Duke of Suffolk

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Wingfield Castle in Suffolk in 1827. It was the seat of Sir John de Wingfield (d. circa 1361), chief administrator to Edward the Black Prince (1330-1376), whose daughter and heiress Catherine Wingfield married Michael de la Pole, seated at Wingfield Castle and in 1385 created Earl of Suffolk.
His descendants quartered the arms of Wingfield: Argent, on a bend gules three wings conjoined in lure of the field

Duke of Suffolk is a title that has been created three times in the peerage of England.

The dukedom was first created for William de la Pole, who had already been elevated to the ranks of earl and marquess, and was a powerful figure under Henry VI. The second creation was for Charles Brandon, a favourite of Henry VIII; his son and two grandsons successively inherited the title, but left no more heirs.

The third creation of the dukedom of Suffolk was for Henry Grey, 3rd Marquess of Dorset, in 1551. The duke also held the title Baron Ferrers of Groby (1300). These titles became forfeit when the duke was attainted in 1554.

Earls of Suffolk (1385)[edit]

Arms of De la Pole: Azure, a fess between three leopard's faces or

Marquesses of Suffolk (1444)[edit]

Subsidiary titles: Earl of Suffolk (1385), Earl of Pembroke (1447)

Dukes of Suffolk, first Creation (1448)[edit]

Subsidiary titles: Marquess of Suffolk (1444), Earl of Suffolk (1385), Earl of Pembroke (1447)

Dukes of Suffolk, second Creation (1514)[edit]

Arms of Brandon: Barry of ten argent and gules, a lion rampant or ducally crowned per pale of the first and second

Dukes of Suffolk, third Creation (1551)[edit]

Subsidiary titles: Marquess of Dorset (1475), Baron Ferrers of Groby (1300), Baron Harington (1324), Baron Bonville (1449)

Grey arms[edit]

There were no further creations of the dukedom. The earldom of Suffolk was re-created in 1603 for a cadet branch of the Howard family.

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