|SOME NOTES ON MEDIEVAL ENGLISH GENEALOGY|
Volume 10, page 774:
RICHARD RICH, of Leighs Priory, co. Essex, said to have been 2nd s. of Richard RICH, by Joan, da. of (---) DINGLEY, b. probably in 1496 in the parish of St Lawrence Jewry ...
This Richard was the s. of Thomas, 2nd s. of Richard Rich, a prominent member of the Mercers' Company and Sheriff of London in 1441, said to have d. 1469 (Morant, Hist. Essex, vol. ii, p. 101; A. F. Pollard in Dict. Nat. Biog.), but what is almost certainly his will was proved 1464 (P.C.C.).
The ancestry of Richard, Lord Rich, was discussed by Adrian Channing, Tim Powys-Lybbe, John Steele Gordon and Brice Clagett in June, and again by Brice Clagett in December, 2002.
Brice Clagett suggested that the Thomas, son of Richard Rich, mentioned above was the same whose will was proved in 1471, and does not mention a son Richard [citing P.C.C. 20 Wattys]. He also pointed out that Rich himself claimed to have been born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in contrast with later accounts [citing W. Gurney Benham, The Oath Book or Red Parchment Book of Colchester, p. 157 (1907)], and mentioned an alternative proposal by S. J. Bindoff [The House of Commons, 1509-1558, vol. 3, p. 192], that he was the son of one John Rich of Penton Mewsey (about 20 miles from Basingstoke).
[Item last updated: 2 March 2003.]