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Humphrey Stafford (abt. 1478 - 1545)

Sir Humphrey Stafford
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Sir Humphrey Stafford, Knt. of Cotered and Rushden, Herts (b. 01 May 1478 - d. 22 Sep 1545), son and heir, age 42 in 1517.[1] His parents were:

  • Sir Humphrey Stafford, sheriff of Warwickshire,
  • Katherine Fray


Bindoff (1982), states that Humphrey was of Blatherwycke & Dodford in Northamptonshire, and that this branch of the Staffords had their, "family ... fortunes ... depleted," in the 15th century.[2]

Disputed ancestry

Foster (1891), asserted that Humphrey descends from Edward I, through the marriage of Margaret and John Stafford in c. 1341/2, which united two branches of the Stafford family during the reign of Edward III.[3]

While Humphrey is a direct descendant of Earl Stafford, Richardson (n.d.), breaks the connection to Edward I, by asserting that John Stafford's [of Amalcote] mother-in-law was Katherine Hastang, instead of Magaret de Audeley.

Foster's (1891), disputed chart showing the Medieval union of Stafford lines ...[3]

Edward I [Plantagenet] (b. 1239 - d. 1307) m.1 Eleanor of Castile (d. 1290)
Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester (d. 1295) m. Joan Acre (b. 1272 - d. 1305)
Margaret de Clare m.2 Hugh de Audely, Earl of Gloucester (d. 1347)
Margaret de Audeley m. Ralph Stafford, K.G., Earl Stafford (d. 1372)
Margaret Stafford m. (1341/2) John Stafford of Amelcote, Staffordshire, 2nd son of William Stafford of Sandon.


Humphrey married twice to:

  1. Margaret Fogge,[4][2]
  2. Mrs. Joan Lane. No issue.[4]


Humphrey's first wife was Margaret Fogge (d. bef. 1532). They married sometime after 1490, and had their first son by c. 1507.

Margaret was the daughter of:

  • John Fogge, Knt., of Ashford, Kent,[2] & London, Treasurer of the Household to Edward IV, Privy Councilor, Keeper of the Writs, Knight of the Shire for Kent, Burgess (M.P.) for Canterbury, Kent;
  • and his second wife Alice, dau of William Haute, Esq. ... close kinswoman of Elizabeth Wydeville, wife of Edward IV.

She was a legatee in the 1490 will of her father, she being then unmarried.


They had three sons:[4]

  • 1. (s. & h.) Humphrey, Knt. of Blatherwycke, Dodford & Kirby, Northants., Chebsey, Staffs., etc.[4][5] (b. by c. 1507),[6] Knt., sheriff of Northants. in 1547-8.[4][7]
m. (10 Feb 1526 sett. ) Margaret, dau. of Edward Tame, Knt of Fairford, Gloucs. & Agnes, dau. of John Greville.[4][8]
  • 2. William, K.B. of Chebsey, Staffordshire,[4][5] (b. bef. 1512 - d. 1556).[2]
m.1 Mary Boleyn.[4]
m.2 Dorothy, dau. of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford & Ursula Pole.[2][5]
  • 3. Robert, Knt. (d. 1574, bur. Hanslope, Buckinghamshire; adm 27 Apr 1575), of Hanslope, Bucks., Napton super Montem, Warwick. & Upton, Northants., sergeant porter to Eliz. I,[4] in c. 1569.[5]
m.1 Jane (bur. 1600 Fawsley in Upton, Northants), dau. of Sir John Spencer of Althorp; wid. of Sir Richard Knightly of Upton & of Fawsley, Northants. (d. 1537, bur. Fawsley in Upton, Northants).[5][4]
m.2 Jane Gorges (bur. 13 Nov 1590 Hanslop, Buckinghamshire; will 02 Nov 1591, proved 23 Feb 1591/2), dau. of Edward Gorges of Wraxall, Somerset, Knt.;wid. of John Ashe of Tickenham, Somerset (d. 1561).[4][9]

and daughters ...

m. [...] Williams.[4][1]
m. Maximilian Celsus.[4][1]


m.2 (1532) Joan [...], wid. of William Lane.


  • 1526-7: Sheriff of Northamptonshire.[1][10]


In 1514 his father’s attainder was reversed, and the family estates partially restored to him, including the manors of

  • Milton Keynes, Bucks,
  • Bourton-on-Dunsmore, Warwick.

In 1508–9 John Hoke, butcher, of Derby, kinsman and heir of John Somerby, clerk, conveyed the manor and advowson of the church of Great Munden and the advowson of Rowney Priory, Herts to Humphrey Stafford and his cousin, William Waldegrave, Knt.


