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Richard de Cornwall

Also Known As: "Richard de Cornubia"
Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Burford, Shropshire, England
Death: between October 15, 1331 and September 5, 1332 (56-65)
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard de Cornwall, of Thunnock and Joan St. Owen
Brother of Edmund de Cornwall; Joan de Cornwall and Geoffrey de Cornwall

Occupation: Clerk: rector of Walsokne, vicar of Frothingham, canon of York
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About Richard de Cornwall

Richard de Cornubia died before 5 September 1332, cleric; perhaps the son of Sir Richard de Cornwall (Earl Richard), died 1297 ( illegitimate son of Richard, Earl of Cornwall) & Joan his wife; brother of Joan, who married Sir John Howard.

Alternately he was the son of Sir Richard's half brother, Walter.



From Richard de Cornwall circa 1255 - 1296

Richard, who may have been the son of Richard, and was his eldest known son if so, took holy orders, and spent much of his life in the viscinity of York, before ending up as rector of Walsoken in Norfolk.

From Cornwall family

Blomefield[3:158, 4:697, 4:740, and 4:773-774] claims that Sir John Howard married Joan de Cornwall, daughter of Richard de Cornwall (illegitimate son of Richard, Earl of Cornwall) by his wife Joan, and sister and heir of another Richard de Cornwall.  Besides the references quoted in Blomefield (see below), a Richard de Cornubia, rector of the church in Walsokne (and presumably the 2nd of that name) was to hold the lands of Sir John Howard, recently deceased [CFR 4:268].  Below is a brief timeline of this Richard’s activities, gleaned from various sources as given.  Note that several times he is referred to a kinsman of Edward II, which would lend credance to the theory that he was a son of Richard de Cornwall, illegitimate son of Richard, Earl of Cornwall (granduncle to Edward II), and thus Edward II’s agnatic 2nd cousin. The glazing of the Cornwall arms with the Howard arms recorded in Blomefield also supports this. ...

From The Cornwall Family: Possible Relatives of the Early Howards compiled by Robert Battle

Because this Richard held property in Shelswell, in the section on Shelswell manor in VCH Oxford he is incorrectly identified with one Sir Richard de Cornwall, who owned the manor and the advowson of the church there, at least from 1323 [A2A BCM/B/2/7/1].  However, this Sir Richard de Cornwall of Shelswell lived until at least 1346 (and left at least one son to inherit) and so could not be the parson, who was dead by 5 Sep 1332.


From Richard de Cornwall circa 1255 - 1296 

A number of claims have been made for other children of Richard, but with only assertion and/or speculation to back them up. The most commonly asserted one (or two!) is of a daughter Joan, and this is based upon her being the sister of a Richard de Cornwall, rector of Walsoken (as per the IPM of her husband Sir John Howard, which names her as this Richard's sister). Hence the claim for both of these depend solely on Richard the rector being son of this Richard. Whilst this is feasible, and indeed it would seem likely that this Richard, whose father shared his name, should also name a son Richard, I have been unable to find any evidence to connect the two. Richard the rector, was first mentioned in the Patent Rolls of 1292 as being the king's clerk. Assuming him to be "of age" at the time, he would have to have been born no later than 1271, and hence the eldest son. Considering that he was still alive at the time of Edmund, earl of Cornwall's, IPM in 1300 (indeed he appears to have lived until at least 1331), it seems telling that he is not mentioned therein, along with his purported brothers, as holding land which the earl gave to their father. It seems to me that he is more likely to have been the son of this Richard's brother, Walter, and is not mentioned the said IPM, because Walter was still alive, and so still in possession of any land that was under dispute, rather than any of his children.

  • 'Regesta 96: 1329-1330', in Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 2, 1305-1342, ed. W H Bliss (London, 1895), pp. 320-324 [accessed 11 April 2015]. "To Richard de Cornubia. Provision of a canonry of Lincoln with reservation of a prebend; on condition of resigning the prebend of Frydaythorp, in York, which he obtained on its voidance by the consecration of William, bishop of Norwich, and held for four years in ignorance that it was reserved to the pope; and notwithstanding that he is rector of Walsokne and vicar of Frothingham, in the dioceses of Norwich and Lincoln, and has a canonry of York with expectation of a prebend."
  • "Another early image appears on the ‘Walsokne Brass’ plaque in St. Margaret’s Church, King’s Lynn  (fig. 0.2).  Dating from 1349, a panel at the foot of the brass depicts a horseman carrying grain to be ground at a post mill, followed by two men who are bearing their lord on a litter. .... "
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Richard de Cornwall's Timeline

Burford, Shropshire, England
October 15, 1331
Age 60