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About Hugh de Stafford, 2nd Earl of Stafford

Primary Sources

Inquisitions Post Mortem for Hugh earl of Stafford, Writ, 6 January, 10 Richard II [1387]. His IPMs give eight different death dates. 16 September, Tuesday before Michaelmas [25 September], 26 September, 27 September, Tuesday after Michaelmas [2 October], 14 October, 16 October, and 24 October, all were in 1386. Thomas de Stafford, aged 18 years and more, was his son and heir.

Inq. taken at Lambith, Thursday in the quinzaine of Easter, 10 Richard II [1387].
The archbishop of Canterbury appeared before the jurors and produced probate of the testament of the said earl in a public instrument, wherein it is stated that the earl died on Tuesday before Michaelmas last [25 September 1386]. With the said archbishop came the bishop of Hereford, treasurer of England, John lord de Cobeham, Sir Richard Scrop and Sir John Deveros, who are of the king’s council, and swore on their honour that Sir Richard Lodelowe, knight, and many others, with a certain priest who was the earl’s confessor, swore in their presence before the council that the said Richard was with the earl at the time of his death and that the earl died on the said Tuesday. The jurors, giving credence to the said lords, say on their oath that the earl died on that day.

Hugh de Stafford, 2nd Earl of Stafford

Hugh de Stafford, 2nd Earl of Stafford, KG (c. 1344 – 16 October 1386) was an English nobleman.

Hugh de Stafford was born around 1344, the second and youngest son of Ralph Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford and Margaret de Audley. His elder brother, Ralph, was intended to inherit the title and had been married to Maud Grosmont, daughter of Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster and Isabel de Beaumont in 1344, with the expectation that he would expand the Stafford estates by inheriting the Lancastrian duchy. However, Ralph died early in 1347 and Hugh became heir.[1] Around 1358, Hugh became the 3rd Lord Audley. Hugh joined his father in the French campaigns in 1359, being part of the retinue of Edward, Prince of Wales, spending time in Gascony and northern Spain.

He spent many years in military service, before returning to England and being summoned to Parliament in 1371 as Lord Stafford and later as Earl Stafford. On 31 August 1372, he inherited the title of 2nd Earl of Stafford. He was a member of a number of royal commissions, such as ones on Scottish affairs and on coastal defence. He was on the committee of nobles who conferred regularly with the Commons, being deemed suitable by that House to be part of the new 'continual council' of state. He did not always make the best decisions though and was admonished by his peers for censuring John Philipot, the London MP and merchant who had mobilised a fleet to defend merchant shipping.[1]

On or before 1 March 1350, Hugh de Stafford married Philippa de Beauchamp daughter of Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick and Katherine Mortimer. They had seven children.[2]

  • Sir Ralph de Stafford (c. 1354 – 1385). Ralph was killed by King Richard II's half-brother, John Holland, 1st Duke of Exeter in a feud during an expedition against the Scots in May 1385, over a retainer's death by one of Ralph's archers.[1]
  • Margaret de Stafford, (c. 1364 – 9 June 1396), married Ralph de Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland as his first wife.
  • Thomas de Stafford, 3rd Earl of Stafford (c. 1368 – 4 July 1392). Inherited at age of 18. Married Anne of Gloucester, daughter of Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester and Eleanor de Bohun. No issue, the marriage was reportedly never consummated.
  • William Stafford, 4th Earl of Stafford (21 September 1375 – 6 April 1395). Inherited from his brother at the age of 14. He was a ward of the Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester. He died at 19, no issue.
  • Katherine de Stafford (c. 1376 – 8 April 1419), married Michael de la Pole, 2nd Earl of Suffolk.
  • Edmund Stafford, 5th Earl of Stafford (2 March 1377 – 22 July 1403), inherited title from his brother at the age of 17. He married Anne of Gloucester, the widow of his elder brother Thomas. Edmund and Anne were the parents of Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham.
  • Joan de Stafford (1378 – 1 October 1442), married Thomas Holland, 1st Duke of Surrey. No issue.

Hugh's wife Phillippa died on 6 April 1386, and it was probably this combined with the death of his son that pushed him to undertake a series of pilgrimages. He went first to Walsingham and then sailed for Jerusalem. He only got to Rhodes, where he died in the hospital the knights of St John in October of that year. His bones were returned to Stone Priory, Staffs, for burial next to his wife.


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Hugh de Stafford, 2nd Earl of Stafford's Timeline

Staffordshire, England
Age 12
Staffordshire, England
Age 21
Holland, Lancashire, England
May 1364
Age 22
Durham, County Durham, England, United Kingdom
March 25, 1369
Age 27
Staffordshire, England
Age 34
Age 34
Stafford, Staffordshire, England
September 22, 1377
Age 35
Stafford, England
March 2, 1378
Age 36