Richard de Beaumis (died 1127)

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Richard de Beaumis
Bishop of London
Diocese Diocese of London
Elected 24 May 1108
Term ended 1127
Predecessor Maurice
Successor Gilbert Universalis
Ordination 14 June 1108
Consecration 26 July 1108
Personal details
Died probably 16 January 1127
Denomination Catholic

Richard de Beaumis (or de Beaumais, de Belmis I; died 1127) was a medieval Bishop of London.


Beaumis' family came from Beaumais-sur-Dive, east of Falaise, in the Calvados region of Normandy.[1] He was elected to the see of London on 24 May 1108.[2] His ordination as a priest took place on 14 June 1108, a little over a month before he was consecrated as a bishop on 26 July 1108.[1] He served as the justiciar for King Henry I of England at Shrewsbury, where he oversaw Welsh affairs.[3] He had a reputation as an expert on legal matters.[4] He died in 1127, with his death being commemorated on 16 January, so he probably died on that date. His nephew Richard de Beaumis II was later Bishop of London[1] and another nephew was archdeacon of Essex in the diocese of London.[5] He had two sons, Walter and William. Walter was a canon of London, holding the prebend of Newington,[6] and William was Archdeacon of London.[7] On his deathbed, he confessed that he had lied about his tenure of a manor, previously testifying that he held it in fee, when in reality he had it under a lease.[8]


  1. ^ a b c British History Online Bishops of London accessed on 28 October 2007
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 258
  3. ^ Crouch Reign of King Stephen p. 55
  4. ^ Williams English and the Norman Conquest p. 157
  5. ^ British History Online Archdeacons of Essex accessed on 29 October 2007
  6. ^ British History Online Prebends of Newington accessed on 29 October 2007
  7. ^ British History Online Archdeacons of London accessed on 29 October 2007
  8. ^ Crouch "Troubled Deathbeds" Albion p. 34


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
Gilbert Universalis