July 24, 1294

Before the council of Dublin, William de Vescy, inheritor of Co. Kildare and the appointed Lord Justice of Ireland, accused John FitzThomas, Baron of Offaly, of defamation before King Edward I and the council in England. FitzThomas had claimed that de Vescy described the king as the most perverse knight of the kingdom. He also claimed that de Vescy accused the King of cowardice during the siege of Kenilworth Castle and that he was organizing an uprising against Edward I. A battle followed and the two men were summoned before the king at Westminster. On this date, de Vescy appeared in Westminster but FitzThomas did not; de Vescy thus won his case by default.

Leave a Reply


More Articles

August 1

Officially known in the Celtic calendar as Lughnasa and the first day of Autumn, August 1st marks the celebration of...


July 25

July 25th marks the feast of St. James in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Dubliners celebrate...


May 23, 2011

American President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle landed in Ireland on the first day of a six-day European tour. He...


May 17, 2011

Queen Elizabeth of England visits the Republic of Ireland for the first time. She is the first British monarch to visit...