Harrowgate Banner Home Newcomers News Members Activities Officers Resources Contact Us

Lord Richard of Dragon Castle

Purpure, a lion rampant maintaining an egg Or, a bordure Or, semy fleur-de-lis Purpure

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: 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 traveling. Father decided that building his new castle in a port of trade would help his favorite 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 warriors life was not for me. During these years, I met many connections in the business world and decided that a merchants life would be much more profitable.

I spent many years traveling 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 traveled 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.

Enjoys: Diverse arts, archery, jewelry, stained glass