John "Monoculus" FitzRichard, of Saxlingham

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John "Monoculus" FitzRichard, of Saxlingham

Birthplace: Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Saxlingham, Walsingham, Norfolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard fitz Ranulph de Vains and NN NN
Husband of NN NN
Father of Agnes FitzJohn, Abbess of Barking; Eustace FitzJohn, Lord of Alnwick, Constable of Knaresborough and Cheshire; William FitzJohn; Payn FitzJohn de Burgh, Sheriff of Hereford and Shropshire and Adelais FitzJohn, Abbess of Barking

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About John "Monoculus" FitzRichard, of Saxlingham

John FitzRichard

NOTE: often confused with John FitzNigell also known as "Monoculus"

  • Father: Richard fitzRanulf (this family is connected to the de Vesci family)
  • Mother: Unknown
  • Spouse: Unknown
  • Issue: Payn, Eustace, William, Adelais (Alice), Abbess of Barking, Agnes FitzJohn married Roger de Valoines

JOHN, son of [RICHARD & his wife ---] . A document records that the abbot of Mont Saint-Michel had wrongfully sold property to “Ranulf the moneyer” but that it was inherited by “Gualeran son of Ranulf” who sold it back to the abbey, that it was claimed by “John of Richard” who “some fifteen years…later” seized the property, judgment in the ensuing dispute being awarded to the abbey. A manuscript concerning the founders of Watton priory records that “Johannis pater primi Eustachii et Serlo de Burgo, sive de Pembrok” were brothers. The Complete Peerage sets out the arguments which refute this hypothesis.

m ---. The name of John´s wife is not known.

John & his wife had five children: Payne, Eustace, William, Adelais, and Agnes.


Tim Powys-Lybbe writes in his notes in May 2010:

Or "John nepos Waleran".

Burke says he was called John Monoculus as he had lost an eye. CP also gives him this name.

Keats-Rohan calls his son Pagan "son of John nephew of Waleran, a Domesday tenant in Essex" - and this led me to find John, with a mention of his father Radulf in Domesday people p. 284...

K-R: "son of Richard fitz Ranulf the Moneyer of Caen and nephew of Waleran fitz ranulf" and she lists his five children: Payn, Eustache, William and Alice, abbess of Barking, and Alice [PW: should be Agnes], wife of Roger de Valoignes. And she then led me to CP's Vescy article where many of them are listed in even greater detail.

Paul Remfry at his talk on 31 Oct 2009 at the AGM of the FMG firmly asserted that this John m. a daughter of Ralph de Mortimer (d. c. 1130).

John "Monoculus" Fitz Richard [a] b abt 1055, of Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England. The name of his wife is not known.

Children of John "Monoculus" were:

   * Eustace Fitz John b abt 1080. See LINE A
   * Payn Fitz John b at 1089. See LINE B
   * Agnes Fitz John b abt 1096, of Yorkshire, England. She md Roger de Valoignes abt 1114, son of Peter de Valoignes and Albreda de Saint-Sauveur.


a. Known as John "Monoculus", a Domesday tenant, CP states he was the son of one "John the Moneyer". But recent findings indicate he was the son of Richard Fitz Ranulph and nephew of Waleran Fitz Ranulph, another Domesday tenant.


CP Vol VII[675-680 and lineage chart therein], Vol IX[424-426], Vol XII/2[269-274]; AR: Line 246D[26-28], Line 54[29-30]; SGM: Dave Utzinger, Christopher Nash, Gordon Fisher[ref: The Lacy Family in England and Normandy, 1066-1194, by W. E. Wightman], Douglas Richardson; Royal Ancestry of the Warkworths, contributors Michael Anne Guido, John Ravilious, Andrew B.W. MacEwen, et al.

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John "Monoculus" FitzRichard, of Saxlingham's Timeline

Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England
Age 26
Ewyas, Herefordshire, England
Age 28
Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England
Age 42
Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 44
Barking, Essex, England
Age 65
Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England
Age 78
Saxlingham, Walsingham, Norfolk, England