Stephen Longespée

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Stephen Longespée
Seneschal of Gascony
Justiciar of Ireland
Arms of Stephen Longespée (d.1260).svg
Arms of Stephen Longespée:Azure, six lions rampant or, a label of three gules[1]
Bornc. 1216
BuriedLacock Abbey, Wiltshire, England
Noble familyPlantagenet
Spouse(s)Emmeline de Riddlesford
IssueEmeline Longespée
Ela Longespée
FatherWilliam Longespée, Earl of Salisbury
MotherEla, Countess of Salisbury

Stephen Longespée (c. 1216 – 1260) was an English knight who served as Seneschal of Gascony and as Justiciar of Ireland.


Longespée was a son of William Longespée, 3rd Earl of Salisbury and Ela of Salisbury. He was a cousin of the King Henry III of England. His wife Emmeline was an heiress of her grandfather Walter de Riddlesford, and brought possessions in Connacht and Leinster in Ireland.[2] In 1255, Longespée was appointed the Seneschal of Gascony, where his administration was hampered with disputes with Lord Edward.[3] After Lord Edward returned to England in 1255, Longespée remained until 1257 as Seneschal, before returning to England. When Lord Edward reluctantly recognised the Provisions of Oxford in 1258, Longespée was one of the four counsellors given to accept the reform program. In 1259, Longespée was appointed Justiciar of Ireland.[4] He died in 1260.[5]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Stephen married a distant cousin, Emmeline de Riddlesford, who was the widow of Hugh de Lacy, 1st Earl of Ulster, and the daughter of Walter de Riddlesford (son of another Walter de Riddlesford, and Amabilis Fitzhenry) and Annora Vitré. They had the following known issue:


  1. ^ Glover's Roll of Arms, Panel 5.
  2. ^ Frame 1998, p. 46.
  3. ^ Prestwich 1988, p. 16.
  4. ^ Prestwich 1988, p. 27.
  5. ^ Frame 1998, p. 54.


  • Frame, Robin (1998). Ireland and Britain, 1170-1450. Continuum. ISBN 0-8264-4544-6.
  • Prestwich, Michael (1988). Edward I, English monarchs. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520062665.