fought on the side of Stephen at the battle of Lincoln 2 February 1141 but was put to flight at the outset bythe charge of the "Disinherited." Later in the same year he was taken prisoner by Ranulf, Earl of Chester,who forced him to do homage and to surrender the Earldom of Cornwall to Reynold de Dunstanville. AtChristmas 1141 he was with the King at Canterbury, where as "comes Alanus" he witnessed the King'ssecond charter for Geoffrey de Mandeville. After Easter 1142 a tournament between him and William,Count of Aumale, was stopped by the King. In 1142, he took the castle of Lincoln, with considerabletreasure, from Ranulph, Earl of Chester, by scaling the walls at night. In 1143 he invaded the church of Ripon and insulted Archbishop William at the tomb of St. Wilfred. Alan Niger was described as a mostdeceitful, wicked person, but notwithstanding that character, he appears, like his progenitors, to have been amunificent benefactor to the church. In or shortly before 1145 he issued two charters of confirmation for the abbey of Jervaulx, adding a gift of common of pasture. In 1145 he crossed to Brittany, whence he never returned, and later in the year at Quimper issued a charter confirining the abbey of St. Melaine at Rennes inits rights over the church of St. Sauveur at Guingamp and over their possessions in England. In Brittany heexecuted two other charters, which have survived, one at Rennes on 6 January 1146 and the other atPloërrnel.
- b.c.1165, m.
Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages
- Sir Bernard Burke, Burke's Peerage, Ltd., London,1883- p. 162, de Dreux, Earls of Richmond
The Complete Peerage
- Vol. X, pp. 788-91
Stephen and Matilda, The Civil War of 1139-53
- James Bradbury, Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd.,Gloucestershire, 1996
Irish Pedigrees or the Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation
- John O'Hart, James Duffy & Co., Dublin, 1892-Vol. II, p. 138
Earls & Dukes of Richmond
Reginald was sheriff of Ayr and was a witness with his son Hugh to a charter from Walter the Steward tothe monks of Paisley to the lands of Dalmullin about 1229, to a donation by David de Lindsay to themonastery of Newbattle which was confirmed by King Alexander II in 1232 and with his sons William,John and Adam he witnessed a charter of Hugh de Bygris in 1228/9.(