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Baron Stephen Longespee & Countess Emmeline Ridelisford

 243376346. Baron Stephen Longespee & 243376347. Countess Emmeline Ridelisford

By 1219, Stephen born in England, s/o 19989838. Earl William Longespee & 19989839. Countess Ela of Salisbury. [Grandson of King Henry II.]

~1223, Emmeline born in Ireland, heir & d/o §§Baron Walter de Ridelisford & Lady Alianore de Viteri.

3/7/1226, Stephen’s father died; his eldest brother William succeeding.


Emeline 1st married to Hugh de Lacy, Earl of Ulster.

1238,  Liberate to Stephen Lungespee 25 marks for Easter term. (S) Calendar of the Liberate Rolls, 1916, P321.

12/24/1239, Walter fitz Robert has made fine by 300 m. for having seisin of the lands formerly of Robert fitz Walter, his father … Pledges for this fine William Longespée [brother of Stephen] for 60 m. Hugh Wake for 40 m. Thomas de Furnival for 40 m. Gerard de Furnival for 40 m. Hamo Peche for 40 m. Baldwin de Vere for 40 m. Stephen Longespée for 40 m. (S) FRsHIII.

1240, Liberate to Stephen Lungespee 25 marks in advance for Michaelmas term next, and 25 marks for Easter term. (S) Calendar of the Liberate Rolls, 1916, P471.

1241, Stephen received a royal gift to stock his park at Great Gaddesden, co. Herts.

9/5/1241, The king has granted to Stephen Longespée that he may render to the king … the £100 that he owes the sheriffs, which £100 the sheriff may retain from the farm of the city of London for the £100 owed to him by Stephen. (S) FRsHIII.

1/5/1242, Nicholas de Boleville and John of Jersey have made fine with the king by 600 m. … pledges … Stephen de Longespée for 50 m.; … (S) FRsHIII.

5/20/1242, Stephen with King Henry III with his brother Richard arrived at Royen, France with a small contingent; but with 30 tons of gold. They were soon joined by French nobles with Hugh as their leader against the forces of the Count of Poitou and King Louis IX.

1242, Earl Hugh died. [Likely in France.]


7/1242, The 2 armies met at the battles of Taillebourgh and Saintes, with the superior sized French force winning.

9/27/1242, King Henry returned to England arriving at Portsmouth.

[––Stephen & Emmeline––]

12/26/1242, Grant to Stephen Lungespe of the marriage of Emelina late the wife of Hugh de Lacy, and if she will not admit him as her husband, and make a fine to marry whom she chooses, of the said fine. (S) CPRs.

2/8/1243, The K. to the justiciary of Ireland. By law and custom of Ireland the K. may distrain widows by their lands to take husbands of the K.’s choice … if [Emeline] who was the wife of Hugh de Lacy will not take for her husband Stephen Longespee, … the justiciary shall distrain her to do so … (S) Cal. of Doc.s Relating to Ireland, 1875, P387.

4/25/1243, The justiciary of Ireland to cause Emelina, who was the wife of Hugh de Lacy, to have out of his lands in Ulster 40 librates, until he shall otherwise provide for her. (S) FMG.

1243, Stephen married Emeline; acquiring the territory of O’Murthy [given by King John to her father], and the castles of Kikea and Dermot.

10/1/1243, Order to John Adger to cause the son and heir of William de Luveres, whom the archbishop of York handed over to him to keep, to be delivered to Stephen Longespée, to whom the king has given the marriage of the same heir for two palfreys. (S) FRsHIII.

5/16/1244, Restored to Emeline Countess of Ulster … all [her] inheritance from Walter de Rydeleford her father whose heir she is and … dower out of the lands … in Ireland of Hugh late Earl of Ulster her husband. (S) FMG.

6/12/1244, The king has granted to Stephen Longespée that he is to render … of the £30 and a palfrey priced 5 m. which he owed to David, Jew of London. (S) FRsHIII.

