~1095, Richard born in England, s/o §§Ralf fitz Urse.
By 1097, Richard’s father died.
1128, Richard fitz Urse witnessed a charter of King Henry I.
1130, Richard held lands in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Surrey, Essex, Northamptonshire, and Buckinghamshire.
1130-1 at Rouen, Richard Fitz-Urse attested a royal notification of the tithes of venison of the forest of Fecamp having been adjudged to Roger, abbot of Fecamp. (S) English Historical Review, V34, P558.
Bef. 6/1133 in Normandy, Richard Fitz-Urse attested a royal notification of a land exchange between Roger, abbot of Fecamp, and Nigel fitz-William, nephew of Robert, earl of Gloucester. (S) English Historical Review, V34, P558.
12/2/1135, King Henry I died; having designated his daughter Empress Matilda as his heir.
12/22/1135, Stephen crowned king of England.
1135, Richard fitz Urse witnessed a charter of King Stephen to Geoffrey de Mandeville. (S) Sinclairs of England, 1887, P161.
1137-54, Richard fitz Urse attested 10 of King Stephen’s documents.
9/30/1139, Empress Matilda invaded England, landing at Arundel in Sussex, and them proceeding to Bristol.
1140 at Stamford, Attending King Stephen’s court: Ranulf, earl of Chester; Gilbert, earl of Pembroke; Earl Simon; Roger, earl of Warwick; Earl Robert de Ferrers; … Richard de Camville; Richard Fitz Urse; Eustace fitz John; … Hugh Wake; … (S) King Stephen, King, 2011 [Note 12.]
2/2/1141, Richard Fitz-Urse, “brilliant in giving and receiving blows”, with King Stephen at the battle of Lincoln, where both were captured. (S) Chronicle of Henry of Huntingdon, 1853, P280.
4/7/1141 at Winchester, Empress Matilda acknowledged as “Lady of England and Normandy” by Bishop Henry.
6/23/1141, Matilda’s forces expelled from London by the citizens and an army of Queen Matilda, wife of King Stephen.
9/14/1141, Matilda’s brother Robert was captured.
11/1/1141, Matilda exchanged King Stephen for Robert.
12/25/1141, Stephen again crowned King. Richard Fitz-Urse was present at the Christmas court. [The civil war would continue for 12 more years.]
4/1142, Richard Fitz-Urse at King Stephen’s Easter court.
1145, King Stephen defeated Matilda’s forces at the battle of Faringdon.
1148, Empress Matilda returned to Normandy, never return to England.
By 1154, Richard died.
(S) Antiquities of Shropshire, Vs11-12. (S) The Historian, V35, 1972.
Children of Richard and Matilda:
i. Reginald fitz Urse, born ~1132 on England.
1154, Reginald fitz Urse in receipt of land from the royal demesne in Essex. (S) Bishcofsmord Im Mittelater, Frude, 2003, P220.
1158, Reginald pardoned a quota in Somersetshire, Essex, and Northamptonshire.
Reginald married Beatrice, d/o Geoffrey de Limesey.
1165, Reginald held 3+ knights’ fees in Northamptonshire.
12/29/1170, Reginald involved in the death of archbishop Becket.
Daughter: Matilda married Robert de Courtenay, leaving a son William de Courtenay. 1214, William de Courtenay died without issue.
ii. Margery Fitz Urse (39979921), born 1135 in England.
iii. Mabilla Fitz Urse (94537233), born ~1140 in England.
Mabilla married §§Lord Roger de Gernet (b.~1135).
1170, §§Roger de Gernet fined in the counties of Nottingham and Derby for default associated with land in ‘Cropwell of the Vilers.
Child of Mabilla: Reginald Gernet (47268616), born ~1165 in England.