Lucy de Thweng

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Lucy de Thweng, daughter of Sir Robert de Thweng, Knt. and Maud Hansard, was born 24 March 1278/79.1 She died 8 June 1346,1 and was buried at the convent church, Guisborough, Yorkshire, England.1

Lucy married (1) Sir William de Latimer, Knt., 2nd Lord Latimer, son of William le Latimer, 1st Lord Latimer and Alice Ledet, before 20 April 1295;1 they later divorced, before 1314;2 she married (2) Robert de Everingham, before 29 January 1312/13;1 she married (3) Bartholomew de Fanacourt in 1320. The ancestries of Everingham and Fanacourt are unknown (or not traced here).1 She was also the mistress of Nicholas Meinill, 2nd Lord Meinill, son of Nicholas de Meinill, 1st Lord Meinill and Christian (…), with whom she had one illigitimate child.2

In 1304, while her husband was campaigning in Scotland, Lucy was willingly abducted by persons unknown. In Feb 1303/4, the king sent his precept to the Sheriff of Yorkshire to make a "strict" search for her throughout Yorkshire. Sometime before 22 Sep 1304, Lucy applied to Archbishop Thmas de Corbridge for a divorce on grounds of consanguinity in the 4th degree, as well as cruelty.

Subsequently she became the mistress of Nicholas de Meinell, 2nd Lord Meinell, and bore his child.

In 1305, William obtained letters patent under the privy seal which gave him full powers to take back his wife, and to arrest those who assisted her. That year, the king's escheator took the manors of Yarm, Brun, Skinningrove, and Brotton, which were part of her inheritance, into the king's hands. At Lucy's instance, William was excommunicated on 2 Nov 1305.

The story doesn't end there: In April 1307, Lucy and Nicholas were charged with adultery, but Lucy was acquitted by compurgation in September 1309. Finally, sometime before 22 Jul 1312, Lucy obtained her divorce from William, and married Robert de Everingham before 29 Jan 1312/13.

However, Nicholas did not give up so easily. In 1313, Robert complained that Nicholas and others "came by night with hourses and arms to Everingham, Yorkshire and abducted his wife, Lucy," but there's no record as to how this was resolved, except that Robert died sometime before 4 April 1316.

She appears to have finally found some marital stability in her third marriage which lasted from 1320 to her death in 1346/7.

Family 1

Nicholas Meinill, 2nd Lord Meinill d. 26 Apr 1322

Family 2

Sir William de Latimer, Knt., 2nd Lord Latimer b. abt. 1277, d. 27 Feb 1326/27

Family 3

Robert de Everingham d. bef. 4 Apr 1316

Family 4

Bartholomew de Fanacourt d. bef. 4 May 1352
This person was last edited on19 Jun 2021


  1. [S1947] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Five vols., Salt Lake City, Utah: s.p., 2013), 5:156-7 (Thweng 9), further cited as Richardson, Royal Ancestry.
  2. [S1947] Richardson, Royal Ancestry, 5:157 (Thweng 9).
  3. [S1947] Richardson, Royal Ancestry, 5:158 (Thweng 10).