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Richard Ryding (c. 1792 – 1851) was the 5th great-grandfather of Cometan, classified as one of Cometan’s distant paternal ancestors in the McKerney family line. Born somewhere in Lancashire, Richard married Martha Robinson and then raised at least one daughter named Ann Riding. Richard is recorded as having died at the age of fifty-nine. The identity of Richard’s parents remain unknown. 

In Cometanic ancestry, Richard is categorised as part of the 7th generation retrograde, classifying him as a distant ancestor of Cometan.