Name: Richard De Redvers
Birth: 1075 in Exeter, Devon
Occupation: 1st Redvers Lord of Wight
Change Date: 7 APR 2009
Richard de Redvers was built up into a great magnate by Henry I, with extensive estates in Devon and the Isle of Wight, as part of Henry?s campaign to secure and reward the loyalty of his supporters and also to prevent invasion from Normandy, still held by Robert (from whom Henry had seized the throne) until 1106.
(Carisbrooke Castel Guidebook)
Richard de REIVERS is said to have been created Earl of Devon by King Henry I and to have had a grant of the third penny. The only authorities for this statement are two monastic chronicles ane there is good reason to doubt any creation. There is no record of this Richard ever having called himself Earl or his wife styling herself Countess upon widowhood. (C.P. iv 310 refuses any creation, observing that he was practically landless. R.D.P. ii seems to hold there was a creation but this belief rests entirely on the credibility of the chroniclers. According to Burke, he resigned the Barony of Okehampton, the Sheriffalty of Devon and custody of the castle in favour of his nephew ROBERT de ABRINCIS, and was created Earl of Devon by K. Henry I, with a grant of the Isle of Wight. He resided chiefly at Exeter and was generally called Earl of Exeter (I do not find him being called Earl of Exeter).
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Father: Baldwin FitzGilbert
Mother: Albreda le Goz
- Baldwin De Redvers
- William De Vernon b: ABT 1105