Harding, Contest over the Ratification of the Federal Constitution in.
Old pedigree-makers from the 14th century onward have made of Harding a younger son of a king of Denmark and a companion of the Conqueror, while modern historians assert his identity with one Harding who, although an English thane, is recorded by Domesday Book in 1086 as a great landowner in Somerset.
This Harding the thane was son of Elnod or Alnod,.
But if Harding the Berkeley ancestor be the Harding who, as the queen's butler, witnesses King Edward's Waltham charter of 1062, his dates seem strangely apart from those of Robert his son, dead a hundred and eight years later.
Of Robert fitz Harding we know that he was a Bristol man whose wealth and importance were probably increased by the trade of the port.