Humphrey Stafford KG
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Humphrey Stafford KG (1402 - 1460)

Sir Humphrey "1st Duke of Buckingham" Stafford KG
Born in Stafford, Staffordshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married before 28 Oct 1424 (to 10 Jul 1460) in Durham, Englandmap
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Died in Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Feb 2011
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[citation needed] for daughters Joan Ware and the other Margaret

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Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham

Sir Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham,[1] Earl of Buckingham, Earl of Hereford, Earl of Stafford, Earl of Northampton, Count of Perche, 7th Lord Stafford

Early Life

Father: Sir Edmund Stafford, 5th Earl of Stafford, 6th Lord Stafford, Lord of Tonbridge & Caus, b. 2 Mar 1378, d. 22 Jul 1403

Mother: Anne of Gloucester, b. Apr 1383, d. 16 Oct 1438

Sir Humphrey Stafford was born on 15 August 1402.

sis. Philippa de STAFFORD
sis. Anne de STAFFORD


He married Anne Neville, daughter of Sir Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmoreland and Joan Beaufort, before 18 October 1424 (a dispensation having been issued as early as 7 August 1408, they being related in the 3rd degree of kindred on both sides). Their children are:

  1. Catherine/Katherine (-26 Dec 1476), wife of Sir John Talbot, 3rd Earl of Shrewsbury
  2. Sir Humphrey, Earl of Stafford (1428-[1459])
  3. Sir John (-8 May 1473, bur [Pleshey, Essex]), 9th Earl of Wiltshire, Chief Butler of England
  4. Sir Henry (-4 Oct 1471)
  5. Anne (-after 14 Apr 1472, bur Lingfield), wife of Sir Aubrey de Vere and of Sir Thomas, 5th Lord Cobham
  6. Edward (-young)
  7. Richard (-young) - see Notes
  8. Joan/Jane (-after 31 Oct 1480), wife of Sir William, 2nd Viscount Beaumont, & of Sir William Knyvett
  9. Elizabeth - see Notes
  10. George (-young) - see Notes
  11. William (-young) - see Notes
  12. Margaret - see Notes


Sir Humphrey also had an illegitimate son and daughter (Anne, wife of William Rouse, Esq).


Sir Humphrey Stafford died on July 1460 at the battle of Northampton. He was buried at Grey Friars, Northampton. His will was proved on 2 December 1460.

d.10 JUL 1460 Category:Battle of Northampton (1460)[1]
Burial: Grey Friars, Monastery, Northampton

Buckingham in Shakespeare

Appears in: Henry VI, Part 2

"Buckingham appears as a fairly significant character in 2 Henry VI. He is a loyal Lancastrian supporter and fights for the Lancastrians at St Albans, where he is wounded. At the beginning of 3 Henry VI, the Yorkists report that Buckingham has been either wounded or killed during the battle. He is not mentioned again. In reality, Buckingham died in 1460, five years after the Battle of St Albans, at the Battle of Northampton. While Buckingham is not seen again, his grandson and heir is a major character in Richard III, who is ultimately executed by the tyrant king for turning on him."[2][3]


Richardson names only 9 children, but MedLands lists 12, adding Richard, Margaret and Elizabeth. Richard is said to have died young (as also are Edward, George and William). There is no further information on Margaret and Elizabeth. A "primary source", namely a manuscript pedigree of ca. 1500, is cited for only the more significant children.

Wikipedia mentions Margaret.

George and William are said elsewhere to have been twins.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia: Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham
  2. Shakespeare and History [1]
  3. Shakspeareana Genealogica: Part I. Identification of the Dramatis Personæ in Shakespeare's Historical Plays, pg 159 [2]
Marlyn Lewis, citing:
  • Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 140, p. 367, p. 540-4, p. 673-4, p. 726
  • Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 280-2.
  • Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 318-319.
  • Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 249.
  • Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 76-78, p. 222-3.
  • Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 481-2.
  • Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 175-176.
  • Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 236.
  • Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 13-16, p. 202-203.
  • Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles by Gerald Paget, Vol. II, p. 424.
  • Burke's Dormant & Extinct Peerages, by Sir Bernard Burke, p. 500.
  • The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, 2nd edn, by Cokayne, Gibbs et al, Vol. II, p. 388-9, Vol. III, p. 355, Vol. X, p. 827, Vol. XII/2, p. 737.
  • Hope, Sir William Henry St. John. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter, 1348-1485 (A. Constable and Co., ltd., Westminster, 1901) Plate LII

MEDIEVAL LANDS: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families by Charles Cawley © Foundation for Medieval Genealogy & Charles Cawley 2000-2018.

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Hi Jenifer,

Glad you had such amazing luck, I dohope that all prsons are fully researched. By the way it is notusual to explore your ancestry in the way you have on a profile , if everyone id likewise there wouldbechaos on all the profiles. Perahps next time keep comments to the catual profile person. Well done though

posted by Robin Wood
As I am new, I thought it would be interesting and might be useful to know a little bit of my tree,
I have found 11 of my family, are the original Magna Carta Barons...5 greatggggggggg Grandfathers, 5greatggggggggUncles, and one Greatggggggggg far.......I have the most amazing tree, my greatggggggg grandparents were the Kings,Queen consorts, Princes of England,Wales,Scotland,Italy,France,Germany,Spain, Scandinavia,,,I have gone back as far as 200 Ad, to the Viking Kibgs of Scandinavia...William the Conqueror is my 27th great grandfather, Rollo Duke of Normandy is my 32nd Great grandfather, and Charlemain is my 36th great grandfather.............My greatggggggggg grandfather Sir Humphrey Stafford is descended from Eleanore De Bohun, she is my Greatgggggggg Grandmother,she was the sister of Mary De Bohun who married King Henry...They were a Royal Plantagenet noble family from Normandy...They are descended from the early kings of Jerusalam......They used the Buhun Swan on their coat of arms,livery,badges etc, and this passed down to my Stafford family, they used it on their coat of arms, insignia,standards, badges,clothing etc..Along with the Stafford Knot.....They gave all tenants, Knights, staff, etc a Stafford Knot badge, they wore this to show their alliegence ....The Stafford Knot is still used in Stafford by the council,on road signs, public houses etc...They are very proud of it....As I am, of this and the Bohun Swan...
Sir Humphrey is my 17th Great Grandfather, and my 17th Great Grandmother is Lady Anne name is Jennifer Anne Hall, maiden name is Stafford,....
Indeed, Kelly, your question is about another Humphrey Stafford, and his wife: Eleanor (Aylesbury) Stafford (abt. 1406 - aft. 1481), both of whom are present with their own profiles and lineages. I hope you found them!
posted by Fann Fann
I have place of birth as Grafton, Worcestershire, England. I believe his second wife was Eleanor Aylesbury (1407-1482) - married 1426 in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. HUmphrey Stafford Knt is supposed to be their son. I have his place of death as either Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England or Sevenoaks, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England.
posted by Kelly (Evans) Yee
No sign of an extra Joan or Margaret. Robert Ware marries Thomasine Chipley, by Ware sources. He should probably be dropped as the extra Joan's husband and the two girls merged into their duplicates.
posted by Jason Clark

Humphrey is 17 degrees from Cecil B. DeMille, 24 degrees from Rosalie Neve and 4 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.