About Richard de Lathom
Sir Richard was never married, and it was rumored that he much preferred male companionship. He was known to have entertained many male companions at his manor house. It is agreed by most historians that Sir Richard was killed in a fire that was deliberately set by his serfs who were tired of his continued abuse of his powers to order that their handsomest sons entertain him and his male companions. Richard was not buried in the Chapelry Of Lathom's graveyard but rather was buried in an unmarked grave to keep his former serfs from doing further harm to his already burnt body.1
From Miscellanea Palatina, 1850:
Richard Fitz-Richard, son and heir, had written to the sheriff of Lancashire, 27 January, 1221, 5 Hen. iij, stating that he had fined in C^-, as son of Richard Fitz-Robert, for relief of iij carucates of land in Ladhun', which he ought to hold hereditarily in capite from the king, and had done homage and fealty, and directing giving of seisin.'