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Hugh de Stafford 2nd Earl of Stafford, 3rd Baron of Stafford 1342-1386

Also known as Hugh Stafford or Hugh de Stafforde

Born: about 1342, Stafford, Staffordshire, England

Christened:

Died: 16 October 1386, Rhodes, Greece

Buried: Stone Priory

Parents: Ralph de Stafford 1st Earl of Stafford (born 24 September 1301, died 31 August 1372, Tunbridge, Kent, England) married 1(1326): Katherine Hastang (daughter of Sir John Hastang and Eve) married 2: (before 6 July 1336) Margaret Audley Baroness Audley (born 1323, Stafford, Staffordshire, England, died 7 September 1349, Staffordshire, England, buried Tonbridge, Kent, England)

Siblings:

By Katherine de Hastang

Margaret de Stafford (born about 1326, Staffordshire, England) married Sir John Stafford of Amblech and Bramshill

Joan (born about 1330) married Sir Nicholas Bere

By Margaret de Audley

Sir Ralph Stafford (born about 1336, died 1348) married (1 November 1344) Maud Plantagenet

Joan/Joane de Stafford (born about 1337, Staffordshire, England, died before 1379) married 1: John de Cherlton/Cherleton 2nd Lord of Powys (died 1374) married 2: Gilbert Talbot, 3rd Lord Talbot

Catherine/Katherine de Stafford (born before 1340, Stafford, Staffordshire, England, died 6 December 1361) married (25 December 1357) Sir John de Sutton Lord of Dudley (died 1376)

Elizabeth de Stafford (born about 1340, Staffordshire, England, died 7 August 1375) married 1 (12 March 1346/7): Fulk le Strange, 3rd Lord Blackmere (born about 1300, died 30 August 1349), married 2 (about 1356): Sir John de Ferrers 4th Lord of Chartley (died 2 April 1367) married 3: Reynold de Cobham, 2nd Lord of Sterborough (died about 1403)

Beatrice de Stafford (born about 1342, died 14 April 1415), married 1 (1350): Maurice FitzMaurice Fitz Thomas, 2nd Earl of Desmond (born 31 July 1336, died before 5 June 1388), married 2 (1 January 1358/9): Sir Thomas de Ros, 4th Lord Ros (born 13 January 1336, Stoke Albany, Northampton, England, died 1384), married 3: Sir Richard Burley

Married: Before 1368

Spouse: Philippa Beauchamp (born 1344, Elmley, Worcestershire, England, died before 6 April 1386) daughter of Sir Thomas Beauchamp 3rd Earl of Warwick (born 14 February 1314, Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, England, died 13 November 1369, Calais, Pas de Calais, France) married (1337) Katherine/Catherine Mortimer (born 1309/10 Wigmore, Hertfordshire, England, died 4 August 1369)

Offspring:

Ralph de Stafford (died 1385)

Thomas Stafford 3rd Earl of Stafford (died 1392) married Anne Plantagenet of Gloucester, Countess of Buckingham (born April 1383, Pleshy, Essex, England, died 16 October 1438), Anne married 2 (before 28 June 1392): Edmund de Stafford 5th Earl of Staford (born March 1377, Stafford, England, died 21 July 1403, Battle of Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, buried Church of the Austin Friars, Stafford, England) Anne married 3: Sir William Bourchier Comte d'Eu (born 1374, Little Eaton, Essex, England, died 28 May 1420, Troyes, France)

William de Stafford, 4th Earl of Stafford (born 21 September 1375, died 6 April 1395)

Katherine De Stafford (born about 1376, died 8 April 1419) married (before 23 November 1383) Michael de la Pole 2nd Earl of Suffolk (born 1368, died 14 September 1415)

Lady Margaret Stafford (born about 1364, Brancepeth, County Durham, England, died 9 June 1396, Raby Castle, County Durham, England, buried Brancepeth, County Durham, England) married (before 1370) Sir Ralph de Neville 1st Earl of Westmoreland (born 1364, Raby Castle, County Durham, England, died 21 October 1425, Raby Castle, County Durham, England, buried Staindrop, County Durham, England)

Edmund de Stafford 5th Earl of Staford (born 2 March 1377, Stafford, England, died 21 July 1403, Battle of Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, buried Church of the Austin Friars, Stafford, England) married (before 28 June 1398) Anne Plantagenet, Countess of Buckingham (born April 1383, Pleshy, Essex, England, died 16 October 1438), Anne married 1: Thomas Stafford 3rd Earl of Stafford (died 1392), Anne married 3: Sir William Bourchier Comte d'Eu (born 1374, Little Eaton, Essex, England, died 28 May 1420, Troyes, France)

Sir Hugh Stafford (died 1420)

Joane Stafford married Thomas Holland, 3rd Earl of Kent (died 1400)

Heraldic Coat of Arms: Or, a chevron Gules.

Knight of the Garter 1375, Stall 3, became a member of the order of the garter after the death of Edward le Despencer

In 1358 Hugh succeeded to the title of 3rd Lord Audley. In 1359 age the age of 17 Hugh was in France with the retinue of Prince Edward. In 1366 Hugh was in Aquitaine with Prince Edward and with him in 1367 in Spain. Hugh succeeded to the title of 2nd Earl of Stafford on 31 August 1372.

In 1376 Hugh was one of the 4 Earls chosen for the councils of the Good Parliament together with Edmund Mortimer Earl of March, Thomas Beauchamp Earl of Warwick, and Thomas Ufford. In 1378 to 1380 Hugh was on the Committee that helped govern Richard II. In 1385 Hugh accompanied Richard II on his Scottish expedition. During the expedition his son Ralph was killed on a journey between York and Bishopsthorne, in a brawl with John Holland, the Earl of Huntingdon and later Duke of Exeter. One of Ralph's retainers had killed John's favourite Esquire.

On 16 Apri 1386 Hugh made his last will and testament before he undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Sepuchre in Jerusalem and was on his return journey when he died on the Island of Rhodes. John Hinkley his squire brought his body back to England. John de Sewell was an executor to the will of Hugh.

 

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