Saturday, January 7, 2012

G25: 30422828 Stafford

30422828. Earl Ralph de Stafford & 30422829. Margaret de Audley & 5910475. Katherine de Hastangs

9/24/1301, Ralph de Stafford born in England, heir & s/o 60845656. Edmund de Stafford & 60845657. Margaret Basset.

2/25/1308, Edward II crowned king of England.

8/26/1308, Ralph 9 years old when his father Edmund died.

1318-22, Margaret born in England, heir & d/o 60845658. Hugh de Audley & 60845659. Margaret de Clare.

4/6/1323, Ralph made proof of age. (S) Knights of Edward I, Moor, 1930, P146.

12/6/1323, Order to cause Ralph de Stafford, son and heir of Edmund de Stafford, … to have seisin of his father’s lands, as he proved his age … . (S)CCRs.

1324, Ralph married 1st to Katherine. (S) Transactions – Bristol and Gloucester Arch. Soc., V72, 1954, P79.

1325, Margaret heir to her half-sister Joan Gaveston, d/o Piers, Earl of Cornwall; and became sole heir to her mother and here extensive lands in England, Wales and Ireland.

4/16/1326, Order to supersede … king’s writ … to place in exigent … Ralph de Stafford and Richard his brother, John son of Thomas de Stafford, … who were indicted for unlawful assemblies, alliances, and confederations, … (S) CCRs.

1/20/1327, Ralph created a knight-banneret.

2/1/1327 at Westminster, Edward III, age 14, crowned king of England.

1327, A fine levied between Ralph de Stafford and Katharine his wife, querents, and Humphrey de Hastang, deforciant, … manors of Caleond, Cornwall, … (S) Complete Peerage, V7.

10/18/1329, Thomas Hasting’, Ralph de Stafford, an John Murdak, knights, … owe to Scolastica de Melsa 300 marks … (S) CCRs.

10/19/1330 in Nottingham castle, Ralph, 1 of 9 helping young King Edward III and fellow knights, took Roger de Mortimore and Queen Isbella [widow of Edward II] prisoner.

1331, Ralph de Stafford, knight, acknowledges that he owes to Richard de Stafford, his brother, 80 marks … (S) CCRs.

4/23/1332, Protection with clause … for Hugh de Audele going behound the seas on the king’s service. … Ralph de Stafford going with him. [14 others also named after Ralph.] (S) CPRs.

9/25/1334, Licence for Ralph de Stafford to enfeoff William de Shareshull and Dionisia his wife, in fee tail, of a knight’s fee and a half in Sharshull and Coven, co. Stafford, … (S) CPRs.

3/27/1335, Ralph de Stafford, Philip de Chetewynde, and Philip de Somerville appointed to array 60 hobelars and 200 archers in co. Stafford. (S) Collections for a History of Staffordshire, V8, P53.

Bef. 2/28/1336, Hugh’s daughter Margaret was abducted in co. Essex by, and married to, Ralph de Stafford. They filed a complaint, but King Edward III supported Ralph. (S) CPRs.

10/20/1336, Letters of attorney for John de Stafford, knight, going to Scotland with Ralph de Stafford, …. (S) Calendar of Documents Relating to Scotland.

1/10/1337, Ralph appointed Steward of the Royal Household.

1/14/1337, “Radulpho Baroni de Stafford”, 2nd Baron Stafford, summoned to Parliament.

1/8/1339, Hugh de Audele, earl of Gloucester and Ralph de Stafford, knight, acknowledge they owe … 320 marks … (S) CCRs.

1339–1340, Ralph fought at sites in Flanders. King Edward, unable to provoke a battle with Philip VI of France by his various invasions of France, decided to attack Flanders, which was economically tied to England through the wool market.

9/20/1339, King Edward, with a force of 12,000 attacked Cambresis, Tournai, Vermandois and Laon [in what is now far northern France.]

11/1339, King Edward and the forces of King Philip neared each other at Brabant; however, King Philip retreated without engaging in battle.

2/1340, Having wintered in Hainault, King Edward was forced to return to England.

6/24/1340, Ralph fought at the sea battle of Sluys in France. King Edward, with a fleet of 200 ships, won the battle  against the French. In a 9-hour battle the English attacked 166 French ships at their moorings.

5/13/1341, Ralph, steward of the king’s household, granted a market and fair at Madeley, Staffordshire. (S) Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs.

Ralph married Margaret.

10/1341, Ralph was captured during the Siege of Nantes in Brittany.

1342, Ralph took part in the seige of Vannes in Brittany where he was taken prisoner. He was exchanged for Olivier de Clisson.

7/6/1343, Commission of oyer and terminer to William Scot, Ralph de Stafford, Robert de Burghcher, … (S) CPRs.

3/1/1344, Hugh de Audele earl of Gloucester and Ralph baron of Stafford acknowledge that they owe to Adam de Veryngham of Rockele 500£. (S) CCRs.

6/22/1344, Ralph, baron Stafford, with earls and the king in the new chamber at Westminster, before the ninth hour, when the king sealed certain letters. (S) CPRs.

9/1344, Ralph participated in the tournament at Hereford.

2/23/1345, Ralph became Seneschal of Aquitaine, in France.

7/12/1346, King Edward landed an invasion force of 10000 in Normandy, which marched north plundering the countryside. King Philip VI, with 8000 horsemen and 4000 Genoese crossbowmen pursued.

8/26/1346, Ralph fought as a knight banneret in the King’s Division at the Battle of Crecy north of Paris. (S) Crecy & Calais, 1898, P35.

