Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester

Arms of Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester (died 1422): Gules, a fesse between six crosses crosslet or a crescent sable for difference. These are the Beauchamp arms differenced by a crescent for a second son, referring to his father who was the second son of the 11th Earl of Warwick [1]

Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester, KCB (c. 1394 – 18 March 1421/1422) was an English peer.

The only son of William de Beauchamp, 1st Baron Bergavenny, he succeeded as 2nd Baron Bergavenny at the death of his father.[2]

On 27 July 1411, he married Lady Isabel le Despenser, daughter of Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester, and great-granddaughter of Edward III. They had one child, Lady Elizabeth de Beauchamp, later 3rd Baroness Bergavenny, who married Sir Edward Neville, later 1st Baron Bergavenny.[3]

He died on 18 March 1421/22 at Meaux, France, mortally wounded in action, without male issue. His body was taken back to England and he was buried on 25 April 1422 at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.[4]



  1. Source: As per his seal ("Beauchamp with crescent on the fesse & Despencer quarterly") affixed to Cardiff Inspeximus 20 April 1421, published as Clark, G.T. (1910). "Charter no.MCXVI". Cartae et Alia Munimenta Quae ad Dominium de Glamorgancia Pertinent. Charters DCCCCLII-MCXCIV. 4. Cardiff. pp. 1486–88.
  2. Carpenter, Christine. "Beauchamp, William (V), first Baron Bergavenny (c. 1343–1411)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/50236. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families, page 108
  4. Cokayne, G.E.; Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed.. 13 volumes in 14. 1910-1959. Reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000.
Peerage of England
Preceded by
New Creation
Earl of Worcester
Succeeded by
Preceded by
William de Beauchamp
Baron Bergavenny
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Nevill

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