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Re: Gitto de Leon ancestors? Anyone?
Posted by: W. G. Churchill (ID *****7140) Date: December 02, 2008 at 20:50:24
In Reply to: Re: Gitto de Leon ancestors? Anyone? by Chris Meadowcroft of 333

The father of Hugh is uncertain but is said to be a Gitto de Leon. This has been controversial since the time of the first Sir Winston Churchill (born 1620). This “first” Sir Winston made a claim that Gitto was a descendant (or relation) to the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Leon. In the time before the Conquest the Kingdom of Leon occupied the coastal area immediately West of Normandy bordering the sea. “De” of course meant “of” or “from.” While Gitto may have been “from” the Kingdom of Leon (and likely was since he was called by that name) I have seen absolutely no proof that he was in any way related to the Royal family. I have seen a copy of the members of the Leon Royal family over several generations in that time and there is no name “Gitto” or any name like “Gitto” mentioned.

I’ve studied Pincernas. They were an interesting lot. Pincerna, by the way, was an occupation so one can't assume a blood relationship between individuals called Pincerna. There are many Pincernas mentions in the records. A Pincerna was basically a Business Manager in modern terms. They accounted for your money and properties, supervised, hired and fired the help. The same thing as a Master Butler, i.e they were not domistics. The more prominent ones like Hugh, may have managed multiple lordships - so they were running companies in modern terms.


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