Margaret Wake, 3rd Baroness Wake of Liddell
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|3rd Baroness Wake of Liddell
Countess of Kent
|Predecessor||Thomas Wake, 2nd Baron|
|Successor||John, 4th Baron, 3rd Earl of Kent|
|Spouse||John IV Comyn
m. c. 1312; dec. 1314
Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent
m. 1325; dec. 1330
John De Forbes
m. 1331; dec. 1349
|Edmund, 2nd Earl of Kent
Margaret, Viscountess of Tartas
Joan The Fair Maid of Kent, Countess of Kent, Princess of Wales
John, 3rd Earl of Kent
|Father||John Wake, 1st Baron Wake of Liddell|
|Mother||Joan de Fiennes|
|Died||19 September 1349|
Margaret Wake, suo jure 3rd Baroness Wake of Liddell and Countess of Kent (c. 1297 – 29 September 1349) was the wife of Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent, the youngest surviving son of Edward I of England and Margaret of France.
She was the daughter of John Wake, 1st Baron Wake of Liddell and Joan de Fiennes. By her father, she was descended from Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Gwynedd and Joan, Lady of Wales, the illegitimate daughter of John I of England. Her mother, Joan de Fiennes, was a sister of Margaret de Fiennes, making Wake a cousin of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March. Joan de Fiennes also descended from Emperor Jeanne de Brienne and Berengaria of León, herself the granddaughter of Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile.
Margaret married John Comyn (c. 1294-1314) around 1312, son of the John Comyn who was murdered by Robert the Bruce in 1306. Her husband John died at the Battle of Bannockburn, and their only child, Aymer Comyn (1314–1316) died as a toddler. She married for a second time, to Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent. They received a dispensation in October 1325, and the wedding probably took place at Christmas.
Through her marriage to Edmund of Woodstock (who was executed for treason in 1330), she was the mother of two short-lived Earls of Kent, of Margaret and Joan of Kent (wife of Edward, the Black Prince). The pregnant Margaret and her children were confined to Salisbury Castle, and her brother Thomas Wake was accused of treason but later pardoned. When King Edward III of England reached his majority and overthrew the regents, he took in Margaret and her children and treated them as his own family. She succeeded briefly as Baroness Wake of Liddell in 1349, but died during an outbreak of the plague that autumn.
Depictions in fiction
Margaret is a supporting character in the Karen Harper historical fiction novel The First Princess of Wales, which gives a fictional depiction of her daughter Joan of Kent's life at the English court.
Thomas Wake, 2nd Baron
|Baroness Wake of Liddell
John, 4th Baron, 3rd Earl of Kent