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  • Anne Stafford1
  • F, #274413, d. circa 14 April 1472
  • Last Edited=27 Jan 2013
  • Anne Stafford was the daughter of Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Lady Anne Neville.1 She married Sir Aubrey de Vere, son of John de Vere, 12th Earl of Oxford and Elizabeth Howard, in April 1460.2 She married, secondly, Sir Reynold de Cobham, son of Sir Reynold de Cobham and Eleanor Culpeper, in 1471.1 She died circa 14 April 1472.2 Her will was probated on 2 May 1472.1 She was buried at Lingfield, Surrey, England.1
  • In 1471 married 2nd Sir Thomas Cobham (d without legitimate male issue ), s of 2nd Lord (Baron) Cobham (of Sterborough) (see COBHAM, V, preliminary remarks).2 Her last will was dated 12 April 1472.
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume III, page 355. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S37] BP2003 volume 3, page 3708. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
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  • Lady Anne de Stafford Cobham
  • Birth: 1446
  • Death: Apr. 14, 1472
  • Lady Anne was the daughter of Humphrey de Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Lady Anne Neville.
  • Lady Anne was married twice she married first Aubrey de Vere, JP in April 1460. Aubrey was beheaded, February 20, 1462, Tower Hill, London interred Austin Friars Church, London.
  • She married secondly Thomas Cobham, 5th Baron Cobham. They had a daughter Anne who married Edward de Burgh, 2nd Baron Burgh of Gainsborough.
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  • Parents:
  • Humphrey de Stafford (1402 - 1460)
  • Anne de Neville Stafford (1411 - 1480)
  • Spouses:
  • Thomas Cobham (1412 - 1471)
  • Aubrey de Vere (____ - 1462)*
  • Burial: St Peter and St Paul Churchyard, Lingfield, Tandridge District, Surrey, England
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  • A Genealogical History of the Dormant: Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct ... By Sir Bernard Burke
  • HUMPHREY DE STAFFORD, 7th baron, and 6th Earl of Stafford, who, .... etc. His wife was the Lady Anne Nevill, dau. of Ralph, 1st Earl of Westmoreland, by whom (who m. 2ndly, Walter Blount, Lord Mountjoy,) he had issue,
    • I. HUMPHREY, Earl of Stafford, slain in the battle of St. Albans, 22 May, 1455, leaving by Margaret, dau. and co-heir of Edmund, Duke of Somerset,
      • HENRY, who s. his grandfather.
    • II. Henry (Sir), m. Margaret, Countess of Richmond, mother of King HENRY VII.
    • III. Edward.
    • IV. George, and V. William, Twins.
    • VI. JOHN, created EARL OF WILTSHIRE (see STAFFORD, Earls of Wilts.)
    • I. Anne, m. 1st, to Aubrey de Vere, son and heir-apparent of John, 12th Earl of Oxford, and 2ndly, to Sir Thomas, son of Reginald, Lord Cobham, of Sterborough.
    • II. Joane, m. 1st, to William, Viscount Beaumont, and 2ndly, to Sir William Knyvet, of Buckenham, co. Norfolk.
    • III. Catherine, m. to John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury.
  • The duke was s. by his grandson, .... etc.


  • Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham KG (15 August 1402 – 10 July 1460) was an English nobleman. A great-grandson of King Edward III on his mother's side, he was a military commander in the Hundred Years' War and in the Wars of the Roses.
  • He was born at Stafford, Staffordshire, England, the son of Edmund Stafford, 5th Earl of Stafford and Anne of Gloucester, daughter of Edward III's youngest son Thomas of Woodstock.
  • When Humphrey was less than a year old, his father was killed fighting for the royalist forces at the Battle of Shrewsbury in July 1403. He became 6th Earl of Stafford, inheriting a large estate with lands in more than a dozen counties, although over two-thirds of his estate was still occupied by his mother and he only received a reduced income, of less than £1260, until he was sixteen. Humphrey was made a royal ward on his father's death, under the control of Henry IV's queen Joanna of Navarre.[1]
  • He was knighted by Henry V on 22 Apr 1421. Following Henry V's death, he was part of the regency council, becoming a Privy Councillor in 1424. He was seen as a moderating influence over the power battles between Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester and Bishop Henry Beaufort.[1] He was made a knight of the Order of the Garter in 1429.
  • Buckingham had been Lieutenant-General of Normandy between 1430 and 1432 and was created, in 1431, the Count of Perche, a province in English-occupied Normandy by King Henry VI. This title was one of many granted by Henry VI to his leading supporters during the English occupation of France.
  • With his mother's death in 1438, he received the remainder of his father's estates, worth £1500 plus her half of the Bohun inheritance, another £1200; this included the title of Earl of Buckingham, bringing a further £1000. On 14 September 1444 he was created Duke of Buckingham, making him one of the greatest landowners in England; in 1447 he was granted precedence over all English dukes not of royal blood. Despite his income .... etc.
  • Humphrey Stafford married Lady Anne Neville, daughter of Ralph de Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland, and Lady Joan Beaufort, before 18 October 1424, They had the following children:
    • 1.Humphrey Stafford, Earl of Stafford (d. 1458). Married Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Stafford, daughter of Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp. They were parents of Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham.
    • 2.Sir Henry Stafford (c. 1425–1471). Third husband of Lady Margaret Beaufort, daughter of John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset and Margaret Beauchamp. Margaret Beaufort had previously been married to Edmund Tudor, the eldest half-brother of Henry VI, and had given birth to the future Henry VII two months after Edmund's death. She and Henry Stafford had no children together.
    • 3.Edward Stafford
    • 4.Catherine Stafford (1437 – 26 December 1476). Married John Talbot, 3rd Earl of Shrewsbury.
    • 5.George Stafford (born 1439). Twin brother of William Stafford.
    • 6.William Stafford (born 1439). Twin brother of George Stafford.
    • 7.John Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire (d. 8 May 1473. Married Constance Green. They were the parents of Edward Stafford, 2nd Earl of Wiltshire.
    • 8.Joan Stafford (1442–1484). Married first William Beaumont and secondly William Knyvett.
    • 9.Anne Stafford (1446–1472). Married first Aubrey de Vere, son of John de Vere, 12th Earl of Oxford. She married secondly Thomas Cobham, 5th Baron Cobham.[3][4]
    • 10.Margaret Stafford. Married Robert Dunham.
  • His eldest son having already died of plague,[1] Humphrey was succeeded by his grandson Henry. .... etc.
  • From:,_1st_Duke_of_Buckingham


