Origins of the family
The de Stacpoole name comes from Stack Pool, the stack or rock in the bay or pool off the Pembrokeshire coast where descendants of Guillaume de Montivillier, a soldier in the army of William the Conqueror, established an estate. Elidor Stackpole, gave his name as patron to the local church in Cheriton where a descendant, Sir Richard, a crusader, has an effigy. Stackpole soldiers went over to Ireland with the Earl of Pembroke ('Strongbow') in the 12th century and established themselves subsequently in Cork and Clare. The story of the family was meticulously researched by John Stacpoole OBE of Auckland, New Zealand, in his privately published book Stacpoole: the owners of a name (1991).