Ela de Longespée of Salisbury

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Ela de Aldithley (de Longespée), of Salisbury

Also Known As: "Eleanor"
Birthplace: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 22, 1299 (70-79)
Heleigh Castle, Staffordshire,England
Place of Burial: Oseney Abbey, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir William Longespée and Idoine, Countess of Salisbury
Wife of Lord James de Aldithley
Mother of Joan d'Audley; James de Audley (de Aldithley); Sir Nicholas de Audley and Hugh I de Audley
Sister of Richard Longespee; William de Longespee, III and Edmund de Longespee
Half sister of Margaret de Longespee

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About Ela de Longespée of Salisbury

Note: Burial place listed on this profile is probably not hers, but that of her aunt, who had the same name.

Primary Sources

788. James de Aldithele alias de Audithele.
Writ of certiorari, 16 July, 56 Hen. III [1272], on the complaint of Ella, late the wife of the said James, that the escheator had taken into the king's hand the manors of Stratton and Wechewik, which were of her free marriage of the gift of her father William Lungespei. Inq. (undated.)
James his son, aged 22 and more, is his heir.
Oxford. Stretton and Wrechewic manors, are held of the fee of Henry de Laci, and were given in free marriage with the said Ella to the said James.

Source: 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Henry III, File 41', in Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 1, Henry III, ed. J E E S Sharp (London, 1904), pp. 261-273. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/inquis-post-mortem/vol1/pp261-273 [accessed 15 January 2018].


Ela Longespée was the daughter of William Longespée, 2nd Earl of Salisbury and Idoine de Camville.1 She married James of Aldithley, son of Henry of Aldithley and Bertred Mainwaring, in 1244.1 She died before 22 November 1299.1

Her married name became d'Audley. She bought the manors of Stratton (later called Stratton Audley) and Wretchwick, Oxfordshire, to her marriage.1

Children of Ela Longespée and James of Aldithley

  • * James of Aldithley1 b. 1250, d. b 7 Nov 1273
  • * Henry of Aldithley1 b. 1251, d. 1276
  • * William of Aldithley1 b. 18 Oct 1253, d. b 12 Nov 1282
  • * Nicholas of Aldithley+1 b. b 1258, d. 28 Aug 1299
  • * Hugh Audley, 1st Lord Audley (of Stratton Audley)+2 b. c 1267, d. bt Nov 1325 - Mar 1326


1. [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 338. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.

2. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 347.

  • Ela Longespee

born Abt 1226 England

died 22 Nov 1299


  • William Longespee

born Abt 1212 Of Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

died 7 Feb 1249/1250 Al-Mansura, On The Nile, Egypt

buried Acre, Palestine


  • Idoine De Camville

born Abt 1209 Brattleby, Lincolnshire, England

died 1 Jan 1251

married Jun 1226


William Longespee born Abt 1228 Of Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

died Abt Jan 1257 Blyth, Nottinghamshire, England buried Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England


  • James of Aldithley (Audley)

born 1225 Heleigh Castle, Audley, Staffordshire, England

died Abt 11 June 1272 Ireland

married 1244 Of Salisbury, Wiltshire, England


  • Hugh De Audley born Abt 1250 Of Audley, Staffordshire, England

Nicholas De Audley born Bef 1258 Of Heleigh, Staffordshire, England

christened Of Red Castle, Weston, Shropshire, England died 28 Aug 1299

Joan of Aldithley (Audley) born Abt 1265 Of Heleigh, Staffordshire, England

James of Aldithley (Audley) born 1250 Of Heleigh, Audley, Staffordshire, England

died 23 Nov 1273 Ireland

biographical and/or anecdotal:

notes or source:


Ela Longespee, Lady of Ashby (1244- c.19 July 1276), was a wealthy heiress and daughter of Stephen Longespee, Justiciar of Ireland. She was the wife of Sir Roger La Zouche, Lord of Ashby.

[edit] Family

Ela was born in 1244 at Salisbury, Wiltshire, the eldest daughter and co-heiress of Stephen Longespee, Justiciar of Ireland, Seneschal of Gascony, and Emmeline de Ridelsford.[1]Her paternal grandmother was Ela, Countess of Salisbury, who had founded Lacock Abbey, and for whom she was named. Ela had a younger sister, Emmeline, who became the second wife of Maurice FitzGerald, 3rd Lord of Offaly in 1273.

[edit] Marriage and issue

In about 1266 in Northamptonshire, she married Sir Roger La Zouche, Lord of Ashby, the son of Sir Alan La Zouche and Helen de Quincy. Their marriage produced one son:

Alan la Zouche, 1st Baron la Zouche of Ashby (19 October 1267- 25 March 1314), married Eleanor de Segrave, by whom he had three daughters.

Ela died on about 19 July 1276 at the age of 32. Her younger sister Emmeline, co-heiress to their father and the wife of the 3rd Lord of Offaly, did not bear any children; thus when she died in 1291, her property was inherited by Maud La Zouche, Baroness Holland, the daughter of Ela's only son, Alan.

[edit] References

1.^ Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Earls of Salisbury 1196-1310

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Ela de Longespée of Salisbury's Timeline

Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Heleigh Castle, near Madeley, Staffordshire, England
possibly Heleigh Castle, near Madeley, Staffordshire, England
Heleigh, Staffordshire, England (United Kingdom)
Stratton Audley, Oxfordshire, England
November 22, 1299
Age 75
Heleigh Castle, Staffordshire,England
Age 75
Oseney Abbey, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England