  • HUMPHREY STAFFORD, 1ST DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM, was son of Edmund, fifth Earl of Stafford. His mother, Anne (d. 1438), was daughter and eventually sole heir of Thomas, Duke of Gloucester (d.1397), youngest son of Edward III and his wife Eleanor, coheir of the last Bohun, Earl of Hereford, Northampton, and Essex.
  • Born in 1402, Stafford was only a year old when his father's early death in the battle of Shrewsbury made him Earl of Stafford. He served in France in 1420-1, and was knighted by Henry V in the latter year.1 In December 1422 he received livery of his lands.2 Young as he was, Stafford appears in the council of Henry VI as early as February 1424, and .... etc.
  • Buckingham married Anne, daughter of Ralph Neville, first Earl of Westmorland. She was godmother of the unfortunate Prince Edward (Henry VI's son), and did not die until 20 Sept. 1480, surviving a second husband, Walter Blount, Lord Mountjoy.32 By her Buckingham had seven sons (four of whom died young) and five daughters. Of the sons who reached manhood, Humphrey was 'gretly hurt' in the battle of St. Albans (1455), and died not long after,33 leaving by his wife Margaret, daughter of Edmund Beaufort, second duke of Somerset, a son, Henry Stafford, second Duke of Buckingham. Henry, apparently the second son of the first duke, married, before 1464, the better known Margaret Beaufort, daughter of John, first duke of Somerset, and mother of Henry VII by her first husband, Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond; he died in 1481.34 The first duke's third surviving son was John, K.G. and Earl of Wiltshire, who died 8 May 1473.
  • The five daughters were: 1. Anne, who married, first, Aubrey de Vere, heir-apparent of the Lancastrian earl of Oxford, who was executed with his father in 1462; secondly, Sir Thomas Cobham of Sterborough (d.1471); she died in 1472. 2. Joanna, married, before 1461, to William, Viscount Beaumont, from whom she was separated before 1477, and married, secondly, Sir William Knyvet of Buckenham in Norfolk; she was living in 1480. 3. Elizabeth. 4. Margaret. 5. Catherine, married, before 1467, to John Talbot, third Earl of Shrewsbury (d.1473); she died 26 Dec. 1476.
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  • Thomas Cobham, de jure 5th Baron Cobham (died 26 April 1471) of Sterborough Castle, and from 1460 de jure 5th Baron Cobham,[1] was an English nobleman.
  • Sir Thomas was the second son of Reginald de Cobham, 3rd Baron Cobham de jure by his 1st wife wife Eleanor, daughter of Sir Thomas Culpeper. He succeeded to the family estates on the death, s.p., of his niece Margaret Neville, Countess of Westmorland (nee Cobham).[2][3]
  • He married (2nd) Lady Anne Stafford (1446–c. 14 April 1472, bur Lingfield, Surrey), daughter of Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Lady Anne Neville and widow (married firstly April 1460) of Aubrey Vere, JP (died beheaded Tower Hill, London, 20 February 1462, interred Austin Friars Church, London), son of John de Vere, 12th Earl of Oxford.[4]
  • He died in 1471, without legitimate male issue, and was buried at Lingfield, Surrey. His will, dated 2 April 1471, was probated on 10 July 1471. His daughter, Anne, succeeded him as de jure 6th Baroness Cobham. Anne married Edward Burgh, 2nd Baron Burgh and the barony passed to her son, Thomas Burgh, 1st Baron Burgh de jure 7th Baron Cobham.[3]
  • From:,_5th_Baron_Cobham



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Age 21
April 1472
Age 26
Lingfield, Tandridge District, Surrey, England