Richard de Argentein
- Born: Abt 1180, Great Wymondley, Hertforshire, England
- Marriage: Emma de Broy
- Died: 1246, Holy Land, Palestine about age 66 1213
Another name for Richard was Sir Richard de Argentom Knight.
Information about this person:
• Background Information. 141
Walter de Pateshulle married Margery, daughter and heir of Richard de Argentom, by Emma, daughter and heir of Robert de Broy, of Bletsoe who brought him Bletsoe, Crawley and other property in Beds. Walter died before 20 Aug 1232 and his wife Margery survived him.
~ Cokayne's Complete Peerage, 2nd Edition, Vol. X, p. 313
• Web Reference: Outline of the History of the Argentein Family.
Richard succeeded his brother John who died without issue. Richard married a Bedfordshire heiress, Emma, apparently the daughter of Robert de Broy of Bletsoe. We know they were married by 1200, when the couple was involved in a dispute over a mill at Sharnbrook which Robert de Broy had given Emma as a marriage gift. By 1203, Emma seems to have died, leaving Richard with an infant daughter Margaret. There was a dispute between Richard and his father-in-law Robert de Broy over Margaret. This was settled when Richard agreed to not allow Margaret to marry with out consulting her grandfather. When Margaret did marry, she carried her grandfather's estate at Bletsoe to the Pattershull family with her marriage to Walter de Pattershull.
• Background Information. 1213
William I or William Rufus gave the whole estate of Great Wymondley as an escheat to Reginald de Argentein, as appears from the evidence of his grandson.
The manor was confirmed to John, son of Reginald de Argentein, by King Stephen, and he was still living in 1166. Reginald de Argentein, presumably the son of John, since he was grandson of the elder Reginald, is mentioned in 1194, and was Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1196. He was succeeded by Richard de Argentein, who seems to have forfeited, for in 1203 he received a pardon at the petition of the Earl of Albemarle from King John, and had his patrimony restored. Part of it he delivered to Isabel de Argentein in dower in the same year. In 1224 Richard de Argentein was Sheriff of Hertfordshire and Essex, and in 1225 and 1226 custodian of Hertford Castle. He was also the founder of Little Wymondley Priory, and in 1228 is spoken of as 'a noble and one strenuous in arms' who had already been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He returned there later as a Crusader and was killed in an engagement in 1246.
~A History of the County of Hertford, Vol. III, pp. 181-185
Richard married Emma de Broy, daughter of Robert de Broy and Unknown. (Emma de Broy was born in Bletsoe, Bedordshire, England.)