These pages contain some of the history of the de Lacy family that I researched whilst writing my novels The de Lacy Inheritance, Favoured Beyond Fortune and The Circle of Fortune.
The de Lacy Family
In early records the name is spelt as Laci, Lacy, and Lascy and it derives from a place now called Lassy, in the department of Calvados in Normandy. There were two men named de Lacy who came from Normandy with William the Conqueror and his army. Ilbert de Lacy who came in the train of the Conqueror himself and Walter de Lacy who came in the train of William fitz Osbern. They fought at the Battle of Hastings and they both received lands as a reward. My main interest is in the descendants of Ilbert de Lacy who was given 170 lordships, in Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, and Lincolnshire, including the honour of Pontefract. His son Robert also received the honour of Clitheroe and became lord of Bowland and of Blackburnshire. The de Lacy family held vast areas of land in England until the death of Henry de Lacy (2) in 1311 after which they reverted to the crown following the execution of Alice de Lacy’s first husband, Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. The following pages explore the stories of some of the de Lacy family in more detail: Ilbert de Lacy Robert de Lacy (1) Ilbert de Lacy (2) Henry de Lacy (1) Robert de Lacy (2) Roger de Lacy John de Lacy Edmund de Lacy Henry de Lacy (2) Alice de Lacy