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Richard Holding (October 1710 – March 1781) was the 7th great-grandfather of Cometan, classified as one of Cometan’s distant paternal ancestors in the Stringfellow family line. Born in Croston, Lancashire, Richard married Margery Fairclough (1710 – 1791) and had at least one son named Peter Holding in 1731. Richard is recorded as having died at the age of seventy in Croston, Lancashire. 

In Cometanic ancestry, Richard is categorised as part of the 9th generation retrograde, classifying him as a distant ancestor of Cometan.