Richard de Ledrede

Richard de Ledrede (died 1360/1361), also known as Richard Ledred, was a 14th-century churchman in Ireland who served as Bishop of Ossory.

Richard was probably born between about 1260 and 1270: a report of c.1356 that he was by that date a centenarian is believed to be an exaggeration.[1] His name is thought to relate to Leatherhead in Surrey, England, but this may be misleading: other evidence suggests a family connection with the county of Somerset.[1]

A Franciscan of the Order of Friars Minor, he was Bishop of Ossory from May 1317 until his death in 1360/1361. He was known as a "scourge of heresy and witchcraft",[2] and was a central figure in the Kilkenny Witch Trial involving Alice Kyteler and her servant Petronella de Meath. Sixty short Latin hymns by him are preserved in the Red Book of Ossory.

WorksEdit

  • Colledge, Edmund, ed. (1974). The Latin Poems of Richard Ledrede, OFM, Bishop of Ossory, 1317–1360. Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Studies and Texts. 30. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.
  • Stemmler, Theo, ed. (1975). The Latin Hymns of Richard Ledrede. Poetria Mediaevalis. 1. Mannheim.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Neary 1984, p. 273.
  2. ^ Greene, Richard L. (1952). "'The Maid of the Moor' in the Red Book of Ossory". Speculum. 27 (4): 504–506. JSTOR 2850478.

Further readingEdit

  • Brennan, James (1998). "Richard Ledrede, Bishop of Ossory: towards a new assessment". Old Kilkenny Review. 50: 10–19.
  • Lanigan, K. (1963). "Richard de Ledrede, Bishop of Ossory". Old Kilkenny Review. 15: 23–29.
  • Neary, Anne (1983). "The origins and character of the Kilkenny witchcraft case of 1324". Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Section C. 83: 333–50.
  • Neary, Anne (1984). "Richard Ledrede: English Franciscan and Bishop of Ossory, 1317–c.1360". Journal of the Butler Society. 2 (3): 273–82.