Dictionary of National Biographies gives the following account: Zouche
or Zouch, Alan de la or de la, Baron Zouche ( d 1270) was the sone of
Roger de la Zouch, and grandson of Alan de la Zouch
elder Alan, was the first of the family to be established in England.
the younger son of Galrides
Parrhoet in Brittainy ( d 1141). His elder brother was Count of Brittainy
( for a few years but with disputed title.
Uncle , also named Alan was founder of the Viscounty of Rohan.
de Parrhoet, or de la Zouch established himself in England under Henry
III ( 1154 - 1189 ) and married Adeliza or Alice de Belmeis, sole heiress
of The House Of Belmeis. Her inheritance included Tong Castle, Salop:
Ashby ( afterwards Ashby de la Zouche) Leicestershire: North Molton, Devon:
and other estates in Cambridgeshire and elsewhere.
sons William de la Zouch ( d 1199) and Roger de la Zouch ( d1238) succeeded
to these estates in turn.
in the first year of Henry II, 1189, receieved grants of the forfeited
estates of his kinsmen, the Viscounts Of Rohan.
died before November 3rd 1238
1270 Zouch had a suit against Earl Warrene regarding a certain estate:
During the trial on 19 June 1270, he was attacked by Warrene and seriously
injured. His son Roger was wounded. He died on 10 August and his son Roger
received saisin of his estate.
married Elena ( died 1296) daughter and co heir of Roger de Quincy, Earl
Of Winchester. Their eldest son Roger de la Zouch married Ela, daughter
of Emeline, Countess of Ulster.
FULL DETAILS SEE:-
Dictionary Of National Biography P.1329
Dormant And Extinct Peerages Pp 566.598.599
1217 lands in four counties, mainly Cambridgeshire, were aquired in exchange
for land in Brittainy.
OF THE FAMILY ZOUCH
authors give the interpretation of the French "Souche" as
the stump of a tree, probably referring to a place in Brittainy so identified.
However, another version from a book published c1880:
Of Ashby de la Zouche
this to say:-
settled in England during the reign of Henry II, and founded another family.
He was called Geoffrey de la Zouch.'
French "Souche" means stock ( of a tree) and implies
that he was the first of another stock.
version seems to be rather more plausible than the modern version and
could be the right one in view of the two names Parrhoet and Zouch or
The Lady Of The Castle
researching an older pedigree of The House Of Bretagne, I noticed that
King Hoel III of Bretagne married a lady by the name of Fratelle Osouche,
around 580AD. could this also be another link on our chain