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The De Laci Family Estates                              

               The Honour of Pontefract

In 1067 Ilbert de Laci (named from Lassy# in Normandy) was granted many of the existing manors in Calderdale by William I following the Norman Invasion. His estates in Yorkshire filled seven pages of the Domesday Book. Later these estates came to be known as The Honour of Pontefract. Ilbert was born at Pontefrete in Normandy from which the town of Pontefract today takes its name.
Prior to the Norman Invasion Pontefract was called by its Anglian-Danish/Viking name of Cherchebi (1086 D.B.). In O.E. this means 'village with a church'. The -bi or -by suffix is particularly Danish in origin, it is known that the invading Danes in the 800's accepted  Christianity quickly once exposed to it.
Later in  about 1124 South Kirkby was termed Sudkirkebi to distinguish it from the Kirkby now lost5.
Between 1068 and 1080, Ilbert had built a castle at "broken bridge" or Pontefrete (now Pontefract).  In 1090 it was recorded as Pontefracto (Latin: Pons + fractus or 'broken bridge')
Ilbert held 164 manors in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. His lands in Yorkshire alone fill seven pages of the Domesday Book4.  Part of the lands in Calderdale formed what was then known as the "honour of Pontefract" which included 156 townships1. By 1084-1086 Huddersfield was part of the de Laci estate, the honour of Pontefract7. At the time of Domesday they also held Heptonstall and thus controlled the upper Calder valley and passes.
We know that he gave grants to churches in South Kirkby, Featherstone, Cawthorne,(in 1086 the Anglian, Ailric is described as being the Lord of the Wapentake* of  Staincross which included the  Manors of  Brierley [Brearley],Cawthorne1 [Caltorne]
Domesday entry for Cawthorne

See Domesday Described
Silkstone [Silchestone], Penistone, High Hoyland [Holant], Royston(e), Felkirk, Huddersfield, Rothwell and Kirkthorpe and thus held lands here. He also had built a keep at Castle Hill  near Almondbury which no longer stands but is now dominated by a  folly or "castle" built in the 1800's. Ailric held these lands under his Norman overlord Ilbert de Laci.
* A Wapentake ["Weapon-take"] is equivalent to a "Hundred" in southern England.

Castle Hill without its modern tower.




Castle Hill, Almondbury. Part of the honour of Pontefract Chase.

In 1158 Adam the son of Swein and grandson of Ailric of Cawthorne died. He was probably the last Anglo-Danish Lord of the manor of Cawthorne. The village of  Hoylandswaine was named after Swein.  Adam Fitz-Swein succeeded Swein but had no sons. Adam's two daughters, Amabil [Amabel] and Matilda inherited the estates. The eastern portion went to Matilda with the manor at Brierley and the western portion went to Amabil centred on the manor of Cawthorne. The Lordship probably was aquired by the Beaumonts i.e.Bellomonte ( after Bello Monte in Calvados, Normandy) sometime after this1.
Ilbert had a brother Walter de Laci who was an important baron in the Welsh Marches.
The de Laci family history is dealt with at some length in three sources titled, History of Whalley by Dr. Whittaker2  the Dodsworth Manuscripts3 and a more recent study, The Lacy Family of England and Normandy by Wighton9
Ilbert de Laci died in 1090 or 1095. He was succeeded by his son Robert I de Laci. Robert was the forebear of the earls of Lincoln. Robert was banished from England  by Henry I (Beauclerc) for supporting Robert Curthose, for this he was in exile for a few years. He was pardoned and returned to England where he assisted in the refoundation of a Priory to St. Oswald at Nostell ['North Stall'], south of Barnsley. He also established a priory of the Cluniac Order [St. John's] at Pontefract and a Cluniac priory at [Monk] Bretton, the closeness of these two Cluniac houses caused some friction between them. Robert I de Laci is known to have held the Hundred of Blackburnshire in what is now part of Lancashire which eventually formed part of the Duchy of Lancaster. Here he probably established a castle at Clitheroe [Clyderhow]. Robert also confirmed to the abbey of Selby the manor of Hamelden [Hambledon] given by Ilbert his father, for the soul of Hugh, Robert's brother. The lands were quit claimed by John de Laci son of Hugh de Laci of Gateford.11 Robert was banished twice, being the last of the true De Laci line, male or female.
Others [Dugdale] say Robert I left two sons, Ilbert[ii] and Henry. Ilbert fought at The Battle of The Standard and married Alice de Gaunt daughter of Gilbert de Gaunt. Ilbert died without issue and was succeeded by his brother Henry. Henry became the Lord of Blackburnshire.
Henry was succeeded by a son, Robert II de Laci he died in 1193 with no issue. It may be this Robert who established the castle at Clitheroe, he died without issue in 1193. It is with this member that Dugdale says the male line of the De Lacis died out.
Arms of De Laci Robert de Laci's  eldest son Ilbert II strongly supported  King Stephen against Matilda's claims. He fought with conspicuous valour at the Battle of the Standard at Northallerton in 1138 where the Scottish were routed. He died without issue.
Ilbert's brother and successor,  Henry de Laci distinguished himself by founding Kirkstall Abbey. He was confirmed Lord of Wakefield Manor by King Stephen7. Henry was suceeded by his son Robert  II de Laci and was one of the barons who attended Richard I's coronation in 1193, dying shortly after [perhaps at the seige of Nottingham against Prince John's forces].

