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Richard FitzAlan, 6th (11th) Earl Arundel[1]

Male 1346 - 1397  (51 years)

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  • Name Richard FitzAlan 
    Suffix 6th (11th) Earl Arundel 
    Born 1346 
    Gender Male 
    Acceded 1376 
    Name Richard FitzAlan 
    _FSFTID L8BX-892 
    Died 21 Sep 1397 
    Cause: beheaded 
    • Earl of Surrey, The Complete Peerage vol.XIIpI,p.512.º%20E.%20Arundel)
      «u»Knight of the Garter <>«/u». Earl of Surrey; Admiral of the East and South. In the 1st year of «b»Richard II«/b», he being constituted admiral of the king's fleet in the westwards, and soon after that to the southwards, was retained by indenture to serve the «b»King«/b» at sea for one quarter of a year, in the company of «b»John, Duke of Lancaster«/b». He was afterwards engaged for some years in Scotland; and was in the commission (9th year of «b»Edward II«/b»), for the trial of «b»Michael De la Pole«/b», and some others of the king's favorites, whom the Commons had then impeached. He was appointed the next year admiral of the whole fleet, and putting to sea encountered and vanquished the united fleets of France and Spain, taking no less than 100 ships, great and small, all laden with wines, comprising 19,000 tons. This gallant exploit he followed up by entering the port of Brest, and reducing one of the castles and burning the other. He now returned to England in great triumph, but had the encounter the jealousy and hatred of the king's favorites, particularly the «b»Duke of Ireland«/b», whose influence over the King he strenuously resisted. His lordship afterwards entered into the confederation of the «b»Earls of Warwick«/b» and «b»Derby«/b», which assembled in arms at Haringhay Park (now Hornsey), in Middlesex, and compelled the King to acquiesce in their views. He was then, by the general consent of the parliament (11th year of Richard II), made Governor of the castle and town of Brest, and shortly after captain-general of the king's fleet at sea, with commission to treat of peace with «b»John De Montfort,«/b» «b»Duke of Brittany«/b»; whereupon hoisting his flag, soon after met with the enemy, of whose ships he sunk and took fourscore; entered the Isle of Rhe, which he burnt and spoiled, and several other ports which he likewise plundered, putting to flight all the French and Britons that made any resistance. From this memorable period in the life of Lord Arundel, little is known of him, until the 15th year of «b»Richard«/b», when the «b»King«/b» regaining his power, summoned a parliament at Westminster, and dismissed several of the great officers of state, amongst whom his lordship was removed from his command as admiral; and in two years afterwards, the parliament then sitting, he was accused of treason by the Duke of Lancaster, but escaped for the moment, and sought to retire from public life. The «b»King«/b» entertaining, however, the strongest feeling of personal enmity to all those who had previously opposed his minions, contrived to get the E. Arundel into his hands by stratagem, and having sent him prisoner to the Isle of Wight, brought him to immediate trial, when he was condemned to be hanged, drawn, and quartered as a traitor. The sentence was however somewhat mitigated, and the gallant nobleman was simply beheaded at Cheapside, in the city of London, in the 21st year of King Richard II., the King himself being a spectator, and «b»Thomas De Mowbray, Earl Marshal«/b» (who had married his daughter), the executioner, who, bound up his eyes, and according to some, the person who actually struck off his head. It is stated that when the «b»Earl«/b» saw his son-in-law, «b»Mowbray«/b», and the «b»E. Kent«/b», his nephew, guarding him to the place of execution, he told them, it had been much more fit that they should have absented themselves; "«i»For the time will come«/i»" he said, "«i»when as many shall wonder at your misfortune as they now do at mine«/i»".
    Person ID I3671  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2015 

    Father Richard "Copped Hat" FitzAlan, 5th (10th) Earl of Arundel,   b. Between 1306 and 1313, Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1375, Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Mother Eleanor Plantagenet, Countess of Arundel,   b. 1311, Grosmont Castle, Monmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1372, Arundel Castle, Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 5 Feb 1344  Ditton Church, Stoke Pogis, Buckingham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Alt. Marriage 5 Feb 1345 
    Alt. Marriage 
    • Ditton Church, Stoke Poges, Buckingham
    Family ID F1042  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Elizabeth de Bohun,   d. 1385 
    Married Abt 1359 
     1. Thomas FitzAlan, 12th Earl of Arundel,   b. 13 Oct 1381,   d. 13 Oct 1415  (Age 34 years)
     2. Elizabeth D'Arundelle FitzAlan, Baroness Mowbray,   b. 1366, Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1425, Haveringham, Nottingham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     3. Margaret FitzAlan,   b. 1382,   d. Abt 1423  (Age 41 years)
     4. Alice FitzAlan,   b. 1378,   d. Oct 1415  (Age 37 years)
     5. Richard FitzAlan,   b. Bef 1397,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2006 
    Family ID F6247  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Philippa Mortimer, Countess of Pembroke and Countess of Arundel,   b. 21 Nov 1375, Ludlow Castle, Shropshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1401, Halmaker, Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years) 
    Married 1390 
     1. Joan FitzAlan,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John FitzAlan,   b. Abt 1394,   d. Aft 1397  (Age ~ 4 years)
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2006 
    Family ID F6510  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S36] Directory of Royal Genealogical Data, Brian Tompsett, Dept of Computer Science, University of Hull, England([email protected]), (This work is Copyright b 1994-2002 Brian C Tompsett).