(d. 1245), justiciar of Ireland 1215–21, 1226–8, 1230–2. A member of a Somerset family and nephew of Archbishop Cumin, he held Adare in Limerick and Killorglin in Kerry. In 1210 he accompanied King John against Hugh de Lacy. He was appointed justiciar in the summer of 1215 but was accused of financial irregularities and resigned in October 1221. In 1224 he fought against Hugh de Lacy and in June 1226 was reappointed justiciar and built castles at Rindown and Ballyleague (Roscommon) on the Shannon. He supported Richard Marshal in 1234 and was jailed for a time. In 1235 he was excommunicated by the bishop of Limerick for keeping church land. In 1238 he was suspected of involvement in an assassination attempt on Henry III. He fled to Scotland but was forced to leave by Alexander II in 1244 and died in France in 1245.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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