"shortly before 8 May 1383 (aged 17 in 1400, aged 24 [sic] in 1413)".
She was baptised at Pleshey, Essex sometime before 6 May 1383, and her uncle, John of Gaunt, ordered several payments to be made in regards to the event.
Following the murder of Thomas of Woodstock, her father, in 1397, she and her sisters Joan and Isabel were her father’s coheirs. That and the deaths of her mother and her sister Joan in 1399 and 1400 made her a very wealthy heiress.
Marriage with Thomas Stafford, 3rd Earl of Stafford
Her first marriage was to Thomas Stafford, 3rd Earl of Stafford (1368–4 July 1392), and took place around 1390. He died before she was old enough for the marriage to be consummated, meaning that there would not have been a difficulty in church law about her second marriage to his brother Edmund; and provision had been made for her to marry one of Thomas's younger brothers if Thomas died before his marriage was consummated.
Marriage with Edmund Stafford, 5th Earl of Stafford
On 28 June 1398, Anne married Edmund Stafford, 5th Earl of Stafford (2 March 1378–21 July 1403), younger brother of her first husband.
Edmund's death in 1403 added to her income and estates.
Marriage with William Bourchier, Count of Eu
Thirdly Anne married William Bourchier, Knt., 1st Count of Eu (d. 1420), son of Sir William Bourchier and Eleanor de Lovaine, possibly in October 1403 when William was assisting in the defence of her castle at Huntington on the Welsh border. On 20 November 1405 they were pardoned for marrying without royal licence but had to pay a considerable fine. They had the following children:
Ann found herself caught up in a protracted legal dispute over lands in Holderness, Yorkshire which King Henry IV of England had granted to others. It was settled only in 1437, the year before her death. In the background was a grievance of her aunt, Mary de Bohun (wife of Henry IV), over the way the Bohun inheritance had been divided between her and Anne of Gloucester's mother Eleanor de Bohun, with Anne being finally forced by Henry V to agree to a reapportionment which favoured him and disadvantaged her.
Anne died on 16 October 1438 and was buried at Llanthony Priory, near Gloucester, with her third husband. Her will was dated the day of her death. At a time when many wills were still in Latin, it was "in the Englisshe tonge for my most profit redyng and vndirstandyng".
↑ Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), volume 1, pages 277-291 BOURCHIER.
↑ Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City: the author, 2013), volume I, pages 482-484 BOURCHIER 11.
↑ Richardson, Royal Ancestry, I:479-492 BOURCHIER.
↑ Anne's parents were 2nd cousins once removed, both being descended from Henry III of England, who was the great-great-grandfather of Anne's father (ibid.) and her maternal grandmother, Joan FitzAlan (Richardson, Royal Ancestry, I:426 BOHUN 11).
↑ History of Parliament Online: Sir William Bourgchier (c1374-1420), of Little Easton, Essex (accessed 23 April 2019).
↑ Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, I:283-234 BOURCHIER 10.
Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013. See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry.
Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. Salt Lake City: the author, 2011. See also WikiTree's source page for Magna Carta Ancestry.