6/19/1244, Protection for Matthew de la Mare, gone with Stephen Lungespee on the king’s service in Ireland. (S) CPRs.

12/16/1244, An enquiry ordered into what lands Walter de Rideleford, grandfather of Christiana daughter and one of the heirs of Robert de Mariscia, was seised in fee at his death, and what lands fell to the share of Christiana and what to that of the Countess of Ulster, aunt of Christiana and wife of Stephen Longespee, and to grant seisin of Christiana´s share to Fulk de Newcastle … [to whom] the king has granted … Christiana´s lands with her marriage. (S) FMG.

1245, Stephen Lungespe witnessed his brother William’s grant to Burcester priory. (S) History of the Deanery of Bicester, Blomfield, 1882, P18.

2/25/1246, The king has pardoned to Stephen Longespée £35 of £65 which he owed him. (S) FRsHIII.

4/22/1246, Protection with clause volumus for Stephen Lungespe, going to Ireland. (S) CPRs.

6/16/1248, Stephen Lungespee and Emelina his wife and her heirs were granted a yearly fair at their manor of Tristeldermod in Ireland. (S) FMG.

1249, Stephen de Lungespee  recovered from Richard de Burgo the manor of Melok, by warranty of a third part of five cantreds of land as dower of his wife Emelina, and Richard gave him in exchange the manor of Tristelaurent. (S) Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 1904, P73.

9/27/1250, Letter of the King to permit executors of William Longespe to have free administration because Stephen Longespe and Henry de Mare had given security. (S) Annals and Antiquities of Lacock Abbey, Bowles, 1835, P372.

4/22/1252, Grant to Stephen Lungespe … weekly market .. manor of Suttun Regis, and of a yearly fair … manor of Wamberge … also … free warren in all the demesne lands of his manors … (S) CChRs.

11/22/1252, Grant to Stephen Lungespee, and Emelina his wife, of free warren … demesne lands which they now hold in Ireland [not in the king’s forest] … (S) CChRs.

2/5/1253, Protection with clause for Stephen Lungespe, going to Ireland. (S) CPRs.

7/10/1253 at Portsmouth, Grant to Stephen Lungespe, king’s kinsman, that unless the king wishes ro retain in his hands the four cantreds of land in Connaught which Fethelm Ochonochor holds at pleasure, the said Stephen shal be next to obtain it from him. (S) CPRs.

8/6/1253, Stephen with King Henry as he left for Gascony from Portsmouth with 300 ships.

10/4/1253 at Benauge, France, Mandate to S. de Monte Forti, earl of Leicester … R. earl of Norfolk and marshal of England, … and Stephen Lungespe shall reconduct him safely to whatever spot he requires … (S) CPRs.

12/28/1253, Henry’s army in camp at Bazas, France [southeast of Bordeaux].

2/7/1254, at Bazas, France, Royal charter to Robert son of John … Witnesses … Stephen Lungespee ... (S) CPRs.

3/19/1254, King Henry’s army in camp at Meilhan, France [south of Bordeaux, near the Spanish border].

6/8/1254 at Meilhan, Appointment during pleasure of Stephen Lungespe to the keeping of the castle of Bourg … (S) CPRs.

8/12/1254, King Henry’s retinue in camp at Bordeaux, then at Orleans, France.

1/1255, King Henry returned his army to England.

7/7/1255, Protection with clause for Stephen Longespe, gone to Edward the king’s son in Gascony by orders of the king. (S) CPRs. [7 months prior, 15-year-old Lord Edward had married 13-year-old Eleanor of Castile in Las Huelgas.]

1255, Stephen, Seneschal of Gascony.

9/14/1256, Whereas the king has granted to his kinsman A. king of Castile, … empowers P. Bishop of Hereford, Stephen Lungespeye, seneschal of Gascony, and Robert Walerand to [make restitution] … (S) CPRs.

4/8/1257, Mandate to Stephen Lungespe, seneschal of Gascony, to inquire … (S) CPRs.