Sir Humphrey Stafford died on 22 September 1545.[4]

inq pm

Inquisiton post-mortem, (05 August 1546).[6]

"Draft inquisition taken at Warwick before Richard Newport, gent., eschaetor for the county of Warwick, upon the death of Humphrey Stafford, knight. The jurors swear that he was seised in demesne as of fee in the manors of Lemington Hastings, Grenburgh and Burton, alias Burton upon Dunsmoor in Warwickshire and in 32 messuages, 60 cottages, 600 acres of land, 41 acres of meadow, 600 acres of pasture, 12 acres of woods and 4 acres of heath in Lemyngton, Grenborough, Burton, Hyll, Napton, Caldecote, Burdebury and Draicote, together with the advowson of Burton. These were held by a charter dated 21 January 1423/4 to:

grandparents of the said Humphrey, to be held of the chief lord of the fee for services due and accustomed.

The jurors also declare that he held the manors of Bradwell, Happesford and Rowdon in Warwickshire, with 16 messuages, 2 cottages, 100 acres of land, 60 acres of meadow, 10 acres of pasture [ms damaged]. Held by charter of Humphrey Stafford, knight, dated 1 October 1442 to John, Bishop of Bath & Wells, Sir Ralph Boteler, Lord of Studley, Sir William Mountford, William Stafford, esq., John Humpage, John Wood, John Massy, Thomas Lytleton and William Pullesdon (as trustees to uses declared under the will of the said Humphrey Stafford) viz: [modern spelling hereafter] Grandborough, Calcutt, Birdingbury & Rawdon were to descend to Thomas Stafford (dvp), one of the sons of Humphrey, at age 18, with successive remainders in default of male issue to his other sons:

  • Humphrey,
  • Ralph (dsp),
  • Richard (dvp)
  • and John (dsp);

Leamington [Hastings], Burton, Hopsford[Hall] and Broadwell were to pass to Humphrey at 21 with similar remainders to the other sons. Thomas and Richard predeceased their father; Ralph and John died without issue and all the estates passed therefore to Humphrey, father of Sir Humphrey (subject of the IPM) to whom they in turn descended.

By the marriage settlement, 1 February 1526/7, of:

the following lands, worth 100 marks p.a. were settled on them, with a proviso for a jointure of 40 marks p.a. to Margaret viz:

  • 1 messuage & 3 virgates in Broadwell in the tenure of Geoffrey Walton, worth £3.0.13d p.a.
  • 1 messuage & 3¾ virgates in Broadwell & Hill in tenure John Woodford, worth £4.18.4d p.a.
  • 1 messuage & 2¼ virgates in Hill in the tenure of Robert Macok, worth £2.2.11d p.a.
  • 1 messuage & 2¼ virgates in Leamington in the tenure of Joanna Clever, worth £1.16.9½d p.a.
  • 1 messuage & 1½ virgates in Leamington in the tenure of Richard Clark, worth £1.10.1½d p.a.
  • 1 messuage & 2½ virgates in Hill in the tenure of Henry Clever, worth £2.10.1½d p.a.
  • 1 messuage & 2 virgates in Hill in the tenure of William Pullar, worth £2.0.1½d p.a.
  • 1 close called Beneyard & 2 virgates in Hardwick, in tenure Henry Bedyll, worth £2.0.1½d p.a.
  • 1½ virgates in the tenure of John Manne, worth £1.9.1½d p.a.
  • 1 messuage & 1¼ virgates in Broadwell in the tenure of John Samond, worth £1.5.1½d p.a.

The manor of Grandborough in the tenure of John Faringday [?] and Richard Brye, worth £25 p.a.

Humphrey Stafford died 22 September last [i.e. 1545] and the heir and nearest kin is his son Humphrey Stafford, esq, aged 39 and above.

The jurors declare that the annual value of Leamington Hastings is £20 and that it is held in chief of the King for 1 knight's fee.

The Manor of Burton and lands are worth £9.10s p.a. and are held of Queen Katherine.[11]

The Manors of Broadwell & Hill, with lands, are worth [torn ms] and are held of Edward Oneley, esq. as of the manor of Catesby, for service and 10d p.a.

The Manor of Grandborough and lands in Calcutt & Rowdon are worth £23.6s p.a. and are held of the King as part of the estates of the late dissolved priory of Coventry, for service.