According to Hunter6, the estates now passed to Henry's half sister Albreda [Aubrey] de Lizours, the daughter of Henry's mother by her second husband Robert de Lizours of Sprotborough. But Hunter  later showed by examining Pipe Rolls that it is more likely that Albreda was Henry's cousin and the grand-daughter [seems unlikely] of the first Robert de Laci.

The best interpretation however by Glover, places Albreda de Laci as the sister to the  Ilbert II de Laci. She married  Robert de Lizours. They produced a daughter, Albreda de Lizours who married firstly Sir William Fitz-Godric/FitzWilliam de ClairFait, Lord of Hampole and Emley (whose son was Sir FitzWilliam, Lord of Elmley) and secondly Richard Fitz-Eustace, Lord of Halton, made the Constable of Chester, who died before 1178. Richard appears to have begun a feudal alliance with the earls of Chester, who became the overlords of De Laci family. This probably began with Hugh Le Meschines, the third earl of Chester who was pitched along with William The Lyon, King of the Scots, Robert de Beaumont, 3rd earl of Leicester and the young prince Henry against the prince's father Henry II [Curtmantle]. By Richard FitzEustace, Albreda had a son, John Fitz-Euctace who died in 1190 pre-deceasing his mother, leaving a son, Roger de Lizours (taking Albreda's father's name of Lizours), heir both to the De Laci and Fitz-Eustace estates. However Albreda caused her grandson, Roger de Lizours to quit all claims to the de Lizour estates.
Eventually Roger de Lizours assumed the name of  Roger de Laci and founded the second de Laci family, again their seat was at the fortress and palace of Pontefract. Roger was Constable of Chester as well as Lord of Pontefract and Clitheroe who also held a castle at Halton in Cheshire.7 Roger held out bravely for King John in France and was a major player in the subjugation of the Welsh for which he was named Roger of Hell [Rogeri de Helle]. At the time of Richard I in 1192, Roger de Laci was accompanied by William I de Bellomonte* (Beaumont) in the third Crusade.1 However, this is disputed *  See Roger de Laci below.

