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.


  • 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.


  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.