Richard Seigneur de Courcy
- Born: Abt 1040, Courcy, Ardennes, Champagne, France
- Marriage: Unknown
- Died: 1098, Nuneham Courtenay, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England about age 58
~Cokayne's Complete Peerage, 2nd Edition, (Chart, "Lisle of Rougemont & Lisle of Kinston), Vol. VIII, between pages 48 & 49, Richard de Curcy of Newenham, Oxon, the father of William de Curcy, sewer of Henry I. 141
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• Background Information. 11
Richard de Courcy, accompanied William the Conqueror, in his expedition to England, and was present at the decisive battle of Hasting, fought on Saturday, 14 Oct 1966. Richard was granted several lordships in England, one of which was of Stoke, in the county of Somerset, which, with other lordships he held per integram baronian.
~Irish and Anglo-Irish Pedigrees, p. 621
• Background Information. 201
"Robert de Belème built a castle on an elevated spot, which is commonly called Fourches, and, transferring there the inhabitants of Vignats, sought to reduce all the neighbours under his tyranny. He erected another fortress called Château Goutier, at La Courbe, on the river Orne, by which he would be enabled to impose his yoke, however unjustly, on the district of Houlme. Thus aggrandized far beyond his parentage and ancestors, he attacked his equals almost everywhere in Normandy, where a protector of just rights was not to be found, and began to harass his immediate neighbours. Finding this, the Norman nobles were much disturbed, and their disquietudes grew to such a pitch that they had long and frequent consulation on the subject of resisting these inroads. The first to take arms, because they were the nearest to the tyrant's borders and most exposed to his nefarious attempts, were Hugh de Grantmesnil and Richard de Courci, who drew supplies of arms and provision to their castles and strengthened the garrisons. These knights were now grey-headed, but their spirit was high and noble, and their intimate connection increased their power; for Robert, Hugh's [should be Richard's] son, had married Hugh's daughter [Rohais, 3rd daughter of Hugh de Grantmesnil] and borne her husband five sons."
~ The Ecclesiastical History of England and Normandy, Vol. II, pp. 504-505