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Richard I
(Died 1139)

Abbot of Fountains
Died: 1139


Richard was the Prior of St. Mary's, York and leader of the monks who withdrew from that establishment and founded the Abbey of Skelldale (Fountains) under the patronage of Archbishop Thurstan of York. He died at Rome in 1139, where he had gone with Alberic, the Pope's Legate. During his abbacy the brethren lived at first in the open air, afterwards in rudely built wooden huts.

Edited from Frederick Ross' "The Ruined Abbeys of Britain".

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