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Margaret Carey (de Spencer)

Also Known As: "Margaret de Carey"
Birthplace: Spencercomb, Devon, England
Death: August 16, 1501 (31-39)
Engle, Devon, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Robert Spencer, Knt., of Spencercombe
Wife of Thomas Cary
Mother of Anne Carey; Sir John Carey; Eleanor (Carey); Edward de Carey; Margaret Carey and 2 others
Half sister of Lady Katherine Spencer, Countess of Northumberland

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About Margaret Carey

Primary Sources

Reference: C 1/480/13
Description: Short title: Cary v Fuleford.
Plaintiffs: Thomas, son and heir of William Cary and of Alice, his wife, daughter of Baldwin Folford, knight.
Defendants: John Fuleford, esquire.
Subject: Detention of deeds relating to the manor of Ashbury, and half the manor of Brompton Ralph, claimed by complainant in right of Margaret, his wife, daughter and heir of Robert Spencer, knight, son and heir of John Spencer and of Joan, his wife.
Devon, Somerset.
2 documents
Date: 1518-1529
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description


Margaret Spencer (1472 – 1536) was the daughter of Sir Robert Spencer, of Spencercombe, in the English County of Devon, by his wife Lady Eleanor Beaufort, the daughter of Edmund Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset and Lady Eleanor Beauchamp.

In 1490, she was married to Sir Thomas Carey, of Chilton Foliat, in Wiltshire, son of Sir William Carey and Alice Furford. They had eight children:

  • Sir John Carey, of Plashey (1491–1552), married Joyce Denny (1495–1559). She was the daughter of Sir Edmund Denny, of Cheshunt by his second wife, Mary Troutbeck.
  • Anne Carey (1493–1550)
  • William Carey (1500–1528), Gentleman of the Privy Chamber and Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII of England, married Mary Boleyn. It is thought that shortly after the marriage, Henry VIII began an affair with Mary, and around this time she gave birth to two children whose parentage is questioned by historians, Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon and Catherine Carey. If they were Margaret's biological grandchildren, then her descendants include Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales.
  • Margaret Carey (1496–1560)
  • Eleanor Carey (died after 1528). She was a nun at Wilton Abbey.
  • Daughter Carey. She was a nun at Wilton Abbey.
  • Edward Carey (1498–1560)
  • Mary Carey (1501–1560), married John Delaval, Sheriff of Northumberland (1493–1562).


  • The royal descent of Nelson and Wellington, from Edward the first, George Russell French, 1853, page 28
  • The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII, Retha Marvine Warnicke, 1984, page 36
  • The Baronetage of England: containing a genealogical and historical account of all the English, Edward Kimber, 1771, Page 221


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Margaret Carey's Timeline

Spencercomb, Devon, England
Age 27
Clovelly, Devon, England
June 28, 1495
Age 29
Chilton Folst, Wiltshire, England
Age 29
Of, Plashey, Essex, England
Age 30
Clovelly, Bristol, England
Age 32
Age 33
Chilton Foliat, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
August 16, 1501
Age 35
Engle, Devon, England