The Forsters of Northumberland had been around for a long time. It was in the days of Richard, then heading North out of London to cross the sea to Normandy in order to take battle across the mountains to the Moslem world in the Crusades, collecting local militia along the way, that a Forster had first signed up for adventures with the King. Forster is said to have saved King Richard’s life in battle and been given the domain of Bamburgh along the coast to keep. Many generations maintained that position over 400 years through the Reformation and dissolution of the church.
Bamburgh Castle, short miles south of Berwick-upon-Tweed