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Gilbert de Lacy

Gilbert de Lacy[1, 2]

Male - 1163

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  • Name Gilbert de Lacy 
    Gender Male 
    Military 1158 
    Knight Templar  
    • "Gilbert had a long history of involvement with the Templars. During the Anarchy he had donated a manor to the order at Guiting, a valuable, fertile spot between Gloucester and Oxford in the low, green Cotswold hills. When the fighting was over and Matilda's son had been crowned King Henry II, Gilbert judged his political career to be complete. In 1158 he resigned his lands to his son and joined the order. He was a high-status recruit: a noblemen, a warrior and charitable Christian prepared to abandon the comforts of life at home to lead the armies of the faithful. Two years later he was in Paris as a member of the Templar delegation that stood as guarantors of a peace between the new English king and Louis Vii of France. * * * By 1162 Gilbert had traveled to the Holy Land and taken command of the Templars at Tripoli...." [3]
    "The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici), also known as the Order of Solomon's Temple (French: Ordre du Temple or Templiers), the Knights Templar or simply as Templars, was a Catholic military order recognised in 1139 by papal bull Omne Datum Optimum of the Holy See. The order was founded in 1119 and active from about 1129 to 1312. "Knights Templar" at
    First (10951099); Second (11471149); Third or the Kings' Crusade (11891192); Forth (12021204); Fifth (12131221); Sixth (1228); Barons' (1239); Seventh (1248-1254); Eighth (1270); and Ninth (1271-1272).
    Military 1163  Beqaa Valley, Lebanon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The battle of al-Buqaia
    The battle of al-Buqaia
    Nur al-Din was surprised at Al-Buqai'a al-Hosn, almost being captured and suffering a humiliating defeat. Asbridge marks this as the point at which he became truly committed to jihad. He exacted revenge shortly thereafter at Harim, crushing the armies of Antioch and Tripoli.
    Died ca. 1163 
    Person ID I19716  Dickinson
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2017 

    • The name of Gilbert's wife is not known
     1. Robert de Lacy,   d. ca. 1162  [Birth]
    +2. Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath,   d. 26 Jul 1185, Durrow, Leinster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     3. Walter de Lacy  [Birth]
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F6163  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at, 20XX),

    2. [S336470] Wikipedia, (Online:, "Gilbert de Lacy" at
      "Gilbert de Lacy (died after 1163) was a medieval Anglo-Norman baron in England, the grandson of Walter de Lacy who died in 1085. Gilbert's father forfeited his English lands in 1096, and Gilbert initially only inherited the lands in Normandy. The younger de Lacy spent much of his life trying to recover his father's English lands, and eventually succeeded. Around 1158, de Lacy became a Templar and went to the Holy Land, where he was one of the commanders against Nur ad-Din in the early 1160s. He died after 1163."

    3. [S359] The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors, Dan Jones, (New York: Viking, 2017), 120.