Richard Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester

Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester, KCB (c. 1394 – c. 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 on 8 May 1411.[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. He was joint Warden of the Welsh Marches in 1415, and a captain of lances and archers in Normandy in 1418. In February 1420/1, he was created Earl of Worcester.[3]

Worcester was mortally wounded on 18 March 1421/2 at the Siege of Meaux and died soon after. His body was taken back to England and he was buried on 25 April 1422 at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. His daughter inherited his estates and his barony of Bergavenny, although the castle and honour of Abergavenny were still held by her grandmother in dower.[3]



  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. Cokayne, George E. (1910). Gibbs, Vicary (ed.). The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant. I, Ab-Adam to Basing. London: St. Catherine Press. pp. 26–27.
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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