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Richard of Dragon Castle is a 12th-century man of mixed French and Scottish heritage living in Portsmouth, England with his much younger wife, Baronessa Gina Dragoni (who was herself born August 22nd, 1338). Richard is the son of Edmund, a Scottish architect, and a french mother.
Richard's life in his own words is as follows:
“My father built castles for the King of England Henry I and 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 First Crusade, 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. 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 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 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 wool and silk fabric, as my father-in-law ships me these wonderful fabrics 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.”
Richard currently holds no offices.
Richard joined the SCA as card member in 2002 in Caldrithig. He moved over to the Harrowgate Heath to assist in the forming and support of the new canton on January 11th, 2004. With Harrowgate Heath passing into memory in 2019, he and his lady have moved back to Caldrithig.
Richard enjoys learning new skills and creating items.