Name: Lucia de Mercia
Death: ABT 1095 1
Note: 2 1|
Change Date: 28 FEB 2009
Lucy "the Countess" of Lincoln married Ivo Taillebois, Sheriff of Lincolnshire; Her 1st.2,3,5 She was per the genealogia fundatoris of Coventry Abbey, a daughter of Earl Algar, and sister and heiress of earls Edwin and Morcar.3 She was per the Peterborough Chronicle and the Pseudo-Ingulf's Chronicle of Crowland, the daughter of Algar and niece or great-niece of Turold.3 "I exposed the absurd story, stereotyped in English History, of the three husbands of Lucia, Countess of Chester, which had been first doubted by the Rev. Mr. Bowles in his "History of Laycock Abbey;" but with the particular object of that Paper I have at present nothing to do." - J.R. Planché, Somerset Herald (whose own work is higly questionable!).6 She was the heir of Turold per a revealing phrase from the Register of Spalding Priory which reads: 'mortuo quia dicto Thoraldo relicta sibi herede Lucia predicta' [at his death Turold left an heir, the aforesaid Lucy].3 The suggestion, that she was the daughter of Robert Malet's sister and Turold the Sheriff of Lincoln, was first made by R. Kirk in 1888. As N. Sumner has more recently observed: "This account has the merit of explaining why the lordship of Spalding and other places in Lincolnshire were held after Ivo's death not by Beatrice, his direct heir and the daughter of his marriage to Lucy, but by the later husbands of Lucy, Roger fitz Gerold and Ranulph Meschines."3 Also called Lucia (?).6 She was the daughter and heiress of Turold, the Sheriff of Lincoln, and of Robert Malet's sister.7,5,8 She and Ivo Taillebois, Sheriff of Lincolnshire founded, or perhaps re-founded, a priory at Spalding subject to St Nicholas, Angers.3 She was born circa 1066.5 She was the daughter of Turold of Bucknell, Sheriff of Lincoln and N. N. Malet.
She and Ivo Taillebois, Sheriff of Lincolnshire made a grant to Saint-Nicholas d'Angers in 1083.
She married Roger fitz Gerald de Romare, Lord of Bolingbroke, son of Gerald de Romare and Emicia (?), in 1095?; Her 2nd.
She married Ranulph "le Meschin", 4th Earl of Chester, son of Ranulph II, vicomte de Bayeaux and Margaret d' Avranches, circa 1098; His 2nd. Her 3rd (widow).
She was identified in a charter of the future Henry II for Lucy's son Ranulf II of Chester, as, probably erroneously, the niece of Robert Malet and Alan of Lincoln, Alan the successor, and almost certainly the son, of Domesday's Alfred of Lincoln.
Lucy was married thrice: first to Ivo Taillebois (by whom she had no issue), secondly to Roger fitz Gerald (by whom she became the mother of William de Roumare, Earl of Lincoln), and thirdly to Ranulf " le Meschin," Earl of Chester (by whom she left inter alia a daughter, Alice, wife of Richard de Clare and mother of the Rohese who espoused Earl Gilbert de Gant)
Stow says Ivo de Taillebois married, perhaps forcibly, Lucia [Lucy], a Saxon heiress, in 1076. She was the daughter of Godiva and Algar [Aelfgar], son of Leofric, and Earl of Mercia. Her brothers were the Earls Edwin, of Mercia, and Morcar, of Northumbria. Ivo did, apparently, gain Morcar's lands in Norfolk and Lincoln after marrying Lucy. Note also that Morcar and Edwin had rebelled against William's rule in 1069 and been stripped of their titles at that time. Ivo may have profited from their treachery.
To keep things interesting, some sources claim that Lucy was the daughter of Turold, the sheriff of Lincoln. Another says she was the daughter of either Gilbert or Robert de Malet. Ivo did gains lands that might imply he had married one or more of all of these ladies.
Father: Thorold of Mercia
Mother: Aelgifu Malet
Ives de Taillebois b: ABT 1036 in Anjou, France
- Eldred of Kendal b: ABT 1050
- Beatrix Tailesbois
- Adaliza or Matilda De Taillebois
Roger FitzGerald de Romara
- William de Romara
Ranulph de Meschines b: ABT 1070 in Briquessart, Livry, France
- Ralph de Gernon b: ABT 1116
- William de Meschines
- William De St. Pierre
- Hugh Meschyn
- Adeliza de Meschines
- Text: Steve Hissem
Lancaster of Rydal
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Early History of the Stricklands of Sizergh
Author: S H Lee Washington
Publication: Rumford Press, Boston, MA