Andrew Riccard

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Andrew Riccard, Knt (died 6 Sep 1672)

This article is writen and copyright 2007 by Will Johnson, Professional Genealogist. You may email me at

Andrew Riccard, was born 1603/5 to Walter Richard of Dorset.

Andrew was knighted in 1662 by King Charles II. Andrew was Alderman of London, Sheriff of London in 1651, and Governor of the East India Company, the Levant Company, and the Turkey Company.

Andrew and his wife Katherine had two known daughters, but Elizabeth bap 13 Mar 1639/40 died as an infant. Their other daughter Christiana (aka Christian) Riccard, was their only surviving child, baptised 19 Mar 1638/9 at St Olave's Hart St, London. Katherine was buried 23 Mar 1639/40 at St Olave's 10 days after her daughter Elizabeth had been born.

Christian married three times: firstly John Gayer of Stoke Pogis, son of the Lord Mayor and Sheriff John Gayer by his wife Katherine Hopkins. This first husband died without issue in 1657.

Christian married secondly to Henry Rich, Lord Kensington on 14 Feb 1659 at Kensington. He was the son of Robert Rich, 5th Earl of Warwick and 2nd Earl of Holland. Henry Rich died 15 Apr 1659.

Christian married thirdly, by 1661, to John Berkeley of Bruton, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stretton (created 1658), who was 30 years her senior. They had at least three children: Charles, John and William, each in their turn Lord Berkeley of Stratton, the elder two died without issue.

Sir Andrew Riccard possessed the advowson of St Olave's, but at his death bequethed it to the parish.

Sir Andrew Riccard has a Monument at St Olave's erected after his death by members of the Turkey Company showing that he died 6 Sep 1672 "aged 68". Sir Andrew Riccard also happens to be in the ancestry of the author Lord Byron. Andrew married secondly to a woman named Susanna who survived him and was buried 17 Mar 1686 at St Olave's.


Further reading

  • I am informed that there is a biography of Andrew Riccard written by Venning in the Oxford national dictionary of biography
  • I am informed that there is an article about Andrew Riccard in the Society of Genealogists Magazine, Vol 6 (1932) and Vol 10 (Sept 1935)
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