Anne (York) de St Leger

Anne (York) de St Leger (1439 - abt. 1475)

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Anne "Duchess of Exeter" de St Leger formerly York aka Plantagenet, Holland
Born in Fotheringhay, Northampton, Englandmap
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Wife of — married before in Windsor, Berkshiremap
Wife of — married in Ulcombe, Kent, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Rutger Chapel, St Georges, Windsor Castle, Englandmap
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Anne of York, Duchess of Exeter (10 Aug 1439 – 14 Jan 1476)
p. Richard, 3rd Duke of York and Cecily Neville
m.1 1447 Henry Holland, Duke of Exeter. Divorced 1472.
dau. Anne Holland (c.1455-btw 26 Aug & 06 Jun 1447)
m. Oct 1466 Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset
m.2 1474 Thomas St. Leger
dau. Anne St. Leger (14 Jan 1476 – 21 Apr 1526)
Burial: 1 Feb 1476 St. George's Chapel, Windsor

Early Life

Anne of York was the second child and oldest surviving daughter of Richard, 3rd Duke of York and Cecily Neville.[1] She was an elder sister of:
  • Edward IV; Edmund
  • Earl of Rutland
  • Elizabeth of York
  • Duchess of Suffolk
  • Margaret, Duchess of Burgundy
  • George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence
  • Richard III of England

1147: Marriage to Henry Holland

Anne married Henry Holland, 3rd Duke of Exeter. They had one daughter, Anne Holland who married Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset.
During the Wars of the Roses, Exeter sided with Lancasters against the York. Exeter was a commander at the Lancastrian victories of Wakefield and the second Battle of St. Albans. He was also a commander at the Battle of Towton, and fled to Scotland after the Lancastrian defeat. He later joined the exiled Margaret of Anjou in France.
On 4 March 1461, her younger brother was declared King Edward IV in London. Exeter was attainted but the king gave his estates to Anne, with remainder to their daughter Anne Holland. Anne and Exeter separated in 1464 and divorced in 1472.
Her daughter, now a wealthy heiress, was married in October 1466 at Greenwich Palace to Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset, son of Elizabeth Woodvylle and her first husband. Lady Dorset died sometime between 26 August 1467 and 6 June 1474 without issue. Grey then married the young heiress Cecily Bonville, and had children.[2]
In 1467, the king extended the remainder of most of Exeter lands to Anne and her heirs (if remarried any future children could inherit).
During the Readeption of Henry VI, Anne remained loyal to her brother Edward, and worked to persuade her brother George, Duke of Clarence, to abandon the Lancastrian cause. Her arguments had some effect, so she played a part in Edward's restoration.

1474: Marriage to Thomas St. Leger

Anne's married her second husband in 1474 Thomas. Sadly, she died giving birth to their only daughter, Anne St. Leger (14 Jan 1476 – 21 Apr 1526) heiress to the Exeter estates.


Wikipedia: Anne of York, Duchess of Exeter
Wikipedia: Henry Holland, 3rd Duke of Exeter
Wikipedia: Thomas St. Leger



  1. Maternal relationship is confirmed by an exact HVR1 and HVR2 match between this mtDNA test for Michael Ibsen and this mtDNA test of his direct maternal line 14th cousin twice removed Wendy Duldig and this mtDNA test of his direct maternal line 15th great uncle King Richard III.
  • "Royal Ancestry" 2013 by Douglas Richardson Vol. V. page 455
ANNE PLANTAGENET, born at Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire 10 August 1439. She married (1st) before 30 July 1447 HENRY (or HARRY) HOLAND (HOLLAND), Knt., Duke of Exeter, Earl of Huntingdon and Ivry [see EXETER 11.I], joint Admiral of England, Ireland, and Aquitaine, 1446, joint Constable of the Tower of London, 1447, Lord and Castellan of Lesparre and L'Esparrois, 1447, Constable of Fotheringhay Castle, 1459, son and heir of John Holand (Holland), Duke of Exeter, Earl of Huntingdon and Ivry, by his (1st) wife, Anne, daughter of Edmund Stafford, K.G., K.B., 5th Earl of Stafford [see EXETER 11 for his ancestry]. he was born in the Tower of London 27 June 1430. He resided at King's Hall, Cambridge in 1439-40 to 1441-2. They had one daughter, Anne (wife of Thomas Grey, K.G., K.B., 1st Marquess of Dorset, Lord Ferrrers of Groby) [see GROBY 17]. He and his wife, Anne, were granted a papal indult for a portable altar in 1455. His wife, Anne, was admitted to the fraternity of St. Nicholas in London in 1446. She presented to the church of Blagdon, Somerset in August 1472. They were divorced 12 Nov. 1472 (he drowned Sept. 1475). She married (2nd) about 1472/3 THOMAS SAINT LEGER Knt. ... son of John Saint Leger, Esq., of Ulcombe, Kent, Sheriff of Kent, by Margery, daughter and heiress of James Donet [see RAYNSFORD 11.i.a for his ancestry]. They had one son, Anthony, and one daughter, Anne.
Anne Plantagenet died 12 (or 14) Jan. 1475/6. He presented to the church of Blagdon, Somerset in 1479. He was present at the funeral of King Edward IV in 1483. SIR THOMAS SAINT LEGER was the chief instigator of the Buckingham rising in Surrey against King Richard III, in 148. He was taken at Torrington and beheaded at Exeter, Devon 12 Nov. 1483.
  • "Royal Ancestry" 2013 by Douglas Richardson Vol. IV. page 461
  • Ross, Charles (1997). Edward IV. Yale English monarchs (illustrated ed.). Yale Univ Press. pp. 336–337. ISBN 0300073720.
  • "Ancestors/Descendants of Royal Lines" (Contributors: Manuel Abranches de Soveral, Reynaud de Paysac, F.L. Jacquier <Genealogy of Lewis Carroll, Justin Swanstrom, The Royal Families of England Scotland & Wales by Burkes Peerage; Debrett's Peerage & Baronage; Table of descendants French Canadian Genealogical Society>, H.R. Moser <Burke Peerage>, L. Orlandini, O.Guionneau, L.B. de Rouge, E. Polti, A.Terlinden <Genealogy of the existing British Peerage, 1842>, L. Gustavsson, C. Cheneaux, E. Lodge, S. Bontron <Brian Tompsett>, R. Dewkinandan, C. Donadello)
  • The royal lineage of our noble and gentle families, pg 181 [1]

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On 21 Dec 2018 at 17:20 GMT Michael Canton wrote:

Greatgreat-grandaughter of Edward III via her father.

On 9 Dec 2017 at 01:08 GMT Darrell Parker wrote:

Burial: 1 Feb 1476 St. George's Chapel, Windsor Death about Jan 14, 1476

On 12 Feb 2015 at 16:10 GMT Lydia Vierson wrote:

On 16 Jan 2014 at 03:50 GMT Veronica (Coat) Williams wrote:

There is a proposed merge request with York-1211. Perhaps it has been overlooked?

Anne is 19 degrees from Caryl Ruckert, 14 degrees from Harriet Stowe and 3 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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