Title: Cokayne's Complete Peerage
Note: TEXT the best source for British gentry and nobility NS071213 <p> NS076933 <p> NS075693
Publication: 1887, 1910-1959, 1984
Author: George E. Cokayne
Title: History & Antiquities of Staffordshire, Vol. II - Basset, p. 12-13 and ÔcÕ
Note: NS071183 NS076943 <p> NS075803
Author: Stebbing Shaw
Title: English Baronies: A Study of Their Origin and Descent 1086 - 1327
Note: NS071083 NS076953 <p> NS071793
Publication: Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1960
Author: I. J. Sanders
Title: A Genealogical History Of The Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire
Page: P. 17
Note: CALN 77-88158 NS069853 <p> NS071363 <p> NS076893
Publication: Burk's Peerage / Genealogical Publishing Co., London and Baltimore, 1883
Author: Sir Bernard Burke, C.B., L.L.D.
Note: 22nd grandparent. From John Herbert McDougall YOUNG database (downloaded April 2005): Son and heir 1st wife Katherine Hastang 2nd wife Margaret De Audley Created Earl of Stafford by charter dated 5 March 1353; one of the Founders of the Garter Cokayne's Complete Peerage in Dave's Database. Dave's Database. Utzinger, Dave, Rootsweb's WorldConnect, World Wide Web: Available: [Online]: (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=utzing) [30 August 2002].
BARONY OF STAFFORD II. 2. EARLDOM OF STAFFORD I. 1. RALPH (DE STAFFORD), LORD STAFFORD, son and heir, born 24 September 1301. On 6 December 1323 he had done homage and was to have his father's lands. On 16 April 1325 he was in the King's service with his mother and her 2nd husband Thomas de Pype, and his own brothers, in the company of Ralph, 2nd Lord Basset (of Drayton), Constable of Dover Castle. Knight Banneret January 1326/7. On 6 April 1327 he was summoned to serve against the Scots; on 21 March 1331/2 he was in the commission of the peace for co. Stafford; in 1332 he sailed from Barton-on-Humber or Hull with Edward, son of John de Balliol, to invade Scotland. He was summoned to Parliament as RALPH DE STAFFORD or as RALPH BARON OF STAFFORD from 29 November 1336 to 25 November 1350. In 1336 and 1337 he served in Scotland. On 29 November 1339 he returned with the King from France. On 22 June 1340 he was appointed with others to sell the ninth for Staffordshire. On 23 June 1340 he was present at the battle of Sluys. By 10 February 1340/1 he had become Steward of the King's Household. On 13 May 1341 he was granted a weekly market at Madeley, co. Staffs, Tysoe, co. Warwick, &c.; on 7 August 1342 the Great Seal was delivered temporarily to him and another. In 1342 he sailed to Brittany, and took part in the siege of Vannes, where he was captured; but by the truce of Malestroit on 19 January 1342/3 he was exchanged for de Clichon. On 20 May 1343 he was appointed with others to treat with the Pope; in 1343 he was sent with others to Scotland to raise the siege of Lochmaben castle. In April 1344 he was in Gascony with 3 bannerets, 20 knights, 92 esquires, and 90 archers. On 13 September 1344 he took part in the tournament at Hereford as one of the challengers of the nobles of the county. In 1343 and 1344 he was in commissions, and on 9 January 1344/5 was appointed to take an assize of arms for co. Stafford. On 23 February 1344/ 5 he was appointed Seneschal of Aquitaine or Gascony, holding office until 15 March 1345/6. During 1346 he successfully defended Aiguillon against John, son of Philip King of France; in August 1346 he fought in the King's Division at Cr}cy; on 10 October 1346 he was appointed Seneschal of Aquitaine; but by 16 March 1346/7 he was with the King before Calais. On 25 September 1347 he was empowered with others to treat for peace with the envoys of Philip de Valois. On 6 February 1347/8 he obtained a licence to crenellate his dwelling-places of Stafford and Madeley and to make castles of them. K.G. 23 April 1348 as one of the founders. On 4 July 1348 he was promised £573 towards his charges in the King's service in foreign parts; and on 6 September 1348 he was granted for life 600 marks per annum for his stay for life with the King with 60 men-at-arms. On 10 November 1348 he was about to cross the seas with the King; on 29 August 1350 he was present at the naval battle off Winchelsea. He was created, 5 March 1350/1, EARL OF STAFFORD. From 15 March 1351/2 to 10 February 1366/7 he was in commissions; on 6 February 1351/2 he was about to set out for Gascony; in 1353 was among the nobles who protected the justices in eyre in Cheshire. In October 1355 he was among the leaders of the King's new expedition to France. On 28 August 1359 he was granted protection for his retinue; on 26 November 1359 he was attacked in his billet by a band of Frenchmen, but beat them off. In October 1360 he was in the vanguard of the army under the Duke of Lancaster, and was joint marshal with the Earl of Warwick; on 24 August 1360 he was appointed with others to treat for peace with France; and later to discuss the title to the Duchy of Brittany; and he was a party to the treaty of Bretigny. In May 1361 he was about to travel to Ireland, where he was from September 1361 to 8 February 1361/2. In 1369 he was an executor of the Earl of Warwick's will. On 30 October 1369 he crossed to France with the King. He married, 1stly, probably about 1326-27, Katharine, daughter of Sir John HASTANG of Chebsey, co. Stafford, by Eve his wife; 2ndly, before 6 July 1336, Margaret, daughter and heir of Hugh (DE AUDLEY), EARL OF GLOUCESTER and LORD AUDLEY, by Margaret, widow of Piers (DE GAVASTON), EARL OF CORNWALL, and daughter of Gilbert (DE CLARE), EARL OF GLOUCESTER AND HERTFORD. On her father's death, 10 November 1347, she became, according to modern doctrine, suo jure BARONESS AUDLEY (1317). She died after 28 January 1347/8. Ralph died 31 August 1372, leaving a will, and was buried at Tonbridge, with his wife Margaret. [CP 12:174-6], ,
MARRIAGE: Ralph abducted Margaret, whose parents complained to King Edward III. Edward supported Stafford and appeased Mararet's parents by making Hugh earl of Glouchester. [Wikipedia]
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