Elizabeth Woodville, Countess Rivers

Elizabeth Woodville, Countess Rivers and 8th Baroness Scales (died 2 September 1473), born Elizabeth de Scales, was the sole heir of Thomas Scales, 7th Baron Scales.[1]


Elizabeth first married Henry Bourchier (d. 1462), second son of Henry Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex. Her second marriage to Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers produced no children.[2] The earl was a sibling of Elizabeth Woodville, queen consort of Edward IV. He became Lord Scales in his wife's right, and was summoned to Parliament by that title.

After Elizabeth died in 1473, Anthony married a daughter of Henry FitzLewis named Mary, but remained without legitimate issue. He was later beheaded by order of Richard III at Pontefract on 24 June 1483, but did leave a will.

The lands attached to the Rivers title were inherited by Anthony's brother, Richard Woodville, 3rd Earl Rivers. The Barony of Scales went to his youngest brother, Edward Woodville, but Richard III ignored this provision and the title fell into abeyance. In 1485, John de Vere and William Tynedale became heirs to the Scales' estate.[2]


  1. Philip Morant, The History and Antiquities of the County of Essex
  2. 1 2 Ross, J. (2011). John de Vere, Thirteenth Earl of Oxford (1442-1513): 'the Foremost Man of the Kingdom.' (pp.91) Boydell Press. Google Books.
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Thomas de Scales, 7th Baron Scales
Baroness Scales
1460 – ?
Succeeded by
Anthony Woodville, Lord Scales

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