Earl of Kent, 8th Lord Wake, Lord Woodstock, Lord Holand. Knight of the Garter, of Ayton, Cottingham and Huntington, Yorkshire. Of Ryhall, Rutland, Privy Councillor, Justice of Hants, Surrey and Sussex, Kent and Dorset. Admiral of the Fleet to the West and North.
Younger son of Sir Thomas de Holand, of the same titles and brother of King Richard II, and Alice de Arundel. Grandson of Sir Thomas de Holand and Joan of Kent, Sir Richard Arundel and Eleanor of Lancaster. Heir to his brother, Thomas Holand, who was beheaded 06 Jan 1400.
In 1398, Edmund, as the king's nephew, he had a grant of 100 marks per annum for life, In 1401, after his brother was beheaded, Edmund was still under age, and had a grant of 200 marks, and a grant of 100 marks from the manor of Cottingham. Edmund fought at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403.
About this time, Edmund was betrothed to Constance of York, the daughter of Sir Edmund of Langley, Duke of York and son of King Edward III. Her mother was Isabel, younger daughter of Pedro the Cruel, King of Castile and Leon. It is thought they did not marry, yet they had one daughter, Eleanor, who would be declared illegitimate, despite her suits to prove otherwise. Eleanor married Sir James Tuchet, Lord Audley.
Edmund did marry, to Lucia (Lucy) Visconti, the tenth and youngest daughter of Barnabo Visconti, signore of Milan and Beatrice, the daughter of Mastino della Scala, signore of Verona. They married at St Mary Overy, Southwark, Surrey on 24 Jan 1407, but had no children. She became the Countess of Kent.
In 1405, Edmund and the king's son, Thomas, commanded an English fleet, sailed to Sluys and burnt out four great ships, sailed on to Normandy where they ravaged the country and burnt down 36 towns.
Sir Edmund died 15 Sept 1408, slain in the attack on the Isle of Brehat, Brittany. Some records state he was buried at Bourne Abbey, others state he was buried on the island of Lavrec, one the Brehat archipelago (islands). Remains of an important warrior who died from a serious chest wound have been found there, and thought to be Edmund.