Sir Randolph Forster, 2nd Governor of Bamborough

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Sir Randolph Forster, 2nd Governor of Bamborough

Birthplace: England
Death: circa 1256 (31-40)
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Son of Sir John Forster, 1st Governor of Bamborough and Unknown Forster
Husband of Unknown Forster
Father of Reginald Forster and Sir Alfred Forster

Occupation: 2nd Governor of Bamborough, Gov of Bamborough
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About Sir Randolph Forster, 2nd Governor of Bamborough

accompanied Prince Edward, brother of Henry the III to France.

With the rank of General, he accompanied Prince Richard, the brother of King Henry III, to France to recover his possessions. Sir Randolph was made Governor of Bamborough and lived in the Castle. He and his unknown wife had a son, Alfred.
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2nd Governor of Bamborough He accompanied Prince Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, brother of Henry III [1207 – 1272], to France in 1225, the Prince being sent by the King for the purpose of regaining his French provinces. After a year’s fighting an armistice was agreed upon, but the French King Louis VIII (1187-1226) dying before its expiration, the hostilities were again renewed, but ended in a very little result. 1225 was the year Richard became Count of Poitou at the age of sixteen. Though he campaigned on King Henry’s behalf in Poitou and Brittany, and served as Regent three times, relations were often strained between the brothers in the early years of Henry’s reign. Richard rebelled against him three times, and had to be bought off with lavish gifts.

Richard’s active career began in 1225, when he was sixteen years old. The pacification of England had now so far advanced that a great effort was resolved upon to win back the Aquitanian heritage of the English kings which had been almost altogether lost under King John. Richard was chosen as the nominal leader of the expedition destined for France. On 2 Feb. 1225 Henry III girt him with the knightly sword On 13 Feb. Richard was granted the wealthy earldom of Cornwall, then in the king’s hands , to which were added in November the Cornish tin mines in possession of his mother, Queen Isabella . It is probable that he was invested at the same time with the county of Poitou, so that he might call upon the allegiance of the Poitevins as their lawful lord against the aggressions of Louis VIII . His uncle, the veteran William Longsword, earl of Salisbury , and Philip of Albigny were appointed his chief counsellors.

On 23 March Count Richard sailed with a considerable army. He landed at Bordeaux, where he was enthusiastically received. Richard easily captured St. Macaire and Bazas, the outposts of French influence, and on 2 May he wrote a brief letter to Henry III, boasting that all Gascony, save one town and one noble, was reduced to his obedience . The one resisting town, La Réole, was now subdued, after a long, fierce, and often interrupted struggle, while the winning over of Bergerac, through the timely defection of its lord to the English, opened up the road over the Dordogne towards Poitou. Richard’s position was made more difficult by the disunion of his advisers , by the sickness and return home of William Longsword, and by the depredations of Savary de Mauléon and the corsairs of La Rochelle, who intercepted his convoys and straitened his resources. Richard, who sought to keep on good terms with the ecclesiastical authorities, was further embarrassed by the necessity of forming an alliance with Raymond of Toulouse, who supported the Albigensians.

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Elerston, Northumberland, England
Bansboroug, Northumberland, England
Age 36