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Walter de Lacy

Male Abt 1042 - 1084  (~ 42 years)


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  • Name Walter de Lacy  [1
    Born Abt 1042  Lassy, Calvados, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Apr 1084  Hereford, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Alternate death 1085  [3
    Alternate death 27 Mar 1085  Hereford, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Gloucester Abbey, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I4000  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of Barbara Hagan, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of Thomas Butler, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father (Unknown father of Walter and Ilbert de Lacy) 
    Mother Emma 
    Family ID F5587  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Emma 
    Children 
    +1. Agnes de Lacy
    Last Modified 24 Dec 2015 
    Family ID F3685  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ermeline 
    Married 1066  [2
    Children 
    +1. Roger de Lacy,   d. 1106
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2015 
    Family ID F2745  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

      "[A] Norman who made a great fortune for himself in the conquest of England. He and his brother Ilbert, from whom the Lacys of Pontefract were descended, shared a Norman estate centred on Lassy, from which they were named and which they held as men of the bishop of Bayeux. In England, however, they were independent operators, and Walter, who clearly already had a military reputation, was set up by King William in the southern Welsh marches alongside Earl William fitz Osbern in 1067. [...]

      "On the rebellion of Roger de Breteuil in 1075, Walter de Lacy remained loyal to the king and helped ensure that the revolt failed, no doubt being additionally rewarded in the aftermath. From 1075 he was the leading baron in the region [...] A benefactor of Gloucester Abbey, he also founded and endowed the collegiate church of St Peter in Hereford. Walter died on 27 March 1085, perhaps (as later family legend had it) falling off the scaffolding while inspecting the building works at another favoured church in Hereford, St Guthlac's. He was buried in the chapter house at Gloucester Abbey."

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

    2. [S446] The History of Ewyas Lacy, An Ancient Hundred of South-West Herefordshire. Ewyas Lacy Study Group, 2007.

    3. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing).