Anne (Plantagenet) of Gloucester

Anne (Plantagenet) of Gloucester (1383 - 1438)

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Anne "Countess of Stafford, Countess of Eu" of Gloucester formerly Plantagenet
Born in Pleshey, Essex, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 1390 [location unknown]
Wife of — married 1398 [location unknown]
Wife of — married before 20 Nov 1405 [location unknown]
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Died [location unknown]
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Anne (Plantagenet) of Gloucester was a member of aristocracy in England.
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Anne (Plantagenet) of Gloucester is a member of the House of Plantagenet.

Anne of Gloucester, Countess of Stafford, Buckingham, Hereford, and Northampton[1][2][3]

Anne was the eldest daughter of Thomas of Woodstock, K.G., Duke of Gloucester (6th son of Edward III of England and Philippe of Hainault) and Eleanor de Bohun (daughter and co-heiress of Humphrey de Bohun, K.G., Earl of Hereford, Essex, and Northampton, and Joan de Arundel).[4][5]
She was born in 1383, in late April or early May:
  • 30 April 1383.[6]
  • "shortly before 8 May 1383 (aged 17 in 1400, aged 24 [sic] in 1413)".[2]
She was baptised at Pleshey, Essex[2] sometime before 6 May 1383, and her uncle, John of Gaunt, ordered several payments to be made in regards to the event.[6]
Following the murder of Thomas of Woodstock, her father, in 1397, she and her sisters Joan and Isabel were her father’s coheirs.[7] That and the deaths of her mother and her sister Joan in 1399 and 1400 made her a very wealthy heiress.[8]
She married three times: (1) Thomas Stafford, Knt., (2) his brother Edmund Stafford, K.G., K.B., and (3) William Bourgchier, Knt.[2]

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.[8]

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.[8]

Edmund and Anne had three children:

Edmund's death in 1403 added to her income and estates.[8]

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.[2] On 20 November 1405 they were pardoned for marrying without royal licence but had to pay a considerable fine.[8] They had the following children:

Legal Disputes

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.[8]


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.[2] At a time when many wills were still in Latin, it was "in the Englisshe tonge for my most profit redyng and vndirstandyng".[8]


  1. 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.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, I:280-283 BOURCHIER 9.
  3. 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.
  4. Richardson, Royal Ancestry, I:479-492 BOURCHIER.
  5. 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).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wikipedia: Anne of Gloucester (accessed 22 April 2019).
  7. G E Cokayne. Complete Peerage, new edition, Vol. 5, St Catherine Press 1926, p.729
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Anne of Woodstock, countess of Stafford, available online through some libraries
  9. Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, IV:77-78 STAFFORD 9.
  10. Anne Stafford (d. 1432) had two children by John Holand (d. 1447): Henry Holand, Duke of Exeter (d. 1475), and Anne Holand. (Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, II:134-135 EXETER 8.)
  11. History of Parliament Online: Sir William Bourgchier (c1374-1420), of Little Easton, Essex (accessed 23 April 2019).
  12. Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, I:283-234 BOURCHIER 10.


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Anne (Plantagenet) of Gloucester is on a trail between Gateway Ancestor Mary Bourchier and Magna Carta Surety Baron Henry de Bohun that was reviewed/approved for the Magna Carta Project on 5 July 2019 by Liz Shifflett. The profile was developed in accordance with project standards (by Michael Cayley, 6 April 2019). See Base Camp for more information about Magna Carta trails.
Badged trails through Elizabeth Badlesmere (Anne's great-grandmother) go to the de Clares, de Quincy, and Lacy.

Trail from Mary Bourchier to Henry de Bohun

  1. Mary Bourchier is the daughter of John Bourchier
  2. John Bourchier is the son of Ralph Bourchier
  3. Ralph Bourchier is the son of James Bouchier
  4. James Bourchier is the son of John Bourchier
  5. John Bourchier is the son of Humphrey Bourchier
  6. Humphrey Bourchier is the son of John Bourchier
  7. John Bourchier is the son of Anne of Gloucester
  8. Anne of Gloucester is the daughter of Eleanor de Bohun
  9. Eleanor de Bohun is the daughter of Humphrey de Bohun
  10. Humphrey de Bohun is the son of William de Bohun
  11. William de Bohun is the son of Humphrey de Bohun
  12. Humphrey de Bohun is the son of Humphrey de Bohun
  13. Humphrey de Bohun is the son of Humphrey de Bohun
  14. Humphrey de Bohun is the son of Humphrey de Bohun
  15. Humphrey de Bohun is the son of Surety Baron Henry de Bohun. Already has MC Badge, other Trail.
  16. Henry de Bohun, Surety Baron.

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On 1 Oct 2019 at 15:26 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Her husband William Bourchier was featured in the Magna Carta Project's October Newsletter (although it's Anne, not William who is a descendant of Magna Carta surety barons).

On 11 Sep 2019 at 17:38 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

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On 13 Mar 2019 at 11:24 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I intend shortly to do a little work on this profile as part of what I am doing on the Magna Carta trail of Mary Bourchier, All help welcomed!

On 3 Feb 2017 at 15:51 GMT Andrew Lancaster wrote:

Merges of the 2 daughters named Anne is rejected, so the question remains of whether the younger one is real, or where the information comes from. Could she be a confusion with someone else?

On 23 Dec 2016 at 21:17 GMT Andrew Lancaster wrote:

Presumably the 2 daughters named Anne should be merged?

Rejected matches › Mary Ann (Stafford) Broxson (1828-)

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