Biography of Ralph Ufford 1302-1346

Before 1298 [his father] Robert Ufford 1st Baron Ufford 1279-1316 and [his mother] Cecily Valoignes Baroness Ufford 1284-1325 were married.

Around 1302 Ralph Ufford 1302-1346 was born to [his father] Robert Ufford 1st Baron Ufford 1279-1316 (22) and [his mother] Cecily Valoignes Baroness Ufford 1284-1325 (18) at Thurston.

Before 1316 [his father] Robert Ufford 1st Baron Ufford 1279-1316 was created 1st Baron Ufford. [his mother] Cecily Valoignes Baroness Ufford 1284-1325 by marriage Baron Ufford.

Before 09 Sep 1316 [his father] Robert Ufford 1st Baron Ufford 1279-1316 died. Before 09 Sep 1316 His son [his brother] Robert Ufford 1st Earl Suffolk 1298-1369 succeeded 2nd Baron Ufford.

In 1324 [his brother] Robert Ufford 1st Earl Suffolk 1298-1369 (25) and Margaret Norwich Countess Suffolk 1286-1368 (38) were married. Margaret Norwich Countess Suffolk 1286-1368 (38) by marriage Baron Ufford.

On 16 Jul 1325 [his mother] Cecily Valoignes Baroness Ufford 1284-1325 (41) died.

On 16 Nov 1327 William Donn Burgh 3rd Earl Ulster 1312-1333 (15) and [his future wife] Maud Plantagenet Countess Ulster 1310-1377 (17) were married (he was her second cousin once removed). [his future wife] Maud Plantagenet Countess Ulster 1310-1377 (17) by marriage Earl Ulster. He a Great Grand Son of Edward "Longshanks" I King England. She a Great Grand Daughter of Henry III King England. She a 2 x Great Grand Daughter of Louis "Lion" VIII King France.

Around 1328 [his future brother-in-law] Henry of Grosmont 1st Duke Lancaster 1310-1361 (18) and Isabel Beaumont Duchess Lancaster 1320-1361 (8) were married (he was her fourth cousin). He a Great Grand Son of Henry III King England and 2 x Great Grand Son of Louis "Lion" VIII King France. She a 4 x Great Grand Daughter of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England.

On 06 Nov 1330 John Beaumont 2nd Baron Beaumont 1317-1342 (12) and [his future sister-in-law] Eleanor Plantagenet Countess Arundel Countess Surrey 1318-1372 (12) were married (he was her fourth cousin). He a 4 x Great Grand Son of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England. She a Great Grand Daughter of Henry III King England. She a 2 x Great Grand Daughter of Louis "Lion" VIII King France.

1337 Creation of Earls

In 1337 King Edward III England (24) created a number of new Earldom's probably in preparation for his forthcoming war against France ...
William Montagu 1st Earl Salisbury 1301-1349 (36) was created 1st Earl Salisbury 2C 1337. Catherine Grandison Countess Salisbury 1304-1349 (33) by marriage Earl Salisbury 2C 1337.
William Bohun 1st Earl of Northampton 1309-1361 (27) was created 1st Earl of Northampton 3C 1337. Elizabeth Badlesmere Countess Northampton 1313-1356 (24) by marriage Earl of Northampton 3C 1337.
Hugh Audley 1st Earl Gloucester 1291-1347 (46) was created 1st Earl Gloucester 3C 1337 by his half fourth cousin King Edward III England (24) as compensation for his daughter Margaret Audley Countess Stafford 1318-1349 (19) having been abducted by
[his brother] Robert Ufford 1st Earl Suffolk 1298-1369 (38) was created 1st Earl Suffolk 2C 1337. Margaret Norwich Countess Suffolk 1286-1368 (51) by marriage Earl Suffolk 2C 1337.
Henry Percy 1st Earl of Northumberland 1341-1408 was created 1st Earl of Northumberland 1C 1377.

In 1337 [his future brother-in-law] Henry of Grosmont 1st Duke Lancaster 1310-1361 (27) was created 1st Earl Derby 2C 1337. Isabel Beaumont Duchess Lancaster 1320-1361 (17) by marriage Earl Derby 2C 1337.

