Name: Eustace FitzJohn
Residence: Knaresborough, Yorkshire
Birth: ABT 1110
Death: 1157 in Wales
Occupation: Lord of Knaresborough
Cause: Killed on an expedition in Wales.
Change Date: 21 MAY 2008
Was created Baron of Alnwick and was the owner of vast possessions.
He seems to have been a man of remarkable ability, who played an important part in public affairs. He espoused the cause of the Empress Matilda against Stephen and joined forces with David, King of Scotland, to whom he surrendered Alnwick Castle in 1138; but the combined Scottish and Northumbrian army was defeated at the Battle of the Standard near Northallerton in the same year.
Soon afterwards he was reconciled to Stephen, who granted him further lands in Yorkshire.
He was killed on an expedition in Wales in 1157.
Alnwick Castle at this date was substantially the same design as at present; it took the form of a circular keep composed of a series of towers surrounding a courtyard, with two outer courts or baileys; and it must have been one of the earliest Norman Castles to assume this form instead of that of the simple square keep surrounded by a walled enclosure. That it covered practically the same area as at present is proved by the early twelfth century Norman masonry which can be seen here and there throughout the whole extent of the curtain walls.
Or died 3 Jul 1157 in Halton Castle, Yorkshire?
Lots more info available at http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wensell&id=I10809
Father: John ?Monoculus?
Mother: Magdalen Fitz Nigell
- Richard Fitzeustace
Beatrice de Vescy b: ABT 1105 in England
- William De Vescy