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Re: Gitto de Leon ancestors? Anyone?
Posted by: Chris Meadowcroft (ID *****2956) Date: November 29, 2008 at 05:55:21
In Reply to: Re: Gitto de Leon ancestors? Anyone? by W. G. Churchill of 332

I also seem to have a distant link to Gitto de Leon , and after reading your comments researched the meaning of the word Pincerna, which appears to mean Butler. I did find an intersting ref on
http://www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/sources/saville/baildon6.shtml

which mentions a "Hugh the Butler" ( Hugh de Pincerna ). It would seem that the role of butler to the King was quite a high office.
It quotes ~Richard de Sevilla describes himself as "filius Hugonis Pincerne de Sandala"~ i.e Richard of Seville, son of Hugh the Butler of Sandala ... Does this imply that it may well be Gitto of Leon ( Landes, Aquitaine or even Spain ?) rather than Leon the French family, and that later he became Gitto or Hugh the Butler? Interesting! Certainly Winston Churchill and others would have prefered to find French Royal blood , rather than a spanish butler or some one from a small town in Aquitaine, but perhaps all is not what it seems?
However it seems that Hugh the Butler is an ancestor of the early Savilles and Butlers of Skelbrook and Kirk Sandal so perhaps Hugh de Pincerna is a red herring? Perhaps Richard de Savilla ( Saville ) has been confused at some point with Richard de Courcelle?
Chris


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