Richard was born on September 8, 1947 in Kendal, England. While preparing for the ministry in the Congregationalist Church he was called to serve as a missionary in Madagascar, He became fluent in the Malagasy language and wrote commentaries on various books of the Bible, composed hymns and edited a hymnal. He also undertook scientific studies in the plants and geology of Madagascar. He collected between 4,000 and 5,000 plants and sent them to the Kew Gardens in London. He died in Morecambe, England on October 12, 1907.
Dianne Shapiro, from Dictionary of African christian Biography (http://www.dacb.org/stories/madagascar/baron-richard.html) accessed online 9/4/2017 Go to person page >