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Richardus Forestarius

Also Known As: "Richardus Forestarius / Richard Forester"
Birthplace: Vlaanderen, Flanders (modern day Belgium)
Death: Died in Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown Father (Not Baldwin of Flanders) and Unknown Mother (Not wife of Baldwin of Flanders)
Husband of Maude (daughter of) Bardulf and Maude, daughter of Bardulf
Father of Sir Hugo Forester (Forestarious), Gov of Etherstons; Ormus (Orme) le Guidon, de la Veston and Richard Ormus de Guidon

Occupation: Governor of Etherstone in Northumbria
Managed by: Michael Kevin Dolan, Sr.
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About Sir Richard Forester

Richard's genealogy and history were fabricated and if he existed, he was certainly not the son of Baldwin. I am disconnecting him from Baldwin.,%20HAINAUT.htm#_Toc212185311


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Sir Richard Forester /alias Forestiarius ca 1050 - of Flanders and Scotland

Sir Richard Forester, called then by his Latinized name Forestarius and his father, Baldwin IV, the forester, who was called "le Debonaire," came over to England with his brother in law, William the Conqueror, and received the honor of knighthood after the decisive battle of Hastings [14 Oct 1066], being then in his sixteenth year. He was given large land holdings in Scotland.

Sir Richard Forester, the son of Baldwin IV was succeeded by his son Hugo.

Sir Richard Forester descendants include the Forester of Etherston and Bamborough Castles in Northumberland, and the Blake Forester of Ashfield and Knockmoy Abbey, County of Galway and Inchorey Castle, County of Clare.

The Forester of Bamborough Castle were Lords of Blanchland in Northumberland, and for several generations they were Knight Bannerets, Lords Warden of Middle Marches, High Sheriffs of Northumberland and hereditary Governors of Bamborough Castle from the reign of James 1, to that of George I.


The Forester of Etherstone - the head of this house- from whom those of Bamborough descended, won their honors on the field of battle; and their descendants, of Hunsdon, by their profound skill in legal knowledge.

(Note by H.F.S. - Sir Thomas and Sir Robert Foster of Egham were descendants of the Undsdon Foster, both chief Justices.)

From all accounts, the first mention of Forester, Forster or Foster as a real surname in all of Britain was when Sir Richard Forester, then known by his latinised name of Forestarius, went over to England with his father, Badouin (or Baldwin) V, Forester of Flanders (called “The Debonaire”), accompanying his brother-in-law, William of Normandy to participate in the Battle of Hastings. Thus it appears that the key figure in this long history is this man named Richard “The Frislander-De-Flanders” “Forestarius” Forester, son of Baldwin V, Count and Forester of Flanders and Adele Capet, Princess of France. Richard’s sister, Matilda Maud, was the wife of William, Duke of Normandy who apparently had legitimate claim to the English throne.

Richard, who was born around 1050, must have been only a young man in his teens when he accompanied his father and Count William to England, to fight against King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Such was his gallantry on the field of battle that William subsequently knighted him. With his knighthood came generous grants of land on both sides of the Border, in both south Scotland and Northumbria. Being young and having no lands of his own at the time, Sir Richard immediately took up residence with an unknown wife in his new Scottish lands, where they were soon blessed with a family of three children. As a token of goodwill to the local nobility, Sir Richard adopted and followed local traditions, even anglicised his name from the Latin Forestarius to Forester. He was well regarded and esteemed by the locals. Unfortunately he died whilst still in his 30s, but at least he had issue - his eldest son being Hugo, who was only twelve or fifteen at the time of his father’s sad demise.

