Sir Richard Guildford (c.1455 - 1506) MP

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Nicknames: "Guldeford;", "High Sheriff of Kent", "Knight of the Garter; Master of the Ordinance (King Henry VII court)"
Birthplace: Groombridge,Kent,England
Death: Died in On Pilgrimage to Jerusalem Palestine
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About Sir Richard Guildford

Also reported as Guildford

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A trusty councillor of Henry VII; died on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Knight of the Garter:

Founded in 1348 by Edward III, the Garter was England's highest and most coveted order of chivalry, having been revived in imitation of the Burgundian Order of the Golden Fleece by both Edward IV, who had built St. George's Chapel at Windsor, and Henry VII. Henry VIII, with his passion for ancient chivalric values and his policy of accentuating his own magnificence, would continue this tradition. The Order comprised the sovereign and twenty-five elected Knights Companions, who were only replaced upon death or disgrace. Vacancies were filled at the annual chapter meeting. Each chapter was marked with a magnificent feast; at Windsor, this took place in St. George's Hall. The Knights wore "a blue velvet mantle with a Garter on the left shoulder, lined with white sarcanet, and scarlet hose with black velvet around the thighs". Each sported a light blue silk garter with a gold buckle and embroidered Tudor roses round his leg--the garter being the oldest item of the insignia--and the rich gold collar introduced by Edward IV or Henry VII. Henry VIII decreed in 1510 that the collar consist of twelve Tudor roses set within blue garters, interspersed with twelve tasselled knots; from it hung a "Great George"--a jewelled pendant of St. George slaying the dragon. The Knights were allowed to wear their insignia only on St. George's Day and the great feast days of the court, so in 1521 Henry instituted a smaller pendant, the "Lesser George" for everyday use. This was suspended from a gold chain or a blue ribbon, and might be set with a rare cameo.

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Sir Richard Guildford's Timeline

1455
1455
Groombridge,Kent,England
1470
1470
Age 15
Hempsted, near Biddended,Kent,England
1470
Age 15
Kent, England
1474
1474
Age 19
Offington, Broadwater, Sussex, England
1475
1475
Age 20
1480
1480
Age 25
Oxford, England
1480
Age 25
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
1487
1487
Age 32
Ofshelvingbourne, Bishopsbourne, Kent, England
1489
1489
Age 34
1494
1494
Age 39
Groombridge, Kent, England