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Margaret Beauchamp of Bletso


Margaret Beauchamp of Bletso

Template:Infobox nobility Margaret Beauchamp (c.1410 – before 3 June 1482) was the daughter of Sir John Beauchamp, de jure 3rd Baron Beauchamp of Bletsoe, and his second wife, Edith Stourton. She was the maternal grandmother of Henry VII.


Margaret Beauchamp, born about 1410, was the daughter of Sir John Beauchamp, de jure 3rd Baron Beauchamp (d. 1412-1414) of Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, and his second wife, Edith Stourton (d. 13 June 1441), daughter of Sir John Stourton of Stourton, Wiltshire.[1]

In 1421 she was heiress to her only brother, John Beauchamp, who died young and unmarried, from whom she inherited the manors of Lydiard Tregoze in Wiltshire, Ashmore in Dorset, and Bletsoe and Keysoe in Bedfordshire, and, according to modern doctrine, the right to any barony of Beauchamp created by summons to Parliament directed to her great-great-grandfather, Roger Beauchamp, 1st Baron Beauchamp (d. 3 January 1380) of Bletsoe.[2][3]

She married firstly Sir Oliver St John (d.1437), son and heir of Sir John St John and Isabel Paveley, daughter and heiress of Sir John Paveley, by whom she had two sons and five daughters:[4]

She married secondly, after 2 August 1441, John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, by whom she had one daughter:

She married thirdly, by licence dated 14 April 1447, as his second wife, Lionel de Welles, 6th Baron Welles, by whom she had one son:[8]

Welles was slain at the Yorkist victory of the Battle of Towton in March 1461. Margaret never remarried.

Fictional portrayals

Margaret Beauchamp figures prominently in the 2010 Philippa Gregory novel The Red Queen, and was played by Frances Tomelty in the 2013 White Queen mini-series; though depicted as a cold and distant mother to Margaret Beaufort in both, in reality she had a close and loving relationship with her daughter during her lifetime.




External links

  • Margaret St John Retrieved 10 October 2013
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