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1225 Richard de Burgh and Egidia de Lacy, daughter of Walter de Lacy, were married by April 21. [1]

171. 21 April. Westminster. Because in the Close Roll. Ireland. William of Worcester has made fine with the king for having four cantreds in Munster, saving the right to each of those five cantreds formerly of Phillip of Worcester, his uncle, namely the cantred of Slievardagh, the cantred of Comsey, the cantred of Offa, and the cantred of Muscry, by rendering 300 m. to the king within three years from Michaelmas in the ninth year, namely 100 m. each year until that fine is paid. Order to Earl W. Marshal, justiciar of Ireland, that, having accepted security from William for rendering the aforesaid 300 m. to the king within three years, he is to cause him to have full seisin without delay of the aforesaid four cantreds with the castle of Knockgraffon, saving to Richard de Burgh the fifth cantred, namely the cantred of Eoghanacht Cashel, which Walter de Lacy gave to him in marriage with Egidia, his daughter, and saving to the king the homage of the aforesaid Richard for the tenement that he holds of the king within the aforesaid cantreds. [ftn. 1]
1. This entry appears solely on C 60/23, m. 4, where it is cancelled because it is in the Close Roll. See RLC, II, p. 39b

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography states that Richard de Burgh (d. 1243) was justiciar of Ireland, and that he was [2]

… the son of William de Burgh (d. 1206) and his wife, the daughter of Domnall Mór Ó Briain, king of Thomond, who married in 1193. The de Burgh family came from Norfolk. William, the brother of Hubert de Burgh, justiciar of England from 1215 to 1232, became involved in Ireland as a result of the visit of John, lord of Ireland, in 1185. … He died in 1206 and Richard, his heir, became a ward of the crown until 1214 when he received his inheritance. …
De Burgh died early in 1243 when serving on Henry III's expedition to Poitou. He had three sons: Richard, his first heir, who died in 1248; Walter de Burgh (d. 1271), his eventual heir, who in 1263 was created earl of Ulster; and William, who died in 1270 and whose descendants came eventually to control most of Connacht.


[1] Henry III Fine Rolls Project, Fine Rolls of Henry III, 9 Henry III (28 October 1224–14 June 1225), Membrane 1, [Fine_Rolls_Project].

[2] B. Smith, "Burgh, Richard de (d. 1243)," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004, online edition), [Oxford_Dictionary_National_Biography], [OxfordDNB(UM)].