Biography of Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford

Timeline

On 24 Sep 1301 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford was born to Edmund Stafford 1st Baron Stafford and Margaret Basset.

On 26 Aug 1308 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford succeeded 2nd Baron Stafford (1C 1299).

Around 1326 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford and Katherine Hastings Baroness Stafford were married. Katherine Hastings Baroness Stafford by marriage Baroness Stafford (1C 1299).

In 1331 Margaret Stafford was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford and Katherine Hastings Baroness Stafford at Sandon.

Battle of Dupplin Moor

On 12 Aug 1332 Battle of Dupplin Moor was fought between the supporters of the infant David II King Scotland, son of Robert "The Bruce" I King Scotland, and the supporters of Edward Balliol I King Scotland, supported by the English. The Bruce army included Thomas Randolph 2nd Earl Moray, Robert Bruce Lord of Liddesdale, Domhnall Mar II Earl Mar. The Balliol army included David III Strathbogie 11th Earl Atholl, Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford, Thomas Ughtred 1st Baron Ughtred and Walter Manny 1st Baron Manny. The battle is notable for being the first to use dismounted men-at-arms supported by archers; a formation that would bring repeated success to the English both in Scotland and France.
Robert Bruce Lord of Liddesdale was killed# leading a charge.

Around 1336 Hugh Stafford 2nd Earl Stafford was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford and Margaret Audley Countess Stafford at Staffordshire.

Before 06 Jul 1336 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford and Margaret Audley Countess Stafford were married. Margaret Audley Countess Stafford by marriage Baroness Stafford (1C 1299).

Before 06 Jul 1336 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford abducted Margaret Audley Countess Stafford. She being the heir of the very wealthy Hugh Audley 1st Earl Gloucester ; considerably more wealthy than Ralph. Edward III King England was sympathetic despite the complaint of her father since Ralph had been one of Edward III King England 's key supporters during the plot to arrest Roger Mortimer 1st Earl March. Margaret Audley Countess Stafford 's father was subsequently created Earl as a quid pro quo.

In 1337 Hugh Audley 1st Earl Gloucester was created 1st Earl Gloucester (3C 1337) by Edward III King England as compensation for his daughter Margaret Audley Countess Stafford having been abducted by Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford. Margaret Clare Countess Gloucester by marriage Countess Gloucester (3C 1337).

Around 1340 Elizabeth Stafford Baroness Cobham Sternborough, Baroness Ferrers Chartley, Baroness Strange Blackmere was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford and Margaret Audley Countess Stafford at Staffordshire.

Battle of Sluys

On 24 Jun 1340 Edward III King England attacked the French fleet at anchor during the Battle of Sluys capturing more than 200 ships, killing around 18000 French. The English force included John Beauchamp 1st Baron Beauchamp Warwick, William Bohun 1st Earl Northampton, Henry Scrope 1st Baron Scrope Masham, William Latimer 4th Baron Latimer Corby, John Lisle 2nd Baron Lisle, Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford, Henry of Grosmont 1st Duke Lancaster, Walter Manny 1st Baron Manny and Richard Pembridge. Thomas Monthermer 2nd Baron Monthermer died from wounds.

In 1341 Beatrice Stafford Countess Desmond was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford and Margaret Audley Countess Stafford at Staffordshire.

In 1344 Joan Stafford Baroness Cherleton, Baroness Talbot was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford and Margaret Audley Countess Stafford at Staffordshire.

On 23 Apr 1344 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford was appointed 5th Knight Garter: Founder.

Around 1348 Katherine Stafford Baroness Sutton Dudley was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford and Margaret Audley Countess Stafford at Staffordshire.

On 05 Mar 1350 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford was created 1st Earl Stafford (1C 1351). Margaret Audley Countess Stafford by marriage Countess Stafford (1C 1351).

On 31 Aug 1372 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford died.

Joan Stafford was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford and Katherine Hastings Baroness Stafford.

Ralph Stafford was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford and Margaret Audley Countess Stafford.

Family Trees

Paternal Family Tree: Stafford

Descent

Kings Wessex: Great x 15 Grand Son of Aethelwulf King Wessex

Kings England: Great x 7 Grand Son of Henry "Beauclearc" I King England

Kings Franks: Great x 15 Grand Son of Louis "Pious" King Aquitaine, I King Franks

Kings France: Great x 10 Grand Son of Robert "Pious" II King France

Ancestry

Father: Edmund Stafford 1st Baron Stafford

GrandFather: Nicholas Stafford

Great GrandFather: Robert Stafford

Great x 2 GrandFather: Hervey Stafford

Great x 3 GrandFather: Hervey Bagot

Great x 3 GrandMother: Millicent Stafford

Great x 2 GrandMother: Petronill Ferrers Stafford

Great GrandMother: Alice Corbet

GrandMother: Eleanor Clinton

Mother: Margaret Basset Great x 6 Granddaughter Henry "Beauclearc" I King England

GrandFather: Ralph Basset 1st Baron Basset Drayton Great x 5 Grandson Henry "Beauclearc" I King England

Great GrandFather: Ralph Basset 1st Baron Basset Drayton

Great x 2 GrandFather: Ralph Basset

Great x 3 GrandFather: Ralph Basset

Great GrandMother: Margaret Somery Baroness Basset Drayton Great x 4 Granddaughter Henry "Beauclearc" I King England

Great x 2 GrandFather: Roger Somery 2nd Baron Dudley

Great x 3 GrandFather: Ralph Somery 1st Baron Dudley

Great x 3 GrandMother: Margaret Gras Baroness Dudley

Great x 2 GrandMother: Nicole Daubigny Baroness Dudley Great x 3 Granddaughter Henry "Beauclearc" I King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: William Daubigny 3rd Earl Lincoln, 3rd Earl Arundel

Great x 3 GrandMother: Mabel Gernon Countess Lincoln, Countess Arundel Great x 2 Granddaughter Henry "Beauclearc" I King England