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Viceroy Hugh de Lacy & Lady Rohese de Monmouth

 39979496. Viceroy Hugh de Lacy & 39979497. Lady Rohese de Monmouth

~1140, Hugh born in Wales, s/o 79958992. Gilbert de Lacy.

~1150, Rohese born in Wales, d/o 94536968. Baderon de Monmouth & 94536968. Rohese ?.

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

Aft. 1163, Hugh’s father died.

[––Hugh & Rohese––]

~1168, Hugh married to Rohese.

10/18/1171, After the English Pope Adrian granted Ireland to King Henry, he took a force of 4500 and landed at Waterford. Ireland was already under siege by Normans from Wales. Most Irish kings and bishops submitted to his rule. Hugh was a direct commander under King Henry [many knights from Wales already in Ireland.]

1172 at Wexford, King Henry granted Hugh de Lacey the kingdom of Meath [about 800,000 acres], for 50 knights’ fees, and left him as justiciar of Ireland and constable in Dublin.

4/17/1172, King Henry departed Ireland leaving Hugh as justiciar of Ireland, Robert fitz Bernard with custody of Waterford and Wexford, and the earl of Strigoil in possession of Leinster.

1172, Rohese of Monmouth, married to Hugh de Lacy, makes a gift of ‘3 solidos’ to Monmouth priory.

1172, Hugh de Lacy and William fitz Adelm de Burgh deputed by King Henry to treat with Roderic O’Conor, who had gathered troops and taken up a position on the banks of the Shannon. Unsuccesful, Roderic marched into Meath and demolished fortifications of Hugh.

1172, Hugh killed Tighearnan O’Ruairc, King of Breifne in Ireland at the Hill of Ward. His head was sent to King Henry II.

1173, With the outbreak of rebellion in Normandy by his sons, King Henry summoned Hugh de Lacy from Ireland.

4/15/1173, K. Henry held his Easter court at Alencon. Notable supporters in attendance: … Hugh de Lacy, … Richard de Luci … Thomas Bardulf, Humphrey de Bohun. (S) Court Household, and Itinerary of King Henry II, Eyton, 1878, P172.

7/1173, Hugh de Lacy and Hugh de Beauchamp defend the town of Verneuil, France, on the river Eure, southwest of Evrux under seige by Louis VII and young King Henry. (S) Henry II: A Medieval Soldier, Hosler, 2007, P201.

8/8/1173, The seige of Verneuil was lifted by King Henry’s forces.

9/1173 at Rouen, France, Hugh de Lacy witnessed a charter of King Henry to the abbey of Jumieges. [King Henry broke King Louis’ seige of Rouen.]

1174, Hugh’s territory of Meath was devastated by a coalition of the kings of Leth Cuinn under the leadership of High King RuaidrĂ­ Ua Conchobair. Hugh’s steward, Hugh Tyrell, abandoned de Lacy’s principal castle of Trim and fled.

10/11/1174, Louis VII stopped supporting Henry’s sons, effectively ending their rebellion.

4/2/1175 at Valognes, France, Hugh de Lacy witnessed a royal charter to Blanchelande abbey.

1175, King Henry made a treaty with King RuaidrĂ­ Ua Conchobair which protected Hugh lands in Ireland.

8/12/1175 at Northampton, Hugh de Lacy witnessed a royal charter at the request of Richard Peche and Matilda his wife.

Bef. 1177, Hugh de Lacy granted the barony of Delvin to his kinsman Sir Gilbert de Nugent for the service of 5 knights.

5/8/1177, King Henry named his son John, age 9, as King of Ireland. King Henry also confirmed his grant to Hugh of Meath for 100 knights’ fees [50 for Meath and 50 for Dublin]. Stongbow having died in 1176, Leinster was to be governed by William fitz Audelin from Wexford. Another third by Robert le Poer from Waterford, and a third by Hugh de Lacy from Dublin. [Hugh had to give up his castle of Ludlow, Shropshire.]

1178, Hugh de Lacy plundered Clonmacnoise, sparing the churches and the bishop’s house. Hugh was extending his frontier in Meath towards Shannon.

1179, Hugh reprimanded by King Henry after a delegation of Irishmen appealed for help against his harsh rule.

Bef. 1180, Rohese died, buried the abbey of St. Thomas, Dublin.


1180, Hugh married 2nd Rose O’Connor, d/o RuaidrĂ­ Ua Conchobair [without King Henry’s consent], as part of a truce between them.

5/1181, King Henry removed Hugh as viceroy of Ireland. [Hugh 3 reinstated months later.]

1182-86, Hugh concentrated on building new castles.

1185, Knighted by his father King Henry II, Prince John, age 17-18, sent to subdue [unsuccessfully] rebellious chieftains in Ireland. [John blamed his failure on Hugh de Lacy.]

4/1185, Hugh de Lascy, constable, witnessed Prince John’s charter to the Irish abbey of Valle Salutis.

7/25/1186, Hugh de Laci, King of Meath, Briefny and Oriel, killed at Motte castle, Durrow, from an axe blow by Gilla Ganinahar O’Meyey. [Body buried at Bective Abbey; head buried St. Thomas Abbey, Dublin (where the rest of his body was eventually moved).]

(S) O’Conors of Connaught, O’Donovan, 1891. (S) Legal Institutions, Honorary Hereditary Offices …, Lynch, 1830. (S) Court, Household, and Itinerary of King Henry II, Eyton, 1878. (S) ‘Hugh de Lacy in Ireland’, Hist. of Ireland Mag., Veach, Iss2, 2007, V15.

Children of Hugh and Rohese:

i. Walter de Lacy (19989748), born ~1170 in Wales, England.

ii. Earl Hugh de Lacy, born ? in Ireland.

Hugh married Lescelina de Verdun, sister of 189118214. Baron Nicholas de Verdun.

1205, Hugh created earl of Ulster by King John.

4/9/1208, Mandate to Robert de Veerpont to put Hugh de Lascy, the hostage of Walter de Lascy, out of irons, but to detain him in safe custody. (S) Excerpta Historica, 1831, P400.

1210, Hugh de Lascy joined the rebellion of William de Braose. Hugh was forced into exile in France.

6/2/1213, King John recalled Walter de Lacy from exile in France. [Walter’s brother Hugh refused to return.]

1217, Walter de Lascy received in ward his niece, Roseia, d/o Hugh de Lascy, his brother. (S) The Register of the Priory of St. Bees, 1915, P-X.

1220-24, Hugh de Lascy returned to Ireland, again in rebellion.

4/22/1225, Michael Grossus has made fine with the king by £100 for having grace and for having seisin of his lands that were taken into the king’s hand because he was against the king in Ireland with Hugh de Lacy. (S) FRsHIII.

1235, Hugh de Lacy, earl of Ulster, … and the English of Leinster and Munster, crossed the Shannon at Athlone and burnt Roscommon, then Elphin [in Connaught.]

Aft. 12/26/1242, Hugh died.

i. Isabel de Lacy (189118209), born ~1174 in Ireland.

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