Geoffrey de Turville
He was probably a native of Turville in Buckinghamshire. He is first heard of in Ireland in 1218 in the entourage of Henry de Loundres, Archbishop of Dublin. He held a variety of clerical offices before becoming Bishop of Ossory in 1244; he also held a number of administrative posts: most notably he was Treasurer of Ireland 1235-50 and he was also Lord Chancellor of Ireland around 1237. Elrington Ball praises him as a highly trained and able lawyer. Otway-Ruthven credits him as the Lord Chancellor who actually developed the Irish Chancery as a Government Department independent of the English Chancery with its own staff and Great Seal.
He died in London in October 1250.
- Otway-Ruthven, A.J. History of Medieval Ireland Reprinted Barnes and Noble 1993 p.154
- Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 John Murray London 1926
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