Richard de Luci

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Richard de Luci (1089 – 14 July 1179) (also Richard de Lucy) was first noted as Sheriff of the County of Essex, then he was made Chief Justiciar of England.

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His wife Rohese, who is named in several documents, was a sister of Faramus of Boulogne. When Henry II came to the throne in 1154, he was made Chief Justiciar of England jointly with Robert de Beaumont, Earl of Leicester. When de Beaumont died in 1168, Richard de Luci continued to hold the office in his own right.Powicke Handbook of British Chronology p. 69

He resigned his office between September 1178 and Easter of 1179, and retired to Lesnes Abbey in Kent, where Richard de Luci died and was buried three months later on 14 July 1179.

His brother Walter de Luci was abbot of Battle Abbey.Knowles The Monastic Order in England p. 589 His second son was Godfrey de Luci (d. 1204), Bishop of Winchester.

His mother was Aveline, the niece and heiress of William Goth. In February 1130/31, Henry I in the charter for Séez Cathedral refers to Richard de Luci and his mother Aveline.

An early reference to the de Luci family refers to the render by Henry I of the Lordship of Dice, Norfolk to Richard de Luci, Governor of Falaise, Normandy, after defending it with great valour and heroic conduct when besieged by Geoffrey, Earl of Anjou.

In 1153–4 de Luci was granted Chipping Ongar, Essex by William, son of King Stephen and...
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