Richard Goodrick of Stanmore London

The elder son-­

Richard Goodrick of Stanmore London was attorney of the Augmentation. On the death of his kinsman, Lionel Goodrick of East Kirkby, Richard was appointed guardian of his two infant children, Edward and Anna. The following account of him is given by Gerard Leigh

 *Gerard Leigh’s ACCEDENS OF ARMORY OF 1562.

For RICHARD GOODRICK of Stanmore.                                

Richard Goodricke, of Stanmore.

Of Armory, on a fess Gules, one fleur-de-lis, and two crescents Or, between two Lions passant guardant Sable.

The Timber (crest), a demi Lion rampant guardant Sable, sat on a wreath, Or, and Azure, mantled Gules, doubled Argent all above his own devise, as you may see. This appertaining to Master Richard Goodricke of Stanmore, a gentleman of the ancient order of Grayes Inne, while he lived: A worthy councillor to the Queens highest yet now is. A worthy man well seen in all the liberal arts, whose fame did rise by fond council and upright dealing in the laws, Such a friend he was, to those that needed him, that by his acts be put in execution the rare points of friendship do commented by society, and seldom practiced of others. Whose goodness and I confess my self to having tasted: So what grief I be awhile by lack, being no less be moved of his neighbours, than his goodness towards they justly deserved the same. But fare he well in heaven, and all his friends on earth, that I hope, till then, to meet with him.

Lord you said you would do this Achievement for my learning, and I can not persevere, to learn any thing therein but the blazon thereof, God I bad you at your first, to have regard to the helmets, and the several standing of them, which is the very cause, that I have set forth to you, all these fewer Achievements. And further there to show you, that there is a rule, that arms are not good, that have three of the honourable Ordinaries. You Painters and Glaziers take a rule with you, that when you set forth any wreathe, to set the metal first. And now I purpose to show you nine soundly cotes, that are called cotes commixes, of two of the foresaid nine honourable Ordinaries, and are perfectly good armory, of your which this is your first Cote commixes with two of your honourable Ordinaries…………

Richard Goodrick married Dorothy, daughter of William Badbye of Essex, and widow of Sir George Blagge, by whom he had an only son, Richard, and a daughter, Elizabeth. He died in London, and was buried in the choir of St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, 25th May, 1562.

 The following description of his funeral is taken from "Machyn's Diary," in 1562:-­

“The xxv. day of May was bered master Godderyke sqwyer, the wyche he ded at ys place with-in Whyt-freres, and cared unto Sant Andrew's in Holbome to be bered ; and ther was the compene of the Clarkes syngyng pryke-song, and then cam a morner careng ys pennon of annes, and then cam master Yorke beyryng ys cote armur, and after mastei Clarenshus; and then cam the corse with a ryche palle of tynsell and ryche cloth of sylver .with armes of bokeram ; and then the morners, and after the byshope of Canturbere and the byshope of Ely and the byshope of London, and next my lord keper and my lord cheyffe justus of England and mony worshephull men, and after jjc. of the ines of the cowrt folowd; and the dene of Powlles dyd pryche for hym."

Richard Goodrick of Stanmore Arms, Argent on fesse Gules between two lions passant guardant Sable, a fleur-de-lis between two crescents Or. Crest a demi Lion rampant guardant Sable, sat on a wreath, Or, and Azure. Motto Fare well Till Then.

His will, dated 20th November, 1556, was proved in London 17th January, 1562/3. . His widow, Dorothy, was married for a third time to Sir Ambrose Jermyn, of Rushbrooke, Co. Suffolk, Knight, by whom she had a daughter, Dorothy, who was wife of Edward Duke, Esq., of Benhall, Co. Suffolk. Dorothy, Lady Jermyn, matched her son Henry Blagge and her daughter Judith Blagge, children by her first husband, with Hester and Robert Jermyn, issue of her third husband by his first wife, and her son Richard Goodrick she married with Dorothy, another daughter of Sir Ambrose Jennyn, her third husband. Her daughter Elizabeth Goodrick became wife of her kinsman Edward Goodrick, of East Kirkby, Co. Lincoln.

Richard Goodrick, son and heir, married, as just stated, for his first wife Dorothy, daughter of Sir Ambrose Jermyn, of Rushbrooke, Co. Suffolk, by whom he had issue :-

1. Robert, born 8th January, 1579, died 12th July.

2. Samuel, born March 1582.

1. Sarah, born December 1578.

2. Mary, born 18th June, 1580,married at Alford, 3rd September, 1599, to Robert

   Rushworth, Esq.

3. Dorothy, born 24th July, 1584, baptized at Little Welnetham.

4. Susan, born December 1589.

His second wife was Margaret, daughter of Bartholomew Calthorpe, of Co. Norfolk, Esq., and sister of Audria Calthorpe, who was wife of his nephew Lionel Goodrick, of East Kirkby. The issue of this marriage was.­

1. Nathaniel, born at Toft Grange, Firsby, Co. Lincoln, February 1596; died 14th May, 1610; buried at St. Clare, Bradfield, Co. Suffolk, 20th May, 1610.

2. Eleazar, born at Alford, Co. Lincoln, 23rd February, 1598; baptized there 26th same month.

3. Richard, born at Alford 9th November, 1600; baptized there 16th same month.

4. Robert, born at Bradfield 2nd July, 1602.

5. Thomas, born at Bradfield 15th March, 1606; baptized there 22nd March.

6. Henry, born at Bradfield 29th August, 1608; baptized there 30th April, 1610.

7. John, born 15th November (?).

1. Margaret, born at Alford 23rd June, 1599; baptized there 28th same month; buried at Bradfield 4th March, 1610.

2. Elizabeth, born at Bradfield 31st May, 1604; baptized there 3rd June, 1604.

Richard Goodrick died at Bradfield St. Clare, and was buried there 1st March, 1624.

