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Families on the Frontiers of the Old South

Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, KG[1]

Male 1406 - 1455  (~ 49 years)


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  • Name Edmund Beaufort 
    Order of the Garter
    Order of the Garter
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    Lancastrian
    Lancastrian
    Suffix 2nd Duke of Somerset, KG 
    Born ca. 1406  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Political 1427  [3
    Act of Parliament on the Remarriage of the Dowager Queen 
    • In 1426, a request was made to allow the Queen dowager Catherine to remarry. (During this period, Catherine was involved with Beaufort.) This was denied by parliament in 1427.
    Title 22 Apr 1427  [2
    Created Count of Mortain 
    Title 1438  [2
    Earl of Dorset 
    Title 24 Jun 1443  [2
    Marquis of Dorset 
    Title 27 May 1444  [2
    Earl of Somerset 
    Title 31 Mar 1448  [2
    Duke of Somerset 
    Political 11 Sep 1450  [4
    Constable of England 
    • After Cade's Rebellion, Somerset became Henry's man to restore order to his shaken realm. This ran counter to the ambition of Richard, duke of York, who returned from Ireland that same month. "As a nephew of Cardinal Beaufort he was a familiar and comforting figure to Henry, whereas York was more of an outsider. Somerset also benefited from having no significant landed estates to manage; he was able to devote his full attention to the business of government, taking on tasks that had previously fallen to Suffolk: those of concealing the vacuity of the king, allying he disparate interests of household, council and nobility and somehow attempting to cope with the righteous anger of commons" Jones, 122-123.
    Died 22 May 1455  St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • KIA. Battle of St. Albans.
    Person ID I14237  Dickinson
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2016 

    Father John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset, KG,   b. ca. 1373,   d. 16 Mar 1410, St Katherine-by-the-Tower, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Margaret de Holand,   b. ca. 1381,   d. 30 Dec 1439, St Saviourís Abbey, Bermondsey, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F3587  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eleanor de Beauchamp, Baroness de Ros and Duchess of Somerset ,   b. Sep 1408, Wedgenock, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1467, Baynard's Castle, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset,   b. 26 Jan 1436,   d. 15 May 1464, Hexham, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)  [Birth]
     2. Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset ,   b. ca. 1439, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1471, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years)  [Birth]
     3. John Beaufort,   d. 4 May 1471, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     4. Thomas Beaufort,   d. bef. 1463, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +5. Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Stafford,   d. 1474, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +6. Eleanor Beaufort,   b. 1431, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1501, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [Birth]
     7. Elizabeth Beaufort,   d. bef. 1492, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     8. Ann Beaufort,   b. ca. 1453,   d. ca. 1496  (Age ~ 43 years)  [Birth]
     9. Joan Beaufort, Lady Howth,   d. aft. 1492  [Birth]
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2016 
    Family ID F4316  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 May 1455 - St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/), http://bit.ly/1K26vvs.

    2. [S336429] Britain's Royal Families: A Complete Genealogy, Alison Weir, (London: Vintage Books, 2008), 98.

    3. [S165] The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors, Dan Jones, (New York: Viking, 2014), 62.

    4. [S336449] Wales and the Wars of the Roses, Howell Thomas Evans, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1915), 122.

    5. [S165] The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors, Dan Jones, (New York: Viking, 2014), 140-144.