Richard FitzScrob (c.1030 - 1067) MP

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Nicknames: "FitzScrope", "Scrope"
Birthplace: or 992; Normandy, France
Death: Died in Richard's Castle, Ludlow, Herefordshire, England
Occupation: Norman Knight, Knight
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About Richard FitzScrob


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Origin of name

The name (pronounced "Scroop") may be derived from the old Anglo-Norman word for "crab" and that it began as a nickname for a club-footed illegitimate son of an English princess by a Norman knight. A crab moves sideways and so the name could fit a child with club feet. Whether far fetched or not, it is fact that at one stage the family crest was a crab (subsequently five feathers) and that the family motto is still "Devant si je puis" -("forward if I can"), which could have a double meaning as of course a crab can only go sideways.

Early Scropes

One Richard Fitz Scrob (or Fitz Scrope), apparently a Norman knight, was granted lands by Edward the Confessor before the Norman Conquest, in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire as recorded in the Domesday Book. He built Richard's Castle, near Ludlow in Shropshire, and is recorded in chronicles of the Conqueror's early years in England as asking for assistance against the Welsh.

His son was Osbern FitzRichard. According to one genealogy, his wife was Nest. This Nest is identified as the daughter of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn by his wife Edith of Mercia, herself granddaughter of Leofric, Earl of Mercia possibly by his wife Godiva (or Godgifu). The evidence for Nest's name comes from charters of her son Hugh granting lands to an abbey, where he declares his parentage; that son, however, is silent about his mother's antecedents.[1] The heiress of this family eventually married into the Mortimer family, famous as Marcher Barons[2] and important players in 14th century English politics.


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Richard FitzScrob's Timeline

Of, Richards Castle, Shropshire, England
Richard's Castle, Herefordshire, England
or 992; Normandy, France
Age 20
Age 37
Richard's Castle, Ludlow, Herefordshire, England
Richard's Castle, County Hereford
of Richard's Castle