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Ilbert Lord of Pontefact de Lacy, Lord of Pontefact (de Lacy)

Also Known As: "Hilbertus"
Birthplace: Pontrefact, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Pontefract, West Ride Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Lassy and Emma de Lacy, (De Lacy)
Husband of Hawise De Lacy, (De Lacy)
Father of Ingelram de Lacy, seigneur de Remilly; Robert De Lacy; Hugh de De Lacy; Walter De lacy; N.N de Lacy and 1 other
Brother of Walter de Lacy, 1st Baron Lacy
Half brother of de Lacy family of Yorkshire

Occupation: Sieur, de Rémilly, Seigneur de Pontefract
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About Ilbert Lord of Pontefact de Lacy, Lord of Pontefact


Keats-Rohan, K.S.B. Domesday Descendants: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents, 1066-1166. The Boydell Press, 2002. p. 538.


Ilbert I de Lacy was present at the Battle of Hastings and consequently was rewarded with estates known as the Pontefract lands in 1066.

Ilbert was given the task by King William I ("William the Bastard") of quelling the Anglian insurrection in the district during "The Harrying of the North."

Ilbert was Lord of Pontefract Castle before 1089.

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Ilbert De Laci Knight 1 2 3

Birth: 1045 in , Loci, Normandie, France 4 5 6

Death: About 1093 in Pontefract, West Riding, Yorkshire, England 4 6

Sex: M

Father: Hugue De Laci Knight b. About 1018 in , Loci, Normandie, France

Mother: Emma De Bois Le Evegue b. About 1028 in (, , , France)


Unknown: 1 2 3 7 6

Unknown: 14 Oct 1066 , Hastings, Sussex, England 8 6

LDS Baptism: 27 Jun 1936

LDS Endowment: 30 Sep 1937

LDS Sealing Child: Done

Changed: 18 Jul 2002 01:00

  Spouses & Children    

 Hawise De Lacy (Wife) b. About 1045 in (, Loci, Normandie, France)  

1 5 2 3 4 6

Marriage: Abt 1060 in , Loci, Normandie, France 6 Nov 2004 14:29


Ingelram De Rumilly b. 1060 in , Loci, Normandie, France

Robert De Lacy Earl Of Pontefract b. About 1070 in Halton, Runcorn, Cheshire, England

Hugh De Lacy b. 1072 in Halton, Runcorn, Cheshire, England



With William the Conqueror. Followed his Norman overlord intoEngland abt 1066. Built large estates in the south half of the West Riding,Yorkshire. Held estates as tenant-in-chief direct of the king. Also had land in Lincoln, Nottingham, Buckingham, Oxford,Berkshire, and Surrey. Military importance of this stretch of territory was enormous. Participation at the battle of Hastings can not be proved. Enfeoffed as a tenant of Bishop Odo (William's brother) soonafter 1066.

W E Wightman, *The Lacy Family in England and Normandy, 1066-1194*, genealogical chart following p 260.

From same, p 17, 19: "The honour of Pontefract is the name later given to the estates built up by the Lacy family, mainly by Ilbert I under the first two Norman kings. In 1086 the bulk of these estates were already to be found in the south half of the West Riding of Yorkshire, held by Ilbert I as tenant-in-chief direct of the king, though there was also an appreciable quantity of land scattered over the counties of Lincoln, Nottingham, Buckingham, Oxford, counties of Lincoln, Nottingham, Buckingham, Oxford, Berkshire, and Surrey. ..... The military importance of this stretch of territory was enormous."

