Rivallon I of Dol
Rivallon of Dol-Combourg was born to Hamo I, Viscount of Alet and Roianteline. RIvallon's eldest brother was Hamo II Viscount of Alet, while his next eldest brother Josselin became the seigneur of Diana. Another brother Jungeon became Archbishop of Dol, Rivallon also had a sister Imogen who was married to a knight of Alan III of Brittany a man she completely dominated becoming the eventual guardian of their son Brien. Hamo I also had a natural son Saloman who was the given the fief of Garclip later known as the seigneure of Du Guseclin.
Dol rebels against Conan IIEdit
Rivallon was influenced by William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy.
In this period Normandy and Brittany clashed with each other in border skirmishes. Before William had become Duke, the Breton tribal lands of the Contentin Peninsula, near Dol, had been ceded to Norman rule. When Duke Alan III of Brittany died he left Brittany to his infant son Conan II with his younger brother, Odo of Penthievre, as Conan's Regent. Odo challenged Conan II by refusing to relinquish rule on Conan's achieving his majority. Conan affirmed his rule as Duke only when he imprisoned Odo in 1057.
Following this, in 1065 William, as Duke of Normandy convinced Rivallon to rebel against Conan II, Duke of Brittany with the aid of Geoffrey III of Anjou. This rebellion was the first major conflict of the Breton-Norman War.
Rivallon I and Aremburga du Puset had four children:
- Saint Gilduin (d. 1077),
- John, Archbishop of Dol - succeeded Rivallon I as Duke of Dol-Comburg
- Bertha, Countess of Rennes
- William, Abbot of Saint Florent
Rivallon died in 1065
Geoffroi, youngest son of Rivallon, took the surname of Gorron, Gorram. His son Ruellon de Gorram, married Hersende daughter of Walter de Mayenne.
- Evrard he was also the viscount of Chartres and Lord of Le Puiset).
Rivallon had another son that is not well known. Geoffroy as it appears to be the youngest. He has been connected with the family of Gorron. Geoffroy's children have been identified as the Lord of Saint Berthevin La Tanniere, Hemenare, l'Ernee, Levare and Buron.