Of the descendants of his large family I have been able to find only the following fragmentary information:-

Robert, son of Samuel Goodrick, Gent, baptized 4th June, 1613,at Rushbrook, Co. Suffolk. Dorothy, daughter of the same, baptized 4th November, 1614­

Elizabeth, daughter of the same, baptized 23rd July, 1619.

From a deed in my possession, dated 1st March, 1624, it appears that Edmond Goodrick, who was then living in Co. Suffolk, was son of Samuel Goodrick of Bury St. Edmonds.

Richard, Goodrick, son of Richard Goodrick by his second wife, appears to have married young, for I find an entry in the Bradfield St. Clare registers of the burial of his wife, Elizabeth, on 1st April, 1631.


Richard Goodrick of Stanmore London This picture was up for sale at Sotheby’s 1st July 2004 it went unsold. (After the auction the Weiss Gallery bought the picture only to discover after cleaning it was a signed Ketel).

Pre sale comments by M B Goodrick.  In my opinion I would say that the provenance given at the Sotheby’s sale and background information contained in the catalogue are very open to question :

“1. ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGE GOWER C.1540-1596” The problem about the George Gower attribution seems to be that he would have been too young to have painted Richard.  I don't think it could have been a post mortem portrait either?

“2. Charged, with the sitter’s coat of arms upper left and inscribed  with the family motto:*DEORSUM NUN QUAM upper right.”

3.The coat of arms are that of William Goodrick of East Kirkby Quartered with that of his wife Jane Williamson daughter and heiress of  William Williamson, for Richard to use the Arms his father must have been dead or he should show a difference e.g. also used by Thomas Goodrick Bishop of Ely and 39th Lord Chancellor but Quartered with the see of Ely .The motto shown above is A flame ascending, Deorsum nunquam, Downward never (**a catholic badge.) Orsini, Olympia and Claudia Rangone used same device and motto. sourse Mrs Bury Palliser, Historic Devices, Badges, and War-cries London 1870 page 212.  Richard Goodrick motto FARE WEL TIL THEN and arms shown in*Gerard Leigh ACCEDENS OF ARMORY OF 1562. For RICHARD GOODRICK of Stanmore I would question. I believe that his motto was “SPERO” The Arms however are correct in Gerard Leigh, ACCEDENS OF ARMORY OF 1562. Richard Goodrick motto FARE WEL TIL THEN belonged to his father also Richard.

Another account of Richard Goodrick.

Goodrick [Goodryke], Richard (b. before 1508, d. 1562), lawyer and administrator, was a younger son of the staple merchant Richard Goodricke (d. 1508) of Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire, and his wife, Alice Etton of Firsby, and was a cousin of Thomas Goodricke, bishop of Ely. Richard married Mary, daughter of the evangelical London grocer John Blage (the wedding guests included leading reformers like Rowland Taylor); they had a son and daughter. Following their divorce, which was formalized about 1551, he wed c.1552 Dorothy Badbye, widow of George Blage; she was still alive in 1582, when her name was Dorothy Jarmyn.

After studying for a time at Jesus College, Cambridge, Goodricke was admitted to Gray's Inn in 1532, and embarked upon a legal career which soon included work in the new court of augmentations. At the same time he served as a JP and sewer commissioner for his native county from 1539, and as a Lincolnshire chantry commissioner in 1546. He represented Grimsby in the parliaments of 1542, 1545, and 1547, participating actively in drafting and revising bills.

Appointed attorney of the court of wards in May 1546, Goodrick exchanged this office in January 1547 for that of attorney in the reorganized court of augmentations. As the pace of religious reform quickened after 1547, the evangelical lawyer's responsibilities multiplied. He was included in commissions to root out heresy (1551, 1552), and appointed to the committee of thirty-two lawyers and divines charged with revising the ecclesiastical laws (1552). A London chantry commissioner in 1548, Goodrick also had primary responsibility for surveying the city's church goods in the summer of 1552.

The restoration of Catholicism in 1553 and the dissolution of the court of augmentations (January 1554) temporarily ended Goodrick's public career. Despite rumours that he intended to join other Protestants abroad he remained in London during Mary's reign, afflicted with gout and vexed by a chancery suit brought by his first wife, Mary, demanding restoration of her dowry. With the accession of Elizabeth, however, Goodrick returned to royal service. In early December 1558 he submitted a memorial to the queen counselling caution in restoring protestantism but recommending pre-emptive strikes against leading Catholics and efforts to counter papal propaganda. That same month Goodrick served on a committee of lawyers preparing for the upcoming parliament, and he later played his part in implementing the Elizabethan religious settlement, both as a member of the powerful ecclesiastical commission created in July 1559 and as a commissioner taking oaths of supremacy from clergy. Goodrick's extensive augmentations experience also earned him membership in the commission to sell crown lands (October 1561).

Goodrick died in May 1562 at his house in Whitefriars, London, and was buried at St Andrew's, Holborn. The distinguished mourners at his funeral on 25 May 1562 were led by Archbishop Parker and Bishop Grindal, Lord Keeper Bacon and Chief Justice Catlyn—as befitted an individual earlier praised by Hugh Latimer as a ‘godly man of law in this realm’ (Acts and Monuments, 7.516).