The de Marisco family of Somerset, Lundy Island and Ireland


The "Marris Ancient" arms (black lion rampant, second left above) were those of Sir Herbert de Marisco, and borne by him at the Dunstable Tournament in 1308. These arms are described as Argent a lion rampant sable armed and langued.

Below is all that survives of Marisco Castle on Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel. The castle originally occupied two acres at the extreme south of the island, and was surrounded by a stone wall, with ditch, except along the cliff edge, which overlooked an almost perpendicular drop. The Castle Keep (pictured) has walls nine feet thick. The author of this website and his wife stayed in the Castle Keep and can confirm the thickness of the walls and the absolute silence from inside even during the most howling of gales.


Full details of the Mariscos can be found in the references given at the end of this article.

Following is a transcription of the early generations from the "Marris / de Marris pedigree" accepted by Thomas Sadleir, Deputy Ulster King of Arms, in 1940. For ease of reading, the generations have been numbered, starting at 1. Descent is through the individuals shown in bold type.

1. Osbert de Marč. Held lands in Northampton (temp. Domesday Survey).

2. Adelolph de Marč (als. Athelwulf als. Alulf als. Alan de Marč), held land in Essex (temp. Domesday Survey), inherited Northampton lands, married … dau. heiress of de la Launde.

3. Jordan de Marisco (als. de Insula), married Hadwissa, dau. of Baldwin Redvers of Isle of Wight & Devon.

4. Geoffrey de Marisco, held a half-fee in Huntspill Somerset of the honor of Bampton in 1166 A.D. (Liber Niger), d. 1189, married … dau. of Fitz Azor, of the Isle of Wight family.

5. Robert de Marisco, occurred 1175-1180 (Devon Pipe Roll), married … a sister of Archbishop Comyn (she d. circa 1220).

6.1 William de Marisco, Son & Heir, b. before 1162 A.D. of Huntspill, Camely, Lundy, occrd. 1194 A.D. to 1229-30 A.D., married Lucy, dau. of Alexander de Alneto Lord of Camely. She was bur. at Bath Abbey.

6.2 Richard? d.1226, Bishop of Durham & Chancellor.

6.3 Walter, d. by 1192.

6.4 Jordan, occ. circa 1192 A.D.

6.5 Geoffrey, b. before 1171 A.D., Justiciar, d.1245, married (1) … dau. of Esserly and (2) Eva de Birmingham. Issue from first marriage: 6.5.1 Joan, d.1225, m. Theobald Walter II (he d. 1230 A.D.); 6.5.2 William, ex. 1242, married (Matilda?) de Londres, niece of Henry de Londres, Archbishop of Dublin; 6.5.3 John V.P. Issue from second marriage: 6.5.4 Robert.

6.6 Son, married Frances and had issue: 6.6.1 Robert Frances, Bishop of Killaloe 1217, deposed 1221; 6.6.2 John Travers., occ. 1234.

7.1 Jordan de Marisco, of Huntspill, Camely, Lundy & Corkeduffeney, b. before 1189 A.D., succeeded by 1233, d. 1234, bur. Bath Abbey, married ….

7.2 Son, probably named Adam?

7.3 Son, probably named Robert?

7.4 Son, probably named Elias?

7.5 Agnes, by 1211 married William de Hanton Lord of Budgeworth, Somerset.

7.6 Daughter, occ. 1217.

7.7 Daughter, occ. 1220.

8.1 William de Marisco, of Huntspill & Camely Co. Somerset, East Rasen (Now Middle Rasen) Co. Lincs, Lundy Island, Weyperous, Corkeduffeney & Latteragh, b. before 1213 A.D., d. 1284 A.D., bur. at Bath Abbey, married & had issue (1) Margery, occurred in Devon with her husband 1242 A.D., in Lincolnshire with her husband 1268 A.D. (Fine Rolls), married (2) Matilda, widow of William Fukeram of Wyke, Somerset, who d. 1257.

8.2 Richard of Balylymasty & Balyrigan.

8.3 Jordan, occ. 1258, in Lincs. 1271-2 (Lincs Assize Roll).

9.1 William, D.S.P., married Bertha.

9.2 John de Marisco, b. before 1254, suc. 1284, of Camely, Lundy, Weyperous & East Rasen (now Middle Rasen) Co. Lincs., d. 1285 A.D., married Olive, dau. of Milo FitzDavid, Baron of Iverk.

