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Sancta Fides de Monte Gomerici

Latin roots : Sancta Fides/Sainte Foy/Sainte Foi=Saint Faith/Holy Faith - mons/monte/mont=mount

Germanic roots :  Gumarick/Gomerici (Roger I of Montgommery’s grandfather and also Rollo the Viking’s brother)

Mont Gommeri, Montgommery, Montgomery, Montgomerie, etc...





 "In 1040, Duke of Britanny Alain III and his warriors enter the forest of Auge, in order to preserve the rights of young Duke of Normandy, William II aka the Bastard. However, they besiege the fortress of his ally, Roger de Mont Gommeri. Roger de Mont Gommeri is imprisoned. After a "beverage", Alain feels faint and dies. His body, transferred to Vimoutiers in l’Auberge de l’Ecu, then in St Sauveur Church, is finally conveyed to the Abbey of Fécamp where he is buried.

A few years later, Willliam takes possession of the Tillieres fortress that King Henry 1st of France had just robbed him of. Henry 1st  besieges the Mont Gommeri fortress, and pulls it down in 1054.

Then, William claims the crown of England. Roger II de Mont Gommeri, now his counselor, does not go fighting with him for this initial invasion, he stays in Normandy to help Duchess Matilda of Flanders govern the duchy. After the conquest of England, William, now aka the Conqueror, comes back triumphally and it is in 1067 that Roger de Mont Gommeri goes along with him to this country where William the Conqueror, by then crowned William 1st of England since December 25, 1066, will give him Arundel, and later on the earldom of Shrewsbury and its appurtenances. Thenceforwards, he was Roger 1st Earl of Shrewsbury.

A legend narrates that the fortress was heptagonally built with seven big towers, and that Catherine de Medicis would have it destroyed after a conflict with Gabriel de Montgommery."




On Roger de Mont Gommeri's lands


Saint Germain de Montgommery

Locate these fiefs

Sainte Foy de Montgommery

Manoir des Champeaux

aka Ferme des Tourelles

Le Manoir nowadays

The townhall nowadays

The church nowadays

Visit the Church

on Cassini map

In the tiny church of Sainte Foy de Mongtommery are buried the latest Montgommery, in the village.

Remains of the Dukes' castle

Le Manoir nowadays

The townhall nowadays

The church nowadays

Visit the Church

The feudal motte Saint germain de Montgommery



The feudal motte Sainte Foy de Montgommery




The "animated" Bayeux Tapestry : The conquest of England by William the Conqueror


 Made in England in 1082, the tapestry tells the conquest of England by William the Conqueror,

and especially the Battle of Hastings, 14 October 1066.
The tapestry, measuring 70mx0,50m, is a wool embroidery on linen.
It is considered as a highly historical document.



Bayeux Tapestry

Then what happened to Roger de Montgommery ? ...




From Mont Gommeri to Montgomeryshire


"In the county of Montgomeryshire in United Kingdom, standing alongside a narrow lane out of the old borough of Montgomery, is the site of a motte and bailey timber castle : Hen Domen Castle. It was here that Roger of Montgomery built his timber castle circa 1070 as a forward military outpost from Shrewbury, of which town William the Conqueror had created him Earl.


The occupancy of the motte at Hendomen by the Montgomery family was quite short, about thirty years and Roger would probably have spent most of his time in his Shrewbury Castle. In 1083, he was engaged in the construction of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. He died in July 1094, three days after retiring there as a monk. He was buried in the Shrewbury Abbey and later his tomb was moved to the Nave.


Tomb of Sir Roger de Montgomery and Shrewsbury Abbey

on flickr by@ROBERTFROST1960


In 1095, the motte was in the hands of his son Hugh, second Earl of Shrewsbury. Hugh was attacked by the Welsh and a massacre of the garrison took place. Hugh was burried in Shrewsbury Abbey. He was then was succeeded by his brother Robert of Belleme, third Earl of Shrewsbury. But Robert took part in a revolt against King Henry and paid dearly for it. His lands in England and the Welsh Marches were taken from him and he was compelled to return to Normandy in 1102. This was the end of the Montgomerys at Hendomen. Robert went on conspiring against King Henry of England, who on his hand was covetting the Duchy of Normandy. Finally, this last one of the Bellemes was sent back as a prisoner to England where he died some fifteen years later in the prison of the castle of Wareham.


Some 150 years later the name was given to the stone castle a mile or so to the south, the village, and eventually to the county which came in to being in 1535. It is the only county in the United Kingdom to hold a Norman name."


Source and more Hendomen, the Motte and Bailey Castle at Montgomery

  More from the Domesbook by Archaelogia Cambrensis/Archive.org

Montgomery Castle nowadays

Shrewsbury Castle nowadays

Shrewsbury Abbey nowadays




The name of Montgomery is first recorded in Scotland in 1165 when Robert of Montgomery obtained the lands of Eaglesham in Renfrewshire.

It appears later in America from 1694.


By participating at the Battle of Normandy, 1944

Field Marshal Montgomery, Bernard Montgomery

known as "Monty", descendant of Gabriel de Montgommery

was thus back to defend the lands of his ancestors.




Montgommery motto :

« Garde Bien », (que les moyens) « Observent Bien »