DATE: Saturday 17th May 2014  
VENUE: Earl Mortimer College, South Street, Leominster HR6 8JJ UK  
TICKETS: Members £20, Non-Members £25 including lunch and refreshments
BOOKING: Pre-booking is important for two reasons. If you turn up on the day we cannot guarantee there will be any lunch for you. You will also have to pay for parking at the college. Parking exemption stickers will be issued to those who book in advance.
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NB Join us on Sunday 18th May for an informal visit to Wigmore Castle. Wigmore is on the A4110, 10 miles north-west of Leominster. Meet at the church at 11.30am.


 09.15 Arrival and Registration
 10.00 Welcome by Jason O'Keefe, Chairman of MHS
 10.15 Morning Session   chaired by Dr Paul Dryburgh
Dr Brendan Smith (University of Bristol)
The Mortimer Family and Medieval Ireland

The Mortimers were not among the first wave of adventurers from Western England and Wales who participated in the conquest in Ireland around 1170. Nor were they like the de Lacys, their neighbours in the Welsh March, who received Irish estates thanks to the patronage of King Henry II. They first came by lands in Ireland in the middle of the thirteenth century, thanks to the laws of inheritance, and then added to them substantially by two advantageous marriages in the fourteenth century. It was love rather than war, in other words, that gave the Mortimers their Irish dimension, and it was in Ireland that the last three Mortimer earls of March and Ulster died between 1380 and 1425. The Irish component of the story of this most important of medieval English noble families is neglected, a state of affairs that this paper hopes in some small way to rectify.

Dr Smith researches and writes about English intervention in medieval Ireland, which began in 1170. He is interested in the colonial society which developed in Ireland in the centuries after the English arrived, the relationship between natives and newcomers, and that between colonists and the home country. He places the Irish experience in a 'British Isles' context which invites comparison with the experience of the Scots and Welsh, who also felt the force of English expansionism in the Middle Ages.

Dr Colin Veach (University of Hull)
The Lacys and the Conquest of Ireland

In 1172, King Henry II of England granted the ancient Irish kingdom of Meath to the Welsh Marcher lord, Hugh de Lacy. Already holding lands in England, Normandy and the Welsh March, this was a bold new adventure for the experienced soldier. Over the next century, the Lacy family and others like them served as a glue binding Ireland to the rest of the English king's vast dominions. Their history shows the interconnectivity of the medieval British Isles, as well as the risks and rewards facing those engaged in transnational estate building. 

Dr Veach’s research explores the political and social history of the British Isles in the high middle ages, placed in the broader context of Western Europe. His work seeks to refine our understanding of the nature of medieval society by exploring the patterns of lordship, patchworks of obligation and shifting social and cultural mores that existed in medieval Britain and Ireland. His monograph, Lordship in Four Realms: The Lacy Family, 1166-1241 (Manchester University Press, 2014), analyses how an aristocratic family adapted to the different socio-political and cultural settings of four distinct realms: England, Ireland, Wales and Normandy. He is a Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Hull, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

 12.45 Lunch

 14.00 Afternoon Session  chaired by Dr Ian Mortimer

Dr Beth Hartland (Victoria County History)
Geoffrey de Geneville: one man, two kings, three countries

Married to the co-heiress to the Lacy inheritance and grandfather to Joan, through whom these lands were transmitted to the Mortimers, Geoffrey de Geneville is the personal link between the morning's papers. As one of the wave of 'foreigners' to swamp the English court in the 1240s and 1250s, de Geneville was a forerunner of the immigration to be considered in the last paper. Making use of correspondence and petitions, this paper is very much the story of how one man navigated the political waters of his time to manage a complex landed portfolio. Currently working for the Victoria County History Gloucestershire, and having worked on leading projects to edit central government records, Beth's research career began examining the interconnections between England and Ireland in the medieval period. She is returning to her Irish interests by writing a chapter for the forthcoming New Cambridge History of Ireland on the period between 1254 and 1318.

Dr Jessica Lutkin (University of York)
England's Immigrants 1330-1550 and the question of resident Irish immigrants.

The England's Immigrants project database holds the names of 65,000 immigrants resident in England in the late middle ages, and this paper will focus on the Irish community. It will tackle the issues around the recording of the Irish living in England, and the limitations we face in uncovering the full extent of Irish residency throughout the period.

Jessica Lutkin completed her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2008, on Goldsmiths and the English Royal Court, 1360-1413. Since then, she has worked on a number of research projects based at The National Archives, Kew, and has been an associate lecturer at the University of Winchester. She has had two roles during the England's Immigrants project, as research assistant and then impact officer.


 16.00 Close