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(According to Master Wace’s Chronicle of the Norman Conquest, written in the mid-1100s).
The Wormley family were a male-line, cadet branch of the Yorkshire Newmarches of Bentley, Arksey and Womersley, who were direct paternal descendants of the Crispins.
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.
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”.
We discuss the possibilities in depth in our chapter entitled “The Origins of the Crispin Family”.
The Domesday Book records that Robert held Whatton in the Vale, near Nottingham, of Gilbert de Gand in 1086.