STAFFORD, Sir Henry (by 1527-66).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Constituency

Dates

Family and Education

b. by 1527, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford, by Ursula, da. of Sir Richard Pole of Ellesborough, Bucks.; bro. of Edward and Walter. educ. travelled 1551. m. by Sept. 1557, Elizabeth, da. of John Davy of Holbeach, Lincs., d.s.p. Kntd. 2 Oct. 1553; suc. fa. as 2nd Baron Stafford 30 Apr. 1563.1

Offices Held

J.p. Salop 1554, q. Mont., Salop and Staffs. 1564; keeper of records, Tower temp. Eliz.2

Biography

Henry Stafford is chiefly memorable for having failed to secure election as knight for Staffordshire to both the Parliaments of 1553. Nothing is known of what went wrong on the first occasion, when William Devereux and Walter Aston were returned although according to Baron Stafford his son was ‘chosen by the whole shire, no man saying the contrary’. Despite this setback Baron Stafford, who stood well with the Marian government, put his son forward confidently in the autumn, leaving it to his friends Sir George Griffith and Humphrey Welles to manage the election, but whereas Sir Thomas Giffard was returned unopposed Henry Stafford was again beaten, this time by Edward Littleton.3

Stafford’s knighting at Mary’s coronation, which serves to distinguish him from the illegitimate son of his grandfather Edward, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, who sat four times for Stafford, may have helped towards his election for Shropshire in 1555. His family owned Cause castle and his appointment to the county bench in the previous year suggests that he was himself resident in the shire, as does his quarrel at Shrewsbury during 1556-7 with Edward