham,Norfolk (though possibly of Breton origins).  His son Hamon wasgranted lands in Cheswardine in Salopshire.   Roland's son Guy servedas Sheriff of Salop 1159-60, and owned land in Alveley, Salop.


  • 1. Senderling Genealogy
    • Name: Name: http://www.freemarket-phone.com/dat111.htm;;
  • 2. Strange Genealogy
    • http://thor.genserv.net/sub/strub/fam_162.htm
  • 3. Le Strange Website - No Longer Online
  • 4. Albert Hart, Le Strange Family Genealogy
    • http://www.renderplus.com/hartgen/htm/le-strange.htm
  • 5. Le Strange GeneaNet
    • http://gw.geneanet.org/index.php3?b=mberger256&lang=en;p=madida;n=le+b

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