John Darcy

(c. 1279—1347) landowner and administrator

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(d. 1347), several times justiciar of Ireland between 1324 and 1336, and for 20 years an important link between the settler elite and the English court. He presided over the Kyteler witchcraft case in 1324, settled disputes involving the 1st earl of Desmond in 1329 and 1333, and led Irish forces to serve Edward III in Scotland in 1333 and 1335. During the last decade of his life he rose to become steward and chamberlain of Edward's household. Although he was reappointed to the justiciarship for life in 1341, he ruled by deputy, and surrendered the position in 1344. His son, Roger Darcy, also held important offices in the Dublin administration. In 1329 John Darcy married as his second wife Joan de Burgh, dowager countess of Kildare; their son William founded an Irish branch of the Darcy family, and in 1346 their daughter Elizabeth married the 2nd earl of Ormond.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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