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The Tuites

Geoffrey Luttrell "purchased in Ireland shortly before his death 
the marriage of the second daughter of Hugh de Tuit, 
whose hand he probably conferred on some male representative of his family in this country." 
(3) F E Ball, "A History of the County Dublin. . ."

Hugh de Tuit, is a son of Richard de Tuit, who came to Ireland in the invasion force of the Earl of Pembroke (Strongbow) in 1172. Richard was one of the barons of Hugh de Lacy awarded vast lands in Westmeath and Longford including Granard and Sonnagh. He built one of the largest Motte and Bailey settlements in Ireland in Granard in 1199. His death, while Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, is recorded in Athlone by the Annals of the Four Masters under the year 1210 and his remains lie today in Abbeylara's Cistercian abbey.

Hugh de Tuit is shown in 1211 as "sowing the land at Granard".
ULSTER JOURNAL OF ARCHL1OLOGY Volume 4 Supplement, July, 1941
The Irish Pipe Roll of 14 John, 1211-1212

In 1206/07 Hugh de Tuit is identified as a hostage at Winchester and the son of Richard de Tut.
Calendar Of Documents Relating To Ireland by Sweetman

Apparently, Hugh de Tuit was deceased. Several acts of the King regarding the estate of Hugh de Tuit were recorded in (10)

1215.  Dec 22. 666. John Fitz Leon made a fine of 60 marks with the E to have ctistody of the land and heir of Hugh de Tuit with his marriage. 
Mandate to the justiciary for seisin on security being given.  [Fine Bolls, 17-18 John, p. 1, m. 8.]

Dec 22, 1215 Meath John de Tuit, 60 marks, to have the land which belonged to Walter Duncyn ;

Ibid : — John Blundus, SSI. 13e. id., for the marriage of the eldest daughter of Hugh de Tuit ; 

Ibid : — Geoffirey Lutrel, 88{. 1S& 4td., for the marriage of the second daughter of Hugh de Tuit ;
(the age of the daughter and her intended husband are not known)

Other Tuites shown in the records in this time period include the following:
Roger, William, Richard, John, Ralph and Matthew (addressed as "Sir" in an earlier record)

2015 July 21. 623. Safe conduct for Sir Matthew de Tuit, knight of Hugh de Lascy, in coming to confer with the King. 
regarding his Lord's affairs. Oxford. [Pat, 17 John, m. 19.]


This extract from Maurice Regan's La Chanson Dermot e le Conte or 'The Song of Diarmaid and the Earl', written circa 1225AD and the most famous literary introduction to the Norman invasion translates thus: 'Of Hugh de Lacy I shall tell you, How he enfeoffed his barons, Knights, sergeants and retainers Castleknock in the first place he gave To Hugh Tyrrell, whom he loved so much; And the Castle Brack, according to the writing, To baron William le Petit, Magheradernon likewise And the land of Rathkenny; The cantred of Ardnorcher then To Meiler, who was of great worth, Gave Hugh de Lacy- To the good Meiler Fitz Henry; To Gilbert de Nangle, moreover, He gave the whole of Morgallion; To jocelin he gave the Navan, And the land of Ardbraccan, (The one was son, the other father, according to the statement of the mother); To Richard Tuite likewise He gave a rich fief', The Song of Dermot and the Earl: An old French Poem about the coming of the Normans to Ireland (From the Carew Manuscript No 596 in the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth Palace), ed. & trans. Goddard Henry Orpen (Clarendon Press, 1892, reprinted 1994)] 


At the time of the Norman Invasion of Ireland, Henry II granted to Hugh de Lacy, 1st Earl of Ulster, the lands of Ó Maoilsheachlainn, king of Meath in return for the service of 50 Knights. As one of de Lacy's barons Risteárd de Tiúit received large grants in Westmeath and Longford. His descendants became the barons of Moyashell, in Westmeath. De Lacy conferred on the Tuite family the castle of O'Casey (Irish Ó Cathasaigh), chief of Saithne, now "Sonnagh," in Westmeath.

When King John came to Ireland in 1210 and quickly put down the rebellion of his barons, he established these governing districts, shires.  
One of the 12 shires he established was "the lands of Richard de Tuit"
(1) Co. Dublin, presented by the sheriff, Geoffrey Luttrell, for Michaelmas term, 14 John (Michaelmas 1211 to Easter 1212); 
(2) Dublin city, presented by Warim of London and Adam Saponarius, for 14 John (Michaelmas 1211 to Michaelmas 1212); 
(3) Leinster, presented by Thomas fitz Anthony for William Marshal, earl of Pembroke, for 14 John; 
(4) Meath, presented by the steward, William le Petit, for Michaelmas term, 13 John (Michaelmas 1210 to Easter 1211), and also 'after the stewa4rd received his bailiwick' (probably up to Michaelmas 1212); 
(5) Trim, presented by William Trom and another, from 23 August 1210 to 18 October 1212; 
(6) the lands of Robert de Lacy in Meath, presented by Thomas fitz Adam, for an unstated period; 
(7) Co. Waterford, presented by the sheriff, Thomas Bluet, for 14 John; 
(8) Cork, presented by the sheriff of Waterford, for one year unspecified, but probably 14 John; 
(9) the lands of Richard de Tuit, presented by Humphrey de Dene, for Michaelmas term, 14 John (Michaelmas 1211 to Easter 1212); 
(10) Ulster, presented by the steward, Roger Pipard, for 13 and 14 John (Michaelmas 1210 to Michaelmas 1212); 
(11) Oriel, presented by the steward of Ulster, for the same period; 
(12) Munster, presented by the sheriff, Geoffrey de Marisco, for one year unspecified, but probably 14 John.
ULSTER JOURNAL OF ARCHL1OLOGY Volume 4 Supplement, July, 1941
 The Irish Pipe Roll of 14 John, 1211-1212