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MARGARET BEAUFORT

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 586 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MARGARET BEAUFORT married Humphrey, earl of Stafford, and was the mother of Henry Stafford, duke of Buckingham. Henry Beaufort, third duke of Somerset (d. 1464), left an illegitimate son, Charles Somerset, who was created earl of Worcester by Henry VIII. in 1514. His direct descendant, Henry Somerset, fifth earl of Worcester, was a loyal partisan of Charles I. and in 1642 was created marquess of Worcester. His grandson, Henry, the third marquess, was made duke of Beaufort in 1682, and the present duke of Beaufort is his direct descendant. See Thomas Walsingham, Historia Anglicana, edited by H. T. Riley (London, 1863–1864) ; W. Stubbs, Constitutional History of England, vols. ii. and iii. (Oxford, 1895) ; The Paston Letters, edited by James Gairdner (London, 1904).
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