It also appears logical and sensible to assume that at least two of his offspring would have stayed in Scotland, thus perhaps laying the foundations for the famous family groups of Foresters of Berwickshire and Galloway. I also believe that one should perhaps include with them the great families of Forresters that were to follow in Stirling, Torwood and Corstorphine and most of Southern Scotland – as well as those Forsters who lived at the Cumbrian and Galloway end of the Border. Sadly, there appears to be a scarcity of worthwhile information available regarding the Scottish half of Sir Richard’s descendants. But first things first! I’ll concentrate here upon the Northumbrian Forsters. If I can find out more about them, I’ll look at Scottish Forresters, Forsters and Fosters in my coming text. (I’d appreciate any useful help that can be given in this undertaking!)

-------------------- Sir Richard I, of Flanders, Forester[1], (known as Richard Forestarius), was the son of Baldwin IV of Flanders[2], and Adela of France[3], through his sister Matilda of Flanders[4], brother-in-law of William the Conqueror[5]. He was of sixteen years of age in 1066 when he joined William the Conqueror, passing from Flanders to England after the decisive battle of Hastings. It was after they had reached England the Richard was knighted for his service to William in the battle of Hastings, and became Sir Richard. In 1072, Richard married and fathered a son, and named him Hugo, who died in 1121. He may have had other children, but they are unknown to history. Richard stayed as a tried and true friend of the monarchy of England, and was a leader of men, usually into battle. Sir Richard's heirs went on to become a large part of the history of England, whose lands resided mainly in Northumberland, England, and owned the castles in Etherstone, Bamborough, and several abbeys.

"Foster Genealogy, Being the Record of the Posterity of Reginald Foster, an Early Inhabitant of Ipswich, New England, Whose Genealogy is Traced Back to Anacher, Great Forrester of Flanders, Who Died in 837 A.D., with Wills, Inventories, Biographical Sketches, Etc., Also the Record Of All Other American Fosters", by Franklin C. Pearce of Chicago, Printed 1899, is self published, and has been the source text for most of the websites that provide genealogical data. [6]

[edit] References 1.^ Foster Genealogy, by Franklin C. Pearce of Chicago, Printed 1899, pg. 11-12 2.^ Foster Genealogy, by Franklin C. Pearce of Chicago, Printed 1899, pg. 11-12 3.^ Foster Genealogy, by Franklin C. Pearce of Chicago, Printed 1899, pg. 11-12 4.^ Foster Genealogy, by Franklin C. Pearce of Chicago, Printed 1899, pg. 11-12 5.^ Foster Genealogy, by Franklin C. Pearce of Chicago, Printed 1899, pg. 11-12 6.^ Images of original text can be found else where, or at Retrieved from "" Categories: House of Flanders | Counts of Zeeland -------------------- There is some debate over the identity of the father of Sir Richard Forester.

According to [1], Baldwin V, Count of Flanders had 3 children, two boys and a girl, none of whom were named Richard. According to this account, each of the two boys eventually became Counts of Flanders in turn. Unfortunately, this account appears to be very well researched and cites several references to sources that can be independently verified.

Other accounts, including [2], claim that Richard Forester was the son of Baldwin V, however, those accounts fail to identify any sources for this claim.



[2] "Foster Geneology: being the record of the posterity of Reginal Foster, an early inhabitant of Ipswich, in New England, whose geneology is traced back to Anacher, Great Forrester of Flanders who died in 837 A.D." by Frederick Clifton Pierce, W.B. Conkey Company, Chicago, 1899, page 11. This source can be viewed online at

-------------------- called by his Latinized name "Forestarious" He and his father passed over to England with his Brother-in-law William the Conqueror. Richard was knighted after the battle of Hastings.


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Foster genealogy: Genealogy Is Traced Back to Anacher, Great Forester of Flanders Who Dies in 837 A.d. with Wills, Inventories, Biographical Sketches, Etc. Also, the Record of All Other American Fosters. Chicago: F. C. Pierce, 1899. -------------------- Richard the Forester of Norman race.

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Sir Richard Forester's Timeline

Vlaanderen, Flanders (modern day Belgium)
Age 37
Bansborough, Northumberland,England
Age 40
Bansborough, , Northumberland, England
Age 52
Age 52