Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Stafford

For other people with the same name, see Margaret Beaufort (disambiguation).
Margaret Beaufort
Countess of Stafford
Spouse(s) Humphrey Stafford, Earl of Stafford
Sir Richard Dayrell


Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham
Margaret Dayrell, Baroness Audley
Father Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset
Mother Lady Eleanor Beauchamp
Born 1437
Died 1474

Margaret Beaufort (c. 1437 – 1474) was a daughter of Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset and Lady Eleanor Beauchamp.

Her maternal grandparents were Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick and his first wife Elizabeth Beauchamp, 4th Baroness Lisle. Elizabeth was daughter of Thomas de Berkeley, 5th Baron Berkeley and Margaret de Berkeley, 3rd Baroness Lisle, becoming the main heiress of her mother.


Margaret was first married to Humphrey Stafford, Earl of Stafford. He was the eldest son and prospective heir of Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham by his wife Anne Neville. Anne was daughter of Ralph de Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland and his 2nd wife, Joan Beaufort, youngest daughter of John of Gaunt and his mistress / third wife Katherine Swynford. They had only one known child:

Her father led forces loyal to the House of Lancaster in the First Battle of St Albans (22 May 1455) against his main rival Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York. The Earl of Stafford followed his father-in-law into battle. Margaret's father was killed; her husband, Stafford, was wounded. Margaret could no longer count on the support of her father; and she became a widow when her husband died of plague three years later.

She had a second marriage to Sir Richard Dayrell. They were parents to at least one child:



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