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Stafford, Earl of (E, 1351 - 1521)

 

Creation: let.pat. 5 Mar 1350/1

 

Forfeited: 13 May 1521

 

Family name: Stafford

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Arms:

See Duke of Buckingham

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Ralph [de Stafford], 2nd Baron Stafford later 1st Earl of Stafford, KG

1st son and heir of Edmund [de Stafford], 1st Baron Stafford, by his wife Margaret Basset, sister and in her issue cohrss. of Ralph [Basset], 3rd Baron Basset of Drayton, and 1st dau. of Ralph [Basset], 2nd Baron Basset of Drayton

born

24 Sep 1301

mar. (1)

c. 1326 Katharine Hastang, dau. of Sir John Hastang, of Chebsey, co. Stafford, by his wife Eve .....

mar. (2)

bef. 6 Jul 1336 Lady Margaret de Audley, suo jure Baroness Audley (d. after 28 Jan 1347/8), only dau. and hrss. of Hugh [de Audley], 1st Earl of Gloucester, by his wife Lady Margaret de Gaveston, widow of Piers [de Gaveston], 1st Earl of Cornwall, and 2nd dau. of Gilbert [de Clare], 6th Earl of Gloucester, by his second wife the Princess Joan "of Acre", 5th dau. by his first wife of King Edward I

children by second wife

1. Sir Ralph de Stafford (dvp. and sp. c. 1347), mar. 1 Nov 1344 Lady Maud Plantagenet, suo jure Countess of Leicester, Derby and Lincoln (b. 4 Apr 1340; mar. (2) 1352 William V, Duke of Bavaria; dsp. 10 Apr 1362), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Henry "of Grosmont", 1st Duke of Lancaster, by his wife Lady Isabel de Beaumont, 4th dau. of Henry [de Beaumont], 1st Baron Beaumont and Earl of Buchan

2. Hugh de Stafford, later 3rd Baron Audley later 2nd Earl of Stafford

1. Lady Beatrice de Stafford (d. 13 Apr 1415), mar. (1) 1350 Maurice [FitzMaurice], 2nd Earl of Desmond, mar. (2) bef. 24 Sep 1359 Thomas [de Ros], 4th Baron Ros, and (3) bef. 20 Aug 1385 Sir Richard de Burley, of Birley, co. Hereford (dsp. 23 May 1387), and had issue by her second husband

2. Lady Joan de Stafford (d. bef. 1397), mar. (1) John [Cherleton], 3rd Baron Cherleton, and (2) bef. 16 Nov 1379 as his second wife Gilbert [Talbot], 3rd Baron Talbot, and had issue by her first husband

3. Lady Elizabeth de Stafford (d. 7 Aug 1375), mar. (1) after 12 Mar 1346/7 Fulk [Lestrange], 3rd Baron Strange of Blackmere, (2) after 19 Oct 1349 John [de Ferrers], 4th Baron Ferrers of Chartley, and (3) as his first wife Reynold [de Cobham], 2nd Baron Cobham of Sterborough, and had issue by her first and second husbands

4. Lady Margaret de Stafford, mar. Sir John Stafford, of Bromshull, co. Stafford, and had issue

died

31 Aug 1372

created

5 Mar 1350/1 Earl of Stafford

suc. by

son

note

knight banneret 1326/7; served in the Scottish wars 1327-37; present at the Battle of Sluys 1340; Steward of the King's Household 1340/1' Keeper of the Great Seal 1342 ; served in Brittany c. 1342, in Scotland 1343 and in Gascony 1344; Seneschal of Aquitaine 1344/5-45/6 and 1346; fought at the Battle of Crécy 1346; a Founder Knight of the Garter 1348; present at the naval battle of Winchilsea 1348 ; served in France again 1352-60 and in Ireland 1361-62

 

Hugh [de Stafford], de jure 3rd Baron Audley later 2nd Earl of Stafford, KG

born

c. 1342

mar.

