BIOGRAPHY OF RALPH STAFFORD 1ST EARL STAFFORD 1301-1372

GENERAL

Descent French Royalty: 10G Grandson Robert "Pious" II King France

EVENTS

On 24 Sep 1301 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 was born to Edmund Stafford 1st Baron Stafford 1272-1308 (29) and Margaret Basset 1280-1337 (21)

On 26 Aug 1308 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (6) succeeded 2nd Baron Stafford (1C 1299)

Around 1326 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (24) and Katherine Hastings 1304-1336 (22) were married

In 1331 Margaret Stafford 1331-1396 was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (29) and Katherine Hastings 1304-1336 (27) at Sandon, Stone, Staffordshire

On 12 Aug 1332 Battle of Dupplin Moor was fought between the supporters of the infant David II King Scotland 1324-1371 (8) , son of Robert "The Bruce" I King Scotland 1274-1329, and the supporters of Edward I King Scotland 1283-1367 (49) , supported by the English. The Bruce army included Thomas Randolph 2nd Earl Moray, Robert Bruce, Domhnall Mar II Earl Mar 1293- (39) . The Balliol army included David III Strathbogie 11th Earl Atholl 1309-1335 (23) , Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (30) , Thomas Ughtred 1st Baron Ughtred 1292-1365 (40) and Walter Manny 1st Baron Manny 1310-1372 (22) . 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.

Around 1336 Hugh Stafford 2nd Earl Stafford 1336-1386 was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (34) and Margaret Audley 2nd Baroness Audley Stratton Audley 1318-1349 (18) at Staffordshire

Before 06 Jul 1336 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 abducted Margaret Audley 2nd Baroness Audley Stratton Audley 1318-1349. She being the heir of the very wealthy Hugh Audley 1st Earl Gloucester 1291-1347; considerably more wealthy than Ralph. Edward III King England 1312-1377 was sympathetic despite the complaint of her father since Ralph had been one of Edward III King England 1312-1377's key supporters during the plot to arrest Roger Mortimer 1st Earl March 1287-1330. Margaret Audley 2nd Baroness Audley Stratton Audley 1318-1349's father was subsequently created Earl as a quid pro quo.

Before 06 Jul 1336 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 and Margaret Audley 2nd Baroness Audley Stratton Audley 1318-1349 were married

In 1337 Hugh Audley 1st Earl Gloucester 1291-1347 (46) was created 1st Earl Gloucester (3C 1337) by Edward III King England 1312-1377 (24) as compensation for his daughter Margaret Audley 2nd Baroness Audley Stratton Audley 1318-1349 (19) having been abducted by Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (35) .

Around 1340 Elizabeth Stafford 1340-1376 was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (38) and Margaret Audley 2nd Baroness Audley Stratton Audley 1318-1349 (22) at Staffordshire

On 24 Jun 1340 Edward III King England 1312-1377 (27) 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 1316-1360 (24) , William Bohun 1st Earl Northampton 1309-1361 (30) , Henry Scrope 1st Baron Scrope Masham 1312-1392 (27) , William Latimer 4th Baron Latimer Corby 1330-1381 (10) , John Lisle 2nd Baron Lisle 1318-1355 (22) , Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (38) , Henry of Grosmont 1st Duke Lancaster 1310-1361 (30) , Walter Manny 1st Baron Manny 1310-1372 (30) and Richard Pembridge 1320-1375 (20) . Thomas Monthermer 2nd Baron Monthermer 1301-1340 (38) died from wounds.

In 1341 Beatrice Stafford 1341-1415 was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (39) and Margaret Audley 2nd Baroness Audley Stratton Audley 1318-1349 (23) at Staffordshire

In 1344 Joan Stafford 1344-1397 was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (42) and Margaret Audley 2nd Baroness Audley Stratton Audley 1318-1349 (26) at Staffordshire

On 23 Apr 1344 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (42) was appointed 5th Knight Garter: Founder

Around 1348 Katherine Stafford 1348-1361 was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (46) and Margaret Audley 2nd Baroness Audley Stratton Audley 1318-1349 (30) at Staffordshire

On 05 Mar 1350 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (48) was created 1st Earl Stafford (1C 1351)

On 31 Aug 1372 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (70) died

Joan Stafford was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 and Katherine Hastings 1304-1336

Ralph Stafford -1347 was born to Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 and Margaret Audley 2nd Baroness Audley Stratton Audley 1318-1349

ANCESTRY

Father: Edmund Stafford 1st Baron Stafford 1272-1308

GrandFather: Nicholas Stafford 1246-1287

1G GrandFather: Robert Stafford 1216-1282

2G GrandFather: Hervey Stafford 1178-1217

3G GrandFather: Hervey Bagot 1153-1214

3G GrandMother: Millicent Stafford

2G GrandMother: Petronill Ferrers Stafford

1G GrandMother: Alice Corbet

GrandMother: Eleanor Clinton

Mother: Margaret Basset 1280-1337

GrandFather: Ralph Basset 1st Baron Basset Drayton 1264-1299

1G GrandFather: Ralph Basset 1st Baron Basset Drayton 1242-1265

2G GrandFather: Ralph Basset

3G GrandFather: Ralph Basset -1211

4G GrandFather: Ralph Basset -1160

1G GrandMother: Margaret Somery 1225-1293

2G GrandFather: Roger Somery 2nd Baron Dudley 1190-1273

3G GrandFather: Ralph Somery 1st Baron Dudley 1156-1211

3G GrandMother: Margaret Gras

2G GrandMother: Nicole Daubigny 1210-1240

3G GrandFather: William Daubigny 3rd Earl Lincoln, 3rd Earl Arundel 1179-1221

4G GrandFather: William Daubigny 2nd Earl Lincoln, 2nd Earl Arundel 1138-1193

3G GrandMother: Mabel Gernon

4G GrandFather: Hugh de Kevelioc Gernon 5th Earl Chester 1147-1181

4G GrandMother: Bertrade Montfort