died after 1067
|Wife||a daughter of Robert the deacon|
Nothing is known of Richard's origins, but he was likely to have been Norman. He came to England prior to 1052, no doubt invited by Edward the Confessor, of whom he was later seen to be a close ally (1)(5). He married the daughter of a fellow pre-conquest Norman settler, Robert the deacon (1)(5), but its not known whether the marriage took place before or after his leaving France.He held land in the Welsh Marches in 1066 (4), and very likely had done for quite some time by this date, as his son Osbern also held land there at the same time (2). He may also have had a son William (5) (although I've not come across any evidence of one). The detail of how he came by his lands is not known, but the Barony of Burford, seems to have originated pre-conquest, and it is posited by many (such as Eyton, in his "Antiquities of Shropshire") that he built Richard's Castle, possibly at the time he was granted the barony. It is also claimed that may have been sheriff of Worcestershire in the 1060s (5). He survived the Norman Conquest, having sided with the invaders (5), and witnessed a charter of William I the following year (3). His date of death is not known.
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