Bellomonte - tenants and under tenants in the honour of Pontefract.                                                          

 William [I] Bellomonte may have acquired his interest at Huddersfield between 1190 and 1200. This tenancy may have been a direct one rather than an under tenancy, given by Roger 'Helle' de Laci [d.1211]. William [II] de Bellomonte or Beaumont was the lord at the manor of Cawthorne, part of the honour of Arms of Beaumont, showing an orle of crescents Pontefract.1  He was survived by his widow, Alice le Strange. William II's eldest son, Sir Richard de Bellomonte married Annabella who later as a widow was given a grant of land at "Hodresfield" [ Huddersfield] by Henry de Laci, earl of Lincoln.1 It has been suggested by Whittaker that this grant of land was provided in order that the Bellomontes would provide safe passage to and  from Pontefract to the Laci castle at Halton [near Runcorn] Cheshire. The line of the earls of Lincoln became a large branch of the de Laci family with notables such as Henry de Laci. William I's grandson [William III] may have aquired Crosland by marrying Elizabeth Crosland and also gained lands at South Kirkby which could have previously been under tenancies, the mesne lord having been Roger de Montbegon, Lord of Hornby who died s.p. in 1227-8. Montbegon's lands appear to have descended from his mother Matilda FitzAdam, who held the manor of Brierley, S.E. of Wakefield. She was one of two daughters of Adam FitzSwein. The Beaumonts also aquired some lands at Lepton near Huddersfield.14

William III may be the knight whose blazon is given in the Galloway Roll [1300]:  William de Beaumont : GULES A LION RAMPANT ARG a label of three points azure semy of crescents or.

Normandy * Deves-sur-Mer - the embarkation point for William the Conqueror's fleet [700 ships, 7000 soldiers and 55,000 men]. The original port is long silted up.

The very numerous place-names in Normandy ending in ville have usually the name of the early settler as a prefix, often little changed, as in Tancarville, Etouteville, Omonville, Benoitville, Lamberville, Normanville, or now disguised, as in Bellengreville (Berenger), Amfreville (Humphrey), Psalmonville (Salomon), Rauville (Ralph), Tourville (Torf), &c.17 

Perhaps about 1220, the Beaumonts acquired lands at Whitley, near Thornhill. Some or all of Whitley could have been an under tenancy of the Lords of Thornhill  i.e. John de Thornhill or his son Richard in the mid to late 1200's. By the mid 1300's Brian de Thornhill was heavily involved in Beaumont affairs as the Beaumonts lost much of their property due to their criminal behaviour. Some may have been related earlier to the Lancastrian revolt and later to the Eland Feud. The latter involved the murder of John de Eland, Sheriff of Yorkshire and steward of the Warenne estates of the manor of Wakefield. Roger 'Helle' de Laci would have known William I Bellomonte, Roger de Montbegon and another in the De Laci circle, John de Birkin of Laxton Nottinghamshire, who also held land at Lepton, from whom descended Adam de Everingham of Everingham & Stainborough and his son Robert de Everingham, Lord Paramount of Rouston, both keepers of Sherwood Forest.14 

Roger de Laci Roger de Laci - did he join King Richard's third crusade?


Roger is thought by some to have been commanding Tickhill and Nottingham Castle during the period of Richard's absence. The entry for Roger de Laci in the Dictionary of National Biography16 may be correct in stating that Roger was entrusted with Nottingham and Tickhill castles in 1192. The third crusade against the Saracens lasted from December 1189 to1192. The D.N.B. also provides a quote that "Dugdale's statement that he was present at the sieges of Acre and Damietta is due to the confusion with his father and son".14 Roger's father, John I FitzRichard, constable of Chester, perished, according to Howden, during the third crusade on 11th October 1190 at Tyre whilst John II, Roger's son was born about 1190 which would see him aged about 29 if he left for Damietta [1219] on the fifth crusade presumably with his overlord Ranulf de Blondeville later called "The Crusader". Other companions were the aged Saher III de Quincy, his son Robert [and perhaps his second son Roger] and William "Stronghand" Albini of Arundel. Saher III died on his way to Jerusalem in the same year, this crusade continued until 1222.  John is known to have issued a charter at Damietta about 1218 [Pontefract Chartulary No. 21].14 John II de Laci was constable of Chester for Ranulf de Blondeville and also John Ceann mhor Le Scot de Huntingdon for whom he witnessed a charter [K.J. Stringer].


