Name: Richard FitzLewes
Prefix: Sir 1
Birth: ABT 1446
Note: Died age abt 82
Death: 12 JUL 1528
Residence: Thorndon, Ingrave, Essex
BATT: Stoke. Blackheath.
MEM: Ingrave, Essex (Originally In The Old Church Of West Horndon Alias Thorndon): Brass
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Change Date: 17 FEB 2010
?Sir Richard FitzLowes of Thorndon.?
Richard Fitzlewis of Bardwell.
Richard was probably born about 1446 and on his succession initially resided at Bardwell, Suffolk, doubtless in straightened circumstances. Some of the Essex manors, including West Horndon, were, however, restored to him in 1480, but he later gained greater favour as a loyal supporter of Henry VII. He was knighted after the Battle of Stoke in 1487 and was made Banneret at the Battle of Blackheath in 1497. He is also recorded as Sheriff of Essex and Hertfordshire in 1493. As the brass shows he married four times and had a good number of children.
His first wife, whom he married before 1466, was Alice, daughter of John Harleston of Shimpling, Norfolk. His second wife's descent is unknown, though is has been conjectured that her name was Maud. The fact that she is shown in ordinary dress suggests that she came from a family of modest social standing.
Sir Richard's third wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Ralph Shelton; she died in 1523 and was buried at Dagenham.
Sir Richard was survived by his last wife, Joan Hornby of Lincolnshire, who subsequently married Sir John Norton of Faversham, Kent. She is commemorated by a tomb at Faversham, but in her will, dated 1535, asked to be buried at at West Horndon, her second husband having opted to be buried at Milton with his first wife.
Sir Richard died in 1528, at the great age of about 82, having survived all his brothers and even his own sons.
His heir was his grand-daughter by his eldest son John Fitzlewes, Ella, wife of John Mordaunt. Thus, despite the fecundity of Sir Richard's wives, the name of FitzLewes died with him. Perhaps this was why he chose to be commemorated by such a splendid brass celebrating in heraldry the Fitzlewes name.
Father: Lewes John Or Lodowick FitzLewes
Mother: Margaret Stonor
- Elizabeth FitzLewes
- Type: Web Site
Title: Stirnet Genealogy
Author: Patrick Barns-Graham
- Type: Web Site
Author: Jorge H. Castelli
- Text: www.sca.org.au/.../ heraldry/HeraldicFrocksS.htm