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Richard de Meri

Also Known As: "Bohun", "Mary", "Meri", "Mari", "Mery", "Mar Eliyahu", "de Bohun"
Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Saint-Côme-du-Mont, Lower-Normandy, France
Death: 1060 (70)
La Manche, Lower-Normandy, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Ralf de Meri (Mary) and daughter of Lord de Mont Haguez de Meri
Husband of Billeheude de Saint Sauveur
Father of Richard de Mary (Meri); Enjuger de Mary (Meri) and Humphrey "The Bearded" or "The Old" de Bohun I
Brother of Humphre (I) de Bohun

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About Richard de Meri

Excerpted from Les Seigneurs de Bohon by Jean LeMelletier, Coutances: Arnaud-Bellee, 1978.

Following tradition, the Mary family lived in the community of St. Come du Mont (Normandy). There was a Mary Street named after Ralph, first sire de Mary, friend of the sire of Sainte Marie du Mont and the dukes of Denmark.

According to legend, Ralph was secretly married to the daughter of the lord of Mont Haguez. They had a son, Richard I de Mary, or Richard the Old, who is attributed with the founding of the churches of Sainte Come du Mont, de Bohon, and de Meautis in 950.

Richard de Mary (Mari or Meri) married Billeheude (Billeheust). This information comes from a document concerning the Bohon priory.

Billeheude is sometimes considered the daughter of a certain Richard de Billeheust or Richard de Saint Sauveur. In the family we find a Bileud or Bilelde, but at a later date she is considered the daughter of Neel II of Saint Saveur, one of the principal barons who revolted against William the Bastard during his youth.

Because of the uncertain relations with the Norsemen who landed at Contentin and their chief, Rollo, there was a strong desire to unite the conquering and native peoples. The Mary family also desired to hold onto their Christian origins and remain loyal to the dukes of Normandy.

Richard de Mary had three sons: Richard, Humphrey, and Enjuger.

The present dwellers of the townships of St. Andre and St. Georges de Bohon for a long time neglected their ancestors of the ducal era. The Bohons played a beginning role in the Anglo-Norman world at the height of the power struggle after France reclaimed Normandy and in the birth of modern England.


Richard de Mary is attributed with the founding of the churches of Sainte Come du Mont, de Bohon, and de Meautis in 950


From Magni rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae sub regibus Angliae, Volume 2 By Thomas Stapleton, Society of Antiquaries of London (1844, p. xxv)

"Mareium (Meri) designated the marshy territory along the banks of the rive l'Ouve in the vicinity of l'Homme, otherwise l'Isle-Marie, adjacent to the communes of Liesville on one side and Picauville on the other. Thus Simon de Mareio gave to the abbey of St. Sauveur the church of St. Martin de Levila with the whole tythe of the same vill and the all of the glebe of the same church--viz. eleven acres of land and all the tythes of his mills and all the tyhes of his fisheries de Mareio, which gift Nigel, to wit, and Roger, the vicomtes, granted and confirmed and maintained for all of their ancestors."

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Richard de Meri's Timeline

Saint-Côme-du-Mont, Lower-Normandy, France
Age 50
St Georges de Bohon, Manche, Normandy, France
Age 70
La Manche, Lower-Normandy, France