Name: Richard Abberbury
Prefix: Sir 1
Death: 1416 1
Occupation: Chamberlain to John Of Gaunt 1
Change Date: 10 MAY 2013
Married Alice, widow of Edmund Danvers of Winterbourne.
Sir Richard the younger began his career in the service of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, and rose to be chamberlain of the Lancastrian household during the duke's Castilian expedition. During the 1390s he gravitated towards the royal court, however, and was several times employed on diplomatic missions by Richard II, besides serving as knight of the shire for Berkshire in January 1394 and 1397.
Yet the next few years brought the start of a swift decline in the fortunes of the Abberbury family. Richard?s brother Thomas's career was cut short by the usurpation of Henry IV for, once Queen Isabella was returned to France in 1402, he was given no further employment at the Lancastrian court. The case of Sir Richard [iii] is more puzzling: he left England early in 1400 and seems subsequently to have returned only for the briefest stays. In 1408 he is described as ?on pilgrimage, beyond the great sea? (TNA: PRO, E 28/24/8); in 1415 he began to sell up his entire inheritance, disposing of some estates to his nephew, Sir Richard Arches, but selling the bulk of his lands to the rising star of local politics, Thomas Chaucer. Whether this change of life sprang from a fervent spirituality, political disgrace, or a principled unwillingness to serve a usurping king is unclear, but it is plain enough that the surviving members of the Abberbury family were unable to sustain their social position in the face of such a wholesale loss of influence and income.
Richard Cleet of Chipping Lambourn had a son and heir John, whose daughter and heir Alice married first Edmund Danvers, and afterwards Richard Abberbury. Edmund and Alice had a son William Danvers.
Father: Richard Abberbury b: ABT 1330
Mother: Agnes Shareshull b: ABT 1294 in Staffordshire
- Type: Periodical
Author: Simon Walker
Title: Sir Richard Adderbury (c. 1330-1399) and his kinsmen: the rise and fall of a gentry family
Periodical: Nottingham Medieval Studies