Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameEdmund STAFFORD 5th Earl of Stafford
Birth1378
Death1403
MotherPhilippa BEAUCHAMP (1344-1386)
SpouseAnne of Gloucester
Birth1383
Death1438
MotherEleanor DE BOHUN (1366-1399)
Children
Notes for Edmund STAFFORD 5th Earl of Stafford
Edmund Stafford, 5th Earl of Stafford and 6th Baron Audley, KB, KG (2 March 1378 – 21 July 1403) was the son of Hugh de Stafford, 2nd Earl of Stafford and Philippa de Beauchamp.

He inherited the Earldom at the age of 17, the third of three out of four brothers to inherit the title. His eldest brother, Sir Ralph, died before inheriting the title and his two elder brothers died without issue.

Marriage and children

He married Anne of Gloucester as her second husband under special license, as she was the widow of his brother Thomas Stafford, 3rd Earl of Stafford who had died prior to the consummation of his marriage at the age of 18. Edmund and his brothers were ward of the Gloucester family. Anne was the granddaughter of King Edward III by his son Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester and Eleanor de Bohun.

With Anne he had three children:

Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham who married Anne Neville, daughter of Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland and Lady Joan Beaufort. Joan was a daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster and his mistress, later wife, Katherine Roet. Had issue.

Anne Stafford, Countess of March, (d. 20 September 1432), who married firstly Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March. Edmund and Anne had no children. She married, secondly, John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter (d.1447) and had one son and a daughter: Henry, Duke of Exeter (1430 – 1475) and Lady Anne Holland (d. 26 December 1486).

Philippa Stafford, died young.

Later life and death

He was made a Knight of the Bath, along with his younger brother Hugh, a the coronation of Henry IV and a Knight of the Garter in 1403.

He was killed by Archibald Douglas, 4th Earl of Douglas while fighting with the royalist forces of King Henry IV at the Battle of Shrewsbury on 22 July 1403. He was buried at the Church of the Austin Friars in Stafford.

Shakespeare

The 5th Earl is featured in part one and two of the play by William Shakespeare, Henry IV.
Notes for Anne of Gloucester
Anne of Gloucester, Countess of Stafford (30 April 1383 – 16 October 1438) was the eldest daughter of Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester and Eleanor de Bohun.

Family

Anne was born on 30 April 1383, and was baptised at Pleshey, Essex sometime before 6 May. Her uncle, John of Gaunt ordered several payments to be made in regards to the event.

Her father was the youngest son of Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault. Her mother was Eleanor de Bohun, the daughter of Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford and Joan Fitzalan. Her mother was also a great-great-granddaughter of Edward I.

Marriage with Thomas Stafford, 3rd Earl of Stafford

Anne married three times. Her first marriage was to Thomas Stafford, 3rd Earl of Stafford (1368 - 4 July 1392), and took place around 1390. The couple had no children, and after his death Anne married his younger brother Edmund.

Issue of Anne and Edmund Stafford, 5th Earl of Stafford

On 28 June 1398, Anne married Edmund Stafford, 5th Earl of Stafford (2 March 1378 – 21 July 1403), and had children:

Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham who married Anne daughter of Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland and Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmorland. Joan was a daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster and his mistress Katherine Swynford
Anne Stafford, Countess of March who married Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March. Edmund was a great-grandson of Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence. Edmund and Anne had no children. She married, secondly, John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter (d. 1447) and had one son: Henry Holland, 3rd Duke of Exeter (d. 1475), and a daughter Anne who married John Neville, 1st Baron Neville de Raby
Philippa Stafford, died young

Issue of Anne and William Bourchier, Count of Eu

In about 1405 Anne married William Bourchier, 1st Count of Eu (d. 1420), son of Sir William Bourchier and Alianore de Lovayne, by whom she had the following children:

Henry Bourchier, Earl of Essex. He married Isabel, daughter of Richard of Conisburgh, 3rd Earl of Cambridge and Anne de Mortimer. Isabel was also an older sister of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York
Eleanor Bourchier, Duchess of Norfolk, married John Mowbray, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
William Bourchier, Baron FitzWarin jure uxoris
Cardinal Thomas Bourchier
John Bourchier, Baron Berners. John was the grandfather of John, Lord Berners the translator of Froissart

Anne died on 16 October 1438 and was buried at Llanthony Priory, Monmouthshire.
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