Richard de Belmeis II

Richard de Beaumis
Bishop of London
Diocese Diocese of London
Elected 1152
Term ended 4 May 1162
Predecessor Robert de Sigello
Successor Gilbert Foliot
Other posts Archdeacon of Middlesex
Ordination 20 September 1152
Consecration 28 September 1152
Personal details
Died 4 May 1162
Denomination Catholic

Richard de Beaumis (or Richard de Belmis; died 1162) was a medieval Bishop of London.


Beaumis' father was Robert de Beaumis.[1] The family came from Beaumais-sur-Dive, east of Falaise, in the Calvados region of Normandy. He was a nephew of Richard de Beaumis, Bishop of London from 1108 to 1127,[2] as well as the brother of Richard Ruffus, who was archdeacon of Essex.[1] He held the prebend of Caddington Major in the diocese of London before being named Archdeacon of Middlesex by 1127.[3] Installed while still a minor, his nomination had some political intrigue while his archdeaconry was under the custody of Hugh.[4] Though the details are little known, de Beaumis rivalry with Hugh prior to the final installation of de Beaumis in 1138 was likely the origin of the notorious English drinking song "Oh Lord Belmeis."

During his period as Archdeacon, he was also dean of the college of St Alkmund, Shrewsbury. He also held most of the prebends of the college, having inherited them from his uncle. He was instrumental, with his brother Philip, lord of Tong, Shropshire, in establishing Lilleshall Abbey, a large Augustinian house in Shropshire.[5] This was achieved by suppressing the college of St Alkmund (though the church survived), in order to endow the new foundation. As St Alkmund's was a chapel royal, he required royal approval for this move - initially from Stephen, although it was confirmed by his successor, Henry II.

He was probably elected to the see of London in the spring of 1152, and was ordained a priest on 20 September 1152.[2] He was consecrated on 28 September 1152. He died on 4 May 1162.[6]



Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Robert de Sigello
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
Gilbert Foliot
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