James Of Aldithley (Audley) Justiciar of Ireland
- Born: 1225, Heleigh, Staffordshire, England
- Marriage: Ela Longspee in 1244 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
- Died: Abt 18 Jun 1272, Ireland about age 47
James de Aldithley, Justiciar of Ireland was first or second son of Henry of Aldithley and Berta Mainwaring. He married Ela Longespée, daughter of William Longespée and Idonia de Camville, in 1244 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. He had livery of his lands in 1246/47 in 31 Henry III.
He was an active adherent of Henry III in his contests with the Barons between 1250 and 1260. Keeper of the castle of Newcastle-under-Lyme on 30 October 1250. He was a great favorite of Richard, Earl of Cornwall, at whose coronation as King of Almaine (Germany) he assisted in May 1257.5 Arms: De gueules, fretté d'or.
He joined in a letter of the Barons to the Pope in 1258. Justice of Chester in 1259. He was one of the Lords-Marcher, actively employed for some years against the Welsh, circa 1260. Justiciar of Ireland between 1262 and 1272. He was with Roger de Mortimer and the other barons-marcher, giving battle to Llewellyn, Prince of Wales in 1264. He was joined the Earl of Gloucester at Evesham in rescuing the king, who had become captive to the Earl of Leicester at the battle of Lewes.
He performed a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James in Galicia in 1267/68 in 52 Henry III, Spain.
Annals of Monte Fernando 1270: "Item dominus James de Audele venit justiciarius Hibernie."8 Annales Hiberniae 1270: "Jacobus de Audley Justitiarius." He embarked in the Crusade with King Henry and Prince Edward in 1270. Annales Hiberniae 1272: "Interficitur justitiarius Jacobus Audley, lapsus ab equo in Thothomomia, cui successit Mauritius Mauritii." He died circa 11 June 1272 in 56 Henry III, Ireland. He died by "breaking his neck."
His estate was probated on 16 July 1272; Writ for his Inq. p. m..4
James married Ela Longspee in 1244 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. (Ela Longspee was born about 1226 in England and died on 22 Nov 1299.)