It is not my purpose to try to provide a complete genealogy for all Mittons. Extended Mitton families can best do those themselves. This story was to provide a family story in historical context. My “history story” was to make the connection between the Mittons of the 21st century and those of their Norman ancestry. I have tried to clarify past mistakes and provide documentation to support my interpretation of the ancient history and legacy of the “family de Mitton” from the Norman Conquest.
I have a much more extensive book from which this condensed website was extracted. Please contact me should anyone be interested.
This effort is always subject to corrections and new information. I am receptive to anyone who has such information for contribution. In the meantime I will continue to research and add to what I have presented here.
“Le Bruis de Mittõn”
aka; Bruce Floyd Mitton
*The name Bruce is of French Norman ancestry along with the surname de Mittõn as previously described. “Le Bruis” means, “willow land” in old French. Their are different spellings. The Normans appeared to spell the name “Bruis” and settled in the north west of England where the son of the first Le Brus ( another spelling) fought at the Battle of Standard with Ilbert de Lacy, half brother of Ralph the Red. Ralph was probably at this battle as well. He owed knights service to Ilbert, his feudal Lord for just such circumstances to defend the superior lords domains.
King David of Scotland, beginning in 1124, gave large estates to his friend de Brus. This family originated from Brix in the Cotentin peninsula of Normandy. The family’s later famous descendant is known in Scottish history as Robert the Bruce. That great Scottish national hero was married to the great, great granddaughter of Walter de Lacy and brother of Ilbert de Lacy (both brothers of Normandy). Ilbert was the grandfather of Ralph the Red. The name Brix is a location near Cherbourg in Normandy.
The Adam Castle is the oldest monument in Brix. It takes its name from Adam de Bruis or de Brix, brother of Robert de Brix who accompanied William the Conqueror to England. Very little remains of the castle. Robert de Brix supported Prince David`s successful attempt to regain his kingdom in 1124.The main square of Brix is called “Place Robert Bruce” after Scotland’s greatest national hero.