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Suffolk, Duke of (E, 1514 - 1551)


Creation: let.pat. 1 Feb 1513/4


Extinct: 14 Jul 1551


Family name: Brandon




Barry of ten Argent and Gules a Lion rampant Or ducally crowned per pale of the first and second


A Lion's Head erased Or guttée Sable ducally crowned per fess Argent and Gules



Charles [Brandon], 1st Viscount Lisle later 1st Duke of Suffolk, KG PC

2nd son of Sir William Brandon, Standard Bearer to King Henry VII, by his wife Elizabeth Bruyn, dau. and cohrss. of Sir Henry Bruyn, of South Ockendon, co. Essex


c. 1484

mar. (1) and (3)

aft. 25 Sep 1505 (and again in 1508) Anne Browne (dspm. 1511 or 1512), 3rd dau. of Sir Anthony Browne, of Cowdray, co. Sussex, Standard Bearer to King Henry VII, by his wife Lady Lucy FitzWilliam, widow of Sir Thomas FitzWilliam, of Aldwarke, co. York, sister and cohrss. of George [Neville], 1st Duke of Bedford later 2nd Marquessw of Montagu, and 4th dau. of John [Neville], 1st Marquess of Montagu

children by first wife

1. Lady Anne Brandon (b. bef. 1508; bur. s.p. 13 Jan 1557/8), mar. (1) Edward [Grey], 4th Baron Grey (of Powys), and (2) betw. Jul 1552 and Jan 1552/3 Ranulph Hayward

2. Lady Mary Brandon (b. c. 1520; d. betw. 1540 and 1544), mar. betw. 2 Jun 1527 and 1529 as his first wife Thomas [Stanley], 2nd Baron Monteagle, and had issue

mar. (2)

bef. 7 Feb 1506/7 (declared void c. 1507) Lady Margaret Mortimer (aunt of his first/third wife and widow of Sir John Mortimer), sister and cohrss. of George [Neville], 1st Duke of Bedford later 2nd Marquess of Montagu, and 3rd dau. of John [Neville], 1st Marquess of Montagu, by his wife Isabel Ingaldesthorpe, dau. and cohrss. of Sir Edmund Ingaldesthorpe, of Borough Green, co. Cambridge

mar. (4)

after 4 Feb 1514/5 in France and again 13 May 1515 in England the Princess Mary, Queen Dowager of France (b. 18 Mar 1494/5; widow of King Louis XII of France; d. 25 Jun 1533), 3rd dau. of King Henry VII by his wife the Princess Elizabeth, 1st dau. of King Edward IV

children by fourth wife

1. Lord Henry Brandon, cr. v.p. Earl of Lincoln 18 Jun 1525 (b. 11 Mar 1515/6 ; dvp. 1 Mar 1533/4)

1. Lady Frances Brandon (b. 16 Jul 1517; d. 21 Nov 1559), mar. (1) May 1533 as his second wife Henry [Grey], 1st Duke of Suffolk, and (2) bef. 1557 as his first wife Adrian Stokes, and had issue by her first husband

2. Lady Eleanor Brandon (dspms. 27 Sep 1547), mar. 1537 as his 1st wife Henry [Clifford], 2nd Earl of Cumberland, and had issue

mar. (5)

7 Sep 1534 Hon Katherine Willoughby, suo jure Baroness Willoughby de Eresby (b. 22 Mar 1519/20; mar. (2) 1553 Richard Bertie MP; d. 19 Sep 1580), only dau. and hrss. of William [Willoughby], 11th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, by his second wife Mary de Salinas, dau. of Count Martin de Salinas

children by fifth wife

2. Lord Henry Brandon, later 2nd Duke of Suffolk

3. Lord Charles Brandon, later 3rd Duke of Suffolk


22 Aug 1545


15 May 1513 Viscount Lisle, with remainder "to the heirs male of the body of Elizabeth Grey, Viscountess (sic) Lisle, by the said Charles begotten" (patent surrendered 20 Apr 1523)

1 Feb 1513/4 Duke of Suffolk

suc. by

son by fifth wife


Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII 1509-12; Chamberlain of North Wales 1509; Marshall of the King's Bench 1509/10; Joint Marshall of the Household 1511; Keeper of the Manor and Park of Wanstead 1512-21; knighted 1512; Ranger of the New Forest 1512; Joint Captain of the Sovereign in the action off Brest 1512; in 1513 received the wardship of Hon Elizabeth Grey, suo jure Baroness Lisle, with whom he subsequently made a contract to marry; Knight of the Garter 1513; Privy Councillor 1513; Master of the Horse 1513; Marshall of the King's Army in France 1513, being present at the Battle of the Spurs and the siege of Tournai; Governor of Tournai 1513; Ambassador to France 1514 and 1515; present at the at the Field of Cloth of Gold 1520; Commissioner for the trial of the Duke of Buckingham 1521; Earl Marshal 1524-33; Joint Ambassador to France 1529; signed the letter to the Pope urging the King's divorce 1530; Lord President of the Council 1529/30-45; Lord High Constable and Lord High Steward for the Coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn 1533; Chief Justice in Eyre, South of Trent 1534-45; as King's Lieutenant suppressed the rebellion in Lincolnshire 1537 and granted Tattershall Castle; Lord Steward of the Household 1540-45; Warden of the Scottish Marches 1542 and Lieutenant on the Borders 1542/3-43/4; Captain-General of the Army against France 1544; captured Boulogne 1544; Lieutenant and Captain-General in Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, etc. 1545


Henry [Brandon], 2nd Duke of Suffolk


18 Sep 1535


14 Jul 1551

suc. by



Knight of the Bath at the Coronation of King Edward VI 1546/7


Charles [Brandon], 3rd Duke of Suffolk




14 Jul 1551


Knight of the Bath at the Coronation of King Edward VI 1546/7; died half an hour after his elder brother, both of the "sweating sickness"


On the death of the 3rd Duke of Suffolk the Dukedom of Suffolk became extinct. Some three months after his death, on 11 Oct 1551, his brother-in-law, Henry [Grey], 3rd Marquess of Dorset, was created Duke of Suffolk.


 Last reviewed 29 Mar 2007



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