Richard FitzAlan
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Richard FitzAlan (1267 - 1302)

Richard "8th Earl Arundel, Lord of Clun and Oswestry in the Welsh Marches" FitzAlan
Born in Arundel Castle, Sussex, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1285 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Arundel Castle, Sussex, Englandmap
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Richard FitzAlan was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.



Richard FitzAlan[1][2][3]

b. 03 Feb 1266/7
d. 09 Mar 1301/2
bur. Haughmond Abbey, Upton Magna, Shropshire

RICHARD FITZ ALAN (or DE ARUNDEL [Footnote 25] Earl Richard Fitz Alan (FitzAlan) above, his father and grandfather all employed the surname Fitz Alan . In the 1270's, Earl Richard's father was styled John "Fitz Alan de Arundel" in several records [see C.P.R. 1272-1281 (1901): 11, 96, 161, 331]. In 1291 Earl Richard received a grant addressed to him as "Richard de Arundel, Earl of Arundel" [see C.P. 1 (1910): 241]. In the same period, 1291-1302, Earl Richard's brother, John, was likewise styled John de Arundel [see Rees Cartulary of Haughmond Abbey (1985): 227]. Following Earl Richard's death in 1302, the family dropped the surname Fitz Alan in favor of de Arundel (or simply Arundel). The last known use of the name Fitz Alan by any member of this family dates c.1312-3, when Earl Richard's son, Edmund, brought a writ as "Edmund Fitz Alan" [see Year Books of Edward III 12 (Rolls Ser. 31b) (1905): 518-521]. Thereafter, all further references to this family employ the surname Arundel to the complete exclusion of the surname Fitz Alan. Specifically, Earl Richard's son Edmund (died 1326), both of his brothers, two of his sons and all four of his grandsons all employed the Arundel surname. Edmund's sister Alice is likewise styled "de Arundel" in an ancient Segrave Family ped. VCH Surrey 1 (1902): 348, footnote 1 observes that Richard's son and heir, Edmund, is "commonly called Fitz Alan but the real designation of the family was then de Arundel." Nicholas, a well known antiquarian, states: "This family presents a singular instance of adopting the name of their title as the surname of the family, for after the marriage of John Fitz-Alan, Lord of Clun, with Isabel, the sister and co-heir of Hugh D'Albini, Earl of Arundel, all the descendants called themselves Arundel instead of Fitz-Alan" [see Nicolas Testamenta Vetusta 1 (1826): 105]. "J.G.N." in Gentleman's magazine 103 Oxfordshire, etc., ....... [4]

"He [Richard Fitz Alan, later Earl of Arundel (d.1301/2)] m., before 1285, (when he was but 18) Alasia, da. of Tommaso I, MARQUIS OF SALUZZO in Piedmont [1244-99], by Luisa, da. of Giorgio, MARQUIS OF CEVA. She d. 25 Sep. 1292, and was bur. at Todingham Priory. He d. 9 Mar. 1301/2, in his 36th year, and was bur. with his ancestors."[5]

"The bodies of both Richard and Alesia were at Haughmond Abbey, Shropshire, by 1341, when provision was made for 12 candles to burn in the church of Haughmond around their tombs [6]"


m. before 1285 Alice of Saluzzo (a.k.a Alesia di Saluzzo, dau Thomas I of Saluzzo in Italy) Issue:
  • Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel.
  • John (priest)
  • Alice m. Stephen de Segrave, 3rd Lord Segrave.
  • Margaret m. William le Botiller (EN: Butler)
  • Eleanor m. Henry de Percy, 1st Baron Percy


1272–1302: Earl of Arundel (after attaining majority in 1289 became Earl of Arundel, summoned to Parliament as such) (7th Earl of Arundel[7]).
Feudal Lord of Clun and Oswaldestre
fought in Welsh Wars, 1288; in Gascony 1295-97; and in Scottish Wars, 1289-1300.


  1. Weis, F.L. (n.d.). Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis, (Lines: 16B-29, 28-31, 77-31,77-32). n.p.
  2. Medieval Lands.
  3. Weis, F.L. (1991). The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, (4th ed). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.
  4. Royal Ancestry by Douglas Richardson Vol. II page 599
  5. Some corrections and additions to the Complete Peerage: Volume 1: Arundel
  6. Una Rees, ed., The Cartulary of Haughmond Abbey, p.227 (1985)
  7. Ancestral Roots

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Profiles for people born over 200 years ago should be open privacy. His sons and brothers are all from the Middle Ages. Thanks.
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Profiles for people born over 200 years ago should be open privacy. Thanks.
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Richard is 20 degrees from Cecil B. DeMille, 27 degrees from Rosalie Neve and 8 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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