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Eleanor Brandon, Countess of Cumberland

Birthdate: (28)
Birthplace: Surrey, United Kingdom
Death: September 27, 1547 (28)
Brougham Castle, Cumberland, , England
Place of Burial: Skipton, North Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor, Queen of France
Wife of Henry Clifford, 2nd Earl of Cumberland
Mother of Charles Brandon Clifford; Lady Margaret Stanley and Henry de Clifford
Sister of Henry Brandon, 1st Earl of Lincoln and Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk
Half sister of Sir Charles Brandon; Frances Brandon; Mary Brandon; Mary Brandon; Anne Brandon and 3 others

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About Lady Eleanor Brandon, Countess of Cumberland



Lady Eleanor Brandon was born in 1519/20.3

She was the daughter of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk and Mary Rose Tudor.1

She married Henry Clifford, 2nd Earl of Cumberland, son of Henry Clifford, 1st Earl of Cumberland and Lady Margaret Percy, circa June 1537 at Southwark, London, England.1

She died on 27 September 1547 at Brougham Castle. She was buried at Skipton, Yorkshire, England.

    From circa June 1537, her married name became Clifford.

Child of Lady Eleanor Brandon and Henry Clifford, 2nd Earl of Cumberland

   * Lady Margaret Clifford+1 b. 1540, d. 29 Sep 1596


  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 1, page 1064. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  2. [S3409] Caroline Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family."
  3. [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 150. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Eleanor Clifford, Countess of Cumberland

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eleanor Clifford, Countess of Cumberland (1519 – 27 September 1547) was the third child and second daughter of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk and Mary Tudor, the former Queen consort of France. She was a younger sister of Henry Brandon, 1st Earl of Lincoln and Lady Frances Brandon, and an elder half-sister of Henry Brandon, 2nd Duke of Suffolk and Charles Brandon, 3rd Duke of Suffolk.

Her paternal grandparents were Sir William Brandon and Elizabeth Bruyn. Her maternal grandparents were Henry VII of England and his queen consort Elizabeth of York. She was thus a niece of Henry VIII.

[edit]Countess of Cumberland

Eleanor was descendant of a member of the Tudor dynasty and therefore her marriage would advance the political ambitions of any given husband. In 1533, her father agreed to her engagement to Henry Clifford, the eldest son and heir of Henry Clifford, 1st Earl of Cumberland by Margaret Percy.

In January, 1536, Eleanor was designated the chief mourner for the funeral service of Katharine of Aragon, first Queen consort of Henry VIII, at Peterborough Cathedral.

She married her fiancé in June 1537 at latest. They were parents of three children:

Lady Margaret Clifford (1540 - 28 September 1596). She married Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby.

Henry Clifford. Died an infant.

Charles Clifford. Died an infant.

[edit]Prospects of succeeding to the throne

The Third Succession Act of 23 March 1544 defined that Eleanor was in line to succeed her maternal uncle Henry VIII. She was eighth-in-line for the throne following:

Edward, Prince of Wales, her first cousin.

Lady Mary Tudor, her first cousin.

Lady Elizabeth Tudor, her first cousin.

Lady Frances Brandon, her elder sister.

Lady Jane Grey, her eldest niece.

Lady Catherine Grey, her second niece.

Lady Mary Grey, her third niece.

Henry VIII died on 28 January 1547. Prince Edward became King Edward VI. Lady Eleanor was the seventh-in-line for the throne, but she died on 27 September the same year. Her place in line was taken by her daughter. Her husband later remarried Anne Dacre, who bore him six more children.

Eleanor Brandon was the youngest daughter of Charles Brandon, duke of Suffolk (1485-August 22,1545) and Mary Tudor (March 18,1495-June 25,1533). She married Henry Clifford, 2nd earl of Cumberland (1517-January 2,1570) in 1537, by whom she had a daughter, Margaret (1540-September 29,1596) and two sons, Henry and Charles, who died young. The story of Eleanor Clifford’s abduction during the Pilgrimage of Grace is fiction. She was not yet married at that time. She did not live long enough to become involved in the quarrel over the succession, but she passed her dangerous inheritance of royal blood on to her daughter. Portrait: sketch by Holbein?; a sketch and portrait by Hans Eworth c.1560, identified by some as Eleanor because of the coat of arms, is not her. The arms were added much later. It is not Eleanor's daughter Margaret, either. The sitter is probably Margaret Wentworth (see her entry).

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Lady Eleanor Brandon, Countess of Cumberland's Timeline

Surrey, United Kingdom
Age 19
Ofbroughamcastle, Brougham, Westmoreland, England
Age 20
Ofbroughamcastle, Brougham, Westmoreland, England
Age 21
Cumbria, England
September 27, 1547
Age 28
Brougham Castle, Cumberland, , England
Skipton, North Yorkshire, England