Jocelyn de Angulo

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Jocelyn de Angulo, 1st Baron of Navan (fl. 1172), was an Anglo-Norman knight.


De Angulo was one of fifty knights serving under Hugh de Lacy upon the latter's grant of the Lordship of Meath by King Henry II of England in 1172. Jocelyn was awarded the title Baron of Navan by de Lacy. He had sons Gilbert, Philip and William, all of whom would be outlawed for rebellion in 1195. He built a fort at Navan, the origin of the town, of which he can be called the founder.

Jocelyn is believed to have derived his surname from his homeplace of Angle, Pembrokeshire.

Philip de Angulo[edit]

Philip was an Anglo-Irish knight, fl. 1195–1206, son of Jocelyn de Angulo of Meath, Philip and his two brothers, Gilbert and William, were outlawed for rebellion in 1195 and had their lands confiscated. However, in 1206 King John of England pardoned them, Philip being allowed to inherit his father's estates at Navan. From his brother, William de Angulo, descend the Connacht families of Waldron, and others. He is considered an ancestor of Nano Nagle.[citation needed]

William de Angulo[edit]

William was an Anglo-Irish knight, fl. 1195–1206, and son of Jocelyn de Angulo. William was associated with the rebellion of his brothers Gilbert and Philip in 1195, and likewise pardoned in 1206. He held lands in Meath under Walter de Lacy which were returned to him upon his pardon. He is the ancestor of the Mac Jordan Duff, Mac Phillip, de Bhaldraithe/Mac Bhaldrin/Waldron clans of County Mayo.

Clann Coisdealbhaigh (after Mac Fhirbhisigh)[edit]

Genealogical tree[edit]

Literary reference[edit]

The Song of Dermot and the Earl (composed early 13th century) mentions the de Angulo family, and casts doubt upon Gilbert's paternity. This is probably intended to insult Gilbert as a traitor to the King.

Original Anglo-Norman
English translation
De Huge de Laci vus conterai,

Cum il feffa ses baruns,
chevalers, serjans e garsunz.
A Gilibert de Nangle enfin
Donad tut Makerigalin;
A Jocelin donat le Novan
E la tere de Ardbrechan:
Li un ert fiz, li altre pere,
Solum le dit de la mere.

"Of Hugh de Lacy I shall tell you

How he enfeoffed his barons,
Knights, serjeants and retainers.
To Gilbert de Nangle, moreover
He gave the whole of Morgallion;
To Jocelin he gave the Naven,
And the lands of Ardbrackan,
(The one was son the other father,
According to the statement of the mother)


  • Knox, Hubert Thomas (1908) The History of the County of Mayo to the Close of the Sixteenth Century; with illustrations and three maps. Dublin: Hodges Figgis (reprinted by De Burca Rare Books, 1982 ISBN 0-946130-01-9)