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Dorothy de Stafford

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in England
Place of Burial: Westminster, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford and Ursula Stafford
Wife of Sir William Carey, Kt. and Sir William Stafford, Kt., of Grafton
Mother of Elizabeth Drury; Sir Edward Stafford, of Grafton; Ursula Drake; William Stafford, II; Dorothy Stafford and 1 other
Sister of Henry Stafford, 2nd Baron Stafford; Walter Stafford; Elizabeth Stafford; Thomas Stafford; Edward Stafford, 3rd Baron Stafford and 4 others

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About Dorothy de Stafford

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Husband's Name

William STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-9C) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1500 Place: Of, Blatherwick, Northamptonshire, England

Christened: Place: Of, Chebsey

Married: Abt 1545 Place:

Father: Humphrey STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-LW)

Mother: Margaret FOGGE (AFN:9FXW-M3)


Wife's Name

Dorothy STAFFORD (AFN:9224-NM) Pedigree

Born: 1526 Place: , , England, Gb

Died: 22 Sep 1604 Place: St. Margaret Church, Westminster, Middlesex, Eng.

Buried: 23 Sep 1604 Place: St. Margaret Church, Westminster, Middlesex, England

Married: Abt 1545 Place:

Father: Henry STAFFORD (AFN:9224-FF) Family

Mother: Ursula POLE (AFN:9224-GL)




1. Sex Name

F Ursula STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-HD) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1546 Place: <Of Bobbing Court, Bobbing, Kent, England>


2. Sex Name

F Dorothy STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-F2) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1548 Place: <Of Bobbing Court, Bobbing, Kent, England>


3. Sex Name

M Edward STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-BJ) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1552 Place: Of, Grafton, Northamptonshire, England

Died: 5 Feb 1604/1605 Place:


4. Sex Name

M John STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-DV) Pedigree

Born: 1549 Place: <Of Bobbing Court, Bobbing, Kent, England>

Died: 28 Sep 1624 Place: Sp


5. Sex Name

F Elizabeth STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-G7) Pedigree

Born: 1550 Place: Of Bobbing Court, Bobbing, Kent, England


6. Sex Name

M William STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-CP) Pedigree

Born: 1 Mar 1553/1554 Place: Rocheford, Rocheford, England, England

Died: 16 Nov 1612 Place:

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Born: ABT 1526

Died: 23 Sep 1603/4

Buried: St. Margaret's, Westminster, England

Father: Henry STAFFORD (1° B. Stafford)

Mother: Ursula POLE

Married: William STAFFORD of Grafton (Sir) AFT Jul 1543


1. Edward STAFFORD of Grafton (Sir)

2. John STAFFORD of Marlwood Park (Sir)

3. William STAFFORD


Dorothy Stafford was the youngest daughter of Henry Stafford, Baron Stafford (September 18,1501-April 30,1563) and Ursula Pole (1504-August 12,1570). She lived in the household of her aunt, Elizabeth Stafford, duchess of Norfolk (1499-November 30, 1558) as a child, as did her sisters Susanna and Jane. In 1545, Dorothy married Mary Boleyn’s widower, Sir William Stafford, later of Chebsey, Staffordshire (d. May 1556) and had six children by him, Elizabeth (c.1546-February 6, 1598/9), Dorothy (b.1548), Sir Edward of Grafton (c.1552-1604), Ursula (b.c.1553), William (1554-1612), and Sir John of Marlwood Park (January 1556-1624). Alison Weir suggests she was the Mistress Stafford with Elizabeth Tudor in the Tower in 1554, but in March 1554, the entire family went into exile, settling in Geneva. John Calvin was godfather to their youngest son and, after her husband's death, tried to keep custody of the boy.With all her children, Dorothy left Geneva for Basel, where she remained until January of 1559. Under Elizabeth Tudor, Dorothy was at court and became quite influential there. Her first warrant for wages is dated August 13, 1559. In 1575 (or 1563), she is said to have been appointed Mistress of Robes and to have held that position until the queen's death in 1603. However, there was no official post by that title until the next reign. In the late 1580s, Dorothy was forced to confine one of her women, Barbara Heron, to Bedlam. She paid for Barbara's maintenance for the eight or nine years she was confined there. When two maids of honor, Elizabeth Brydges and Elizabeth Russell, were banished from the Coffer Chamber for three days, they stayed with Lady Stafford. Dorothy was buried in St. Margaret’s, Westminster. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under "Stafford [née Stafford], Dorothy." Portraits: effigy in St. Margaret's.

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Dorothy de Stafford's Timeline

October 1, 1526
Age 7
Age 21
Age 23
Bobbing, Kent, England
Age 25
Age 25
Bobbing Court, Kent, England
March 1, 1554
Age 27
Rocheford, England
Age 29
September 22, 1604
Age 77