Name: William de Tracy
Birth: ABT 1133 in Sudeley Castle, Glos
Residence: Toddington, Glos
Occupation: Co-murderer of Thomas Becket?
MEM: Mortehoe Church, Devon?
Change Date: 23 OCT 2010
There is a tomb in Mortehoe Church, near Ilfracombe in Devon which carries an inscription to Sir William de Tracey. The upper slab of black or dark grey marble, has incised in it the figure of a priest in full vestments, with a chalice on his breast. The inscription is much defaced, Risdon says:? "On whose mangled monument I found this fragment of a French inscription, in this ancient character 'Syree Williame de Trace-Il enat eeys-Meercy'." On the north side of the tomb are three shields; the first, with three lions passant, in pale for Camvill; the second, two bars (Martyn); and the third, a saltire, charged with three plates. On the same side, beneath plain canopies, are effigies representing St. Catherine with her wheel, and St. Mary Magdalene, with long flowing hair. The south side of the tomb is divided into seven compartments, filled with Early Decorated tracery; the Crucifixion forms the subject of the carving at the west end of the tomb (see Transactions of the Exeter Diocesan Architectural Society, Vol. 6, p. 188).
The tomb has caused a good deal of controversy between those who consider it to be the tomb of the Sir William de Tracey who murdered Thomas à Becket in 1170, and those who believe it to be the resting place of another Sir William de Tracey, who was Rector of Mortehoe and died in 1322.
However, the William de Tracy who took part in Becket?s murder descended from neither Henry nor Oliver de Tracy. He was, rather, the son of John de Studely and Grace de Traci (taking his mother?s name).
Father: John FitzHarald de Sudeley
Mother: Grace de Tracy b: in Bradnich, Devon
Hawise de Born b: 1137 in Normandy, France
- Oliver or Henry de Tracy b: 1148 in Toddington, Gloucestershire
- William de Tracy b: ABT 1185
- Jane de Tracy b: ABT 1170
- Text: The Murderers of Thomas Becket
Thomas K. Compton
Volume 35 Issue 2, Pages 238 - 255