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Born: 12th Century
Ancestry: Mother was French and father, Edmund, was Scottish architect.
Wife: Lady Gina Dragoni, born August 22, 1338 (Much younger woman)
Home: Portsmouth, England
Life in his own words: “My father built castles for the King of England Henry I & his wife Matilda (Princess of Scotland). King Henry was very impressed with the work of my father and gave him permission to build a castle and use the name Dragon as his own.
“At this point in history, I was very young but showed interest in bartering, conversation and travelling. Father decided that building his new castle in a port of trade would help his favourite son in his future. Portsmouth was the city of choice and that is where Dragon Castle remains.
“I spent a few years of my early manhood participating in the crusades, but decided that a warrior’s life was not for me. During these years, I met many connections in the business world and decided that a merchant’s life would be much more profitable.
“I spent many years travelling to the important trading cities in the world from England. During those years I met many interesting people and heard many wonderful stories. Even though I have travelled the world, I always considered Portsmouth my home.
“While I was in a small town in Italy, I talked to my one man at great lengths. He was selling a lovely light brilliant fabric called silk and I was trading him my fine English wool. I stayed longer than expected because I was smitten by his beautiful daughter that was working by his side. She had learned to speak English so that she could help her father talk to other merchant traders. I was very lucky that I didn’t have to learn to speak Italian.
“Within a month we were married and on our way back to England.
“I got so tired of experiencing seasickness with being on the water that I finally retired from sea travel. My wife and I now live a comfortable life back in Portsmouth in Dragon Castle. I continue to trade in wools & silk fabric as my father-in-law ships me these wonderful silk to sell on his behalf. Of course I take a healthy commission for my work. I also trade in other merchandise depending upon my clients needs.”
No current office as the canton has downsized.
Richard enjoys learning new skills and creating items.