bef. 1 Mar 1350/1 Lady Philippe de Beauchamp (d. bef. 6 Apr 1386), 2nd dau. of Thomas [de Beauchamp], 11th Earl of Warwick, by his wife Lady Katherine de Mortimer, 1st dau. of Roger [de Mortimer], 1st Earl of March

children

1. Sir Ralph de Stafford (dvp. May 1385)

2. Sir Thomas de Stafford, later 3rd Earl of Stafford

3. William de Stafford, later 4th Earl of Stafford

4. Edmund de Stafford, later 5th Earl of Stafford

5. Sir Hugh de Stafford KG, jure uxoris Baron Bourchier from 21 Sep 1411 (dsp. 25 Oct 1420), mar. bef. Sep 1410 as her first husband Elizabeth Bourchier, suo jure Baroness Bourchier (mar. (2) Sir Lewis Robessart KG, jure uxoris Baron Bourchier from 24 Feb 1424/5; dsp. 1 Jul 1433), only child of Bartholomew [Bourchier], 3rd Baron Bourchier, by his second wife Idoine Glevant

1. Lady Margaret de Stafford (d. 9 Jun 1396), mar. as his first wife Ralph [de Nevill], 1st Earl of Westmorland, and had issue

2. Lady Katherine de Stafford (d. 8 Apr 1419), mar. 13 Apr 1382/3 Michael [de la Pole], 2nd Earl of Suffolk, and had issue

3. Lady Joan de Stafford (dsp. 30 Sep 1442), mar. after 20 Oct 1392 Thomas [de Holand], 1st Duke of Surrey

died

16 Oct 1386

suc. by

son

note

suc. his mother after 28 Jan 1347/8 as 3rd Baron Audley; served in Aquitaine with the Prince of Wales from 1359 and later in Spain from 1367 and in Brittany 1375; Knight of the Garter 1375; appointed to the King's Council 1376; Steward and Bailiff of the Hundred of Macclesfield, Forester of Macclesfield and Custodian of Macclesfield Park 1385; licensed to voyage in parts overseas 1386

 

Thomas [de Stafford], 3rd Earl of Stafford

born

c. 1368

mar.

Lady Anne Plantagent, suo jure Countess of Buckingham (mar. (2) her brother-in-law Edmund [de Stafford], 5th Earl of Stafford, and (3) William Bourchier, Count of Eu; d. betw. 16 and 24 Oct 1438), dau. and eventual sole hrss. of Thomas "of Woodstock", 1st Duke of Gloucester (by his wife Lady Eleanor de Bohun, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Humphrey [de Bohun], 7th Earl of Hereford, 6th Earl of Essex and 2nd Earl of Northampton), 6th son of King Edward III

died

s.p. 4 Jul 1392

suc. by

brother

note

knighted 1390

 

William [de Stafford], 4th Earl of Stafford

born

21 Sep 1375

died

6 Apr 1395

suc. by

brother

 

Edmund [de Stafford], 5th Earl of Stafford, KG

born

2 Mar 1377/8

mar.

Lady Anne de Stafford, suo jure Countess of Buckingham (widow of his brother Thomas [de Stafford], 3rd Earl of Stafford; mar. (3) William Bourchier, Count of Eu; d. betw. 16 and 24 Oct 1438), dau. and eventual sole hrss. of Thomas "of Woodstock", 1st Duke of Gloucester (by his wife Lady Eleanor de Bohun, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Humphrey [de Bohun], 7th Earl of Hereford, 6th Earl of Essex and 2nd Earl of Northampton), 6th son of King Edward III

children

1. Sir Humphrey Stafford, later 6th Earl of Stafford later 1st Duke of Buckingham

1. Lady Anne Stafford (d. 20 Sep 1432), mar. (1) Edmund [de Mortimer], 5th Earl of March, and (2) bef. 6 Mar 1426/7 John [Holand], 1st Duke of Exeter, and had issue by her second husband

died

21 Jul 1403

suc. by

son

note

Knight of the Bath 1399; Knight of the Garter 1402; Constable of England 1403

 

Humphrey [Stafford], 6th Earl of Stafford later 1st Duke of Buckingham, KG

created

14 Sep 1444 Duke of Buckingham

 

The Earldom of Stafford was held by the Dukes of Buckingham from 14 Sep 1444 until 13 May 1521, when on the attainder of the Edward [Stafford], 3rd Duke of Buckingham, 8th Earl of Stafford, etc., all his property and titles were forfeited to the Crown.

 

 First written 17 Feb 2004

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