2/1347, Ralph and the Earl of Oxford destroyed a French fleet bringing food to Calais.

1347, Ralph at the siege of Calais, with 205 men in his contingent. (S) English Historical Documents 1327-1485, Myers, 1996, P497. [Calais fell 8/4/1347.]

11/10/1347, Margaret’s father died.

11/16/1347, Whereas the king of special grace has lately surrendered to Ralph de Stafford and Margaret his wife, daughter and heir of Hugh Daudele, earl of Gloucester, who is of full age, the lands of Hugh … (S) CPRs.

1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].

4/23/1348, Ralph a founding Knight of the Order of the Garter. (S) Plantagenet Ancestry, Faris, 1999.

9/7/1349, Margaret died.

8/1350, Ralph was present at the naval battle of Winchelsea.

3/1/1351, By letters patent, the king lately granted licence for Ralph, baron of Stafford, and Margaret his wife, to enfeoff … before this latter feoffment could be made Margaret depated this life … for them to grant to Ralph the manor of Thornebury, co. Gloucester … with remainder to Hugh, his son, and Philippa daughter of Thomas de Bello Campo, earl of Warwick, … (S) CPRs.

3/5/1351, Ralph named the 1st Earl of Stafford by King Edward III.

7/21/1352, Ralph, earl of Stafford arrived at Bordeaux, France, and organized an army, short of archers, that marched up the Garoone valley. (S) The Hundred Years War, V2, Sumption, 2001, P96. [The army of 3800 had 144 bannerets and knights, 117 men-at-arms, 1328 mounted infantry, 30 archers, and 1096 foot soldiers.]

8/15/1352, Ralph and his army arrived outside Agen, which was held by Amaury de Craon. A few days later a French contingent from the town was engaged and defeated, with multiple French knights captured.

9/1352, Ralph returned his forces to Bordeaux. Soon after he took forces and marched north to engage French forces besieging the fortress of Taillebourg.

1353 at Chester, Ralph assigned to protect the Prince of Wales.

11/3/1354, Enrolment of release by George Selymon for his life to Sir Ralph, earl of Stafford, … lands in the town of Attewarde, co. Wilts, … (S) CCRs.

3/6/1355, The Pope sent letters to King Edward, Prince Edward, Henry duke of Lancaster, Richard earl of Arundel … [Ralph] the earl of Stafford … requesting the liberation of Charles, duke of Brittany. (S) Calendar of Papal Entries, V3, P617.

4/18/1355, Order to pay Ralph earl of Stafford 250 marks for Easter term, last, as the king granted to Ralph to stay with him for the term of his life with a hundred men at arms both in war and in peace, 1,000 marks to be received yearly for his life of the customs in that port [Boston] and the port of London. (S) CCRs.

10/1/1355, Ralph, landing in Calais with King Edward, proceeded on raids into Pas de Calais, Artois and Picady.

2/1356, Ralph with King Edward started a campaign in southern Scotland.

5/17/1357, Licence for Brian de Cornubia, ‘chivaler,’ … remainder to Ralph, earl of Stafford, Hugh, his son, and their heirs. (S) CPRs.

1359, Ralph served in Gascony. [Ralph had left England with 414 horses in his service, and returned with 486.] (S) The Organization of War Under Edward III, Hewitt, 1966, P88.

1/14/1361, Radulpho Baroni de Stafford summoned to Parliament.

1361, Ralph accompanied Lionel on his excursion into Ireland.

11/25/1361, Ralph, earl of Stafford, staying in England, has letters nominating John ap Howell as his attorney in Ireland for one year. Hugh de Stafford has like letters. (S) CPRs.

7/13/1363, In consideration of the discords and debates which have arisen between the lordships of Ralph, earl of Staffor, of Neuport and Walter de Mauny of Strogoil and Chepstowe in Wales, … the king … to make a final agreement thereon in the next Parliament … (S) CPRs.

7/29/1366, Ralph, earl of Stafford, staying in England … attorney in Ireland … (S) CPRs.

5/1/1370, Licence, for 10 marks … Ralph, earl of Stafford, for the alienation in mortmain … to celebrate devine service daily … for the safe estate of the earl, and for the souls of his relations and friends … (S) CPRs.

8/31/1372, Ralph, 2nd Lord Stafford, Earl of Stafford, died; buried at Tonbridge Castle, Kent, England, with Margaret, at the feet of her parents.

(S) Plantagenet Ancestry, 2004. (S) DNB, 1891. (S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P764.

Family notes:

·         Katherine de Hastangs’ ancestry is questionable. Mostly given as d/o Sir John de Hastang, Knt., of Chebsey, Staffordshire & Eve ?; there is minimal evidence to support this; while there is some minimal evidence to support her being d/o Humphrey de Hastangs.

Children of Ralph and Katherine are:

i. Margaret de Stafford (2955237), born ~1320 in England.

ii. Joan de Stafford, born ~1322 in England.

Joan married Sir Nicholas de Beke, Knt.

Children of Ralph and Margaret:

i. Hugh de Stafford (15211414), born bef. 1342 in England.

iv. Katherine de Stafford, born 1348

Katherine married Sir John de Sutton, Knt., Baron of Dudley, Staffs.

1361, Katherine died.

v. Elizabeth de Stafford (No. 1055437), born 1342 in England.

vi. Beatrice de Stafford (1477621), born ~1345 in England.

vii. Joan de Stafford, born ? in England.

Joan married John de Cherleton, s/o John de Cherleton & Maud de Mortimer.

1397, Joan died.