Emma de Percy, of Acaster

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Emma de Percy, of Acaster

Birthplace: Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir William de Percy, 4th Baron Percy and Unknown Mistress(Es) Percy
Wife of William de Malebiche
Mother of Richard de Malebiche, of Acaster Malbis
Sister of Alice Percy
Half sister of Sir William de Percy; Agnes de Percy; Mathilda de Percy; Richard de Percy; Walter de Percy and 2 others

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About Emma de Percy, of Acaster

Emma de Percy of Acaster, daughter of Sir William de Percy, Knight, Lord of Topcliffe and an unknown mistress, married William de Malebiche, son of Hugh de Malebiche and Unknown, in England [1407.,1411] (William de Malebiche died in 1176 in Yorkshire, England [14].

A son was Richard de Malebiche (d aft 1209), father of John & Emma.


Background Information. 1407

Emma de Percy was the natural daughter of William de Percy and an unknown woman. It was recorded in 1212 that William de Percy gave 1½ Carucates which he held in chief of Kirmond le Mire (wap. Wraggoe, co. Lincoln) to William Malebisse with his daughter in frank-marriage and that William's heirs were holding them. The gift constituted a moiety of 3 carucates held there by the first William de Percy in 1086 and by Alan de Percy in 1115-18. In 1175 the land and service of William Malebisse was assigned to the share of the earl of Warwick in the division of the Percy barony. William Malebisse, who was of Acaster Malbis and son of Hugh Malebisse, died in 1176. Richard Malebisse his son was described by Maud countess of Warwick and her sister Agnes de Percy as their nephew. John Malebisse, son of Richard son of William, referred to Emma de Percy, his grandmother in a charter to St. Mary's York [Guisborough Chartulary, ii, 61n].

~Early Yorkshire Charters, Vol. XI, p. 5 GoogleBooks


Emma, with whom her father William de Percy, gave land in Kirmond le Mire, Lincolnshire, in frank-marriage to William Malebise [Book of Fees, p. 171]; it is stated that at the date of the return, 1212, the land was held by the heirs of William Malebise, and since the gift was in frank-marriage, their heirs must have been direct descendants. Emma's christian name is supplied by a note to Guisborough Chartulary, vol. ii, pp. 60-61. Their son Richard Malebise was named as her nepos by Agnes de Percy, coheir of William de Percy [Sallay Chartulary, no. 406], and also by her sister Maud, countess of Warwick. [Fountains Chartulary, p. 817]

~Cokayne's Complete Peerage, 2nd Edition, Vol. X. pp. 442-443

Richard Malebisse was described by Maud countess of Warwick and her sister Agnes de Percy as their nephew. John Malebisse, son of Richard son of William, referred to Emma de Percy, his grandmother in a charter to St. Mary's York [Guisborough Chartulary, ii, 61n].

Early Yorkshire Charters, Vol. XI, p. 5

Emma de Percy had an interesting son:


“By the way, Richard, whom I mentioned before, was an interesting, cruel fellow. He was a justiciar, he held Acaster in 1176, and was forester for Yorkshire (Madox, i. 316). But, then things changed for dear ‘ole Richard.

“He was one of the leaders in the savage attack on and massacre of the Jews at York in 1190 (Will. Newburgh, i. 321, Rolls Ser.) As a punishment for his share in this outrage his lands were seized by the king. Malebysse appears to have been a supporter of Earl John, and in consequence he was one of those who were excommunicated by William de Longchamp in December 1191 (Hoveden, iii. 153). In 1193 he paid a fine of twenty marks for the recovery of his lands till the king’s return, and eventually paid six hundred marks for full restoration (Madox, Hist. of Exchequer, i. 473, 483).”

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Malebysse,_Richard_(DNB00)_ (Lists him as son of Hugh, no mother mentioned)

Which husband?


William Malebiche (died 1176) was married to Emma de Percy, an illegitimate daughter of William II. Percy of Acaster. Their son, Richard was one of the greatest of the York landowners in the twelfth century. He succeeded to very large estates in Yorkshire in 1176, but within six years he had become a debtor to Aaron of Lincoln. In 118_ one of his agents records in a Hebrew deed that he had received £4 from "Richard the evil beast " out of his great debt, and the accompanying Latin deed also refers to "the great debt which he owes to my master Aaron."

From http://cybergata.com/roots/22024.htm

The Maltby-Malbie Family History, pp. 77-79. has a copy of Visitation of Yorkshire, Edited by Foster & dated 1487, which presents two pedigrees of the Malebisse family titled Acaster Malbisse. The first peidgree has:

Hugo de Malebisse | Hugo married to Emma de Percy, daughter and heiress of Peter de Percy of Acaster | Richard de Malbisse | Emma

The second Pedigree shows:

I. Hugo Malebis, to whom Roger de Mobrai (son and heir of Nigel de Albina) granted (inter alia) the fee of Lands in Carlton,Silton, Kepwick, Morton, Dale and Hornby [Vide York Cop. Papers, Vol II., p. 850]

II. One authority states: "Sir William Malebis married Emma de Percey, daughter of Henry de Percy of Acaster." I am inclined to think this is the correct record, and that Sir William (2) is the same William de Maltby, who was in York in 1100.

III. Sir Richard Malebis (Ricardus Malebyse) of Acaster Malbis, 28 Aug 1179, Roger do Molbray and Henry de Munford released the capital messuage "et totam medietatem terra de Eton" to Richard Malebisse. [Vide York Cor. Papers. Vol. II, p. 954]

"Note" - Acaster-Malbis: Emma de Percy was evidently either sole, or co-heiress of Henry de Percy of Acaster, hence her son is called 'of Acaster Malbis.'"

Wrong timeline


"Hugo de Malebisse, living in 1138; his will was proven in the third year of King Stephen; he married twice; his second wife was Maude, daughter of Knyveton of Knyveton.

By his first wife Emma, daughter of William de Percy and Adalaid de Tonbridge [SIC], he had the following children:

  1. Hugo de Malebisse
  2. Richard de Malebisse
  3. Sir William de Malebisse
  4. Sir Simon de Malebisse
  5. Matilda de Malebisse

Source: The Beckwiths by Paul Beckwith, Albany, NY, 1891, pages 1-56 Archive.Org



Burke's Peerage states that Emma de Percy was an illegitimate daughter of William. Birth: 1140 North Riding, Yorkshire. Death: Kirmond Le Mire, Lincolnshire


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Emma de Percy, of Acaster's Timeline

Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Acaster Malbis,,Yorkshire,England