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Hugh de AUDLEY and Margaret de Clare

HUSBAND:
Hugh de AUDLEY. Baron Audley, Earl of Gloucester. Ambassador to France. [Ancestry].
Born in 1289 at Stretton, Audley, Oxfordshire, England; son of Hugh de AUDLEY and Isolde le ROUS.

He married Margaret de CLARE on 28 April 1317 at Windsor, Berkshire, England.

He was summoned to parliament in the lifetime of his father as Hugh de Audley, Juniori, from November 20, 1317, to May 15, 1321, and after the death of his father as Hugh de Audlie, from December 3, 1326, 20th year of Edward II, to the 10th year of Edward III. Hugh, Lord Audley was created Earl of Gloucester, April 23, 1337.

He died on 10 November 1347 in France. He was buried in the priory of Tunbridge, Kent, England.

WIFE:
Margaret de CLARE.
Born (about 1292)(in 1318), of (Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire)(at Stafford, Staffordshire), England; daughter of Gilbert de CLARE and Joan of ACRE.

She was married (1) to Piers Gaveston, the favorite of her uncle Edward II, in October 1307. According to the Vita Edwardi Secundi, this marriage was arranged by the king to strengthen Piers and surround him with friends. The marriage of such a high-born lady to a foreigner was not popular among the English nobility. They had one child, Joan Gaveston, born probably January 12/18th, 1312, at York.

King Edward threw a grand celebration after the birth of this child, complete with minstrels. However, Piers Gaveston was executed only six months later, leaving Margaret a widow with a small child. Her dower rights as Countess of Cornwall were disputed, and so King Edward instead assigned her Oakham Castle and other lands. She joined the royal household and in 1316 accompanied the king in his journey from London to York.

Following the death of their brother, Gilbert de Clare, 8th Earl of Hertford, at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, Margaret and her sisters, Elizabeth and Eleanor de Clare each received a share of the inheritance. Margaret was now one of the co-heiresses to the vast Gloucester estate, and King Edward arranged a second marriage for her to another favorite, Hugh Audley.

She married (2) Hugh de AUDLEY on 28 APR 1317 at Windsor, Berkshire, England.

Hugh and Margaret were among the victims of their brother-in-law, Hugh the younger Despenser. In his rashness and greed for the Clare lands, he robbed Margaret of much of her rightful inheritance. In 1321, Hugh joined the other Marcher barons in looting, burning, and causing general devastation to Despenser's lands.

Hugh was captured at the Battle of Boroughbridge in 1322, and was saved from a hanging thanks to the pleas of his wife. He was imprisoned, and two months later Margaret was sent to Sempringham priory. She remained there until 1326, when Hugh escaped prison and she was released from Sempringham. In the meantime, her daughter Joan Gaveston had been sent to Amesbury priory. A marriage was arranged for Joan with the son of Thomas Multon, but the girl died in early 1325.

Hugh and Margaret were reunited sometime in 1326. In the summer of 1336, their only daughter, Margaret Audley, was abducted by Ralph Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford. Her parents filed a complaint, but King Edward III of England supported Stafford. He appeased Hugh and Margaret by creating Hugh Earl of Gloucester.

She died on 13 APR 1342 in France. Her sister Elizabeth de Clare paid for prayers to be said for her soul at Tonbridge priory.

CHILDREN of Hugh de AUDLEY and Margaret de CLARE:
  1. Margaret de AUDLEY. [CHART A1]. Born (about 1312)(about 1318-S3). She married (Sir) Ralph (Ralf) de STAFFORD in 1335. She died 7 SEP (1347-S2)(1349-S1) in England, buried Priory, Tunbridge, Kent, England.

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    HOW ARE WE RELATED:
                        
    Hugh de Audley md  Margaret de Clare.           
    Margaret de Audley.   md Ralph de Stafford.      
    Hugh Stafford.  md Philippa de Beauchamp.         
    Edmund Stafford.  md Anne of Gloucester.        
    Humphrey Stafford.  md Anne Neville.            
    Margaret Stafford md Robert Dunham.             
    John Dunham md Elizabeth Bowett.                
    John Dunham II md Jean Thorland.                 
    John Dunham III md Benedict Folgamsee.           
    Ralph Dunham.  He married Elizabeth Wentworth.    
    Thomas Dunham. He married Jane Bromley.          
    John Dunham Sr.. He married Susanna Kenney/Keno.  
    John Dunham Jr..  He married Mary.                
    Mary Dunham. She married  James Hamblin.          
    Elkenah Hamblin.  He married Abigail Hamblin.     
    Sylvanus Hamblin.  He married Dorcas Fish.        
    Barnabus Hamblin.  He married Mary Bassett.      
    Isaiah Hamblin.  He married Daphne Haynes.       
    Jacob Vernon Hamblin md Sarah Priscilla Leavitt. 
    Ella Ann Hamblin md Warren Moroni Tenney.         
    Clive Vernon Tenney md Minnie Williams
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