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Richard Marshal , sixth earl of Pembroke, lord of Leinster, Longueville, and Orbec

Born: c. 1190   Died: 16 April 1234   

Richard was the second son of William (I) Marshal, earl of Pembroke and Striguil, and regent of England, and Isabel de Clare, daughter of Richard de Clare (Strongbow) who had founded Usk Priory.

Richard for a time held lands in France and England, having inherited his mother's lands there. He was effectively a French nobleman until the death of his elder brother in 1231. Richard duly acquired the earldom of Pembroke and from then until his own death played a pivotal role in English politics.
Richard was killed in Ireland by royal partisans; he died at Kilkenny Castle.
Richard was admired by his contemporaries who praised his prowess in arms and his erudition. The monastic chronicler, Matthew Paris, described him as 'the flower of knighthood in our time'.

Sites associated with this person

Margam Abbey, Neath Port Talbot (Holds meeting)

Bibliographical sources

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Power, Daniel, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online - Richard Marshal (View website) (Subscription reqd.)