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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).
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.
In 1346, Margaret and Ralph received a papal indult for plenary remission.
Children of Sir Ralph Stafford and Margaret de Audley, in order:
They also had a third son, Thomas. Richardson does not indicate Thomas' birth order relative to his sisters.
See notes below on preferred sources regarding the dispute.
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.)
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.
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.
(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
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