Anne Hankford

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Anne Hankford
Arms of Hankford
Bornc. 1431
Died13 November 1485 (aged 53–54)
Noble family
Spouse(s)Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond
IssueAnne Butler
Margaret Butler
FatherSir Richard Hankford
MotherAnne Montagu

Lady Anne Butler, Countess of Ormond (c. 1431 – 13 November 1485) was the first wife of Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond (c. 1426- 3 August 1515). She was the great-grandmother of Anne Boleyn.

Early life and family[edit]

She was a daughter and co-heiress of Sir Richard Hankford of Annery, Monkleigh, Devon, feudal baron of Bampton[1] by his second wife Anne Montagu, a daughter of John Montagu, 3rd Earl of Salisbury.[2]

Marriage and issue[edit]

She married Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond before 1450. He was the youngest son of James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond and Joan de Beauchamp. They had two daughters:


Anne died on 13 November 1485, in the same month of the restoration of the estates and title of Ormonde to her husband by King Henry VII's first Parliament. Thomas Butler and his brothers had been declared traitors by King Edward IV, who had had statutes made against them at Westminster. After her death, Thomas Butler married Lora Berkeley, daughter of Sir Edward Berkeley, by whom he had a daughter who died young. In 1509, he was appointed Queen Catherine of Aragon's first Lord Chamberlain.[3]


  1. ^ Risdon, Tristram (d.1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, p.64
  2. ^ Prince, John, (1643–1723) The Worthies of Devon, 1810 edition, p.462, biography of Sir William Hankford
  3. ^ Fraser, Antonia The Wives of Henry VIII. Norwalk, Conn.: Easton Press, 1992. pp. 59, 117


  • Bruce, Marie Louise Anne Boleyn. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1972