Richard d'Avranches (Viscount), 2nd Earl Of Chester (1094 - 1120) MP

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Death: Died in At Sea, Drowned In The 'White Ship', Candida Novis
Cause of death: Drowned in Shipwreck
Occupation: 2:dre Earlen av Chester
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About Richard d'Avranches (Viscount), 2nd Earl Of Chester

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Richard d'Avranches, 2nd Earl of Chester

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Richard d'Avranches, 2nd Earl of Chester (1094–25 November 1120), was the son of Hugh, 1st Earl of Chester and Ermentrude of Clermont.

Early life

He was seven years old when his father, known as Hugh the Fat, was killed. He probably came into his inheritance in 1107. He married Lucia-Mahaut, daughter of Stephen, Count of Blois.

Military career

At the age of twenty, in 1114, Richard was on military campaign and was styled the Earl of Chester. Together with King Alexander of Scotland, he led an Anglo-Norman army into Gwynedd as part of a three-pronged campaign organised by Henry I of England against Gwynedd, and Gruffydd ap Cynan. Gruffydd, rather than risk battle, satisfied the King with an oath of homage and a suitable fine. The campaign soon fizzled out, and Richard returned to Chester.

White Ship

The line of the d'Avranches as Earls of Chester failed when Richard, with his illegitimate half-brother Ottuel, joined the young William Adelin, heir to the English King Henry aboard the doomed White Ship. The ship went down, drowning all but one boy, in the year 1120. Richard died aged twenty-six, leaving no issue.

The earldom then passed through his father Hugh's sister Maud to Richard's first cousin Ranulph I, in 1121.

Preceded by

Hugh d'Avranches Earl of Chester

1107 — 1120 Succeeded by

Ranulf I

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Richard d'Avranches, 2nd Earl Of Chester's Timeline

1094
1094
1115
1115
Age 21
1120
November 25, 1120
Age 26
At Sea, Drowned In The 'White Ship', Candida Novis