Keeping back the Saracens - The Hospitaller grandmaster Guillaume de Villiers or de Clermont defending the walls of Acre, Galilee, 1291.

Thus it appears that Roger'Helle', constable of Chester was controlling both Nottingham and Tickhill castles whilst Richard was away. Roger was opposed, in the early stages, to Count John of Mortain and had  two of John's knights, the constables of Tickhill and Nottingham hanged at the behest of William Longchamp, chancellor of England. As a consequence Roger had his lands ransacked by Count John.
It would appear that the reference in Whittaker and Pratt may be challenged, there does not appear to be much evidence if any that Roger was in the Middle East although there is nothing to say that he did not go part way there. Some crusaders returned from Sicily after it became clear that Count John and William Longchamp could not be trusted, for Richard had heard how Longchamp was abusing his position.
When Longchamp the justicar moved north and displaced Hugh de Puiset, Justicar for the north, Richard sent Walter de Coutances, archbishop of Rouen to replace him. Could Roger have been sent back to Nottingham to control the North against Richard's adversaries? Given this evidence that Roger was garrisoning Nottingham and Tickhill for Richard I in the same year that the crusade ended we may have to amend the notion that William Bellomonte and Roger went on the third crusade although they may alternatively have left England together and then returned before reaching the Holy Land.
Rather like earl David Ceann mhor, Roger's whereabouts seem somewhat shrouded during the third crusade. Earl David though seems to have fallen off the radar completely, as no references to his whereabouts [K.J. Stringer] occur during the third crusade even though he sired the illegitimate Henry of Stirling about 1193.There are strong suspicions that Earl David did not go on Richard's crusade. Richard had left England basically at peace with Scotland after the 100,000 marks were handed over for his debilitating militarily foray into Outremer.
By 1194 Roger inherited the honours of Pontefract and Clitheroe [VCH Lancs, i, p.300] the same year as the siege of Nottingham. He assumed the name De Laci from his great grandmother Albreda de Laci, daughter of Robert I de Laci. Roger is also found as the castellan of Chateaux Galliard, Richard's 'saucy castle' in 1194.  Prior to his inheritance he was often referred to rather grandly as Rogero conestabulario Cestrie which appears in one of Earl David's Charters [1190-1194]:

