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Humphrey Stafford (abt. 1478 - 1545)

Sir Humphrey Stafford
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Husband of — married after 1490 in Englandmap
Husband of — married 1532 in Englandmap
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Died at about age 67 in Englandmap
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Humphrey Stafford, Knt., was the son and heir of Humphrey Stafford, Esq., and Katherine Fray,[1][2][3] He was recorded as being aged 42 in 1517 (giving birth about 1475),[2] and as aged 8 in 1486 and aged 22 in 1500 (giving birth about 1478).[4] Douglas Richardson gives his birth date as 1 May 1478.[2][3] His birth location is not recorded.

Marriages and Children

Humphrey married first to Margaret Fogge, daughter of John Fogge, Knt.,[1] by his second wife Alice Haute. Margaret was a near kinswoman to Queen Elizabeth Wydeville, wife of King Edward IV. Humphrey and Margaret married after 1490, when Margaret was a legatee in the will of her father and was called unmarried.[2][3] Humphrey Stafford and Margaret Fogge had three sons and three daughters:
  • Humphrey, Knt., son and heir, died 8 May 1548, married Margaret Tame and had issue[1][2][3]
  • William, K.B., married first to Mary Boleyn and second to Dorothy Stafford,[2][3] daughter of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford and Ursula Pole;[5] William was born c. 1512 and died 5 May 1556[6]
  • Robert, Knt.,[2] married first to Jane Spencer, widow of Richard Knightley, Knt.[5] and second to Jane Gorges, widow of John Ashe.[3] Robert died in 1574 and his will was administered 27 April 1575.[3]
  • Joan (or Jane), married ____ Williams and Maximilian Celsus[2][3]
  • Ellen[2][3]
  • Mary[2][3]
Humphrey Stafford married second in 1532 to Joan (____) Lane, widow of William Lane.[2][3] Humphrey and Joan had no known issue.

Lands and Titles

Humphrey came to possess Cotered[7] and Rushden[8] in Hertfordshire[2][3] as son and heir of his mother, Katherine Fray. On his mother's death on 12 May 1482, Humphrey, age 8, was her heir. Katherine's husband held these lands on Humphrey's behalf until his death in 1486.[4]
His father had been attainted in 1485 for taking part in Lord Lovell's insurrection against Henry VII and was executed in 1486.[2] On his father's death (8 July 1486), Humphrey was his heir.[4] In 1503/4 his father’s attainder was reversed,[9] and the family estates were partially restored to Humphrey, including: the manors of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire; Abinger, Surrey; and Bourton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire.[2]
In 1517 Humphrey was heir to his uncle, Thomas Stafford, Esq., inheriting the manors of Blatherwycke and Dodford, Northamptonshire. Between 1515-1518, Humphrey was sued by Alice Ingolesby regarding some of his uncle's manors as Thomas had fathered an illegitimate son, William Stafford, with Alice Ingolesby. William Stafford continued the lawsuits against Humphrey in the period 1518-1529.[2]
In 1526-1527 Humphrey was Sheriff of Northamptonshire.[2][3]


