Hugh de Audley, 1st Earl of Gloucester

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Hugh II de Audley, 1st Baron Audley and 1st Earl of Gloucester (c. 1291[1] – 10 November 1347[1]) was the English Ambassador to France in 1341.


His father, Hugh I de Audley (ca. 1267[1] – ca. 1326[1]), was from Stratton Audley in the English County of Oxfordshire.[1] His mother was Isolde (Iseult) (c. 1260 – 1336 or after[1]), daughter of Roger de Mortimer, 1st Baron Mortimer, a member of the Mortimer family of Marcher Lords, many of whom were Earl of March. Isolde was the widow of Sir Walter de Balun.[1] Hugh I and Isolde had two children in addition to Hugh II[citation needed]; John de Aldithley (Audley), born circa 1293, and Alice de Audley, born circa 1304 and married firstly Ralph de Greystoke, and later Ralph Neville, 2nd Baron Neville de Raby


Hugh de Audley was born in Stratton Audley in the English County of Oxfordshire. He married Margaret de Clare, widow of Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall), who was the favourite (and possibly lover) of King Edward II of England. They had a daughter, Margaret de Audley (born c. 1318 in Stafford), who was abducted as a wife by Ralph Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford.

He served as High Sheriff of Rutland from 1316 to 1324 and again from 1327 to 1349.[2]

Following his death, de Audley was buried in Tonbridge Priory.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g J. R. Maddicott, ‘Audley, Hugh, earl of Gloucester (c.1291–1347)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  2. ^ The history of the Worthies of England Volume 3. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  3. ^ "From Favourite To Rebel: The Career of Hugh Audley". Retrieved 16 October 2010. 

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