Elizabeth Stafford, Countess of Sussex

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Lady Elizabeth Stafford
Spouse(s) Robert Radcliffe, 1st Earl of Sussex
Henry Radcliffe, 2nd Earl of Sussex
Sir Humphrey Radcliffe
George Radcliffe
Father Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham
Mother Lady Katherine Woodville
Born c. 1479
Died before 11 May 1532

Elizabeth Stafford (c. 1479 – 11 May 1532) was an English noblewoman.


Elizabeth Stafford was the daughter of Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, and Lady Katherine Woodville, the daughter of Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers, by Jacquetta of Luxembourg, daughter of Pierre de Luxembourg, Count of St. Pol, and was thus a niece of Elizabeth Woodville, queen consort to King Edward IV.[1]

By her father's marriage to Katherine Woodville, Elizabeth Stafford had two brothers, Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham,[2] and Henry Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, and a sister, Anne, who married firstly, Sir Walter Herbert (died 16 September 1507), an illegitimate son of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke,[3] and secondly, George Hastings, 1st Earl of Huntingdon.[4]

After the execution of the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, his widow, Katherine Woodville, married Jasper Tudor, second son of Owen Tudor and King Henry V's widow, Catherine of Valois. After Jasper Tudor's death on 21 December 1495, Katherine Woodville married Sir Richard Wingfield (died 22 July 1525). Katherine Woodville died 18 May 1497. After her death, Sir Richard Wingfield married Bridget Wiltshire, daughter and heiress of Sir John Wiltshire of Stone, Kent.[5]

Elizabeth Stafford's only paternal aunt was Margaret Dayrell who was wife to James Tuchet, 7th Baron Audley. Her maternal uncles included (among others) Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers, Richard Woodville, 3rd Earl Rivers and Lionel Woodville, Bishop of Salisbury. Her aunts included Elizabeth Woodville and Mary Woodville, married respectively to Edward IV of England and William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.

Her first cousins included (among others) John Tuchet, 8th Baron Audley, Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset, Richard Grey, Elizabeth of York, Mary of York, Cecily of York, Edward V of England, Margaret of York, Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York, Anne of York, George Plantagenet, Duke of Bedford, Catherine of York, Bridget of York and Elizabeth Herbert, 3rd Baroness Herbert.[citation needed]

Her father was executed for treason by order of Richard III of England on 2 November 1483. She would remain in the care of her mother until her own marriage.[citation needed]

Elizabeth Stafford died before 11 May 1532,[6] and was buried in Boreham, Essex.[citation needed]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Elizabeth Stafford married, shortly after 23 July 1505, Robert Radcliffe, later the 1st Earl of Sussex, by whom she had three sons:[7]

After Elizabeth Stafford's death, Robert Radcliffe, 1st Earl of Sussex, married secondly, by 1 September 1532, Margaret Stanley, the only daughter[10] of Thomas Stanley, 2nd Earl of Derby, and Anne Hastings, the daughter of Edward Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings, by whom he had two daughters, Jane, who married Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montague, and Anne, who married Thomas Wharton, 2nd Baron Wharton.[11] Robert Radcliffe, 1st Earl of Sussex, married thirdly, on 14 January 1537, Mary Arundell (died 20 October 1557), the only child of Sir John Arundell (1474 – 1545) of Lanherne, Cornwall, and his second wife, Katherine Grenvile, by whom he had two sons, a first-born son who died in infancy and whose name is unknown, and a younger son, Sir John Radcliffe (1539 – 9 November 1568). Robert Radcliffe, 1st Earl of Sussex, died 27 November 1542. His widow, Mary, subsequently married, in 1545, as his second wife, Henry FitzAlan, Earl of Arundel (died 24 February 1580).[12]



  1. ^ Cokayne 1959, p. 738; Richardson IV 2011, p. 82; Dockray 2004.
  2. ^ According to Davies she may have had another brother, Humphrey Stafford, who died young.
  3. ^ Harris 2002, p. 145.
  4. ^ Richardson II 2011, p. 374; Richardson IV 2011, p. 82; Davies 2008.
  5. ^ Richardson IV 2011, pp. 82–3; Davies 2008.
  6. ^ Richardson I 2011, p. 374.
  7. ^ Richardson I 2011, p. 374.
  8. ^ Bindoff III 1982, p. 169.
  9. ^ Bindoff III 1982, p. 169; Grummitt 2004.
  10. ^ Margaret had three brothers, John, Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby, and Henry.
  11. ^ Grummitt mentions Anne, but not Jane, and states that Sir John Radcliffe (died 1568) was the son of Robert Radcliffe's second marriage to Margaret Stanley, whereas Stanton states that Sir John Radcliffe (died 1568) was the son of Robert Radcliffe's third marriage to Mary Arundell.
  12. ^ Cokayne 1953, pp. 519–20; Richardson I 2011, p. 374; Richardson IV 2011, pp. 94–5; Stanton 2004; Grummitt 2004.


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