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  • ID: I18481
  • Name: Richard Pole
  • Suffix: KG
  • Prefix: Sir
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 22 SEP 1494
  • Death: 18 DEC 1505
  • Residence: Isleworth, Middlesex 1
  • Occupation: Sheriff of Gloucester
  • Note:

    CP: 1st cousin of the half-blood to H. VII. His KG stall plate is in St George's Chapel, Windsor, No 253. Remarkably this man turns out to be first cousin to Henry VII through his grandmother Elizabeth Beauchamp whose second marriage was to John Beaufort, Duke of Somerset. So Richard Poole was in fact half-first-cousin.
    Arthur Plaisted in his "The manor and parish records of Medmenham, Bucks" (Longmans, 1925) writes about Richard, pp. 98 and 99: "Sir Richard Pole, who had made his home at Bockmer [Medmenham], was elder son of Geoffrey Pole of Wittington, and Squire of the Bodyguard to Henry VII. He held important offices in the country of his ancestry, where he was Constable of Harlech and Montgomery Castles, Sheriff of Merioneth, and Chief Governor of the marches. His courtly manner, sweetness of disposition, and military capacity won great favour with the King, who created him Knight of the Garter, and appointed him Chief Gentleman of the Bedchamber and Governor to his eldest son, Prince Arthur of Wales. As a further mark of distinction, Henry VII in 1494 bestowed upon him in marriage Lady Margaret Plantagenet, daughter of George, Dukje of Clarence. This Duke of Clarence was fifth son of the Duke of York, by Isabel, daughter of Richard Neville, Earl of Westmorland. "In Margaret Plantagenet the squire of Medmenham possessed a wife aptly described as the "prudent woman, whose household is clothed in scarlet, whose price is far above rubies." The wily monarch by such a marriage not only rewarded Sir Ricahrd Pole for his services, but he partly extinguished the rival claim of the Plantagenets to the throne by disposing of the next in blood of that family to a husband of unambitions temper and proved fidelity. The children of the marriage were Henry, afterwards Lord Montacute and Monthermer ; Arthur, who lies buried in Medmenham Church ; Reginald, sometime Cardinal and Archbishop ; Geoffrey ; and two daughters. "Sir Richard Pole in 1495 raised troops against Perkin Warbeck, an amazing impostor and leader of insurrection, who personated the Dukje of York, one of the Princes murdered in the Tower. The event is of passing interest through the fact that Lady Margaret Pole was cousin to the murdered children. Sir Richard died in 1505, leaving his wife as sole guardian of their young children, the eldest being only just ten years of age."
  • Change Date: 28 AUG 2012

    Father: Geoffrey Pole b: ABT 1431 in of, Worrell, Cheshire
    Mother: Edith St John

    Marriage 1 Margaret Plantagenet b: 14 AUG 1473 in Farleigh Castle, Bath, Somerset
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Geoffrey Pole b: 1501
    2. Has No Children Arthur Pole b: ABT 1502
    3. Has Children Henry Pole
    4. Has Children Ursula Pole

    Marriage 2 Alice Langford b: in Berkshire
    • Married:

    1. Text: Royal Descents, Notable Kin, and Printed Sources #76
      by Gary Boyd Roberts
      On Finding Major Discoveries Late in Life (November 5, 2004)
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