                                                           <<The Acta of Earl David >>

Priory of La Chaise-Dieu-du-Theil (dep. Eure). Grants in alms to the priory of La-Chaise-Dieu an annual rent of one silver mark at Michaelmas from the profits of his mill of Fotheringhay. (19 Aug. 1190 x 1194).
Omnibus sancte matris ecclesie filijs. presentibus. 7 futuris. Comes dauid frater regis scocie salutem. SciatiS me dedisse. 7 concessisse. 7 hac carta mea confirmasse deo 7 ecclesie sancte Marie de casa dei. 7 monialibus ibidem deo seruientibus inpuram.a 7 liberam. 7 perpetuam elemosinam tenendam de me. 7 heredibus meis unam Marcam argenti. ad festum sancti Michaelis. annuatim recipiendam de exitu molendini mei. de frodRigee pro anima patris mei. 7 pro anima Matris Mei. 7 pro salute anime mee. 7 anime cornitisse. Matil'. Sponse Mee'. 7 pro anima. Regis. dauid. avi mei. 7 pro anima. Malcolmi regis fratris Mei. 7 pro anima. Thome bigot. 7 pro animabus antecessorum meorum. 7 successorum. Testibus. W. de Warennja. Rogero conestabulario. Cestrie. Eustacio de uesci. Roberto. de Mortuo Mari. HenRico filio Meo. Simone de sancto litlo. Ricardo. de lindesia. Roberto de basingham. Willelmo. de essebi. Willelmo. de foleuill. Reginaldo. de acle. Willelmo. daco. Roberto de lakerneill' cum multis aliis.b
ENDORSED: ffrodrige De j marca redditus concessa Priorisse de Casa Dei (late xiii cent.); Non irrotulatur quja domus de Eton' nichil inde habet ut intelligitur (late xiii cent.); Carta Comitis Dauid fratris Regis Scotie
(xvi/xvii cent.).
DESCRIPTION: 5.7 x 4.7 in (14.4 x 11.9cm). Foot folded to depth of about 1.4 in. (3.6cm); double slits with tag. Second seal, in natural wax.
HAND: Unidentified.
SOURCE: Original, BL Addit. Chart. 47386.
NOTES: a Run together in source. b Final 's' extended sideways in order to finish last line of text.
COMMENT: Dated by Earl David's marriage and by the appearance of Roger, constable of Chester, in the witness-list without the style 'de Lacy', indicating a date before he inherited the honours of Clitheroe and Pontefract in 1194 (VCH Lancs, i, p.300). W. de Warenne, the first witness, is probably one and the same man as David's cousin William de Warenne of Wormegay (d. 1209). Eustace de Vesci, lord of Alnwick, also attests. The presence of these important men in the witness-clause suggests an especially weighty occasion. It is possible that Thomas Bigod, for the good of whose soul, among others, the gift was made, can be identified with a probable son of Roger, second earl of Norfolk, on whom see Cambridge Law Journal, x (1950), pp.96-7 with n.86. This Thomas was apparently still alive in, '96, but the use of 'pro anima' in the text is not conclusive proof that Thomas Bigod was already dead (cf. EYC, iv, pp.xxvii-xxx). Alternatively, it may be that the terminus ante quem should be set later than 1194, at 29 Nov. 1208 when Reginald of Oakley was deceased. David's relationship with Thomas remains mysterious, but provides some evidence for a connection between the Scottish royal house and the senior Bigod line a generation before William the Lion's daughter Isabel was married to Roger Bigod, future fourth earl of Norfolk, in 1225.
Excerpt from: Earl David of Huntingdon - K.J. Stringer pp 238-239

As we can see there were other witnesses, the more important of whom were Thomas Bigod, William de Warenne of Wormgay [Norfolk] and Eustace de Vesci, Lord of Alnwick. The latter was an opponent of Count John particularly during the subsequent Baron's Revolt in John's reign. The Scottish links of the De Lacis is further examined below. This Act suggests that Roger and Earl David were associates at this time [1190-1194] during Richard's reign. Roger de Laci was also a Sheriff of Yorkshire under King John's rule for about seven years from 1206 until his death in 1211. Some part of this time he shared the shievality with Robert Wallensis [from Wales]. Roger was also involved with Robert FitzRoger, Lord of Warkworth who was also a sheriff of Northumberland. Robert was related to Roger through Richard FitzEustace who married firstly Albreda de Lizours  which gave rise to Roger's line and secondly to Jane Bigod, daughter of the 1st earl of East Anglia which gave rise to Robert's line, making them in effect second cousins. Both these men would have collectively wielded considerable power in the North of England. Later after John ascended as King in 1199, Roger's opposition to John yielded, a matter of reality as much as opportunity..

When Roger de Laci died in 1211 he left a son John (Johannes) II de Laci, Constable of Chester, Count [Earl] of Chester and Earl of Lincoln through his wife Margaret, the daughter of Hawise, sister to Ranulf de Blondeville, Earl of Chester and Lincoln. Roger married firstly, Alice de Aquila, without issue and secondly Margaret de Quincy. John granted Whitley Hall (Whitley Beaumont) to William de Bellemonte10, which became the seat of the Beaumonts of Whitley. We are also told by K.J. Stringer13 that a sister of John de Laci who is un-named, was betrothed to Alan MacDougall of Galloway, who was Lord of Galloway, Constable of Scotland and an adviser to King John. There appears to have been no issue but the various marriages of Alan speak volumes for the cross-border relationships of the De Lacis at this time: 

