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Margaret (Audley) de Stafford (abt. 1324 - 1349)

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Margaret "suo jure Lady Audley" de Stafford formerly Audley aka de Audley
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Margaret (Audley) Stafford is a descendant of Magna Carta surety barons Richard de Clare, Gilbert de Clare, John de Lacy and Saher de Quincy



Margaret de Audley, suo jure Lady Audley, was daughter and heiress of Sir Hugh de Audley, Earl of Gloucester, by Margaret de Clare. She was born about 1322-4 (age 20 in 1342).[1]

Marriage and Issue

Before 6 Jul 1336, as his 2nd wife, Margaret married Sir Ralph Stafford, K.G., one of the original founders of the Order of the Garter, 2nd Baron Stafford, steward of the King's household, and who was subsequently raised to the Earldom 5 March 1351, and died in 1372.[1]

In 1346, Margaret and Ralph received a papal indult for plenary remission.[1]

Known Children

Children of Sir Ralph Stafford and Margaret de Audley, in order:

  1. Ralph de Stafford (married Maud of Lancaster)[1]
  2. Hugh de Stafford, KG[1]
  3. Elizabeth de Stafford (married 1st Fulk le Strange, 2nd John de Ferrers, 3rd Reynold Cobham)[1]
  4. Beatrice de Stafford (married 1st Maurice Fitz Maurice, 2nd Thomas de Roos, 3rd Richard de Burley, KG)[1]
  5. Joan de Stafford (married 1st John de Cherleton, 2nd Gilbert Talbot)[1]
  6. Catherine de Stafford de Stafford (married John de Sutton)[1]

They also had a third son, Thomas. Richardson does not indicate Thomas' birth order relative to his sisters.[1]

Resolved Dispute Regarding Other Children

Known children of Sir Ralph Stafford and Katherine Hastang:

  1. Margaret. who married Sir John Stafford[1]
  2. Joan de Stafford (married Nicholas de Beek)[1]

See notes below on preferred sources regarding the dispute.

Death and Burial

Here (Tunbridge, Kent,) sometime lay entombed the bodies of Hugh de Audley, second son of Nicholas, Lord Audley of Heleigh Castle, in the county of Stafford, who was created Earle of Gloucester by King Edward the third. This Hugh died 10 November 1347. His wife Margaret (first married to Pierce Gaveston Earle of Cornwall) dyed before him in the yeare of our Lord 1342, the 13 day of Aprill. They were both together sumptuously entombed by Margaret their daughter, the onely heire of her parents, wife to Ralph de Stafford, Earle of Stafford. The said Ralph de Stafford and Margaret his wife, were here likewise entombed at the feet of their father and mother, this Ralph by the marriage of his wife Margaret, writ himself in his charters and deeds, Baron of Tunbridge. Hee died 31 August, 1372, Margaret his wife dyed 7 September, 1349. (Weever.)[2]


Margaret (de Audley) de Stafford and her husband Ralph de Stafford were both buried at Tonbridge Priory (Priory of St. Mary Magdalene), Kent at the feet of parents.

Research Notes

Added Needs Re-review, a Magna Carta Project Maintenance Category. The project is in the process of re-reviewing trails that were approved prior to 2016. ~ Noland-165 15:55, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

Notes on Merges and Disputes

Please see preferred sources for the Magna Carta Project. In this case, Douglas Richardson's work is preferred to Rogers' and Burke's regarding the children of the two wives of Sir Ralph de Stafford. More work still needs to be done as Richardson shows both wives having a daughter Joan. Specifically, Margaret's daughter Joan de Stafford married 1st John de Cherleton, 2nd Gilbert Talbot. Ralph's wife, Katherine Hastang also had a daughter Joan de Stafford who married Nicholas de Beek.[3]

(The two half-sisters Joan now separated)

As of 16 Jan 15, there are no pending merges.

Removed Ralph Stafford-78 (1301) & Margaret de Audley-130 (1318) as parents of

  1. Edmund Stafford_De-1 (b. abt. 1270) <he is the father of Ralph>
  2. John Stafford-713 (1315)
  3. William DeStafford-13 (1306). [4]

Removing Stafford-78 & Audley-130 (both b. abt. 1300) as parents of Edmund Stafford_De-1 (b. abt. 1270) Bairfield-1 00:11, 3 May 2014 (EDT)


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, vol. 3, p 465-7, vol. 5, p 9-11.
  2. The Strife of the Roses and Days of the Tudors in the West, footnote #30, amb
  3. 'Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, vol. 3, p 465-467, vol. 5, p 9-11
  4. amb 00:10, 3 May 2014 (EDT)
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On 16 Jan 2015 at 03:23 GMT PM Eyestone wrote:

Margaret, who married John de Stafford, was the daughter of Ralph de Stafford and Katherine Hastang. Douglas Richardson, RA Vol V, page 10. See also "Southwick 8" in Royal Ancestry.

On 16 Jan 2015 at 03:12 GMT PM Eyestone wrote:

Left a message a few days ago - Any update on "giant pink box"? :) I do not see any merges. What else is under debate? Thanks!

On 16 Jan 2015 at 03:11 GMT PM Eyestone wrote:

Richardson has six known children of Ralph de Stafford by Margaret de Audley; (in order) Ralph de Stafford (married Maud of Lancaster), Hugh de Stafford, KG, Elizabeth de Stafford (married 1st Fulk le Strange, 2nd John de Ferrers, 3rd Reynold Cobham), Beatrice de Stafford (married 1st Maurice Fitz Maurice, 2nd Thomas de Roos, 3rd Richard de Burley, KG), Joan de Stafford (married 1st John de Cherleton, 2nd Gilbert Talbot), Katherine de Stafford (married John de Sutton).

On 14 Jan 2015 at 01:37 GMT PM Eyestone wrote:

Profile managers - We'll be including this profile in a Magna Carta trail. I don't see any current pending merges. Are the issues with this profile? I see the comment below regarding her children. Any update? Thanks!

On 22 Dec 2013 at 16:19 GMT Anonymous King wrote:

Margaret's children are a mess!

Margaret is 20 degrees from Jim Angelo, 19 degrees from Willis Carrier and 7 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.