Name: Richard Forrester DE FLANDERS
Birth: ABT. 1050 in Flanders
Death: ABT. 1080 in Scotland
Emigration: ABT. 1050 England
Excerpt from the book by Dr. Billy G. Foster.....
The first that is known of the name Foster was about the year 1050, when Sir Richard Forrester, called then by his Latinized name, Forestarius, went over to England. He accompanied his brother-in-law, William the Conqueror, and his father, Baldwin the IV, the forester, called "Le Debonaire," whose wife was Adela, daughter of Robert, King of France, and participated in the victorious battle of Hastings.
In early Foresters we find the English and Flemish ancestors of Reginald Foster and undoubtedly of all the emigrants to Massachusetts in early day, and in fact everyone now bearing this name in the world. The first of the name was Anacher Great Forrester of Flanders, who died in 837 AD. His son was Baldwin the first, of Flanders who started a long line of Baldwin's. This line turns into a long line Sir Thomas Forster's. Again this is the line that all of us in the US can trace our family lines back to.
FOSTER COAT OF ARMS
Argent: A chevron vert between three bugle horns stringed gules.
Crest: An arm in armor embowered, holding in the hand a broken tilting spear.
Motto: Si fractis fortis. "If broken, still strong." Sequor Agnum (I follow the Lamb) evidently implies Christ, the Lamb of God, and very probably relates to the Third Crusade of the 12th Century, when Sir Jon Forster accompanied Richard I, King of England, to Palestine and honors at the Siege of Acre in 1191, for which he was granted right to bear a chevron vert on his shield.
Father: Baldwin FORESTER V
Mother: Princess of France ADELA b: ABT. 1008 in France
- Hugo FORSTER b: ABT. 1071