George Hastings, 1st Earl of Huntingdon

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George Hastings, 1st Earl of Huntingdon (1488 – 24 March 1544) was an English nobleman.

Family[edit]

George Hastings, born in 1488 at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, was the son of Edward Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings, and Mary Hungerford, daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Hungerford of Rowden, Wiltshire, by Anne Percy, daughter of Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, and Eleanor Neville, daughter of Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland.[1]

Career[edit]

Hastings was created a Knight of the Bath on November 1501, and succeeded to his father's title between 4 and 15 November 1506. In 1513 he served with King Henry VIII's army in France, and was present when both Therouanne and Tournai were taken by the English forces. He was created Earl of Huntingdon on 8 December 1529.[2] On the same day his eldest son, Francis, gained a seat at the so-called Reformation Parliament.[citation needed] In 1536 he held a command in the forces which put down the rebellion called the Pilgrimage of Grace.[3]

Huntingdon was a close friend of the King.[citation needed] His wife, Anne, was the King's mistress in 1510, and possibly until 1513.[4] She was later prosecuted for adultery with another of her husband's friends, William Compton.

Marriage and issue[edit]

George Hastings married, about December 1509, Anne Stafford, widow of Sir Walter Herbert (d. 16 December 1507). She was the daughter of Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, and Katherine Woodville, the daughter of Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers, by Jacquetta of Luxembourg, daughter of Pierre de Luxembourg, Count of St. Pol.[5]

George Hastings and Anne Stafford had five son and three daughters:[6]

  • Henry Hastings.
  • William Hastings.
  • Katherine Hastings.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Richardson II 2011, pp. 372, 431; Richardson III 2011, pp. 343–4.
  2. ^ Cokayne 1926, p. 654.
  3. ^ Cokayne 1926, p. 655.
  4. ^ Hart 2009, pp. 21–29.
  5. ^ Cokayne 1959, p. 738; Richardson IV 2011, p. 82; Dockray 2004.
  6. ^ Richardson II 2011, p. 374.

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Ancestry[edit]

Peerage of England
New title
New Creation
Earl of Huntingdon
1529–1544
Succeeded by
Francis Hastings
Preceded by
Edward Hastings
Baron Hastings
1506–1544
Succeeded by
Francis Hastings
Preceded by
Mary Hastings
Baron Botreaux
1520–1544
Succeeded by
Francis Hastings