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Mayor Richard Whittington[1, 2]

Male 1359 - 1423  (64 years)


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  • Name Richard Whittington 
    Prefix Mayor 
    Born 1359 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1423 
    Notes 
    • Thrice Lord Mayor of London (1393, 1406 and 1417), popularized in legend as "Dick Whittington", a poor orphan who gained his fortune by investing his cat.  He bore the arms of the Pauntley family with a mark of cadency and a different tincture and crest.  He was a citizen, a Mercer by trade, Alderman and Lord Mayor of London (apparently four times, not thrice).  He began his career under favorable circumstances, acquiring wealth and commercial importance, and was famous for his establishment of churches and libraries and especially for his prison reforms.  On December 18, 1411, the charter was issued for Whittington College, dedicated to the Holy Ghost and the Virgin Mary, at St. Michael de Paternoster Church (Royal).  The college was dissolved in 1548 and the building sold for 92 pounds.  There is no proof that he was ever knighted.
      He and Alice were childless and their wealth was bequeathed to charitable and public purposes: building Greyfriars library; repairing St. Bartholomew's Hospital, and other deeds.  Written not long after his death is an allusion to him in Gregory's Chronicle as "that famos marchant and mercer Richard Whytyndone".
    Person ID I8925  mykindred
    Last Modified Oct 5, 2012 

    Father Sir William Whittington, Lord of Pauntley,   b. Abt 1321, Pauntley, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1359, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Mother Joan Maunsell,   d. 1373 
    Married Aft 1355 
    Family ID F3113  Group Sheet

    Family Alice Warrin,   d.  
    Family ID F3115  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S128] The Whittington-Brown Family 1066-1950.

    2. [S127] Hopkins, Ed ehopkins - at - nh.ultranet.com.
      post to GenForum MAR 6 1999 -- "15 generations in England" and correction of MAR 13, 1999 "16 generations in England, Correction"



  
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