Margaret of York (1472)

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Margaret of York
Born (1472-04-10)10 April 1472
Winchester Castle, Hampshire, England
Died 11 December 1472(1472-12-11) (8 months and 1 day)
Burial Westminster Abbey
House York
Father Edward IV
Mother Elizabeth Woodville
English Royalty
House of York
Royal Arms of England (1399-1603).svg
Edward IV

Margaret of York (10 April 1472 – 11 December 1472) was a namesake niece of Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy. She was the fifth child and fourth daughter of Edward IV of England and Elizabeth Woodville.

She was a younger sister of Elizabeth of York, Mary of York, Cecily of York and Edward V of England. She was also an older sister of Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York, Anne of York, George Plantagenet, Duke of Bedford, Catherine of York and Bridget of York.

She was born in Winchester Castle but died of natural causes eight months later. She was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Margaret's sarcophagus was originally placed to fit in the steps of the shrine of St. Edward the Confessor but moved at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries to the edge of the chapel. The step edging around the sides can however still be seen.

An annotated history of the Abbey in the Abbey's library states that the lid was removed in more modern times and the sarcophagus found to be empty. The monumental brass originally on the top of Margaret's tomb is long since missing, but the original wording around the edge and on the surface plaque was recorded historically.

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