                                                             Rose de Laci d. of Earl of Ulster                       Roger 'Helle' de Laci
                                                                                      ||                                                            |
                                                                                      ||                                                            |
    Helen de L'Isle=======1==========Alan of Galloway=====2=====sister of John de Laci of Pontefract
                                                                                     ||                                         hered. const. of Chester, earl Lincoln
                                               |                                     3
                                               |                                       =========Margaret Canmore d. of Earl David De Huntingdon

                                               |                                                 |
                                               |                                  |                                                                  |                                                   |
Roger de Quincy====Helen of Galloway        Devorguilla*==John I Balliol           Christiana==William                   Marion===John Comyn
earl Winchester                                                                                of Barnard Castle                          Fortibus
                                                                                                                                                                     of Skipton====Maud De Ferrers
* heiress of Alan of Galloway who had inherited the constableship and the Moreville estates through his mother.

                         Pedigree for Bellomonte from Flowers Visitation beginning with Richard who died 1472.

John's son was Edmund de Laci Constable of Chester born 1230 died 1258. From 1240 to his death he held the position of Lord of the Honour of Pontfract. Edmund was granted a manor at Stanbury near Haworth, being granted a charter in 1234-1235 with five other manors being granted to Edmund in November 1249.12  A road strategically connected the castles of Pontefract and Clitheroe running from Pontefract through Bradford Dale, Haworth and over the Pennines at Colne Edge to Clitheroe, Ightenhill [Gawthorpe near Burnley] and the abbey at Whalley. This road never left De Laci lands, connecting the two distinct administrative centres of  the honours of Pontefract and Clitheroe.

Edmund left a son, Henry de Laci born 1251. He became a close confidant of Edward I and  in 1278 received the earldom of Lincoln and Lordship of the honour of Pontefract.  In 1272 Edward I granted the right for Henry de Laci to hold a market at Almondbury on each Monday. Henry died in 1311 and was buried at St. Paul's London.

                                                                                              Henry de Laci
Created 9th Earl of Lincoln in 1257  [b 1249? d.1311]. This Henry commanded a division in the Welsh wars in 1276 and was joint Lieutenant of England whilst Edward I was in France [1279]. During 1296-8 he commanded the English army in France and in 1307 accompanied Edward I on his final campaign in Scotland. He was also present at Edward I's death. In 1310 he became one of the "Lord's Ordainers" which restricted Edward II's powers. Henry also acted as The Guardian of the Kingdom whilst Edward II was at war in Scotland.

Henry had two sons and two daughters the first three pre-deceased  him. The only surviving child was his youngest daughter Alice de Laci. Alice inherited the de Laci estates and entered into a marriage contract at the age of nine in 1294 to Thomas Plantagenet, later Earl of Lancaster, Leicester, Derby, Lincoln and Salisbury. As a result Alice de Laci became Countess of Lancaster and Thomas inherited the de Laci estates. Thomas was the grandson of Henry III. His father, the Earl of Lancaster was brother to Edward I.
Alice, according to one version, was abducted forcibly from her husbands Pontefract Castle by Earl Warrene of Conisbrough, probably with the assistance of Edward II.  Another version says she was taken from Canford Castle, near Wimborne, Dorset.
She was taken to Earl Warrene's castle at Reigate in Surrey. This gave rise to a private war between the the House of Lancaster and the Warrenes. After his rebellion, Thomas Earl of Lancaster was beheaded at Pontefract but Edward II was already unpopular with noble and commoner alike and this led to Thomas being deified, the cult of 'Saint' Thomas appeared.
Thomas's brother, Henry Plantagenet inherited the de Laci estates (died 1345). He was succeeded by his son Henry Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Lancaster. Except for Edward the "Black Prince" he was the first Duke since the Conquest . He died of the Great Plague ("Great Pestilence") on 24th March, 1361.
Henry had two daughters, the eldest of whom died with no issue. The second, Blanche Plantagenet [d.February 1349], married John of Gaunt (Ghent), Earl of Richmond, Duke of Lancaster. Blanche and John of Gaunt had a son Henry Bolingbroke, later Henry IV, (born 1366 at Bolingbroke in Lincolnshire) who inherited the de Laci estates and led to the line of Lancastrian kings. see William de Dronsfield, esquire to Lord Bolingbroke
Henry Bolingbroke deposed his cousin Richard II [son of the "Black Prince"] and assumed the crown in 1399 as Henry IV, the first Lancastrian king. Richard II was ostensibly murdered in Pontefract Castle by starvation, such like Edward II, no marks would be left on the body.
Bolingbroke, later Henry IV, was the first King to be crowned using the English language.The great plague had decimated the priesthood and aristocrats did not have sufficient latin teachers for their children, English became the lingua franca by the end of the 1300's

