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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Baron John ‘Fitz Richard’ de Lacy & Lady Alice of Essex

 79958120. Baron John ‘Fitz Richard’ de Lacy 79958121. Lady Alice of Essex

12/22/1135, Stephen crowned king of England.

~1142, Alice born in England, d/o 159916242. Robert of Essex & 39979821. Alice de Vere.

~1143, John born in Lincolnshire, England, younger s/o 159916240. Richard Fitz Eustace & 159916241. Albreda de Lisours.

12/19/1154, Henry II crowned king of England.

7/1157, John’s grandfather Eustace died fighting the Welsh.

[––John & Alice––]

~1160, John married Alice.

By 1163, John’s father died in Ireland, John a minor; his older brother Roger the heir. [John would use the name ‘de Lacy’, the family name of his paternal grandmother.]

1163 at Woodstock, ‘John Constable’ witnessed a royal charter confirming an agreement between William fitz Gilbert and the monks of Furness abbey. [John would be 16 or older. “Lancashire Pipe Rolls” dates this to 1163. Between the dates King Henry was not in England. For some reason his older brother did not inherit the most lands and constableship.]

9/1166, John paid 100 marks of a fine of 1000 marks for livery of his lands. (S) Feudal Assessments, Keefe, 1983, P132.

1170, John, constable of Chester to Hugh de Kevelioc, earl of Chester, notified of the restoration to Humphrey de Bohun of the fee of Bisley.

1171, John the 6th Baron of Halton.

10/1171, After the English Pope Adrian granted Ireland to King Henry, Henry landed at Waterford with 400 knights, 4000 men-at-arms, and 400 ships to begin the conquest.

4/1173, John, constable of Chester, sided with King Henry when the king’s eldest 3 sons rebelled against their father.

1175, Confirmation by John, Constable of Chester, of the grant by Fulk de Mareis to Nicholas the clerk of Marnham. (S) Manuscripts of Lord Middleton, 1911, P10.

1175-90, Charter of John the constable of Chester confirming the benefactions of his grandfather and grandmother, Eustace fitz John and Agnes, to Watton prior, Yorks. (S) Book of Seals, Hatton, 1950, P358.

1176, John’s mother Albreda married 2nd William fitz Godric (121698304), who paid £100 “to have the mother of John the constable to wife with her lands”. (S) Victoria History of the County of Lancaster, V1, 1966.

1176, John paid a fine of 400 marks to have his mother’s lands. (S) Pipe Roll Society, V31, 1910, P26.

By 4/1178, John’s older brother died, Roger’s son Roger (19989910) a minor.

1178, John founded a Cistercian monastery at Stanlow Point on the Wirral. (S) History of the Count and Palatine of Chester, Hanshall, 1823, P411.

1180-81, Hervey de Stratton renders and account to defray the cost of passage of John, Constable of Chester, and others to Ireland. (S) Cal. of Doc.’s Relating to Ireland, 1875, P10.

2/5/1181, John was governor of Dublin in Ireland. (S) Chartulary of St. John of Pontefract, 1899, P23. [John was sent by the King to hold Dublin while Hugh de Lacy was recalled to England for marrying without the King’s licence Rose O’Conner, d/o the King of Connaught. Hugh was reinstated 3 months later.]

1181, Kildare taken from Meiler fitz Henry by John Constable of Chester, governor of Ireland, for which he was given Leix in exchange. (S) Journal of the County of Kildare, V2, 1899, P92.

1184, John was quit of his 1000 mark fine of 1166. [John, a patron of science, maintained an astronomer at Halton Castle. His name was William, and is attributed with some astrological prophecies in 1184.]

1185, Alice of Essex (39979821) is at the King’s disposal, and is 60 years old; and is aunt to Earl William (of Essex) and sister to Earl Aubrey (189118256, of Oxford), and she has 2 sons, knights, and 1 daughter (79958121, Alice) married to John constable of Chester. Aynho, which is her manor, and which she holds of Earl William, is worth £30 a year . (S) Transactions – Essex, 1889, P244.

1186, William, astronomer to John, based on the alignment of the planets, predicted “If the nobles of the land will serve God, and fly from the devil, the Lord will avert all impending plagues.” (S) History of England, V1, 1856, P248.

1187, Newton-juxta-Daresbruy given by John Lacy, constable of Chester, to Adam de Dutton. (S) Magna Britannia, 1810, P759.

1188, “Be it known … Prior of the Bretheren of the Hospital of Jerusalem in England, … have confirmed … which we have by the gift of John, Constable of Chester, … (S) Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancaster, V54, 1904, P187.

11/3/1189, Richard I crowned king of England. John, Constable of Chester, attended the coronation. (S) Pontefract, Holmes, 1878, P102.

1190, John granted the 2nd known charter for a ferry at Runcorn Gap.

12/12/1189, John departed with King Richard on the 3rd Crusade.

7/1190, The English and French armies met at Lyons; where they learned that the German Emperor, leading his forces to the crusade, had died in an accident.

1191, King Richard captured the city of Messina, Sicily, after they had refused to let the English ships land.

6/5/1191, King Richard set sail for Acre on the galley Trenchmere. [The French forces were already besieging the city.]

7/1191, King Richard captured Acre.

9/5/1191, King Richard defeated Saladin at the battle of Arsuf.

1191, Many of the forces, especially the Germans, returned home. Duke Leopold V of Austria, their leader, had been insulted by Richard over the flying of Leopold’s flag.

12/1191, King Richard arrived at Beit Nuba, 12 miles from Jerusalem.

Bef. 8/1192, John died at Tyre; buried in Stanlow Abbey.


10/6/1207, ‘Alicia mater constabularii Cestriae’ in a writ of King John.

(S) Pubs. of the Thoresby Society, V17, 1908, P108. (S) Transactions – Shropshire, V2, 1908, P31. (S) Court, Household, and Itinerary of King Henry II, Eyton, 1878.

Children of John and Alice:

i. Richard de Lacy, born ~1160 in England.

Richard was a leper.

ii. Roger de Lacy (39979060), born ~1162 in England.

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