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Richard Fitz Alan

Male Abt 1313 - 1376  (~ 63 years)


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  • Name Richard Fitz Alan  [1
    Born Abt 1313  of Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Jan 1376  Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Lewes Priory, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I2654  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB, Ancestors of JTS, Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 3 Aug 2018 

    Father Edmund Fitz Alan,   b. 1 May 1285, Marlborough Castle, Wiltshire, Engand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1326, Hereford, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Mother Alice de Warenne,   d. Between 1330 and 23 May 1338 
    Married Aft 30 Dec 1304  [4
    Family ID F1617  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Isabel le Despenser,   b. Between 1312 and 1313 
    Married 9 Feb 1321  Havering-atte-Bower, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Annulled 4 Dec 1344  [2
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F1616  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Eleanor of Lancaster,   b. Abt 1318,   d. 11 Jan 1372, Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Married 5 Apr 1345  [2
    Children 
    +1. Joan Fitz Alan,   d. 17 Apr 1419
    +2. John de Arundel,   d. 15 Dec 1379, In the Irish Sea Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Richard de Arundel,   b. 1346,   d. 21 Sep 1397, Cheapside, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
    +4. Alice Fitz Alan,   b. Abt 1350,   d. 17 Mar 1416  (Age ~ 66 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F1589  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Steward of Scotland, 1326-1336; Justice of North Wales, 1334-1376; Sheriff of Carnarvonshire 1339-1343, 1346-1347; Admiral of the West, 1340-1341 and 1345-1347; Sheriff of Shropshire, 1345-1376; commanded the 2nd division at the battle of Crécy, 26 Aug 1346, and was at the fall of Calais, 1347; assumed the title of Earl of Surrey, 1361, upon the death of his maternal aunt, Joan, widow of John de Warenne, Earl of Surrey." [The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, citation details below.]

      Called "Copped Hat."

      A pair of memorial effigies depicting Richard Fitz Alan and his second wife Eleanor of Lancaster can be seen at Chichester Cathedral. They lie side by side, a lion at his feet and a dog at hers. In a note of tenderness that makes one wonder if the sculptor knew the couple, he has his right hand ungloved, and her right hand rests lightly upon his.

      These effigies were celebrated in 1956 by Philip Larkin in his poem "An Arundel Tomb," the last lines of which are quoted on Larkin's own Poet's Corner memorial stone in Westminster Abbey.

  • Sources 
    1. [S77] The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester by George Ormerod. Second edition, revised and enlarged by Thomas Helsby. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1882.

    2. [S1526] The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, Wife of Reverend John Owsley, Generations 1-15, Fourth Preliminary Edition by Ronny O. Bodine and Bro. Thomas Spalding, Jr. 2013.

    3. [S160] Wikipedia.

    4. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.