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Francis Hastings, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon

Birthdate: (55)
Birthplace: Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, England
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Son of George Hastings, 1st Earl of Huntingdon and Anne Stafford, Countess of Huntington
Husband of Catherine Hastings (Pole), Countess of Huntingdon
Father of Frances Compton, Lady; Henry Hastings, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon; William Hastings; Edward Hastings, Sir, MP; Catherine Clinton and 6 others
Brother of Henry Hastings; William Hastings; Margery (Boydell); Mary Hastings; Thomas Hastings, Sir, MP and 3 others

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About Francis Hastings, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon

several online sources give different death dates,_2nd_Earl_of_Huntingdon

say he died 20 June 1561 and

say he died 23 June 1560

say he died 23 June 1561

say he died 25 January 1569

Birth: 1514 Leicestershire, England Death: Jan. 25, 1569 Leicestershire, England

He was Knight of the Garter, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon, 4th Lord Hastings. Lieutenant general and Chief Captain of the Army and fleet for service abroad. Lord Lieutenant of the counties of Rutland, Leicester, Derby and Warwick, Privy Councillor, Master of the Harthounds.

He was the son and heir of Sir George Hastings and Anne Stafford. He was born about 1514. He was husband of Katherine Pole, elder daughter of Sir Henry Pole, Lord Montagu, descendant of King Edward III by Jane Neville, daughter of Sir George, Lord Bergavenny, also a descendant of King Edward III. They were married on June 25, 1532 by papal dispensation dated 11 July 1531 as they were related in the 3rd and 4th degrees, in Ashby, Leicestershire, England

They had six sons and five daughters: Sir Henry Hastings, KG, 3rd Lord Huntingdon George Hastings, 4th Earl Huntingdon William Hastings Sir Francis Hastings Walter Hastings Sir Edward Hastings Elizabeth Hastings Katherine Hastings, wife of Sir Henry Clinton, 2nd Earl of Lincoln Frances Hastings, wife of Henry Compton, Lord Compton Anne Hastings Mary Hastings

Francis carried St Edward's staff at the coronation of Edward VI in 1547, was engaged in suppressing rebellions in Rutland and Leicester in 1549, Captain of the Vanguard forces to the Queen in 1558. Francis died testate at Ashby la Zouch, Katherine died intestate sixteen years later.

Family links:

 George Hastings (1489 - 1544)
 Anne Stafford Hastings

 Catherine Pole Hastings (1511 - 1576)

 Walter Hastings (1544 - 1616)*
 Elizabeth Hastings Somerset (1546 - 1621)*
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Burial: St Helen Churchyard Ashby-de-la-Zouch Leicestershire, England

Francis Hastings, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon, KG (1514 – 20 June 1561) was the eldest son of George Hastings, 1st Earl of Huntingdon and Anne Stafford, Countess of Huntingdon, the ex-mistress of Henry VIII.[1]

His maternal first cousins included Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford and Henry Radclyffe, 2nd Earl of Sussex.

He was born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. He was tutored by John Leland during his youth. His mother, Anne Stafford, Countess of Huntingdon had an affair with Henry VIII in 1510, the discovery of which led her husband to remove her to a convent and her brother to leave court in a rage, refusing to stay under Henry's roof. As late as 1513, Anne was the courtier who received the second most expensive New Year's gift from Henry, indicating that their relationship continued until then. However, there are no contemporary references to the possibility of Francis being an illegitimate son of the Tudor monarch.

His father was created the first Earl of Huntingdon by Henry VIII of England on 3 November 1529. He was awarded stewardship over two abbeys in 1530.

