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Walter de Lacy , magnate

Died: 1241   

Walter succeeded to his father, Hugh de Lacy's, estates in England, Wales, and Normandy late in 1188/9, when he was still a minor. During the civil war of John's reign he was instrumental in ensuring the loyalty of the Welsh marches.

Walter's fines to the king, his castle building in Mide and on the Welsh marches and his religious patronage involved him in significant financial liabilities. Yet,despite his financial problems Walter made donations to Llanthony Prima (Gwent) of holdings in Ireland, and to Llanthony Secunda (Gloucestershire); Llanthony Prima had an Irish cell at Duleek in Co. Meath, and Llanthony Secunda in Colp, also in Co. Meath. From c. 1220 until his death in 1241 Walter borrowed extensively from the Jews to service his debts and in November 1240 the Crown issued orders for the distraint of Walter's estates. Walter died the following year, bankrupt.

Sites associated with this person

Llanthony Prima Priory, Monmouthshire (patron)

Monmouth Priory, Monmouthshire (patron)

Bibliographical sources

Web links (open in new window)

Flanagan, M. T., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online - Walter de Lacy (View website) (Subscription reqd.)

Archival sources

The National Archives, 'Exchequer: King's Remembrancer Ancient Deeds, Series D: proposed foundation of d'house (Monmouth)', (Document), (View website)