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Albreda (Lisours) de Lisours (abt. 1128 - aft. 1194)

Albreda (Aubrey) de Lisours formerly Lisours aka FitzEustace, FitzGodric, Cauz, Clairfait, FitzWilliam
Born about in Lincolnshire, Englandmap
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Wife of — married before 1150 [location unknown]
Wife of — married 1167 [location unknown]
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Died after after about age 66 in Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Aubrey (Lisours) de Lisours lived during the medieval period.

Albreda/Aubreye/Aubrey Lady of of Sprotbrorough

She born c 1133/6. (based upon date of her marriages)

She was the daughter of Robert Lisours of Sprotbrorough and his wife, Albreda de Lacy of Pontefract. [1] [2][3]

Marriage Debate

Did Aubrey marry 4 times?

1st Husband; Richard FitzEustache, constable of Chester, died in 1163 [3] [4]
2nd Husband; William de Clairfait. Crawley’s Medieval Lands cites “Domesday Descendants” which records her second marriage but does not cite the corresponding primary source. [2] Baildon states that she was the wife of William de Clairfait "... a grant of lands in Billingley and elsewhere by Fulk de Lisoriis and Aubrey his wife and Robert their son, has the following note at the end of it: Aubrey, daughter ot the aforesaid Robert de Lisoriis confirmed this gift in this charter, adding that bovate of land in Ulecotes [Oldcotes, near Blyth] which Sparro held, … for the love of God, and for her soul and for the souls of her ancestors, William de Clarofagio, her husband, consenting." [5] Unfortunately, not able to see the original source to confirm. He also makes no mention of a marriage to Geoffrey de Cauz.
3rd Husband; Geoffrey de Cauz, married after 1168. This marriage is confirmed by the charter dated 12 Nov 1177 “which Geoffrey de Cauz had given to Aubrey de Lisuries his wife in dowry, one carucate of land in Roueston" [6]
4th Husband; William FitzGodric in 1178, This marriage is confirmed by The Pipe Roll of 24 Henry II. "William fitz Godric rendered his account of 10 marcs for having taken the mother of John the Constable." [7] [8] [4] Baildon, pg 345, states In 1175/6 he accounted for £100 for having the mother of John the Constable, with her land [pro abenda matre Johannis Gonstabularii cum terra sua] ; he paid £66, 13s.4d. and owed £33, 6s. 8d.. In 1176/7 he paid 10 marks and was allowed [in soltis] 30 marks, which left a balance of 10 marks, which he paid in 1177/8.

South Yorkshire puts forward that William de Clairfait and William FitzGodric were the same man “that the full description of one her husbands was, Willielmus de Clarofagio filius Godrici” but unfortunately doesn’t cite where that description of Willlam came from. [4]


She had the following children with Richard FitzEustache

John, the constable -m- Alice of Essex [3]
Robert "the Hospitaler" [3]
Richard FitzRichard [9]
Albreda -m- Henry/Renny Bisset [3]
Sara (Mary?) -m- Robert of Alderford [3]

She had one son with William FitzGodric

William FitzWilliam -m- 1st Maud, 2nd Ela de Warnne [10]

In an undated charter, Albrede de Lisuresg gave the church of Adwyk or Athewyk [to Hampole Priory], and afterwards appropriated ; with free warren in Adwyk. Albrede de Lisures An annuity of a pound from Plomtree, near Scroby to this church [Melton] to buy oil for a lamp to burn, night and day, at the tomb of Maud, late wife to William Fitz-Williams, lord of Sprotburgh; which was confirmed to them by William Fitz-Williams, and by Roger, archbiship of York. This charter was later confirmed by her a great-grandson [11] [12]

To all, &c. William the son of William lord of Sproughbrough, greeting. You will know that I have inspected the charters and feoffments of my ancestors to God, and of beatse Marias, and to the nuns of Hanepole, who serve God there, made from different tenements in the counties of York. and Nottingham to wit, first of all, the charter of Aubrey de Lisours, testifying that the aforesaid Aubrey gave them the church of Athewiks. ... Moreover, I inspected the charter of William the son of William, son and heir of the said Aubrey de Lisours, testifying that the same William, son of William, confirmed the gift of his mother Aubrey, of the church of Athewyks, and of the annual rent of twenty shillings, from his rent at Plomtre, near Scroby, which he did indeed he granted the rent, to the pity of the said nuns, and to buy oil, so that one lamp, day and night, was constantly burning at the turn of Matilda, his late wife. ... Which concessions I the aforesaid William the son of William confirm, &c. Given in the year 147 Witnesses, lords, John of Eland, Roger of Newmarket, Thomas of Metham, knights, &c.

