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Aubrey (Lisours) de Lisours (abt. 1128 - aft. 1200)

Aubrey "Albreda" de Lisours formerly Lisours aka Lizours
Born about in Lincolnshire, Englandmap
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[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married before 1150 [location unknown]
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Died after in Skipton, Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Aubrey was first married to Richard Fitz Eustace and secondly to William Fitz Godric.

"When Robert de Lacy died in 1193, and his estates passed in due succession to his cousin, the second Albreda, Roger's grandmother, Roger made an agreement with her by which he took immediate possession of the Lacy lands, her maternal inheritance, and assumed the Lacy name, leaving the Lissours lands, her paternal inheritance, to pass, with the name of Fitzwilliam, to her descendants by William Fitz Gothic, her second husband.

"The return from captivity of the lion-king occurred in the spring of 1194; his second coronation. took place at Winchester on the octave of Easter, April 17th of that year; and the agreement between Roger and his grandmother with respect to the Lacy lands was entered in the King's Court at Winchester the following Thursday. Six weeks afterwards, Roger de Lacy, under his new name, executed his first act of lordship, by granting to his burgesses of Pontefract the earliest Charter of which there is now any record, though from a reference borne by the document to the time of Henry de Lacy, it is probable that there had been an earlier Charter of that Lord, which has been lost sight of for many generations. This earliest of the Pontefract Charters is also the oldest known example of the armorial bearings of either of the Lacy families. Of the first family, it is even unknown what was their heraldic device; but, as they now exist on this Charter, the bearings of Roger Fitz Eustace, who, although assuming the name of Lacy, did not necessarily take the arms, were Quarterly Or and Gales, with a label of five points, whether sable, vert, or argent we will not pretend to decide, for we might quote inferential authority for either. The seal is of green wax, and is in a very fair state of preservation. Since the most laborious research and the most patient investigation has failed in providing any authority for a true armorial bearing previous to the Second Crusade, in 1147, this seal, which dates within a half century of that Crusade, is thus, although utterly unknown to heraldic literature, of the very highest heraldic interest; and it is possible, though we offer the remark as a suggestion only, that the coat, which appears on the counter seal Or and Gilles quarterly, was the blazon of the first family, and that in the infancy of the science Roger Fitz Eustace assumed the label of five points to signify his descent in the second degree from the then living head of the family, Albreda, daughter of Albreda, daughter of Robert, son of Ilbert de Lacy, and that on her death he retained the device, handing it down to his descendants as a permanent charge, not-withstanding that when the reason for its assumption had ceased, the correct heraldry would have been for him to have discontinued altogether the use of the label, reverting to the simple blazonry of Quarterly, Or and Gules.

"The principal object of this Charter of Roger was practically the farming out of the rents of his newly-acquired property in Pontefract to the highest bidder, who was to be appointed Praetor for the purpose of collecting them; but there was a careful and suggestive proviso that "the burgesses will be the proper persons, if they will give as much as others." This first grant of Roger's special favour, or, as it is styled, "Concession of liberty, " cost the burgesses 300 marks (£200), so that it may be easily perceived that such grants were only a mode of raising money for the wants of the new Lord. The Charter bears date Westminster, 6th day of the ides of June, in the fifth year of the coronationt of King Richard, i.e., 8th June 1194, and is still kept in the Pontefract Town Hall. In character the handwriting bears a remarkable resemblance to that which engrossed Magna Charta twenty years afterwards, and attached to it is a second charter, with reference to 194 acres of land in the moor, which was granted to certain parsons named in the Charter. The name of Eustachius, "brother of the Lord," appears on this document first among the list of witnesses, but nothing more is on record concerning him so far as we have been able to ascertain.

"In the following year, as his share of the scutage levied to defray the ransom which had been promised for the King, Roger paid £45 15s., or rather more than a fifth of the amount which he had received from his burgesses of Pontefract, being described in the scutage list as " Rogerus de Cestria, successor Henrici de Lascy," as if there had been no intermediate Lord. In 1196 he paid a further sum of 2,000 marks for full livery of the Honour of Pontefract, excepting the Castle, which the King retained in his own hands, with what ulterior view it is now impossible to say, for he lived but three years afterwards."


MedLands gives her only the one son by fitz Godric.


  • Pontefract: Its Name, Its Lords and Its Castle, by Richard Holmes, publ. 1878
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Reports and Papers of the Architectural and Archaeological Societies of the Counties of Lincoln and Northampton (Savill and Edwards, London, 1852-3) Vol. 2, Page 92

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Herald and Genealogist, Vol. 7 (1873), p. 182-183 discusses the persistence of the old mistake.
posted by [Living Horace]

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