Eleanor Beaufort

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Eleanor Beaufort
Died16 August 1501 (aged 69–70)
Noble familyBeaufort (by birth)
Butler (by marriage)
Spencer (by marriage)
IssueMargaret Spencer
Catherine Spencer
FatherEdmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset
MotherEleanor Beauchamp
Arms of Beaufort, Earls and Dukes of Somerset: The Royal Arms of England within a bordure compony argent and azure

Lady Eleanor Beaufort (1431 – 16 August 1501) was the daughter of Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset (1406-1455), KG, and was a sister of the 3rd and 4th Dukes of Somerset.


She was the daughter of Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, KG (1406–1455), by his wife, Lady Eleanor Beauchamp. Eleanor Beauchamp was the daughter of Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, by his first wife, Elizabeth de Berkeley (herself daughter and heiress of Thomas de Berkeley, 5th Baron Berkeley, by his wife, Margaret de Lisle, 3rd Baroness Lisle); she was also an elder half-sister of Henry de Beauchamp, 1st Duke of Warwick, and Anne Neville, 16th Countess of Warwick.

Marriages and children[edit]

Eleanor Beaufort married twice. Her first marriage was in circa April 1458[1] to James Butler, 5th Earl of Ormond, 1st Earl of Wiltshire (d. 1461). Butler was Lieutenant of Ireland in 1453; when civil conflict broke out, the lieutenant fought on the Lancastrian side. He was present at the First Battle of St. Albans in 1455, Mortimer's Cross in 1461, and at the Battle of Towton. Butler also held the post of councilor to the Lancastrian Prince of Wales. After Towton, he was a proscribed as a traitor and was captured in the same year at Cockermouth and executed there in 1461.[citation needed]

Her second marriage was to Sir Robert Spencer[2] of Spencer Combe in the parish of Crediton, Devon,[3] by whom she had two daughters and co-heiresses:



  1. ^ Weir, Alison. Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 106
  2. ^ Reference:C 146/1170 Description: Receipt from Robert Spencer, knight, and Eleanor his wife, Countess of Wiltshire, late the wife of James Earl of Wiltshire, to Thomas, Earl of Ormond, William Husee, the King's Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, John Cheyne, William Hody, and John Biconell, knights, William Martyn, William Froste, and Thomas Cary, for 40 marcs, paid in the church of St. Paul at the Rood of the north door, part of a yearly rent of 80 marcs payable out of certain manors, &c.: [Middx.]. Note:Fragment of sealDate: London at the Rood of the north door in St. Paul's, 3 June, A.D. 1498Held by: The National Archives, KewLegal status: Public Record
  3. ^ Risdon, Tristram (d. 1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, pp.100-101 [1]
  4. ^ Vivian, p.150, pedigree of Cary
  5. ^ Vivian, p.150, pedigree of Cary
  6. ^ Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, pp.150, 154-6, pedigree of Cary
  7. ^ Vivian, pp.150, 154-6, pedigree of Cary


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