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Sir Humphrey Stafford, III

Also Known As: "de/"
Birthplace: Grafton, Worcestershire, England
Death: Died in Tyburn, Middlesex, England
Cause of death: Executed
Place of Burial: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Humphrey Stafford, II and Eleanor Anne Aylesbury
Husband of Catherine Stafford
Father of Joyce Constable; Anne Neville, Baroness Latimer; Humphrey Stafford, IV, Sir, of Blatherwycke and William Stafford
Brother of Elizabeth Stafford, Baroness Beauchamp of Powick; Joyce Constable and Anne Stafford, Baroness Clinton of Marstoke

Occupation: Knight, Knight of Grafton, Yorkist Leader in the late War of the Roses, SIR KNIGHT
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About Sir Humphrey Stafford, III

Sir Knight Humphrey III Stafford was executed for participating in a late War of the Roses rebellion. As described in Wikipedia:

The Stafford and Lovell rebellion was the first armed uprising against Henry VII after he won the crown at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. The uprising was led by Viscount Lovell and the Stafford brothers and occurred during Eastertime 1486. The conspirators against the King believed that there would be more opportunity for personal gain if they managed to restore the Yorkist monarchy. However, the uprising was a total disaster. On the 22 April 1486 Lord Lovell decided not to risk open rebellion and escaped to Burgundy; whilst the Stafford brothers had risen in rebellion in Worcester despite the fact that Henry had obtained mass support in that area. During this time Henry was in York on a nationwide tour of the country. As soon as he advanced toward Worcester, in order to eliminate any pro Yorkist support, which could be gained, the Stafford brothers fled into sanctuary.


The King took immediate action, ordering the removal of the brothers from sanctuary. Henry then ordered the execution of Humphrey Stafford but pardoned the younger Thomas Stafford. The arrest prompted a series of protests toward Pope Innocent VIII about breaking sanctuary; this resulted in a Papal bull in August which severely limited the rights of sanctuary, excluding it completely in cases of treason, thereby vindicating the King's actions.


From Jorge Castell's page on Humphrey Stafford of Grafton: STAFFORD of Grafton (Sir Knight)2

Humphrey STAFFORD of Grafton (Sir Knight)

Born: ABT 1427, Grafton, Worcestershire, England

Died: 8 Jul 1486, Tyburn

Notes: executed by order of King Henry VII for siding with Richard III.

Father: Humphrey STAFFORD of Grafton (Sir Knight)

Mother: Eleanor AYLESBURY

Married: Catherine FRAY (b. 1437 - d. 1482) (dau. of Sir John Fray, Chief Baron of the Exchecker, and Agnes Danvers) 1452, Grafton, Worcestershire, England


1. Anne STAFFORD (B. Latimer)


3. Humphrey STAFFORD of Blatherwycke


From the Celtic Casimir online family tree:

Humphrey III STAFFORD Sir Kt.

Born: Abt 1427, Grafton, Worcester, England

Married: Unknown, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England

Died: 8 Jul 1486, Tyburn, London, England

Buried: Greyfriars, London, England

Cause of his death was hanged, drawn and quartered.

General Notes:

!NOTE: Weis, Ancestral Roots, 7th ed., line 187-11.

!NOTE: Additional information provided by a sketch of the various Stafford families, submitted to Gen-Medieval digest 20 Oct 1999 ("Stafford pt. 1") by Doug Gentile, provided originally by Rah Williams <>.

Marriage Information:

Humphrey married Katherine FREY on an unknown date in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. (Katherine FREY was born about 1438 in England and died on 12 May 1482 in England.)


From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on Humphrey Stafford:

Humphrey Stafford1

M, #107326

Last Edited=28 Dec 2008

Humphrey Stafford lived at Grafton, Worcestershire, England.1

Child of Humphrey Stafford

1.Anne Stafford+1


1.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 2246. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

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Sir Humphrey Stafford, III's Timeline

Grafton, Worcestershire, England
Age 25
Grafton, Worcestershire, England, (Present UK)
Age 37
Grafton, Worcestershire, England
Age 44
Towcester, Northamptonshire, England, UK
May 1, 1478
Age 51
Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England, UK
July 8, 1486
Age 59
Tyburn, Middlesex, England
February 24, 1933
Age 59
June 24, 1990
Age 59
October 10, 1991
Age 59