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Margaret de Clare, countess of Gloucester, was the second daughter of Gilbert de Clare and his wife, Joan of Acre.  She was reportedly 22 years old at the time of death of her brother Gilbert at Bannockburn in 1314. She was probably born on 12 October 1293.
She was married first to Piers Gaveston, Knight, Earl of Cornwall, on 1 November 1307  at Berkhamsted. They had one daughter, Joan,  who was born on 12 January 1312 in York (she died on 13 January 1325). Piers was executed (beheaded) 19 June 1312,  and in September the king endowed the widowed Margaret de Clare with lands valued at 2000 marks per annum.
In 1314, Margaret was co-heiress to her brother, Gilbert de Clare, Knight, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford, by which she inherited the Castle, borough, and lordship of Newport, and manors of Wentlloog and Machen, Monmouthshire, the Castle and manor of Tonbridge, Kent, and manors in many other counties, including Chipping Ongar, Essex, Campden and Thornbury, Gloucestershire, Naseby, Rothwell, and Whiston, Northamptonshire, Rotherhithe, Surrey, etc. 
King Edward II was Margaret's uncle. On 28 April 1317, at King's Chapel, Windsor, Berkshire, England, she married her second husband, Hugh Audley the younger.  Margaret predeceased her husband, dying on 9 April 1342.  At the time of her death she still held several manors in Devon and Newport in Essex as dower lands from her marriage to Gaveston. Her heir was her daughter Margaret, wife of Ralph Stafford, first earl of Stafford, said at the time of her mother's death to be aged, variously, eighteen or twenty years and more.
Margaret was buried at Queenhithe, London. Wealth at death: 2000 marks p.a. in jointure with Hugh Audley; share of Clare lands; £1500 p.a. The burial location referred to by Richardson in both Magna Carta Ancestry and Royal Ancestry is actually St. Michael Queenhithe, a church in the City of London in what is now Upper Thomas Street. First recorded in the 12th century, the church was destroyed during the Great London Fire of 1666. Rebuilt by famed 17th century architect Sir Christopher Wren, the church was demolished in 1876.
There may be a degree of uncertainty about her birth date. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, article of 2004 revised online in 2008, gives an uncertain birth date of 1291/2, based on her being said to be 22 in 1314 at the time of Bannockburn.
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