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Anne Stafford, Countess of Huntingdon

Lady Anne Stafford
Portrait of Anne Stafford.jpg
Anne Stafford, c. 1535, by Ambrosius Benson
Bornc.1483
Died1544
Buried at Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
Noble familyStafford (by birth)
Huntingdon (by marriage)
Spouse(s)Sir Walter Herbert
George Hastings, 1st Earl of Huntingdon
Issue
Francis Hastings, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon
Sir Thomas Hastings
Edward Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings of Loughborough
Henry Hastings
William Hastings
Dorothy Hastings
Mary Hastings
Katherine Hastings
FatherHenry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham
MotherLady Katherine Woodville

Anne Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon (née Lady Anne Stafford) (c. 1483-1544) was the daughter of Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, and Lady Katherine Woodville. She was the wife of Sir Walter Herbert, and George Hastings, 1st Earl of Huntingdon, and served in the household of King Henry VIII's daughter, the future Queen Mary I.

Family

Born around 1483, Lady Anne Stafford was the daughter of Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, and Katherine Woodville[1]

Anne Stafford had two brothers, Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham,[2] and Henry Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire; and a sister, Elizabeth Stafford, Countess of Sussex.[3]

In 1483, King Richard III executed Henry Stafford for treason. Anne's mother remarried to Jasper Tudor. In 1503, Anne married Sir Walter Herbert.[]

When Herbert died in 1507, Anne gave control of her jointure, which included Raglan Castle in Wales, to her brother, Edward. Anne went to live in her brother's household at Thornbury until her second marriage to George Hastings in 1509.[4]

In 1510, Anne was the subject of a sex scandal. Her brother had heard rumours that Anne was having an affair with Sir William Compton. On one occasion, Stafford found Compton in Anne's room. Compton was forced to take the sacrament to prove that he had not committed adultery. Hastings sent Anne to live in a convent 60 miles away from the royal court. There is no evidence that Anne and Compton committed adultery. However, in 1523 Compton took the unusual step of bequeathing land to Anne in his will, and directing his executors to include her in the prayers for his kin for which he had made provision in his will.[5]

Despite this scandal, Anne and Hastings apparently enjoyed a close, loving relationship. This was evidenced by a letter written to Anne by Hastings in 1525 which has been described as 'one of the most affectionate and charming letters of the period'.[6]

Marriages and children

Anne Stafford married firstly, in 1503,[] Sir Walter Herbert (d. 16 September 1507),[7] an illegitimate[8] son of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke.[9] The marriage was childless.

She married secondly, in December 1509,[]George Hastings, 1st Earl of Huntingdon. They had five sons and three daughters:[7]

Fictional portrayals

Notes

  1. ^ Cokayne 1959, p. 738; Richardson IV 2011, p. 82; Dockray 2004.
  2. ^ According to Davies she may have had another brother, Humphrey Stafford, who died young.
  3. ^ Richardson IV 2011, p. 82; Davies 2008.
  4. ^ Harris 2002, pp. 144-5.
  5. ^ Harris 2002, p. 83.
  6. ^ Harris 2002, pp. 83-4.
  7. ^ a b Richardson II 2011, p. 374.
  8. ^ Richardson, however, lists Sir Walter Herbert among the legitimate sons of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke, and his wife, Anne Devereux; Richardson II 2011, p. 388.
  9. ^ Harris 2002, p. 145.
  10. ^ Richardson II 2011, pp. 374-5.
  11. ^ Richardson III 2011, pp. 377-8.
  12. ^ Howell 2004; McGurk 2004.
  13. ^ Maclean & p. 252.
  14. ^ http://www.kateemersonhistoricals.com/

References

  • Cokayne, George Edward (1959). The Complete Peerage edited by Geoffrey H. White. XII (Part II). London: St Catherine Press.
  • Davies, C.S.L. (2008). "Stafford, Edward, third duke of Buckingham (1478-1521)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/26202.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  • Davies, C.S.L. (2004). "Stafford, Henry, second duke of Buckingham (1455-1483)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/26204.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  • Dockray, Keith (2004). "Stafford, Henry, earl of Wiltshire (c.1479-1523)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/70804.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  • Harris, Barbara J. (2002). English Aristocratic Women, 1450-1550. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Howell, A. Lloyd (2004). "Devereux, Walter, first Viscount Hereford (c.1489-1558)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/7567.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  • McGurk, J.J.N. (2004). "Devereux, Walter, first earl of Essex (1539-1576)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/7568.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  • Pollard, Albert Frederick (1898). "Edward Stafford (1478-1521)" . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 53. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 446-7.
  • Richardson, Douglas (2011). Everingham, Kimball G. (ed.). Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. II (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 1449966381.
  • Richardson, Douglas (2011). Everingham, Kimball G. (ed.). Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. III (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 144996639X.
  • Richardson, Douglas (2011). Everingham, Kimball G. (ed.). Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. IV (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 1460992709.
  • Maclean, Sir John (1883). The Berkeley Manuscripts, ed. Sir John Maclean. II. Gloucester.

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