Margaret de Stafford

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Margaret Stafford, Countess of Westmorland
Ralph and his wifes.jpg
Effigy of Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland and his two wives, Staindrop Church
Spouse(s) Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland
Sir John Neville
Sir Ralph Neville
Maud Neville
Alice Neville
Philippa Neville
Elizabeth Neville
Anne Neville
Margaret Neville
Father Hugh Stafford, 2nd Earl of Stafford
Mother Philippa Beauchamp
Died 9 June 1396

Margaret Stafford (died 9 June 1396) was the daughter of Hugh de Stafford, 2nd Earl of Stafford, and Philippa de Beauchamp. She was the first wife of Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland, and the grandmother of the 2nd Earl.


Margaret Stafford was the eldest daughter of Hugh Stafford, 2nd Earl of Stafford, and Philippa Beauchamp, the daughter of Thomas Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick, by Katherine Mortimer, the daughter of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March.[1]

Margaret had five brothers and two younger sisters:[2]

  • William Stafford, 3rd Earl of Stafford (21 September 1375 – 6 April 1395), who died unmarried and without issue.
  • Hugh de Stafford, Baron Bourchier (d. 25 October 1420), who married, before September 1410, Elizabeth Bourchier (c.1399 – 1 July 1433), but had no issue by her. After his death, she married Sir Lewis Robesart, standard bearer to King Henry V.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Margaret Stafford was the first wife of Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland.[3] They had two sons and six daughters:

  • Maud Neville (d. October 1438), who married Peter de Mauley, 5th Baron Mauley.[6]
  • Elizabeth Neville, who became a nun.
  • Margaret Neville (d. 1463/4), who married firstly, before 31 December 1413, Richard Scrope, 3rd Baron Scrope of Bolton, and secondly, William Cressener, esquire.[10]


Margaret Stafford died 9 June 1396, and was buried at Brancepeth, Durham.[11]

After Margaret Stafford's death, Westmorland married, before 29 November 1396, Joan Beaufort, the widow of Robert Ferrers, 2nd Baron Ferrers.[12] Joan was the legitimated daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, by his mistress and later third wife, Katherine Swynford. By his second marriage Westmorland had nine sons and five daughters.[13]



  1. ^ Richardson IV 2011, p. 74.
  2. ^ Richardson IV 2011, pp. 74–6.
  3. ^ Cokayne 1959, p. 547; Richardson III 2011, p. 246.
  4. ^ Richardson III 2011, p. 249.
  5. ^ Richardson II 2011, p. 244; Richardson IV 2011, p. 313.
  6. ^ Richardson III 2011, p. 249.
  7. ^ Richardson II 2011, p. 257.
  8. ^ Cokayne 1916, p. 18; Richardson II 2011, p. 16.
  9. ^ Richardson III 2011, pp. 118–19.
  10. ^ Richardson IV 2011, p. 198.
  11. ^ Richardson III 2011, p. 246.
  12. ^ Richardson IV 2011, p. 313; Weir 1999, p. 108.
  13. ^ Richardson III 2011, p. 246.


External links[edit]

  • Retrieved 24 November 2007
  • (retrieved 24 November 2007)
  • Richard Glanville-Brown, correspondence, Richard Glanville-Brown (RR 2, Milton, Ontario, Canada), 17 August 2005.