Name: Reginald FitzUrse FitzUrse
Change Date: 22 APR 2004
Birth: WFT Est. 1135-1207
Death: WFT Est. 1156-1284
Note: Eldest son of Richard FitzUrse. One of the murderers of St. Thomas ofCanterbury. Reginald inherited the manor of Williton, Somersetshire,upon his father's death in 1168. He also held the manor of Barham, Kent,and lands in Northamptonshire. He is sometimes called a baron, for heheld of the king in chief. He was one of the four knights stirred up bythe hasty words of Henry II to plot the archbishop's death. They leftBures, near Bayeux, where the king then was, and proceeded by differentroutes to England, all meeting at saltwood, then by Ranulf de Broc, onDecember 28, 1170. The next day they set out with a few men, gatheredreinforcements from the abbot at St. Augustine's at whose house theyhalted. They entered the archbishop's hall after 3 pmand demanded to seehim. Reginald told him they had a message from the king. The archbishopreminded Reginald that he was a former tenant of his and to leave. Thisangered Reginald and he gathered others. They forced their way into thechurch and burst out with 'King's men.' He met the archbishop, and aftersome words, tried to drag him out of the church. Thomas called himpander and said that he ought not touch him, for he owed him fealty. The murder took place. The knights rode to Saltwood, glorying, it issaid, in their deed. William de Tracy, a knight, disputed this, sayingthat remorse set in. On the 31st, they set off for South Malling, nearLewes, one of the archepiscopal manors and cast their armour off. They were excommunicated by the pope and were advised by King Henry toflee to Scotland. There, however, the king and his people wanted to hangthem. They were forced to return to England. They took shelter in Knaresborough, which belonged to Hugh Morville, andremained a year. All shunned them. Even dogs, it was said refused to eat morsels oftheir meat. Being a religious crime, they were not amenable to layjurisdiction. The king sent them to the pope. He had the fast andbanished them to the Holy Land. They were to perform their penance atthe Black Mountain near Jerusalem. They died there and were buried atJerusalem before the door at the Templars' church. Some say, reginaldfled to Ireland, where he founded the family of McMahon....
Father: Richard FitzUrse b: WFT Est. 1106-1169
Mother: Maud Boulers b: WFT Est. 1112-1173