- Sir Richard Ratcliffe, ?-1485
Sir Richard Ratcliffe was the younger son of Sir Thomas Radcliffe and Margaret, daughter of Sir William Parr of Kendal (grandfather of Catherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth wife). His maternal grandfather was Comptroller of the Household of EdwadV.
He was knighted by Edward IV on the battlefield of Tewkesbury in 1471 and was created Knight Banneret by Richard, Duke of Gloucester during the siege of Berwick in August 1482. He was sent to York in June 1483 with a letter to the city's Mayo,ohn Newton, asking for assistance in the Buckingham rebellion. Returning from York, he arrived at Pontefract at the same time as Earl Rivers, Richard Grey and others. On 25 June 1483 Rivers, Grey, and Sir Thomas Vaughan were executed by Ratcliffe. For his services, he was created a Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Body to the King, High Sheriff of Westmorland for life, as well as the receiving the Stewardship of Wakefield.
Along with William Catesby, Ratcliffe was regarded as one of Richard III's most trusted advisers. On 22 April 1485 Ratcliffe was sent a safe conduct from James III of Scotland to head a commision to treat with him. He never left London.
He was slain at Bosworth and was attainted by Henry VII. The attainder was reversed in 1495 on the petition of Ratcliffe's son Richard.
Ratcliffe married Agnes Scrope, daughter of John, Lord Scrope and widow of Christopher Boynton of Sedbury, Gilling near Richmond. They had one son, also named Richard.