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Audley, Baron (E, 1317 - forfeited 1521)


Creation: writ summ. 20 Nov 1317


Forfeited: 13 May 1521


Family name: de Audley later de Stafford







Hugh [de Audley], 1st Baron Audley later 1st Earl of Gloucester, called "the Junior"

1st son and heir of Hugh [de Audley], 1st Baron Audley of Stratton Audley, by his wife Isolt de Balun, widow of Sir Walter de Balun, of Much Marcle, co. Hereford, and dau. of Edmund [de Mortimer], 1st Baron Mortimer


c. 1289


28 Apr 1317 Lady Margaret de Gaveston (widow of Piers [de Gaveston], 1st Earl of Cornwall;  d. Apr 1342), sister and cohrss. of Gilbert [de Clare], 7th Earl of Gloucester, and 4th dau. of Gilbert [de Clare], 6th Earl of Gloucester, by his second wife Princess Joan "of Acre", 2nd surv. dau. of King Edward I by his first wife Eleanor of Castile, dau. of Ferdinand III, King of Castile

only child

1. Lady Margaret de Audley, later suo jure Baroness Audley


d.s.p.m. 10 Nov 1347 (bur. in Tunbridge Priory)


v.p. by writ of summons 20 Nov 1317 Baron Audley

16 Mar 1336/7 Earl of Gloucester

suc. by

daughter in the Barony of Audley only


with his father in the rebellion of the Earl of Lancaster 1321/2 but was pardoned;  in the King's service in Scotland 1336;  Ambassador to France 1341; although the grant of the Earldom of Gloucester was to himself and his heirs, the Earldom is considered to have become extinct on his death


Lady Margaret de Audley later de Stafford, suo jure Baroness Audley



bef. 6 Jul 1336 as his second wife Ralph [de Stafford], 1st Earl of Stafford


1. Sir Ralph de Stafford (dvp. and sp. c. 1347), mar. 1 Nov 1344 Lady Maud Plantagenet, suo jure Countess of Leicester, Derby and Lincoln (b. 4 Apr 1340; mar. (2) 1352 William V, Duke of Bavaria; dsp. 10 Apr 1362), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Henry "of Grosmont", 1st Duke of Lancaster, by his wife Lady Isabel de Beaumont, 4th dau. of Henry [de Beaumont], 1st Baron Beaumont and Earl of Buchan

2. Hugh de Stafford, later 3rd Baron Audley later 2nd Earl of Stafford

1. Lady Beatrice de Stafford (d. 13 Apr 1415), mar. (1) 1350 Maurice [FitzMaurice], 2nd Earl of Desmond, mar. (2) bef. 24 Sep 1359 Thomas [de Ros], 4th Baron Ros, and (3) bef. 20 Aug 1385 Sir Richard de Burley, of Birley, co. Hereford (dsp. 23 May 1387), and had issue by her second husband

2. Lady Joan de Stafford (d. bef. 1397), mar. (1) John [Cherleton], 3rd Baron Cherleton, and (2) bef. 16 Nov 1379 as his second wife Gilbert [Talbot], 3rd Baron Talbot, and had issue by her first husband

3. Lady Elizabeth de Stafford (d. 7 Aug 1376), mar. (1) after 12 Mar 1346/7 Fulk [Lestrange], 3rd Baron Strange of Blackmere, (2) after 19 Oct 1349 John [de Ferrers], 4th Baron Ferrers of Chartley, and (3) as his first wife Reynold [de Cobham], 2nd Baron Cobham of Sterborough, and had issue by her first and second husbands

4. Lady Margaret de Stafford, mar. Sir John Stafford, of Bromshull, co. Stafford, and had issue


aft. 28 Jan 1347/8

suc. by



Hugh [de Stafford], 3rd Baron Audley later 2nd Earl of Stafford


suc. his mother as 3rd Baron Audley after 28 Jan 1347/8 and his father as 2nd Earl of Stafford 31 Aug 1372


The Barony of Audley was held by the Earls of Stafford from 31 Aug 1372. The Earls of Stafford became Dukes of Buckingham on 14 Sep 1444 and continued to hold the Barony of Audley until 13 May 1521, when on the attainder of Edward [Stafford], 3rd Duke of Buckingham, 8th Earl of Stafford, 9th Baron Audley, etc., all his property and titles were forfeited to the Crown.


 First written 31 Aug 2011



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