On 05 Feb 1344 Richard Fitzalan 10th Earl Arundel 8th Earl Surrey 1306-1376 (38) and [his future sister-in-law] Eleanor Plantagenet Countess Arundel Countess Surrey 1318-1372 (25) were married (he was her half third cousin) at Ditton Church Stoke Poges. [his future sister-in-law] Eleanor Plantagenet Countess Arundel Countess Surrey 1318-1372 (25) by marriage Earl Arundel Sussex. She a Great Grand Daughter of Henry III King England and 2 x Great Grand Daughter of Louis "Lion" VIII King France.

In or before 1345 Ralph Ufford 1302-1346 (43) and Maud Plantagenet Countess Ulster 1310-1377 (35) were married. She a Great Grand Daughter of Henry III King England and 2 x Great Grand Daughter of Louis "Lion" VIII King France.

In 1345 [his daughter] Maud Ufford Countess Oxford 1345-1413 was born to Ralph Ufford 1302-1346 (43) and [his wife] Maud Plantagenet Countess Ulster 1310-1377 (35) at Ufford. She a 2 x Great Grand Daughter of Henry III King England and 3 x Great Grand Daughter of Louis "Lion" VIII King France.

On 22 Sep 1345 Henry Plantagenet 3rd Earl of Leicester 3rd Earl Lancaster 1281-1345 (64) died at Leicester Castle Leicester. His son [his brother-in-law] Henry of Grosmont 1st Duke Lancaster 1310-1361 (35) succeeded 4th Earl of Leicester 2C 1265, 4th Earl Lancaster.

In 1346 Ralph Ufford 1302-1346 (44) died at Kilmainham, Dublin.

On 05 May 1377 [his wife] Maud Plantagenet Countess Ulster 1310-1377 (67) died at Bruisyard Abbey. She was buried at Bruisyard Abbey.

Around 1400. Window in the Chicheley Chapel at St Andrew's Church Wimpole from the late 14th early 15th Century depicting alliances of the Ufford family (who are thought to have owned the manor of Wimpole before the Chicheleys) and the Plantagenets through the marriage of Ralph Ufford 1302-1346 and [his former wife] Maud Plantagenet Countess Ulster 1310-1377, daughter of Henry Plantagenet 3rd Earl of Leicester 3rd Earl Lancaster 1281-1345 .
From top to bottom, left to right:
Tiptoft Arms. The Tiptoft family owned the nearby manor of Harleston.
Bardolf Arms.
Avenell Arms. The Avenell family once held a manor in Wimpole.
Telemache Arms.
Ufford Arms. Believed to be the arms of [his nephew] William Ufford 2nd Earl Suffolk 1338-1382. Note the difference of an annulet argent (white) in the top left corner.
Bohun Arms. Possibly William Bohun 1st Earl of Northampton 1309-1361.
Henry Plantagenet 3rd Earl of Leicester 3rd Earl Lancaster 1281 1345 Arms. Possibly Henry Plantagenet 3rd Earl of Leicester 3rd Earl Lancaster 1281-1345 although the label doesn't appear to have the fleur de lys of France.
Bassingbourne Arms.
Engaine Arms. John de Engaine lived in Huntingdonshire.
Lisle Arms. Possibly Robert Lisle 1st Baron Lisle 1288-1344. Robert settled at nearby Rampton.
[his brother] Robert Ufford 1st Earl Suffolk 1298-1369 who married Margaret Norwich Countess Suffolk 1286-1368 whose father Walter Norwich 1274-1329 owned the manor of Cobbs in Wimpole.
England Edward III Arms
Ufford Arms with a label three points. Believed to be [his nephew] Robert Ufford who predeceased his father [his brother] Robert Ufford 1st Earl Suffolk 1298-1369.
Bassingbourne Arms.
The figure in the middle is believed to represent [his nephew] William Ufford 2nd Earl Suffolk 1338-1382.
From an original description by James C Powell 1903.