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Alice Holland, Countess of Kent (c. 1350 – 17 March 1416), formerly Lady Alice FitzAlan, was an English noblewoman, a daughter of the 10th Earl of Arundel, and the wife of the 2nd Earl of Kent, the half-brother of King Richard II.

She was the maternal grandmother of Anne Mortimer, thus an ancestor of King Edward IV and King Richard III. Through her daughter, Margaret, King Henry VII was her descendant. She was also the maternal grandmother of Joan Beaufort, Queen of Scotland.

She was appointed a Lady of the Garter in 1388.

Together Thomas Holland and Alice had ten children:

  1. Alianore Holland (1373- October 1405), married firstly Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March, by whom she had issue, including Anne Mortimer and Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March; she married secondly, Edward Charleton, 5th Baron Cherleton, by whom she had two daughters.
  2. Thomas Holland, 1st Duke of Surrey (1374- 7 January 1400), married Joan Stafford, but the marriage was childless.
  3. John Holland (died young)
  4. Richard Holland (died young)
  5. Elizabeth Holland (died 4 January 1423), married Sir John Neville, Lord Neville by whom she had issue.
  6. Joan Holland (1380- 12 April 1434), married firstly as his second wife, Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York; married secondly William de Willoughby, 5th Lord Willoughby de Eresby; married thirdly Henry le Scrope, 3rd Baron Scrope of Masham, her fourth husband was Henry Bromflete, 1st Lord Vessy. All her marriages were childless.
  7. Edmund Holland, 4th Earl of Kent (6 January 1384 – 15 September 1408), married Lucia Visconti[5] (1372-14 April 1424), but the marriage was childless. He fathered an illegitimate daughter Eleanor de Holland (born 1406), by his mistress Constance of York.
  8. Margaret Holland (1385- 30 December 1439), married firstly John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset, by whom she had issue including John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset and Joan Beaufort, Queen of Scotland; she married secondly Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence.
  9. Eleanor Holland (1386- after 1413), married Thomas Montacute, 4th Earl of Salisbury, by whom she had one daughter, Alice Montacute, 5th Countess of Salisbury.
  10. Bridget Holland (died before 1416), a nun at Barking Abbey.

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Lady Alice Fitzalan, Countess of Kent, Lady Holand, was a daughter of Richard Fitzalan, 10th Earl of Arundel (1306 - 1376) and Eleanor of Lancaster (1318 - 1372). Alice was the wife of Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent, the half-brother of King Richard II of England.

Lady Alice was born in 1350 at Arundel Castle in Sussex, England, the second eldest daughter of Richard Fitzalan, '"Copped Hat", 10th Earl of Arundel, and Eleanor of Lancaster. Her paternal grandparents were Edmund Fitzalan, 9th Earl of Arundel, and Alice de Warenne. Her maternal grandparents were Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster, and Maud Chaworth.

Alice was the wife of Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent, Baron Holand ((1354 - 1397); they were married April 10, 1364, He was one of the half-brothers of the future King Richard II of England by his mother Joan of Kent's first marriage to Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent. Upon her marriage, Alice was styled as Lady Holand. Alice would not assume the title of Countess of Kent until 1381, when her husband was created earl.

In 1366, Alice's husband was appointed captain of the English forces in Aquitaine, and in 1375, he was made a Knight of the Garter. In 1377, his half-brother Richard succeeded to the throne of England, as Richard II. Alice's husband would become one of the young king's chief councillors and exert a strong influence over his brother which led to the enrichment of Thomas and Alice. In 1388, she was appointed the 23rd "Lady of the Garter" in 1388.

Together Thomas and Alice had ten children:

  • Alianore Holland (1373- October 1405), married firstly Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March, by whom she had issue, including Anne Mortimer and Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March; she married secondly, Edward Charleton, 5th Baron Cherleton, by whom she had two daughters.
  • Thomas Holland, 1st Duke of Surrey (1374- 7 January 1400), married Joan Stafford, but the marriage was childless.
  • John Holland (died young)
  • Richard Holland (died young)
  • Elizabeth Holland (died 4 January 1423), married Sir John Neville, Lord Neville by whom she had issue.
  • Joan Holland (1380- 12 April 1434), married firstly as his second wife, Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York; married secondly William de Willoughby, 5th Lord Willoughby de Eresby; married thirdly Henry le Scrope, 3rd Baron Scrope of Masham, her fourth husband was Henry Bromflete, 1st Lord Vessy. All her marriages were childless.
  • Edmund Holland, 4th Earl of Kent (6 January 1384-15 September 1408), married Lucia Visconti (1372-14 April 1424), but the marriage was childless. He fathered an illegitimate daughter Eleanor de Holland (born 1406), by his mistress Constance of York.
  • Margaret de Holland (c. 1380/1385 - 30 December 1439), married firstly John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset, by whom she had issue including John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset and Joan Beaufort, Queen of Scotland; she married secondly Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence.
  • Eleanor Holland (1386 - after 1413), married Thomas Montacute, 4th Earl of Salisbury, by whom she had issue.
  • Bridget Holland (died before 1416), a nun at Barking Abbey.

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1350
1350
Arundel, Sussex, England
1364
April 10, 1364
Age 14
Arundel, Sussex, England
1370
1370
Age 20
Upholand, Lancaster, Nebraska, USA
1373
1373
Age 23
Upholland, Lancashire, England
1373
Age 23
Up Holland, Lancashire, England
1375
1375
Age 25
Kent, England, United Kingdom
1376
1376
Age 26
Up Holland, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
1378
1378
Age 28
Upholland, Lancashire, , England
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1380
Age 30
Upholland, Lancashire, England
1384
January 6, 1384
Age 34
Brockenhurst, Kent, England