Margaret (York) of York

Margaret (York) of York (1446 - 1503)

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Margaret of York formerly York aka Plantagenet, Duchess of Burgundy
Born in Fotheringhay Castle, Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Damme, Flanders, Belgiummap
[children unknown]
Died in Mechelen, Flemish Region, Belgiummap
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Margaret was the fourth but third surviving daughter[1] of Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York and his wife Cecily Neville and was born on 3 May 1446, probably at Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire England[2]

She probably spent her childhood at Fotheringhay Castle, though she is named as being at Fastolf's house in Southwark with her mother and two younger brothers, George and Richard in September 1460 when her father returned from Ireland.[3]. After her father's death and the her brother Edward IV was proclaimed King in March 1461 she lived at Baynard's Castle and Greenwich, and later after his marriage to Elizabeth Woodville she was frequently at court[4]

As an unmarried sister of the new King her marriage was a matter of diplomacy, and a number of proposals were made with various European princes including with don Pedro of Portugal, a claimant to the throne of Aragon, but he died on 29 June 1466.[5]

Negotiations had also been ongoing for Margaret to marry Charles 'the Bold', then Count of Charolais, but later Duke of Burgundy, after the death of his second wife in September 1465, but Louis XI of France, not wanting to see England and Burgundy united, proposed other matches. Richard Neville, 'the Kingmaker', Earl of Warwick, Margaret and Edward's cousin, also favoured a French marriage and Burgundy at that time had an alliance with the Lancastrians.[6]

After Charles succeeded as Duke of Burgundy, negotiations were renewed and on 1 October 1467 Margaret officially declared her willingness to marry him at a council at Kingston-upon-Thames.[7] Her dowry was fixed at 200,000 écus (gold crowns), about £41,000, of which 50,000 were to be paid and the rest in three yearly installments.[8] A treaty was signed at Bruxelles 16 February 1468,[9] and papal dispensation issued in May[10].

Margaret left London on 18 June,

The marriage had no issue. There was however some speculation that she may have had an illegitimate son before marriage. Coat-12 21:59, 22 November 2013 (EST)


Place: Church of the Cordeliers, Malines, Belgium


  1. Most sources state the third, but Weir, p. 135-37 has her as fourth
  2. Jones; Van Kerrebrouck, p. 383; Weir, p. 137
  3. Jones
  4. Jones
  5. Van Kerrebrouck, p. 387, note 26.
  6. Gairdner; Jones; Kendall
  7. Gairdner, Jones
  8. Kendall, p. 247
  9. Van Kerrebrouck, p. 383
  10. Jones; they were second cousins, both being great grandchildren of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster
  • Royal Ancestry D. Richardson 2013 Vol. V p. 457
  • Jones, Michael, ‘Margaret, duchess of Burgundy (1446–1503)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2008 accessed 27 Nov 2014
  • Kendall, Paul Murray, Warwick the Kingmaker, London: Phoenix Press, 1957 [2002].
  • Van Kerrebrouck, Patrick, Brun, Christophe & de Mérindol, Christian, Les Valois: Nouvelle histoire généalogique de l'auguste maison de France, vol. 3, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France, 1990.
  • Weir, Alison, Britain's royal families: the complete genealogy, 2nd ed., London: Pimlico, 2002.


  • WikiTree profile UNKNOWN-100801 created through the import of export-BloodTree.ged on Aug 19, 2011 by Luiz Sergio Heinzelmann. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Luiz Sergio and others.

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On 18 Oct 2014 at 11:10 GMT John Atkinson wrote:

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