Humphrey Stafford died 22 September 1545.[2] His heir and nearest kin was his son Humphrey Stafford, Esq., aged 39 and above.[10] The will of Humfrey Stafford of Blatherwycke, Northampton, was proved 29 July 1546.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 George Baker. History and Antiquities of the County of Northampton. Vol. 1. 1822. Online at, pages 355-356: Dodford - Aylesbury, Stafford pedigrees.
  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 2.14 2.15 2.16 Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2013), Vol. III, pages 241-242, HASTANG 16, Humphrey Stafford.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 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. Vol. I, pages 120-121, BASSET #12, Humphrey Stafford.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Maskelyne and H. C. Maxwell Lyte, 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Henry VII, Entries 201-250', in Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem. Series 2, Volume 1, Henry VII (London, 1898), pp. 61-111. British History Online: #224-226 - IPM of Katharine, late the wife of Humphrey Stafford, Esq.
  5. 5.0 5.1 C.R.L. Fletcher. Collectanea, First Series. Volume 5. Oxford: Oxford Historical Society, 1885. Online at, pages 238-242: Lady Jane Stafford
  6. The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982. Online at History of Parliament Online.
  7. 'Parishes: Cottered', in A History of the County of Hertford. Volume 3, ed. William Page (London, 1912), pp. 226-232. British History Online.
  8. 'Parishes: Rushden', in A History of the County of Hertford. Volume 3, ed. William Page (London, 1912), pp. 265-270. British History Online.
  9. 'Henry VII: January 1504', in Parliament Rolls of Medieval England, ed. Chris Given-Wilson, et al. (Woodbridge, 2005), British History Online: Item 5.
  10. Inquisition Post Mortem, 5 August 1546. Online at the National Archives: 188 - Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; DR10 - Gregory of Stivichall; Official Papers - Miscellaneous Inquisitions Post Mortem.
  11. England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 31. Online with subs. at
See also
  • Wright, James. The History and Antiquities of the County of Rutland. (1684). Online at Google Books, page 127: Stafford Pedigree
  • Dugdale, William, et al. The Antiquities of Warwickshire. (1730). Online at Google Books, page 290, page 316.


Magna Carta Project

This profile was developed for the Magna Carta Project in June 2021 by David Leighr and approved 8 July 2021 by Thiessen-117.
Humphrey Stafford is on a trail documented by Douglas Richardson between Gateway Ancestor Audrey (Barlowe) Almy and Magna Carta Surety Baron William de Huntingfield (Magna Carta Ancestry, vol. I, pages 114-123 BASSET). This trail was badged by the Magna Carta Project on 17 November 2021. Profiles in this trail, and their status, can be seen in the Magna Carta Trails on the profile of Stafford Barlow.
See Base Camp for more information about identified Magna Carta trails and their status. See the project's glossary for project-specific terms, such as a "badged trail".

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I have cleaned up profile. Added Richardson MCA & RA. This profile lacked other quality sources which I added two. Debate over lineage was removed as Richardson is accepted source for this family. Alison Weir was moved to a see also section. Would appreciate any corrections and comments.
Thanks. We will be sourcing to the more recent Richardson books. David Leighr is currently working on this profile which needs a really major overhaul.
posted by Michael Cayley
edited by Michael Cayley
I will be working on this profile on behalf of Magna Carta Project to bring this profile up to MC standards.
Thanks. The National Archives source is already cited inline #6 in the biography.
posted by Traci Thiessen
maybe their daughters were older than s. & h. born by c. 1507 ... ??
posted by [Living Ogle]
edited by Bree Ogle
Anyone who decides to do serious work on this profile - and that is needed - can look at that. But there may well be no firm source to give an indication of the children's birth dates. If you want, Bree, to do some research on this and see if you can find any sources, please do.
posted by Michael Cayley
It's been a strange research event because second son William's famous marriage to Boleyn tends to eclipse the elder son. So the historical focus centers on William, KB. But luckily ... the inq. pm. of the Humphrey of this profile survived and we can see that his eldest son Humphrey of Blatherwycke was at least age 39 at the time the inq. was taken, placing his birth to in or before c. 1507. We also know that son William's birth was documented by Hist. of Parl. as c. 1512. If our Humphrey married sometime after 1490 ... then it's possible that a dau. was the eldest child.
posted by [Living Ogle]
Stafford-6235 and Stafford-6 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicates
posted by Laura DeSpain
I am not pre-1500 certified so cannot edit the profile but thanks for the info
posted by Mike Davies
His will dated 22 June 1545, probate 29 July 1546 - England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, Piece 31: Alen (1546-1547)

Have you been able to read it all? he mentions a goblet from uncle Thomas Stafford, then his 2nd wife Dame Jane Stafford and various children.

posted by Beryl Meehan
Please add the following source:

Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 241-42.

Thanks, Maureen

posted by Maureen Deegan
Stafford-3428 and Stafford-6 appear to represent the same person because: Date of death the same.
posted by Glenn Kittredge