From same, p 55: "The first holder of the honour of Pontefract was Ilbert I de Lacy, brother of the first lord of the honour of Weobley, Walter I.Proof of their relationship comes from their estate in Normandy. This single holding was held jointly by the descendants of Ilbert I and Walter I by the Norman tenure of parage, under which land was divided amongst the sons and daughters whilst at the same time remaining a single fee. Had it not been originally a family holding this tenure would not have applied, and the details of the dissolution of the joint fee show that the family link must have been via Ilbert and Walter as sons of the same father. The senior branch of the family was probably that of Ilbert of Pontefract. He followed his Norman overlord into England, whereas Walter arrived in the train of William fitz Osbern, much as a younger son might do. In all probability the younger brother would have no obligation to follow his liege lord outside Normandy and thus might choose to attach himself to the most convenient leader he could find. An additional piece of evidence comes from the grant of twenty- two acres of land at Montmain to the nunnery of St. Amand by Emma, the mother of Ilbert de Lacy. She was categorically described as Ilbert's mother, to distinguish her from the abbess of St. Amand, whose name was also Emma. This implies either that Ilbert was the more important of the two brothers in Normandy, and under the rules of tenure by parage therefore the elder, or else that Walter was not Emma's son, but a cousin. As this would have been impossible, in view of the later descent of the fee, it is most likely that Ilbert was the elder. Little is known about either of the brothers. They were not, for example, amongst the favoured few whose participation at the battle of Hastings can be proved. Ilbert I was probably born not later than 1045, though this is little more than a guess based on the likely assumption that he came over in 1066, and was enfeoffed as a tenant of Bishop Odo soon afterward. He was still alive shortly after Odo's banishment on 14 November 1088. It is possible that he was alive in or soon after 1091, but he was undoubtedly dead by the end of the reign of Rufus, for by that time he had been succeeded by his son Robert I. Little more is known about his family. His wife's name was Hawise, and that is the total extent of information about her."

From same, p 58: "It has been frequently stated that the abbot of Selby from 1096/7 to 1122/3 was Hugh de Lacy, son of Ilbert I. ..... There is no medieval evidence that the surname of Abbot Hugh was 'de Lacy', even though the introduction and the index in the published edition of the Selby cartulary use it. The error can be traced to Burton, who committed it for the first time in 1758 [J. Burton, *Monastican Eboracense*, p 405]. Burton quoted as his authority Dugdale's *Monasticon*, of nearly a century earlier, but Dugdale only called him Abbot Hugh, with no surname -- and no pre-Reformation account adds any surname either. Hugh de Lacy, as abbot of Selby, is undoubtedly an eighteenth century promotion."


LACY (DE), of Halton, constables of Chester. These De Lacys were descendants of Ilbert, a companion of the Conqueror and a close kinsman of Walter (d. 1085) of Ewyas (see preceding article). The family became promin­ent in Welsh affairs in the time of roger (d. 1212). He was known as Roger of Hell because of the ferocity of his raids into Cymru; it is said that on one occasion he rescued Ranulf, Earl of Chester from Rhuddlan Castle when

son john (d. 1240) became first De Lacy earl of Lincoln by right of marriage. The latter's grandson, henry de lacy, third earl of Lincoln (d. 1311), who added the earldom of Salisbury to the family titles by his first marriage with Margaret Longespee, was the most powerful and influential member of this family in the affairs both of England and of Cymru. One of the closest counsellors of Edward I, he played a leading part in the Welsh campaigns of 1277, 1282, and 1294, and in 1282 he received a grant of Rhos, Rhufoniog, and Dinmael, these territories henceforth constituting the marcher lordship of Denbigh. He founded the garrison borough of that name and was responsible for the building of its castle and town walls. One of his sons, edmund, was drowned in a well within the Red Tower of the castle. His other son, john, having also predeceased him, he was succeeded by his daughter, alice, wife of Thomas, earl of Lancaster, though dower was assigned to his second wife, a Welsh lady, Joan, sister of William, sixth baron Martin of Cemais. Alice was involved in her husband's downfall, and following his execution, in March 1322, she surrendered to the king all her territorial rights in Cymru. G. E. C., Complete Peerage; D.N.B.; Littere Wallie; Ancient Correspondence; P. Vinogradoff and F. Morgan, Survey of Denbigh. T.J.P.

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Ilbert Lord of Pontefact de Lacy, Lord of Pontefact's Timeline

Pontrefact, Yorkshire, England
Age 2
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Loci, Normandie, France
Age 28
Pontefract, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
May 20, 1070
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Halton, Cheshire, , England
Age 42
Pontefract, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
Age 44
Age 53
Pontefract, West Ride Yorkshire, England
June 27, 1936
Age 53
June 27, 1936
Age 53