Marriage and children

Francis married Catherine Pole (1511 - 23 September 1576) on 25 June 1532. She was a daughter of Henry Pole, 1st Baron Montacute and Jane Neville. Jane was in turn a daughter of George Nevill, 4th Baron Bergavenny and Margaret Fenne. They had eleven children:

Frances Anne Hastings (1533–1574). Married Henry Compton, 1st Baron Compton and was mother of William Compton, 1st Earl of Northampton. Henry Hastings, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon (1536 – 14 December 1595). William Hastings (b. 1537). George Hastings, 4th Earl of Huntingdon (1540 – 3 December 1604). Sir Edward Hastings (1541–1603?). Married Barbara Devereux, daughter of Sir William Devereux and Jane Scudamore. Her paternal grandfather was Walter Devereux, 1st Viscount Hereford. She was the sole heir of both her father and her previous husband Edward Cayce. Her considerable inheritance included Leicester Abbey. Hans Francis Hastings, 12th Earl of Huntingdon and all subsequent Earls of Huntingdon are descended in the paternal line from Edward. Catherine Hastings (11 August 1542 – 22 September 1576). Married Henry Clinton, 2nd Earl of Lincoln and was mother of Thomas Clinton, 3rd Earl of Lincoln. Walter Hastings (1544 – 20 August 1616). Married Joyce Roper. Elizabeth Hastings (c. 1546 – 24 August 1621). Married Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester. Anne Hastings (b. 1548). Francis Hastings (c. 1550 – 26 September 1610). Married Maud Longford. Mary Hastings (b. 1552) (ru) - Ivan the Terrible's potential bride. 1583 Russian Embassy was unsuccessful. Political career[edit] He seems to have gained some favour and was created a Knight of the Bath in 1533. His father died on 24 March 1544 and Francis succeeded as the 2nd Earl of Huntingdon. At the coronation of Edward VI of England on 20 February 1547, Huntingdon St. Edward's staff and took a prominent part in the jousting competition held in celebration of the event.

He was a political supporter of John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland during the protectorate of Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset. He was the one to lead Somerset to the Tower of London for his imprisonment on 13 October 1549. He was rewarded with a creation as a Knight of the Garter before the end of that day, alongside George Brooke, 9th Baron Cobham, Thomas West, 9th Baron De La Warr and William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke.

The Kingdom of England was at this point at war with Scotland and France, under Mary, Queen of Scots and King Henry II, respectively. Huntingdon was named Lieutenant General of the army and Chief Captain of the fleet in a campaign against Boulogne-sur-Mer. His complaining about the lack of sufficient funding and equipment for his campaign was probably justified. The campaign led however to the signing of the Peace of Boulogne. According to its terms all English claims were forfeit in exchange for 400,000 crowns. The British forces accordingly withdrew from Boulogne and all hostilities ceased for a time.

After this reasonable success for Huntingdon, Northumberland was able to provide his supporter with a membership in the Privy council. He accompanied Edward VI in 1552 and Northumberland in 1553 during their respective travels in English territory away from London. He probably enjoyed the trust of both at the time.

In 1553, Huntingdon was further awarded with several estates in Leicestershire which were previously held by John Beaumont. Beaumont had been attended and was by then deceased. Huntingdon generously allowed the widow of Beaumont to keep their family manor in Grace-Dieu where further members of this family would survive.

On 21 May 1553, his eldest son Henry married Katherine Dudley, the youngest daughter of their ally Northumberland. Huntingdon was among the nobles who signed the document proclaiming Lady Jane Grey heir of Edward VI. Jane was married to Lord Guildford Dudley, son to Northumberland and brother-in-law of Henry Hastings. Huntingdon probably held high hopes for his son under the new reign.

He was among the supporters of Jane in her brief reign (10 – 19 July 1553) but this reign ended in revolt in favour of her cousin Mary I of England. Huntingdon was arrested and incarcerated in the Tower of London.

He was released in January 1554 and immediately assigned to locate and arrest the rebellious Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk, father of Jane Grey. He was successful and led Suffolk to the Tower for his incarceration. He was present for the execution of Thomas Wyatt the younger (on 11 April 1554).

He was a nephew by marriage of Cardinal Reginald Pole who was a favourite of Mary I and briefly Archbishop of Canterbury (1557–1558). This connection allowed him to avoid persecution for his Protestantism. Mary would die in 1558 and be succeeded by her younger half-sister Elizabeth I of England.

He died in 1562 and was buried in St Helen's Church, Ashby-de-la-Zouch where his alabaster monument still exists in the Hastings Chapel. He was succeeded by his eldest surviving son Henry two years later.


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Francis Hastings, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon's Timeline

Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
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Ashby, Leicester, Berwickshire, England
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Huntingdon, Berw, Scotland