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Subject: Re: King Henry IV of England's grandson, Richard of Bedford, Bastard of Bedford (living 1441)
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 16:02:33 -0800 (PST)
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***** I see that in his usual attempt to re-write history by hiding
his sloppy errors, the troll Richardson has removed his original post
on this thread, in which he made the risible assertion that Henry IV
of England had only one legitimate grandchild. To keep the record
accurate, I hereby re-present it, without the original cross-postings.

On Mar 8, 4:14 pm, Douglas Richardson <> wrote:

Dear Newsgroup ~

King Henry IV of England had but one legitimate grandchild, King
VI of England, but five known illegitimate grandchildren, one of whom
was Richard of Bedford, otherwise known as "the Bastard of Bedford."
Scant attention has been paid to Richard of Bedford in the history

Richard of Bedford was an illegitimate son of John of Lancaster,
K.G., Duke of Bedford, Regent of France, Admiral of England, the
surviving son of King Henry IV of England. The identity of his
is not known. Research indicates that Richard of Bedford was
legitimated by his cousin, King Henry VI of England, 30 August 1434,
which act was recorded at the tabellionage in Rouen, France 27
September 1435 [Reference: Beaurepaire, Fondations Pieuses du Duc de
Bedford à Rouen (Bibliothèque de l'Ecole des Chartes 34) (1873): 6,
12, 30].

"Richard the bastard of Bedford" was a legatee in the 1435 will of
father, John, Duke iof Bedford, who bequeathed him the castle and
lordship of Haye-du-Puits (Manche), France [Reference: Nicolas,
Testamenta Vetusta 1 (1826): 241-243 (will of John, Duke of
Bedford)]. This item may be viewed at the following weblink:

In 1436, as "Richard Bedford, bastard of Bedford," he was made
honorary member of the Guild of Merchant Taylors of London
Memorials of the Guild of Merchant Taylors of the Fraternity of St.
John the Baptist in the City of London (1875): 619]. See the
following weblink for that record:

The last definite record I have of Richard Bastard of Bedford is
5 November 1440-1, when he was granted letters of attorney, he then
going abroad [Reference: Annual Report of the Deputy Keeper, 48
(1887): 340]. This record may be viewed at the following weblink:

Lastly, he may possibly be the "Ric' Bastard of Bedford." who
witnessed the 1453 will of John Fisher, of Fulham, Bedfordshire
[Reference: Pubs. Bedfordshire Hist. Rec. Soc. 14 (1931): 126-127
(abstract of will of John Fisher).]. A snippet view of this item may
be viewed at the following weblink:

Richard of Bedford's subsequent history is unknown.

Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah

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