Sir Ralph de Ufford, Justiciar of Ireland

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Ralph de Ufford

Birthplace: Of, Thurston, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Kilmainham, , Dublin, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert de Ufford, 1st Baron Ufford and Cecily Valonies
Husband of Eva de Ufford and Maud of Lancaster, Countess of Ulster
Father of Maud de Ufford
Brother of Robert d' Ufford, 1st Earl Of Suffolk; William de Ufford; Lady Eve De Ufford Baroness Brewse; Alice Pabenham and Lora Ufford

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About Sir Ralph de Ufford, Justiciar of Ireland

Ralph de Ufford1

M, #106874, d. 9 April 1346

    Ralph de Ufford married Lady Matilda of Lancaster, daughter of Henry Plantagenet, 3rd Earl of Lancaster and Matilda de Chaworth, before 8 August 1343.
He died on 9 April 1346.
    Ralph de Ufford held the office of Justiciar [Ireland].

Child of Ralph de Ufford and Lady Matilda of Lancaster

1.Matilda de Ufford+1 d. 1413


History of:

justiciar, more properly ‘chief justiciar’, the normal title of the governor of Ireland from the late 12th to the mid‐14th centuries. It mirrored usage in England, where from the reign of Henry II until 1234 the justiciar was a bishop or magnate who headed the administration and ruled during royal absences. The justiciar of Ireland was administrator, military commander, and judge. The office was held sometimes by settler lords and sometimes by ecclesiastics, but from the mid‐13th century more commonly by English knights connected with the king's military household. By the later 13th century the justiciar received an annual salary of £500 from the Irish exchequer, from which he retained his own small military household, and presided over a court roughly equivalent to the English King's Bench. Except in emergencies, when a governor might be chosen by the Irish council, he was appointed by the king, who remained free to intervene in all matters, and usually forbade the justiciar to dismiss other high officials or to exercise rights of patronage above a certain value. In the late Middle Ages, the title of king's lieutenant was increasingly adopted for high‐born governors, and that of justiciar came to denote a stop‐gap appointment.

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Sir Ralph de Ufford, Justiciar of Ireland's Timeline

Of, Thurston, Suffolk, England
Age 25
Of, Thurston, Suffolk, England
Age 43
Ufford, Suffolk, UK
Age 44
Kilmainham, , Dublin, Ireland
January 27, 1936
Age 44
March 2, 1936
Age 44
July 23, 1947
Age 44