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Geoffrey de Langley

Male Abt 1200 - Bef 1274  (~ 74 years)


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  • Name Geoffrey de Langley 
    Born Abt 1200  of Pinley, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 22 Sep 1274  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Buried Grey Friars, Coventry, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I3307  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of Barbara Hagan, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2018 

    Father Walter de Langley,   b. of Siddington, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Emma de Lacy,   d. Bef 1223 
    Family ID F3650  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Matilda de Brightwell,   bur. Grey Friars, Coventry, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 25 Sep 1236  [8
    Children 
    +1. (Unknown) de Langley,   d. Bef 1287
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F2383  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

      He was probably of age by 1222, which suggests a date of birth about 1200, and first appears in royal service in 1233-4 as constable of St Briavels, Gloucestershire. He joined the royal curia, and was appointed knight-deputy to the earl marshal and marshal of the household.

      The Gascon campaign of 1242–3 proved a turning point in Langley's career. On his return he was given custody of the honour of Arundel. From late 1244 to early 1250 he was associated with the general forest eyre conducted under the headship of Robert Passelewe (d. 1252). On 4 March 1250 he was made chief justice of the forest on both sides of the Trent, an office which he exercised for two and a half years until 25 October 1252. As a forest justice he earned some notoriety. According to Matthew Paris, Langley had gained a reputation for parsimony while marshal of the household. Now he was to be particularly zealous in the interests of the king. Langley's northern eyre was a very lucrative one, and undoubtedly caused murmurings.

      By 1252 Langley was at the height of his power and high in royal esteem, being a particular favourite of the queen. A member of the council, he functioned as a guardian of the king's young daughter, Margaret, queen of Scots, during 1252–3, but made himself unpopular in Scotland and was removed. Then in March 1254 he took responsibility for the English and Welsh lands of the young Prince Edward. This proved to be a disaster, however, for he provoked the Welsh rising of November 1256. Paris says that he conducted himself here in a typically high-handed manner, while the Dunstable annalist writes of him as trying to bring Wales under English law, and ordering the introduction into that country of shires and hundreds, while boasting before the king and queen that he had the Welsh in the palm of his hand. Out of favour with the king, he was eventually pardoned on 14 February 1258. In 1262 he was one of the auditors investigating the accounts of Prince Edward's bailiffs. He was unpopular, however, with the opposition baronage, and was among those royalists whose lands were pillaged in the spring of 1263.

  • Sources 
    1. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing).

    2. [S1491] John P. Ravilious, 12 Oct 2004, post to soc.genealogy.medieval., place only.

    3. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here., year only.

    4. [S1016] Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell by Carl Boyer III. Santa Clarita, California, 2001., year only.

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    6. [S1492] John P. Ravilious, 4 Dec 2004, post to soc.genealogy.medieval., year only.

    7. [S1526] The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, Wife of Reverend John Owsley, Generations 1-15, Fourth Preliminary Edition by Ronny O. Bodine and Bro. Thomas Spalding, Jr. 2013., year only.

    8. [S1492] John P. Ravilious, 4 Dec 2004, post to soc.genealogy.medieval.