John de Lacy

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John de Lacy, son of Roger de Lacy and Maud (…), was born about 1192.1 He died 22 July 1240,2 and was first buried near his father in the monk's choir at Stanlaw Abbey, Cheshire, England. His remains were later removed to Whalley Abbey, Lancashire.2

John married (1) Alice d'Aigle, daughter of Gilbert d'Aigle and Isabel Warenne;1 he married (2) Margaret de Quincy, daughter of Robert de Quincy and Hawise of Chester, Countess of Lincoln, before 21 June 1221.2

Of Pontefract, Yorkshire and Hatton, Cheshire, hereditary Constable of Chester, Sheriff of Cheshire.

He obtained livery of his inheritance in July 1213. In 1213-14 he was with the King in Poitou. He was one of the few English barons to take the Cross for the Crusades along with the king 4 Mar 1214.

In 1215 he joined the confederacy of the barons against he king and was one of the twenty-five barons elected to guarantee the observance of Magna Carta, signed by the King 15 Jun 1215. In consequence he was among the barons excommunicated by Pope Innocent III 16 Dec 1215. At the end of the year he made peace with the King, but by the following summer was again in rebellion, and King John destroyed his castle of Donington.

In August 1217 he was pardoned by King Henry III, and in Nov 1217 he was commissioned to conduct the King of Scots to him.

In 1218 he accompanied Ranulph, Earl of Chester, on crusade, and fought at the Siege of Damietta. He returned to England about Aug 1220, and in Feb 1220/1 took part in the reduction of Skipton Castle.

In 1226 he acted as itinerant judge in Lincolnshire and Lancashire, and, in the former county in 1233. In 1227 he was sent on an embassy to Antwerp. In 1229 he was appointed to conduct the King of Scots to England to meet King Henry at York. From about 1230 he was about the court, and in that year was a commissioner to treat for a truce with France. In 1230 John and Margaret released their claim to the main Quincy estates to her uncle, Roger de Quincy; Roger in return granted them and their issue her mother's dower, including the manor of Grantchester, Cambridgeshire, to hold of Roger and his heirs.

In 1231 he was in Wales on the King's service, and in 1232 he took a prominent part as the king's commissioner inthe proceedings against Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent.

On 22 Nov 1232, at the instance of Margaret's mother, Hawise de Quincy, the King granted John the L20 per annum which Ranulph, late Earl of Chester and Lincoln, had received for the 3rd penny of the county as Earl of Lincoln, and which the Earl had in his lifetime granted to Hawise his sister: to hold in nomine comitis Lincolnie to the said John and his heirs by Margaret his wife, whereby he became Earl of Lincoln.

In 1233 he was one of Hubert de Burgh's keepers at Devizes Castle until he should become a Templar. That same year he joined the party against Peter des Roches, Bishop of Winchester, but the Bishop gained him over, and from that time he acted with the Court, becoming one of the king's unpopular councillors.

He was a justice in Lincolnshire in 1234. In 1236 he carried one of the State swords at the Coronation of the Queen. In 1237 he was a plenipotentiary to make peace with Scotland.

He was buried near his father in the monk's choir at Stanlaw Abbey, his body being removed later to Whalley.

Family 1

Alice d'Aigle d. bef. 1221

Family 2

Margaret de Quincy b. bef. 1217, d. bef. 30 Mar 1266
  • Maud de Lacy+2 d. bef. 10 Mar 1288/89
  • Margaret de Lacy2 b. aft. 1221
  • (…) de Lacy2 b. aft. 1221
  • Sir Edmund de Lacy, Knt.2 b. say 1230, d. 2 Jun 1258
This person was last edited on27 Jun 2021


  1. [S1947] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Five vols., Salt Lake City, Utah: s.p., 2013), 3:465 (Lacy 3), further cited as Richardson, Royal Ancestry.
  2. [S1947] Richardson, Royal Ancestry, 3:466 (Lacy 3).