Maud de Lacy 1
- Born: 1230, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
- Marriage (1): Geoffrey de Geneville Seigneur de Vaucouleurs, Lord of Trim in 1252
- Died: 11 Apr 1304, Trim Castle, Meath, Ireland at age 74
Source: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr, ed. by William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall (Baltimore, 2008), line 71A-30 (Geoffrey de Geneville)
From Wikipedia - Maud de Lacy, Baroness Geneville :
Maud de Lacy, Baroness Geneville (1230- 11 April 1304) was a Norman -Irish noblewoman and wealthy heiress who upon the death of her grandfather, Walter de Lacy , Lord of Trim and Ludlow inherited half his estates. The lordships of Trim and Ludlow passed to her second husband Geoffrey de Geneville, 1st Baron Geneville by right of his marriage to her; although she helped to rule and administer the estates in an equal partnership. She is sometimes referred to as Matilda de Lacy.
Maud was born in Dublin , Ireland in 1230, the youngest child of Gilbert de Lacy of Ewyas Lacy and Isabel Bigod . Her paternal grandparents were Walter de Lacy and Margaret de Braose, daughter of Maud de Braose who was walled up alive by King John of England . Her maternal grandparents were Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk and Maud Marshal. She had an elder brother, Walter and sister Margery. On 25 December 1230, the year of her birth, Maud's father died, leaving her mother a widow at the age of eighteen. Less than four years later on 12 April 1234, her mother married again; he was John FitzGeoffrey , Lord of Shere in Surrey , England, and Justiciar of Ireland . Maud had six younger half-siblings from her mother's second marriage to John.
In early 1241, Maud's brother Walter died. He was in his early teens. When their grandfather Walter de Lacy died shortly afterwards on 24 February, Maud and her sister, Margery inherited his vast estates and lordships in Ireland, Herefordshire, and the Welsh Marches . Maud and Margery both received a moiety of Ewyas Lacy in Herefordshire, and a share of the lordship with the taxes and revenues that attached to it.
Marriages and children
On an unknown date, Maud married her first husband Pierre de Genève, son of Humbert, Count of Genève, and a relative of Eleanor of Provence . He was one of the "Savoyards" who had arrived in England in the retinue of Queen Eleanor when she married King Henry III . The marriage produced a son and a daughter whose names were not recorded. Pierre died in 1249, and sometime before 8 August 1252, Maud married her second husband, another "Savoyard", Geoffrey de Geneville, Seigneur of Vaucouleurs, son of Simon de Joinville and Beatrix d'Auxonne. Both Maud's marriages and the marriage of her sister, Margery were personally arranged by King Henry III to ensure that the estates they inherited from their grandfather were retained in the hands of those known to be trusted servants of the Crown.
The king granted Geoffrey and Maud, and their heirs rights in the land of Meath held by her grandfather, Walter de Lacy by charter dated 8 August 1252.. On 18 September 1254, the king granted them all the liberties and free customs in Meath which her grandfather had held; and they might issue their own writs in Meath according to the law and custom of Ireland. On 21 September 1252, they had livery of Trim Castle and a moiety of forty marcates of lands as the inheritance of Maud. They made Trim Castle their chief residence. Maud and Geoffrey jointly ruled and administered their estates together in an equal partnership. They later donated property to Dore Abbey .
Maud's husband was a loyal supporter and favourite of Prince Edward who would in 1272 reign as King Edward I of England . Geoffrey fought with the Prince against Simon de Monfort at the Battle of Evesham , and it was at Ludlow Castle that Prince Edward was sheltered following his escape in May 1265 from Montfortian captivity. Geoffrey was appointed Justiciar of Ireland by his friend and patron, the new king, Edward I in September 1273, a post he held until June 1276; however, he had little success against the Irish of Leinster . He was created 1st Baron Geneville shortly before he was first summoned to Parliament as Baron Geneville on 6 February 1299.
Together Geoffrey and Maud had at least two children:
Geoffrey de Geneville (died 1283)
Sir Piers de Geneville, of Trim and Ludlow (1256- shortly before June 1292), who in his turn married in 1283 Jeanne of Lusignan , by whom he had three daughters, including Joan de Geneville, 2nd Baroness Geneville .
In 1283, Maud gave all her lands in England and Wales to Piers, her second eldest son by Geoffrey. These included Ludlow Castle in Shropshire, and Walterstone Manor as well as all the knights' fees which she had held in England.That same year, her son Geoffrey died.
Maud was described as independent-minded, and she usually accompanied her husband on his numerous travels abroad, which included Rome where he was sent on a mission to Pope Nicholas IV in 1290. She was aged sixty at the time. Maud was highly protective of her properties, and always ready to enter into litigation at the slightest threat to her lands or privileges whether posed by family members, the Church or the Dublin administration.
Maud died at Trim Castle on 11 April 1304 at the age of seventy-four. Her husband Geoffrey died ten years later, and his estates and lordships were inherited by their granddaughter Joan de Geneville who succeeded as the 2nd Baroness Geneville on 21 October 1314. Their son Piers had died in 1292, leaving Joan as heiress-apparent. She was the wife of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March , by whom she had twelve children.
Maud married Geoffrey de Geneville Seigneur de Vaucouleurs, Lord of Trim, son of Simon de Joinville Sénéchal of Champagne, Seigneur de Vaucouleurs and Béatrix d'Auxonne, in 1252. (Geoffrey de Geneville Seigneur de Vaucouleurs, Lord of Trim was born about 1226 and died on 21 Oct 1314 in Trim, Meath, Ireland.)