10.1 Herbert de Marisco or de Marreys, b. 1276 at Pollrone Co. Kilkenny, of Huntspill, Camely, Weyperous, d. 1326-7. He sat in the Parliament of 1296 as a Baron. He married (before 1306) and had issue (1) Sibilla, dau. & co. heiress of Walter de la Haye, Escheator of Ireland. He in addition to his Irish lands held of William de Fortibus, sometime Earl of Albemarle 1/8 part of a Knight’s fee at Kyrmington (modern Kirmington, nr. Gt. Grimsby) Co. Lincs, married (2) by 1316, Isabella, dau of Sir Henry de Tracey of Woolcombe, widow of Sir Simon Roges of Porlock. She m. (III) Edmund le Botilier, probably younger brother of James, Earl of Ormond (both alive 1350 A.D.).

10.2 William, occur. In Lincs 12 March 1300-1 when he as [sic] a Lincs. Knt. Was summoned to come to the King at Berwick on Tweed. He married … and had issue: 10.2.1 William de Marisco, occ. in Ireland 1306-1317. On 14 Dec 1311, 4 Edward II when at Berwick on Tweed granted 4 bovates of land four tifts [?] with their crofts in Hoton [?] in Hynsty [?] which he held in the gift of William his father to the Prior & Canons of the Park of Helagh [?] (Charter Rolls).

11.1 Stephen de Marisco, b. circa 1304, of Huntspill, Weyperous, Clogher, Lundy Island. Summoned with the heirs of Camville, by Writ addressed to the Sheriff of Notts & Derby, to attend a great Council at Westminster to take into consideration the affairs of Ireland, d. circa 1373, S.P., (Inq. P. M. 1381). Married by 1344 (1) Alice …. Married by 1368 (2) Lucy …., she d. circa 1275 [sic].

11.2 William de Marreys, b.1306 (Inq. No. 668 Proof of age of Philip de Baggeshore P.R.O.), occ. in Ireland 1344-5, married Mary, dau. of Raymond de Cantwell.

12. Thomas (de) Mareys, mentioned as of Ingoldmells Lincs (Fine Rolls) on the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, 15 Richard II, 1393 A.D., married (Elizabeth Bruse).

13. Robert Marreys, living near or at Ingoldmills 5 Henry IV, 1404 A.D., married ….

Subsequent generations can be found in the full pedigree or by reference to Burke's Landed Gentry 1952. 



Brooks, Eric St. John. The Family of Marisco, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland:
- Vol LXI Part I (Jun 30, 1931), pp. 22-38.
- Vol LXI Part II (Dec 31, 1931), pp. 89-112.
- Vol LXII Part I (Jun 30, 1932), pp. 50-74.

Burke's Landed Gentry, 1952.

Chanter J. R. History of Lundy Island. Reprinted from Transactions of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and the Arts (1871).

Collinson, Rev. John. History and Antiquities of the County of Somerset, Vol II (1791).
- Porlock, pp. 36-7.
- Camely, pp. 124-6.
- The Hundred of Huntspill cum Puriton, pp. 389-97.

de Marris, Robert Winston Davis. Pedigree of the Marris Family with a short account of several individual members. (c.1940), 180pp. [unpublished, handed down to the present owner of this website.]

Pedigree of Marris, Marreys, de Marreys originally de Marisco of Huntspill, Somerset, of Pollrone, Co. Kilkenny ...... of Croxton and Holland both in Co. Lincoln, c.1066 -- 1948. Stored at (and available from) National Library of Ireland. Ref: GO MS 175 pp. 501-14. [this is the pedigree accepted in 1940 by Thomas Sadleir, Deputy Ulster King of Arms, Dublin Castle. Sadleir continued to update the early parts of the pedigree during the 1940s.]

Steinman, G. Steinman. Some Account of the Island of Lundy (1836).

Ternstrom, Myrtle. The de Marisco family of Lundy, printed in Transactions of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and the Arts. Vol 139 (2007), pp. 41-68.

9th May 2016