|Death: ||Nov. 17, 1255|
Margaret de Braose, Lady of Trim, she was the daughter of William de Braose, 4th Lord of Bramber, Lord Abergavenny and the legendary Maud de St. Valery, who was walled alive by orders of King John of England. Margaret founded a religious house, the Hospital of St. John in her mother Maud's memory. Margaret was the wife of Walter de Lacy, Lord of Trim Castle in County Meath, Ireland, and Ludlow Castle in Shropshire.
Her paternal grandparents were William de Braose, 3rd Lord Bramber and Bertha of Hereford. Her maternal grandparents were Bernard de St. Valery and Matilda.
In November 1200, Margaret married Walter de Lacy, Lord of Trim Castle in County Meath, Ireland, and Ludlow Castle in Shropshire. He also owned many estates and manors in Herefordshire including Ewyas Lacy. He was later appointed Sheriff of Hereford. It was an advantageous marriage as Walter and her father both held castles and lordships in the Welsh Marches as well as Ireland, and thus the two men looked after each other's interests in both places.
Together Walter and Margaret had at least six children who included:
Gilbert de Lacy (1202 – 25 December 1230), married as her first husband Isabel Bigod, by whom he had issue.
Pernel de Lacy (1201 – after 25 November 1288), married firstly William St. Omer, and secondly Ralph VI de Toeni by whom she had issue.
Egidia de Lacy (born c. 1205), married Richard Mor de Burgh, by whom she had issue
In 1208, Margaret's parents lost favour with their patron, King John of England, who seized all of the de Braose castles in the Welsh Marches. In order to escape from John's vindictive wrath, Margaret's mother, Maud and her eldest brother William fled to Ireland where they found refuge with Margaret and her family at Trim Castle. In 1210, however, King John sent an expedition to Ireland. Maud and William escaped from Trim but were apprehended on the Antrim coast while attempting to sail to Scotland. They were sent to England where they were both walled alive inside the dungeon of Corfe Castle, Dorset, and left to starve to death on the orders of King John. Walter de Lacy's estates were forfeited to the Crown as punishment for having harboured traitors inside his castle.
By 1215, Walter and Margaret were back in the King's favour, and Walter's confiscated estates were restored to him. Margaret obtained permission to found a religious house in memory of her mother. On 10 October 1216, eight days before his death, King John conceded three carucates of land in the royal forest of Aconbury, Herefordshire to Margaret for the construction of the Hospital of St. John. King John sent the instructions to her husband Walter by letters patent.
Margaret died on November 17, 1255. She was buried at the Priory Church in Holme Lacy, Hereford. Her husband had died in 1241, leaving his vast holdings and lordships to their granddaughters by their son Gilbert, Margery de Lacy, and Maud de Lacy, Baroness Geneville.
William III de Braose (1153 - 1211)
Maud de St. Valéry (1154 - 1210)
Walter de Lacy (1172 - 1241)*
Egidia de Lacy, Lady of Connacht*
Gilbert de Lacy (1206 - 1230)*
Reginald de Braose (____ - 1228)*
Matilda de Braose (1172 - 1210)*
Giles de Braose (1175 - 1215)*
William de Braose (1175 - 1210)*
Margaret de Braose (1177 - 1255)
St Cuthbert Churchyard
Herefordshire Unitary Authority
Created by: Mad
Record added: Mar 18, 2012
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