Arms: Or, on a Chief Sable three Lions' Heads erased of the field; to which King Charles I added a Canton Azure, charged with a St Andrew's Cross Argent
Crest: Issuing from a Coronet Or an Unicorn's Head Ermine
Supporters: On either side an Horse Ermine
Motto: Virtute acquiritur honos
Sir Thomas Richardson was the son of William Richardson of Hardwick in the County of Suffolk, and was born on 3 July 1569. He was knighted on his first appearance at Whitehall as Speaker on 25 March 1621. He was made Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas by King Charles I on 28 Nov 1626, and he later became Chief Justice of England. By his marriage to Ursula Southwick he had twelve children; of whom only five survived to maturity, including a son Thomas, born around 1600. He married secondly, Elizabeth Beaumont, daughter of Sir Thomas Beaumont of Stoughton, Leicester, and the widow of Sir John Ashburnham. By influence of her second husband and letters patent dated 28 February 1629, she was created a peeress of Scotland by the title of Baroness Cramond - to hold for life, with remainder to Thomas Richardson, eldest son and heir apparent of her husband by his first wife Ursula. (This is supposedly the only instance of a female creation in the peerage of Scotland.)
Thomas Richardson (junior) married Elizabeth Hewitt and they had five sons. He purchased the estate of Honingham in Norfolk around 1600. Because his step mother was still living, he was styled Sir Thomas Richardson, Master of Cramond.
His son Thomas, baptised on 19 Jun 1627 at St Andrew, Honingham became Baron Cramond on the death of his step grandmother in April 1651. He was an MP for Norfolk between 1660 and 1674, and was made an alderman of Norwich in 1662 as one of the King's Commissioners. He married Anne Gurney and they had five children.
Their eldest son Henry became Baron Cramond on the death of his father in 1674. He married Frances, the daughter of Sir Robert Napier, and widow of Sir Edward Barkham. They had no children, so on the death of Henry on 5 January 1701, the title of Baron Cramond passed to his only surviving brother William, who was born on 2 August 1654.
William married firstly Elizabeth Parkham, daughter of Robert Barkham of Southacre, Norfolk, but the had no children. She died on 28 September 1711 and was buried at St Mary, East Walton, Norfolk. In 1714, at the age of 59, William married secondly, Elizabeth Daniel, the daughter and heir of James Daniel, a goldsmith of Norwich. They had two children, a son William, born in February 1715, and a daughter Elizabeth, born in 1716.
The father William died on 7 March 1719, and the mother Elizabeth on 8 December 1722. They were both buried at St Mary, East Walton. The son and heir Lord William Richardson, the fifth Baron Cramond, died of consumption on 28 July 1735, aged 20, leaving the peerage extinct. His sister the Honourable Elizabeth Richardson thus became the heir to the considerable Richardson estates.
She married William Jermy of Bayfield on 23 August 1735 at St Mary in the Marsh, Norwich, less than a month after inheriting the Richardson estates from her brother. The marriage did not last long, and Elizabeth obtained a legal separation from William in July 1739. She died on 1 August 1751, aged 35, and was buried in St Mary, East Walton on 9 August 1751.
A letter from Horace Walpole (Fourth Earl of Orford) to Sir Horace Mann (British Envoy at the Court of Tuscany, in Florence) on Saturday 17 September 1743 includes the following paragraph: I did not think I should ever be able to tell you such an instance of Norfolk spirit; but lately a Mrs Jermy, who had been, as my Lady W[alpole] says, sold by her guardian to a fool, ran away from him. He sent desire her to return; she sent him word "She would not be made a mould to cast fools in." I think I never heard a more expressive expression. What would my Lady have given to have hit on it! How it would have been translated about Florence!
It is clear that this is referring to the estrangement between William Jermy and his first wife the Honourable Elizabeth Richardson. William's father John Jermy (1676 - 1744) was the guardian of Elizabeth Richardson after her parents (Lord and Lady Cramond) died in 1719 and 1722 respectively, when her brother William and herself were young children. When her brother and heir Lord William Richardson died of consumption on 28 July 1735, aged 20, the very extensive estates of the family devolved to Elizabeth.
Refs: Sir James Balfour Paul (Ed). 1905. The Scots Peerage. David Douglas, Edinburgh.
Lewis, W.S & Lam G (Eds). 1971. Horace Walpole's Correspondence with Sir Horace Mann. Oxford Univerity Press, London. (It is interesting that an 1838 edition of the letters, edited by Lord Dover, included the letter, but edited out the paragraph quoted above. Scandalous tittle-tattle was evidently deemed of no interest to the readers of the time.)