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Stafford, Earl of (E, 1688 - 1762)

 

Creation: let. pat. 5 Oct 1688

 

Extinct: 1 April 1762

 

Family name: Howard later Stafford-Howard

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Arms:

See Viscount Stafford

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Henry [Howard later Stafford-Howard], 1st Earl of Stafford

1st son and heir of William [Howard], 1st Viscount Stafford, by his wife Hon Mary Stafford, suo jure Countess of Stafford for life, sister and sole hrss. of Henry [Stafford], 5th Baron Stafford, and dau. of Hon Edward Stafford (by his wife Anne Wilford, 1st dau. of James Wilford, of Newman Hall, Quendon, co. Essex), only child and heir ap. of Edward [Stafford], 4th Baron Stafford

bapt.

c. 1648

mar.

3 Apr 1694 Claude-Charlotte de Gramont (d. 14 May 1739), dau. of Philibert de Gramont, Count de Gramont, by his wife Elizabeth Hamilton, 1st dau. of Sir George Hamilton, Bt.

died

s.p. 27 Apr 1719

created

5 Oct 1688 Earl of Stafford, with remainder in default of heirs male of his body to his brothers successfully in like manner

suc. by

nephew

note

his father was tried and found guilty of high treason in 1680 and was attainted and all his honours forfeited; his parents had been created jointly 12 Sep 1640 Baron and Baroness Stafford, with remainder to the heirs male of their bodies, failing which, to the heirs of their bodies, and on 11 Nov 1640 the 1st Baron Stafford had been created Viscount of Stafford; following the execution of Viscount Stafford on 29 Dec 1680 his widow, suo jure Baroness Stafford, continued to be known as Viscountess Stafford; in 1688 she and her eldest son were created respectively Countess and Earl of Stafford in the same patent; on her death in 1693/4 the Earldom of Stafford, granted to her for life in 1688, became extinct, and the Barony of Stafford, the right to which devolved on her children, could not be inherited by them because of the attainder of their father and so became forfeited

 

William [Stafford-Howard], 2nd Earl of Stafford

1st son and heir of Hon John Howard later Stafford-Howard, of Stafford Castle, co. Stafford (by his first wife Mary Southcott, dau. of Sir John Southcott, of Merstham, co. Surrey), 2nd son of William [Howard], 1st Viscount Stafford

born

c. 1690

mar.

c. 1718 his cousin Anne Holman (b. 21 Oct 1695; d. 21 May 1725), dau. of George Holman, of Warkworth, co. Northampton, by his wife Hon Anastasia Howard, dau. of William [Howard], 1st Viscount Stafford

children

1. Hon William Mathias Stafford-Howard, later 3rd Earl of Stafford

1. Lady Mary Apolonia Scholastica Stafford-Howard. mar. Guy Augustus de Rohan, Count de Rohan Chabot

2. Lady Anastasia Stafford-Howard, a nun

3. Lady Anne Stafford-Howard, a nun

died

Jan 1733/4

suc. by

son

note

 

William Mathias [Stafford-Howard], 3rd Earl of Stafford

born

b. 24 Feb 1718/9

mar.

8 Jul 1743 Henrietta Cantillon (mar. (2) 11 Oct 1759 as his first wife Robert [Maxwell], 1st Viscount Farnham later 1st Earl of Farnham; d. 30 Aug 1761), dau. and hrss. of Richard Cantillon, of Paris, banker, by his wife Maria Anna Mahoney, dau. of Lt Gen Count Daniel Mahoney, of Spain

died

s.p.s.legit. 28 Feb 1750/1

suc. by

uncle

 

John Paul [Stafford-Howard], 4th Earl of Stafford

2nd son of Hon John Howard later Stafford-Howard, of Stafford Castle, co. Stafford (by his first wife Mary Southcott, dau. of Sir John Southcott, of Merstham, co. Surrey), 2nd son of William [Howard], 1st Viscount Stafford

born

26 Jun 1700

mar.

1738 Elizabeth Mary Michael Ewens (d. 16 Jan 1783), dau. of Abraham Ewens, of co. Somerset, by his first wife Elizabeth St Aubyn, dau. of John St Aubyn, of Alfoxton, co. Somerset

died

s.p. 1 Apr 1762

 

On the death of the 4th Earl of Stafford the Earldom of Stafford became extinct as did also any rights to the attainted Viscountcy of Stafford, but the right to the Barony of Stafford (cr. 1640) passed, subject to the attainder of 1680, to the heirs general of the body of the 1st Baron Stafford

 

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