The Manor of Hopsford [blanks in ms]"


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Lewis, M. (2013, August 1). "Sir Humphrey Stafford, Sheriff of Northamptonshire #90501, b. 1 May 1478, d. 22 September 1545," citing various works by Douglas Richarson. ORTNCA. Web.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Bindoff, S.T. (1982). "Stafford, Sir William (by 1512-56), of Chebsey, Staffs., Rochford, Essex and London," in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558. HOP. Web.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Foster, J. (1891). "John William Warre Tyndale, Esq. from the blood royale of England," in The Royal Lineage of Our Noble and Gentle Families, p. 879. Google Books. (see pedigree on
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 Richardson, D. (2011). Plantagenet Ancestry, 2nd ed., p. 225. Google Books.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 "Lady Jane Stafford," (1885). Collectanea, 5, p. 238 - 242. Google Books.
    REF: DR10/1895
    Date: 5 August 1546
    National Archives, citing Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  7. "Humphrey was heir in 1517 to his uncle, Thomas Stafford, Esq., by which he inherited the manors of Blatherwycke and Dodford, Hants."[citation needed]
    According to Weir (2011), it's Humphrey, son of Sir Humphrey Stafford and Marg. Fogge, who inherited Blatherwycke and Dodford from uncle Thos., esq., (p. 214).[1]
    Weir, A. (2011). Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings, pp. 214. Random House. Google Books.
  8. 'Blatherwycke', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the County of Northamptonshire, Volume 6, Architectural Monuments in North Northamptonshire (London, 1984), pp. 18-22. British History Online [accessed 4 March 2021]. Brass plate, c. 1548:
    'Plate 63: 16th-Century Brasses', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the County of Northamptonshire, Volume 6, Architectural Monuments in North Northamptonshire (London, 1984), p. 63. British History Online [accessed 4 March 2021].
  9. Jane Gorges given adm. Rbt. Stafford's estate on 27 Apr 1575, (Plantagenet Ancestry, 2011, p. 225).[2]
  10. Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Northamptonshire#16th century
  11. presumably Katherine Parr since she was alive, and Katherine of Aragon & Katherine Howard were dead.

See Also...

  • Richardson, D. (2011). Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, 2nd ed, pp. 201, 224-5: RIchardson (2011), citing: Bridges, Hist. & Antiqs. of Northamptonshire 2 (1791): 275–280. Baker, Hist. & Antiqs. of Northampton 1 (1822–1830): 349–356 (Keynes-Aylesbury-Stafford pedigree). Nicolas, Testamenta Vetusta 2 (1826): 400–402 (will of Sir John Fogge, Knt.). Gentleman’s Mag. n.s. 26 (1846): 31–33. Whellan, Hist., Gazetteer, and Directory of Northamptonshire (1849): 442. Burn, Registrum Ecclesi Parochialis: Hist. of Parish Regs. in England (1862): 275–276, 283–284, 286. Pearman, Hist. of Ashford (1868). Antiquary 4 (1873): 313 (Fogge arms: Argent, on a fess, between three annulets, sable, three mullets of the first pierced). Collectanea 1st Ser. (1885): 238–242. Blaikie, Alliance of the Reformed Churches: Minutes & Procs. of the 4th General Council London, 1888 (1889): 307. Leadam, Domesday of Inclosures, 1517–1518 1 (1897): 315. List of Sheriffs for England & Wales (PRO Lists and Indexes 9) (1898): 93. Leadam, Select Cases Before the King’s Council in the Star Chamber 2 (Selden Soc. 25) (1903): 169–170. Pollard, Reign of Henry VII from Contemporary Sources 2 (1914): 17–19. Harvey et al., Vis. of the North 3 (Surtees Soc. 144) (1930): 57–58 (Widvill pedigree: “Margareta [Fogge]”). Wedgwood, Hist. of Parliament 1 (1936): 339–342 (biog. of Sir John Fogge). Adams & Stephens, Select Documents of English Constitutional Hist. (1939): 218–220. Mellows, Last Days of Peterborough Monastery (Northamptonshire Rec. Soc. 12) (1947): xxxviii. VCH Warwick 6 (1951): 40. Adams, Living Descendants of Blood Royal 2 (1959): 239, 659. Ancient Deeds—Series B 3 (List & Index Soc. 113) (1975): B.9074,B.9849.
  • Richardson, D. (2011). "William Carey," in Plantagenet Ancestry, 2nd ed., pp. 482-483. Google Books.
  • Lewis, citing Richardson, D. (n.d.) Royal Ancestry, III, p. 241-2.
  • National Archives IPM DR10/1895 - Held at Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive.
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd, The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. (2008), 881.
  • Wikipedia : William Stafford (courtier)


Magna Carta Project

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 BASSSETT). This trail needs further development by the Magna Carta Project. Profiles in this trail, and their status, can be seen in the Magna Carta Trails on the profile of Stafford Barlow.
  • Needs Development: This profile was just put under management of the Magna Carta Project and needs development against the project's checklist to bring it up to current project standards. ~ Thiessen-117 16:27, 14 July 2020 (UTC)
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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 Bree 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 Bree 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