Fortescue Family Genealogy

Descendants of Richard Le Fort or Richard Fort Escu

Richard Le Fort was at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The legend is that he saved William, the Duke of Normandy, by use of his shield. He then adopted the name Fort Escu (Strong shield) and returned to France to found the French Fortescu Branch. His son Adam, who also fought at the Battle of Hastings, settled in South Devon near Modbury. All English Fortescues are descended from him. 

    April 2010

  • Updated database : Our first major update since 2003!
  • Now 4,500+ records in the main database
  • Two databases. Now viewable by either All Decendants or Linked Decendants
  • Portraits added to some Decendants in webpage layouts
  • New separate Gallery of images added
  • October 2010

  • 1911 Census information added
  • Privacy of records improved
  • Article on the First Fortescues Added

If you have any information documents or photographs that might provide details regarding anyone included [or not included!] here in the Fortescue Genealogy Database, then please get in contact. Even minor details and stories about people already listed on this site can often help verify, confirm, expand, and improve its accuracy and usefulness. So please get in touch with us.

Don Edge
23 Kureelpa Falls Road
Kureelpa 4560

Phone (07) 5476 3440

Created October 2010