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Margaret (Stafford) Bulmer (1511 - 1537)

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Margaret "Madge Wildfire, Black Meg" Bulmer formerly Stafford
Born in Cleveland, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
Wife of — married before 1536 [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Smithfield, Middlesex, Englandmap
Profile last modified 16 Apr 2019 | Created 6 Mar 2011
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Margaret Stafford

Margaret Stafford (c. 1511 – 25 May 1537)[1] is the illegitimate daughter of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham. He tried to marry her to Thomas Fitzgerald of Leixlip,[2][3] but things seem to have gone awry with Buckingham's execution.
According to some sources, Margaret married William Cheney or Cheyne[4] (c.1509-c.1534). She was later "bought" by and became the mistress of Sir John Bulmer of Wilton, Yorkshire (c.1490- 25 Aug 1537). Apparently, they had at least four children and may have married sometime between 1534 and 1536.[5]
In any case, Margaret and Bulmer were agitators. On May 7th of 1536 they were indicted for treason, but later pardoned. Bulmer, however, went on to plan an Easter uprising in an attempt to revive the Pilgrimage of the Grace. It didn't work.
Margaret was arrested by April 8th 1537. And by the 21st she and Bulmer were in the Tower. Along with others, they were convicted May 16th.
Sentenced to die, Margaret was burned at Smithfield. Bulmer was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn.


m.1 William Cheney (Cheyne)
m.2 John Bulmer of Wilton. Issue:
  • Martha a.k.a Mary (c.1531)
  • Frances (c.1533)
  • Anne (c.1535)
  • John (Jan 1536/37 - 06 Feb 1608)



  1. 2011-03-05 Smith Tree.ged on 06 March 2011. Ancestry Family Trees S-2010126506
  2. half-brother of Earl of Kildare (Irish Peer)
  3. Wikipedia: Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham
  4. London vintner
  5. See

Gregory Nelson.

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