Margaret (Beaufort) Stanley
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Margaret (Beaufort) Stanley (1443 - 1509)

Lady Margaret "Countess of Richmond and Derby" Stanley formerly Beaufort aka Tudor, Stafford
Born in Bletsoe Castle, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 7 Feb 1450 (to 6 Mar 1453) [location unknown]
Wife of — married before 1455 in Bletsoe Castle, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
Wife of — married 3 Jan 1458 in Maxstoke Castlemap
Wife of — married before 12 Jun 1472 in Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Westminster Abbey (Cheyney Gate), London, Middlesex, Englandmap
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Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

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Margaret (Beaufort) Stanley was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.
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Paternally, Margaret Beaufort was the great-grand-daughter of John of Gaunt and Katheryn Swynford; by right of primogeniture she was the first in line of the Beaufort family, being the only legitimate child of the eldest son of the eldest son. But her main claim to fame is through her son by her second marriage, Henry Tudor.

Henry's father Edmond Tudor, was the son of Catherine of Valois and Owen Tudor. After he won at the Battle of Bosworth Field, and became Henry VII, king of England. ... Margaret was at her own height of power. And today, her blood continues to course through the veins of English monarchs.[1]


Margaret BEAUFORT[2]
b. 31 MAY 1443 Bletsoe, BDF[3]
d. 29 Jun 1504 ge 61 Abbot's House, Cheyney Gates, Westminster.
29 JUN 1509 Westminster[3]
Buried: Henry VII Chapel, Westminster Abbey


m.1 John de la Pole, 2nd Duke of Suffolk, son of William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk and Alice Chaucer, between 28 Jan 1450 - 7 Feb 1450. Annulled before 24 March 1453
m.2 Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, son of Sir Owen Tudor and Catherine de France, 1 Nov 1455 Bletsoe Castle, Bedfordshire.
m.3 Henry Stafford, son of Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Lady Anne Neville, circa 1462.
m.4 Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, son of Thomas Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley, and Jean Goushill, before Oct 1473.

Burial of Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

(Royal Tombs of Medieval England) In 1472 Margaret made a will instructing her burial at Bourne Priory in Lincolnshire, together with the translated remains of her husband Edmund Tudor (d.1456), and made provision for their tombs. Bourne was an Augustinian house located in the Holland manor inherited from her paternal grandmother, Margaret Holland, and the burial place of her great-grandfather, Thomas Holland, Earl of Kent (d.1397). The translation of Edmund Tudor's remains was not carried out; following the accession of Henry VII in 1485 Margaret's burial plans became more ambitious. In 1496 Henry VII began the rebuilding of the Chapel of St. Edward at Windsor to house his tomb and the shrine of his uncle, Henry VI. The following year Margaret proposed the foundation of her own Windsor chantry. In 1498 the Privy Council granted a petition for Henry VI's remains to be moved to Westminster Abbey. The following year Margaret cancelled her Windsor chantry, and had its endowments transferred to Westminster. Margaret had been granted a daily mass in the Confessor's Chapel in 1496, and in 1506 she founded a chantry in Henry VII's new chapel for herself, her husbands, parents and ancestors, her daughter-in-law Elizabeth of York, and Elizabeth's deceased issue.

Elizabeth Beaufort died at Westminster on 29 June 1509, and on 9 July was buried in Henry VII's new chapel as instructed by her will made the previous year. The are no records of the funeral, although the abbey was still in possession of Margaret's black hearse cloth with cross of gold in 1536. The contract for commissioning her tomb was dated 23 November 1511 and detailed her effigy and tomb-chest. The tomb-chest and effigy must have been completed by December 1526, but payments for other works associated with the tomb were being made as late as 1529. Margaret Beaufort's tomb stands in the south aisle of the Henry VII Chapel at Westminster. With the exception of the effigy-plate, it has survived intact. Margaret's effigy shows her wearing a pedimented hood and wimple, with long mantle and hands clasped in prayer. Her status as the mother of a king was denoted by a coronet, since lost. The figure is almost certainly a portrait, probably modeled from a death mask, like the effigy of Henry VII.


1488: Lady Companion, Order of the Garter (L.G.) in 1488.
founded Christ's College and St. John's College at Cambridge.



  • Royal Ancestry by D. Richardson Vol. III p. 516
  • Royal Ancestry D. Richardson 2013 Vol. V pp. 28-30
  • Royal Ancestry D. Richardson 2013 Vol. V pp. 203-205
  • Royal Tombs of Medieval England M. Duffy 2003 pp. 272-277
  1. Written and researched by Bree. Also see genealogical table of the House of York.
  2. Wikipedia; Pedigree Resource File CD 49. Salt Lake City: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2002. Jun 20, 2011 by Michael Stephenson. Ancestral File Number. Jun 20, 2011 by Michael Stephenson. Ancestral File (TM). LDS. June 1998. Jun 20, 2011 by Michael Stephenson.
  3. 3.0 3.1 hofundssonAnces.ged Repo: R1. Jun 20, 2011 by Michael Stephenson.

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In studying England in the Time of Richard III, FutureLearn course, Week 4, about Prayer Books:

“One Book of Hours has been attributed to Richard III. Now in Lambeth Palace Library, it is not a very elaborate example, but has clearly passed through a number of hands. At some point it was in the possession of Margaret Beaufort, Henry VII’s mother, who had a considerable reputation for piety; indeed like many late medieval figures, she is depicted holding a book of hours in a posthumous portrait. The idea that it was taken from Richard’s tent at Bosworth is speculative, but there is a clear link with the king: the book contains a prayer added at some point which contains his name.”

posted by Kari Leonhardt
My 3rd cousin 18 times removed
This is Janie Risley Margaret is my fifth cousin 16 times removed we have like 46 people in common I'll have to go back and look at all of them that's a lot
posted by Anonymous Risley
My 1st cousin 18x removed, her father is my 18th great-uncle.
posted by Amber (Pike) Boicourt
Beaufort-402 and Beaufort-52 appear to represent the same person because: intended to be the same person
posted by Robin Lee
How could Edmond Tudor be her 2nd husband when she married him she was 12? That is the youngest permissible age of marriage. Edmond was twice her age and it was an arranged marriage.

The first marriage stated to John (Pole) de la Pole KG would have taken place when she was 7.

posted by Eddie Pike
Age of betrothal is getting confused with marriage the first time. The second time he was more than twice her age, she was never able to have more children. Truly a storied life.
posted by Megan Finley
She never married de Pole.

Margaret is 20 degrees from Mary McCauley, 24 degrees from B. W. J. Molier and 2 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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