Name: Richard 1st Baron RICH , Sir 1 2 3
Birth: ABT 1496 in St Lawrence Jewry, London, Middlesex, England 1
Death: 12 JUN 1567 in Rochford, Essex, England 1
Prosecuted & Testified against Sir Thomas More. [Encyclopaedia Britannica]
Earldom of Warwick: Apart from the period 1618 to 1759 the various creations and descents of the Earldom of Warwick have been to and among grantees connected by blood, however tenuously. That is remarkable, given that the period stretches to nearly a thousand years.
Even in the period 1618-1759 there was a connection by marriage with the previous Earls of Warwick. Robert Rich, grandson of that Richard Rich, who perjured himself to bring about the judicial murder of St Thomas More, was created Earl of Warwick in 1618. According to contemporary gossip he more or less bought the title from James I for 10,000 pounds (som 415,000 pounds in late-1990's terms). His choice of Warwick as designation was allegedly based on nothing more solid than its not being used by any other peer just then. (An earldom whose name was taken from a county remained more prestigious than one commemorating a town or even family, the distinction between Warwick and Warwickshire not being so clear then as today).
On the other hand his aunt, the perjurer Richard Rich's daughter, had married a son of that Earl of Warwick who after being promoted to Duke of Northumberland tried to establish his daughter-in-law Lady Jane Grey on the throne at the death of Edward VI (and in place of Mary I "Bloody Mary"). Moreover Robert Rich's wife Penelope (the Stella of Sir Philip Sidney's "Astrophel and Stella") was a great-great niece of Anne Boleyn, whose husband Henry VIII was great-nephew of George Earl of Warwick, so created in 1472. Even the statement that Earldom of Warwick was vacant needs partial qualification. The bastard descendants of John Dudley Duke of Northumberland's son Robert styled themselves Earls of Warwick (and Dukes of Northumberland) for over a century. [Burke's Peerage, p. 2943]
Father: Richard RICH b: ABT 1470 in London, Middlesex, England
Mother: Joan DINGLEY b: ABT 1472 in London, Middlesex, England
Elizabeth JENKES b: ABT 1510 in London, Middlesex, England
- Frances RICH b: ABT 1539 in Leez Priory, Essex, England
- Alice RICH b: ABT 1548 in London, Middlesex, England
- Title: Encyclopedia Britannica, Treatise on
Page: Rich, Richard
- Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
- Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000