The Laci name lingered in the western part of the region. John Lacy married Ann, Alice de Eland they had three children an eldest son, a daughter who married Henry Murgatroyd and a second son, Gilbert Lacy born abt. 1400. This Gilbert married Johanna Soothill [Sotehill] born abt. 1400, daughter of Lord Gerald Soothill [b. abt. 1375]
Gilbert and Johanna Lacy had a child, Gerald Lacy b. abt. 1425 who married Joan Symmes who had a son, Hugh Lacy b. abt. 1489 at Brearley Hall, d. abt. 1573. Hugh was Lord of Midgley. His will was proved in 1570. Hugh married Agnes Savile b.1496 of Newhall, Thornhill.

From the time of Henry Bolingbroke's coronation  [Henry IV] to the present, the honour of Pontefract has been vested in the Crown. The honour of Pontefract is a separate Crown estate, managed by its own officers as part of the Duchy of Lancaster.

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   1. Pratt, Charles T., History of Cawthorne, 1881.
   2. Whitaker, Thomas, Dunham, LL.D., F.S.A., Vicar of Whalley - A History of the Original parish of Whalley and honour of   Clitheroe,  4th edition, revised and  enlarged, by          John Gough Nichols, F.S.A.and the Rev. Ponsonby A.Lyons, B.A. Vol. 1. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1872. 
   3. Dodsworth Manuscripts, Bodleian Library, Oxford*
   4. The Domesday  Book was in the Chapter House, Westminster from1696 having formerly been deposited in Winchester  Cathedral.
   5. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names, O.U.P., 1997.
   6. Hunter, Joseph, Revd., South Yorkshire, History of the Deanery of Doncaster, 1828 [2 vols]
   7. Baines, Thomas, Yorkshire Past and Present quoting Whitaker, T.D., Loidis and Elmete p. 347.
   8. Faull, M.L. & Stinson, M. (Eds.), Domesday Book for Yorkshire, Phillimore, Chichester, 1986.
   9. Wighton, W.E., The Lacy Family in England & Normandy, 1066-1194, Oxford, 1966.
 10. Calendar of Close Rolls.
 11. Burton John, Monasticon Eboracennse, London, 1758.
 12. From Calendar of Charter Rolls, VI, Henry III 1226-57 [903], p. 346 reference given to Tom Lee by Smith Midgley.
 13. Stringer, K.J. [ed.]. Essays on the Nobility of Medieval Scotland. John Donald, Edinburgh. 1985. p.50
 14. E-mail from Edward Beaumont  Edward has much unpublished work relating to the Bellomontes of West Yorkshire.
 15. Whitaker, T. D. An History of the Original parish of Whalley and Honour of Clitheroe. George Routledge and Sons. London 1872.
 16. Dictionary of National Biography
 17. Complete Peerage. vol iv, (1916), p. 131n.
# Lassy is in the Canton, Conde Sur Noiseau in the arrondissment of Vise of the Department of Calvados.8 This is marked on modern maps as VASSY, 35 km east of Falaise, which is in Calvados, Normandy.
* Dodsworth died in 1654, he obtained the de Lacis religious history from John Stanhope.

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