Elizabeth Woodville, Countess Rivers

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Elizabeth Woodville, Countess Rivers and 8th Baroness Scales (died 2 September 1473), born Elizabeth de Scales, was the sole heir of Thomas Scales, 7th Baron Scales.[1]


She married firstly, to Henry Bourchier, second son of Henry Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex. She married secondly, to Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers, brother of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV, by whom she had no issue. Rivers became Lord Scales in right of his wife, and had summons to Parliament by that title. After her death Anthony Woodville married Mary FitzLewis, the daughter of Henry FitzLewis, by whom he had no issue. When Anthony was beheaded by order of Richard III[why?] at Pontefract on 24 June 1483, he left a will. The lands attached to the Rivers title were inherited by Lord Rivers's brother, Richard Woodville, 3rd Earl Rivers. The Barony of Scales was to go to his youngest brother, Edward Woodville, but Richard III ignored this provision. As a result the title fell into abeyance.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Philip Morant, The History and Antiquities of the County of Essex
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Thomas de Scales, 7th Baron Scales
Baroness Scales
1460 – ?
Succeeded by
Anthony Woodville, Lord Scales