She was heir to her half-brother, Robert de Lacy of Pontefract of the Lacy fee, including the honour of Clitheroe with the liberty of Rochdale, in Lancaster, and the honour of Pontefract with the liberty of Bowland, in Yorkshire. [13]

Albreda quit claims for ever to Roger the constable of Chester, her grandson, (John her son it is presumed being dead) all the lands which were Robert de Laci's ; and Roger grants that she shall hold the whole of the lands which were Robert de Lizours her father's, for life, with remainder to William her son. He further grants to them £20 lands in Darrington. [4]

In 1194 Robert de Lacy, her grandson, accounted of £43 15s. of the scutage of his honour of Pontefract for the king's ransom, and the year following, in consequence of the agreement made with his grandmother. Albreda, gave the king a fine of 2,000 marks for livery of Robert de Lacy's honour of Clitheroe, with the lands and castles, except the castle of Pontefract, which the king retained in his own hand. [13]


She passed away after 1194, as she was not found in any later records. Most likely in Yorkshire.


  1. Catherine Lucy Wilhelmina Powlett Duchess of Cleveland, 'The Battle abbey roll: With some account of the Norman lineages' Volume III; Page 381. (Albemarle Street, London: John Murray, 1889); digital image: (
  2. 2.0 2.1 Charles Cawley's, Website Medieval Lands (
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 W.F. Carter and R.F. Wilkinson, 'Yorkshire Archaeological Journal' Volume 35 ‘Notes on the Family of Lisures pp 183-200’ (Leeds, UK: John Whitehead & Son LTD, 1943); digital image: (
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Joseph Hunter South Yorkshire. The History and Topography of the Deanery of Doncaster in the Diocese and County of York., Volumes I & II; pp, 332-333. (London, England: Printed for the Author by Nichols and Son, 1828)
  5. William Paley Baildon, 'Baildon and the Baildons; a history of a Yorkshire manor and family' "The FitzWilliams of Emley and Sprotborough" Volume 1; p. 349. (England: St. Cathrine Press, 1912); Pages 343-380. digital image: ( He cites Harley MS., 3759, fos.105d., 106. hanc donacionem confirmavit Albreda filia supradicti Robcrti de Lisoriis . . . annuertti Wilklmo de Clarofagio, viro suo.
  6. 'Appendix: Additional concords', in Final Concords of the County of Lincoln 1244-1272', ed. C W Foster (Horncastle, 1920), pp. 329-337. British History Online (
  7. Bernard Burke, 'Genealogical history of the dormant, abeyant, forfeited and extinct peerages of the British Empire'; pp. 215-216. (London, England: Harrison, 1866); digital image: (
  8. The Pipe Roll society, 'for the Publication of the Great Rolls of the Exchequer. Commonly called The Pipe Rolls and Other Documents Prior to the year A.D. 1200 ' Volume XXVII; Pipe Roll 24 Henry II, p. 65. (England: The Publications of the Pipe Roll society, 1906); digital image: (
  9. Wikipedia Citing: Dugdale, William. The Baronage of England, Volume 1. G. Olms, 1675. ISBN 9783487063751 & "The History of Warkworth Castle" Amble and District Local History (
  10. Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families Edited by Kimball G. Everingham Volume 1, 2nd Edition, pp 103-113. 'FitzWilliam'. (MA: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2011); digital image. (
  11. John Burton, 'Monasticon Eboracense: and the ecclesiastical history of Yorkshire'; Page 264. (York, England: Printed for the author, by N. Nickson, 1758); digital image: (
  12. William Dugdale, 'Monasticon Anglicanum': Edited by Henry Ellis, Bulkeley Bandinel John Caley Voluume 5; Page 487. (London: James Bohn, 1846); digital image: (
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Victoria History of the Counties of England, 'A History of Lancashire' Edited by William Page and J. Brownbill Volume 1; Pages 300-301. (Haymarket, London: Archibald Constable & co., 1906-1914); digital image: (

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The marriage dates of her husbands don't line up with the birthdates of the children from different fathers.
Herald and Genealogist, Vol. 7 (1873), p. 182-183 discusses the persistence of the old mistake.
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