Harding

Harding

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From the Chaplin and Skinner family book:

Harding, the second son of Hardicanute (see Pedigree E), was settled in 1069 by William the Conqueror in Baldwin Street, Bristol. There his son, Robert Fitz Harding, was born. Robert built a stone house on the banks of the Frome; he married Eve, daughter of Sir Estmond and Godiva, sister of the Conqueror. Eve died in this house on 12 March, 1170, leaving five sons and two daughters, among whom Robert had divided his large estates, of which Coaley formed part, and was continuously held by Harding, until sold by John Harding in 1875. It is recorded in Doomsday Book, Gloucester 170 B, that Harding or Hardyng, of Carn and Coaley, was a tenant in capite.

[In answer to the obvious question, the Godiva who rode naked through Coventry was not the sister of the Conqueror but an Anglo-Saxon, the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. No account is given in the family book of the descent from Robert Fitz Harding to John Harding.]
According to the history books Harthaknut (Hardicanute) was unmarried when he died during a drinking party, and had no children, which rather spoils the story in the family book!!

The website http://www.a2a.org.uk/search/records.asp?cat=2189-bcm_1-2&cid=0 for Berkeley Castle Muniments states that "Robert, founder of the baronial family of Berkeley, was a younger son of Harding son of Eadnoth, otherwise Harding de Meriet........ Eadnoth was called 'the staller' from the position which he held under Edward the Confessor". On www.nikoko.co.uk I read the following about Eadnoth (abt1030-1068):

"Eadnoth the Staller
Eadnoth, father of Harding, and grandfather of Robert FitzHarding from whom the modern lords of Berkeley in Gloucestershire are descended, died in 1068, whilst leading the western fyrd against the sons of Harold. Eadnoth, formerly King Harold's master-of-the-horse, put himself at the head of the forces which resisted Harold's sons attack on Bristol. The attack was beaten off by its citizens and when Godwine's fleet moved into Somerset, it was met by the English levies commanded by Eadnoth. A battle ensued at Bleadon in which Eadnoth was killed and It is also possible that Magnus Haroldson also died in the battle as well. Although the fleet was repulsed, they ravaged the coasts of Devonshire and Cornwall, returning to Ireland loaded with the plunder of the two counties.

Eadnoth's title indicates that he was a king's thegn with a seat and special office in the king's hall, playing a part in government as royal justice. His skill in litigation made him a prominent administrator and royal official of the south west. Eadnoth, a West country magnate, was of an ancient and noble family of Saxons in the days of Edward the Confessor, and was married to the daughter of the King of Denmark. Eadnoth and his son Harding together held the sixteenth largest non-earlish estate in England in 1066, having estates in Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Berkshire.

Eadnoth served three kings, Edward, Harold and William".
Biography
From the Chaplin and Skinner family book:

Harding, the second son of Hardicanute (see Pedigree E), was settled in 1069 by William the Conqueror in Baldwin Street, Bristol. There his son, Robert Fitz Harding, was born. Robert built a stone house on the banks of the Frome; he married Eve, daughter of Sir Estmond and Godiva, sister of the Conqueror. Eve died in this house on 12 March, 1170, leaving five sons and two daughters, among whom Robert had divided his large estates, of which Coaley formed part, and was continuously held by Harding, until sold by John Harding in 1875. It is recorded in Doomsday Book, Gloucester 170 B, that Harding or Hardyng, of Carn and Coaley, was a tenant in capite.

[In answer to the obvious question, the Godiva who rode naked through Coventry was not the sister of the Conqueror but an Anglo-Saxon, the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. No account is given in the family book of the descent from Robert Fitz Harding to John Harding.] According to the history books Harthaknut (Hardicanute) was unmarried when he died during a drinking party, and had no children, which rather spoils the story in the family book!!

The website http://www.a2a.org.uk/search/records.asp?cat=2189-bcm_1-2&cid=0 for Berkeley Castle Muniments states that "Robert, founder of the baronial family of Berkeley, was a younger son of Harding son of Eadnoth, otherwise Harding de Meriet........ Eadnoth was called 'the staller' from the position which he held under Edward the Confessor". On www.nikoko.co.uk I read the following about Eadnoth (abt1030-1068):

"Eadnoth the Staller
Eadnoth, father of Harding, and grandfather of Robert FitzHarding from whom the modern lords of Berkeley in Gloucestershire are descended, died in 1068, whilst leading the western fyrd against the sons of Harold. Eadnoth, formerly King Harold's master-of-the-horse, put himself at the head of the forces which resisted Harold's sons attack on Bristol. The attack was beaten off by its citizens and when Godwine's fleet moved into Somerset, it was met by the English levies commanded by Eadnoth. A battle ensued at Bleadon in which Eadnoth was killed and It is also possible that Magnus Haroldson also died in the battle as well. Although the fleet was repulsed, they ravaged the coasts of Devonshire and Cornwall, returning to Ireland loaded with the plunder of the two counties.

Eadnoth's title indicates that he was a king's thegn with a seat and special office in the king's hall, playing a part in government as royal justice. His skill in litigation made him a prominent administrator and royal official of the south west. Eadnoth, a West country magnate, was of an ancient and noble family of Saxons in the days of Edward the Confessor, and was married to the daughter of the King of Denmark. Eadnoth and his son Harding together held the sixteenth largest non-earlish estate in England in 1066, having estates in Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Berkshire.

Eadnoth served three kings, Edward, Harold and William".
Facts
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Ancestors
   
 
 
Hardicanute King
ABT 1019 - 8 JUN 1042
  
  
  
Emma
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Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Hardicanute King
BirthABT 1019
Death8 JUN 1042
Marriageto ?
FatherCanute King
MotherEmma
PARENT (U) ?
Birth
Death
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MHarding
Birth
Death
Marriageto ?
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Harding
Birth
Death
Marriageto ?
FatherHardicanute King
Mother?
PARENT (U) ?
Birth
Death
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MRobert Fitz-Harding
BirthABT 1075Bristol
Death
Marriageto Eve
Descendancy Chart
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Robert Fitz-Harding b: ABT 1075
Eve d: 12 MAR 1170