6/8/1257, Bond to Constatine Beger in 120 pounds of Bordeaux for two years hire of his house in Bordeaux where the king caused his engines to be stored when he last was in Gascony in time of war there … Stephen Lungespe, seneschal of Gascony, … (S) CPRs.

1258, Robert Fitz Walter’s wardship granted to his uncle Sir Stephen Longespee. [Robert’s mother is Stephen’s sister.]

6/1258, King Henry signed the Provisions of Oxford. These limitations by parliament granted money to Henry in exchange for administrative reform. Stephen 1 of 4 counsellors appointed by the Oxford Statutes to ensure Prince Edward’s observance.

6/23/1258, Edward the king’s first born son, granted to Stephen Lungespee the wardship of the land and heirs of Walter son of Robert … for 3000 marks … with the marriage of the heirs. (S) CPRs, 2/23/1259.

7/11/1258, The castle of Shureurn has been committed to Stephen Lungespeye. (S) CPRs.

10/21/1258, Stephen, Lord Justice of Ireland. (S) CPRs.

8/17/1259, Mandate to Stephen Lungespee, justiciary of Ireland, to permit Alexander, steward of Scotland, by his serjeants to buy victuals and other necessaries in Ireland to take them to Scotland. (S) CPRs.

1260, Stephen commanded the English forces in the battle of Down, Ireland defeating the forces of Brian O’Neill.

Bef. 6/25/1260, Stephen of King’s Sutton, Northamptonshire died in Ireland; buried at Lacock [where his widowed mother was an abbess, and his sister Lora a nun.]


2/11/1261, Mandate to Emeline, countess of Ulster, sometime wife of Stephen Lungespeye, and the other executors of his will, to deliver the said castles … (S) CPRs.

9/2/1264, Protection until All Saints for Emeline late the wife of Stephen Lungespe … executors of the will of said Stephen, … to acquit his debts … (S) CPRs.

1270, Emmeline erected a chapel at Wanborough dedicated to St. Katherine, endowed for 2 chaplains. (S) Reports by Great Britain Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, 1874, P463.

[Undated], Emelina, Countess of Ulster had her own personal seal, a female effigy with a canopy. (S) Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts, British Museum, 1801, P180.

[Undated], Emeline, Countess of Ulster, in her charter to the Canons of Ashby, Northamptonshire, recorded: 1st husband – Hugues de Lasci; 2nd husband – Estienne de longe espee; her name; her father – Sir Gaultier de Ridelisford; her mother – Alianore de Viteri; her daughters – Ela and Emeline. (S) History of the Viceroys of Ireland, Gilbert, P105. [Ela Lady of Ashby; Emeline became Lady of Offaly.]

Bef. 12/28/1276, Emeline died: IPM of Richard de la Rokele. … Emeline de Lascy, formerly Countess of Ulster [deceased] (S) Wiltshire IsPM, V37, P117.

(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P176. (S) Sussex Archaeological Collections, P179.

Family notes:

~1200, Walter de Riddlesford founded a nunnery in co. Kildare of the Order of St. Augustin. (S) Monasticon Hibernicum, V2, Archdall, 1876, P259.

1207, King John took into his protection the nunnery in Co. Kildare, particularly the grants made to them by Walter Riddlesford. [(S) Same as ~1200.]

1204, Walter de Ridelsford, Baron of Bray, co. Wicklow, born in Ireland, s/o §§Walter de Riddlesford (d.1226).

4/1/1234, Walter, father of Emelina, participate in the battle of Curragh in Ireland, the defeat and end of the ‘Irish War’ of Richard Marshall, earl of Pembroke and lord of Leinster. (S) 13th Century England, V8, 2001, P17.

Children of Stephen and Emmeline:

i. Ela Longespee (121688173), born ~1245 in England.

ii. Emeline Longespee, born ? in England.

Emeline married Maurice fitzMaurice fitzGerald, baron of Offaly.

1286, Emeline died. (S) FMG.

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