countess of Richmond and Derby Margaret Beaufort

countess of Richmond and Derby Margaret Beaufort

Beaufort, Margaret, countess of Richmond and Derby, 1443-1509, English noblewoman, mother of Henry VII. She was the daughter and heiress of John, 1st duke of Somerset, and great-granddaughter of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster. She was married three times: to Edmund Tudor, earl of Richmond, who was Henry's father; to Henry Stafford; and to Thomas, Lord Stanley, afterward earl of Derby. Renowned for her philanthropy, she endowed professorships of divinity at Oxford and Cambridge and with the help of her confessor, John Fisher, founded Christ's College and St. John's College, Cambridge. She was the patron of many religious houses and of William Caxton and Wynkyn de Worde.
Margaret Beaufort (c. 1409 — 1449) was a daughter of John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset and Margaret Holland.

She was a younger sister of Henry Beaufort, 2nd Earl of Somerset, John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, Thomas Beaufort, Earl of Perche, Joan Beaufort, Queen of Scotland and Edmund Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset.

She was born in Westminster and raised alongside her siblings. She was married to Thomas de Courtenay, 13th Earl of Devon. They were parents to eight children:

Two of her nieces were also named Margaret Beaufort. Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Stafford was the mother of Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Margaret Beaufort, Duchess of Suffolk, Countess of Richmond and Derby was the mother of Henry VII of England.


  • Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy by Alison Weir.

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