He married Margaret Bozun, the daughter of Sir Richard Bozun of Baraby, Lincolnshire. The marriage date is uncertain. They had a daughter, Mary, who married Sir William Cordell, Master of the Rolls. Margaret must have died before 1539: Richard almost certainly remarried before then (see Research Notes).
After Margaret's death, Richard married Margery Playters, the daughter of William Playters of Sotterley, Suffolk. Richard and Margery had nine children:
Richard's father prepared a will on 14 October 1530 in which he named Richard as one of his executors. Three of the four executors, including Richard, were bequeathed 20 shillings "... for ther labors and busynes therin to be had and sustened". Richard also was granted the Manor of Chipley along with its appurtenances as well as the tenement of Milburne and the lands, meadows, and pastures that his father held in Melford. Sir William died the next year on 20 February.
Richard Clopton died possibly at Fore Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk, England. He was almost certainly buried at Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, where there are many tombs of his family. He appears to have predeceased his brother Francis, who died in 1559.
Date of second marriage
Marlyn Lewis gives an estimated date of about 1546 for Richard’s second marriage, to Margery Playters but that is wrong. Her mother’s 1540 will refers to her as "my daughter Margery Clopton” and also leaves a feather bed and other items to Margery’s daughter Thomasine, suggesting that Thomasine was out of infancy.
There are some indications that Richard and Margery’s son William may have been born in or before 1535 - see the research notes on his profile. If so, his parents presumably married no later than very early in that year.
↑ L L Erwin. The Ancestry of William Clopton of York County, Virginia, privately published, 1939, p. 11, Internet Archive
Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. Salt Lake City: the author, 2011. See also WikiTree's source page for Magna Carta Ancestry.
Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013. See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry.
Erwin, L L. The Ancestry of William Clopton of York County, Virginia, privately published, 1939
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