|Death: ||Nov. 10, 1347|
Lord Audley, 1st Earl of Gloucester, Ambassador to France. Knight of Stratton in Stratton Audley, Oxfordshire, of Gratton, Staffordshire, King's bachelor, Sheriff of Rutland.
Second son of Sir Hugh de Audley, Lord Audley by Iseult Mortimer. Grandson of James Audley and Ela Longespee, Roger Mortimer and Maid de Braose. Great great grandson of King Henry II.
Sir Hugh married Margaret de Clare, daughter of Gilbert de Clare and Joan of England, widow of Peter de Gaveston, the favorite and possible love of King Edward II, Earl of Cornwall who was beheaded by Mortimer 19 June 1312. Sir Hugh and Margaret were married in the King's Chapel at Windsor, Berkshire on 28 April 1317. They had one daughter, Margaret, who would be abducted as a wife by Ralph Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford.
Hugh was summoned to Parliament in 1317 before his father's death as Hugoni Daudele juniori. Hugh traded the lordships of Newport, Wentloog and Machen to Hugh le Despenser in exchange for 6 other manors, but the word 'surrendered' has been used.
In 1319 Parliament refused a petition from Hugh and Margaret to restore Peter Gaveston's lands. Hugh fought on the Lancastrian side in the Battle of Boroughbridge 17 March 1312, where he was taken prisoner. Margaret was taken to Sempringham Priory where she was held inside the gates. Hugh was transferred from his prison at Berkhampstead to Nottingham Castle where he escaped.
After the execution of the Despensers and Edward III taking the throne, Hugh was back in favor, called to Parliament, became Guardian of the coast of Essex and in the King's service in Scotland in 1336, became the Earl of Gloucester in 1337, an act to appease him for his daughter's abduction which the king approved of. Hugh was appointed Captain of the army against the Scots and participated in the Siege of Dunbar Nov 1357, and at the Battle of Sluys in 1340.
Margaret was buried at Queenhithe, London, Hugh was buried in Tonbridge Priory. Some records state Margaret was buried at Tonbridge as well.
(bio by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens)
Margaret de Clare (1293 - 1342)*
Margaret Audley Stafford (1310 - 1347)*
Maintained by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Originally Created by: Jerry Ferren
Record added: Nov 16, 2011
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