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NOTABLE SUFFOLK FAMILIES

DE LA POLE

Sir Michael de la Pole (born 1330, 1st son & heir of William de la Pole), Lord Chancellor of England, Lord de la Pole (1384), 5th Earl of Suffolk (1385-88), married (before 1361) [WING528] Katherine Wingfield (only child, daughter & heiress of John Wingfield & Elenor, see WINGFIELD). He fled England (1387), was found guilty of high treason (February 1387-88) and stripped of his honours. Katherine probably died in Yorkshire (buried in the Church of the Carthusians at Kingston-upon-Hull, 1st October 1386), and Michael died in Paris (5th September 1389, buried with his wife at Kingston-upon-Hull).

Michael de la Pole (born c.1367, 1st son & heir of Michael de la Pole), Lord de la Pole (28th January 1398-99), 6th Earl of Suffolk (28th January 1397-98). These honours were annulled under the first Parliament of King Henry IV (early 1399), but his earldom title was restored to him (15th November 1399). He married (1383) Katherine de Stafford (daughter of Earl Hugh of Stafford, see STAFFORD EARLDOM). Michael died at the Siege of Harfleur (18th April 1415) and was buried at Wingfield. Katherine died 8th April 1419 and was buried with him.

[Michael de la Pole (1st son & hair of Michael de la Pole), married (1403) Elizabeth Mowbray (daughter of DUKE THOMAS MOWBRAY OF NORFOLK, by his 2nd wife [ARU2532] Elizabeth FitzAlan, see NORFOLK (MOWBRAY) DUKEDOM). He died without male issue, slain at the Battle of Agincourt (25th October 1415). He was succeeded by his younger brother. His widow afterwards took the veil at Bruisyard (Suffolk).]

Sir William de la Pole (born 16th October 1396, 2nd son of Michael de la Pole), Knight of the Garter (1421), Count of Dreux (1425), 1st Marquess of Suffolk (14th September 1444), 8th Earl of Suffolk (23rd February 1446-47), 1st DUKE OF SUFFOLK (2nd June 1448). He married (1430) Alice (widow of Earl Thomas of Salisbury, and before that widow of Sir John Philip, and only child & heir of Thomas Chaucer, Speaker of the House of Commons, an associate of [FLEW541] Lewis John, see LEWIS JOHN). William was murdered en route to France by ship and murdered (2nd May 1450), and his body was buried at Wingfield. Alice died  May/June 1475.

John de la Pole (born 27th September 1442, son & heir of William de la Pole), Knight of the Garter (1472), 2nd DUKE OF SUFFOLK (1450), 9th Earl of Suffolk (1450), married 1. (January/February 1449-50) Lady Margaret Beaufort (widow of Sir Oliver St. John, and only daughter & heiress of DUKE JOHN BEAUFORT OF SOMERSET), marriage dissolved 1452-53; then 2. Elizabeth (born at Rouen, 22nd April 1444, 2nd daughter of DUKE RICHARD PLANTAGENET OF YORK, and therefore sister of King Edward IV and King Richard III). John died c.1491-92 and was buried at Wingfield. Elizabeth died 1502-04 and was buried with him.

Edmund de la Pole (born 1471, younger son of John de la Pole & Elizabeth), Knight of the Garter, 3rd DUKE OF SUFFOLK (1471), 10th Earl of Suffolk, married Margaret Scrope (daughter of Sir Richard Scrope). He was executed 4th May 1513, and his estates were granted to Charles Brandon, see below.

BRANDON

Sir William Brandon (born 1425), married (1462) Elizabeth Wingfield (daughter of [WING542] Sir Robert Wingfield (see WINGFIELD). He died 4th March 1491.

Sir William Brandon (born 1456, son of William), married Elizabeth Bruyn. He was the standard bearer for the future King Henry VIII at the Battle of Bosworth (22nd August 1485), where he was slain by King Richard III.

Charles Brandon (born c.1484, son of William), Viscount Lisle (1513, but title forfeit 1515 through marrying Mary Tudor without licence), 4th DUKE OF SUFFOLK, married 1. Margaret Neville (widow of John Mortimer), annulled; then 2. Alice Browne (died 1511); then 3. (1515) Mary Tudor, dowager Queen of France, (widow of King Louis XII of France, and sister of King Henry VIII of England), Mary died 25th June 1533; then 4. (September 1533) his ward Catherine Willoughby (born 22nd May 1519, daughter of William Willoughby, 11th Baron Willoughby of Eresby).

[WINW572] Lewis Winwood [born c.1505] (see WINWOOD) was secretary to Sir Charles Brandon. Lewis had married (c.1530) [WING572] Anne Wingfield (great-granddaughter of [WING542] Sir Robert Wingfield mentioned above), so Anne Wingfield and Charles Brandon were second-cousins. It is not clear if Lewis was secretary to Charles before or after his marriage to Anne.

Charles Brandon died 22nd August 1545 and was buried at St. Margaret's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

 

 

St. Margaret's Chapel, Windsor
(12 April 2002)
floral tributes to Elizabeth, Queen Mother

Afterwards Catherine married 2. Richard Bertie. Catherine died 19th September 1580.