Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameAnne de BEAUCHAMP Countess of Warwick, 13024
MotherLady Isabel Le DESPENSER , 12700 (1400-1439)
ChildrenIsabel , 6959 (1451-1476)
 Anne , 12232 (1456-1485)
Notes for Anne de BEAUCHAMP Countess of Warwick
Lady Anne de Beauchamp, 16th Countess of Warwick (13 July 1426 – 20 September 1492) was the daughter of Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, and his second wife Isabel le Despenser. Isabel was a daughter of Thomas le Despenser (22 September 1373 – 13 January 1399/1400 and Constance of York. Anne was the mother of Anne Neville, Queen consort of England as the spouse of King Richard III.


Lady Anne was born at Caversham Castle in Oxfordshire (now Berkshire). She became the wife of Richard Neville.[1] Following the death of Anne's father, and subsequently that of her brother, Henry (who had been created a duke of Warwick), and her niece Lady Anne, Neville (by then 6th Earl of Salisbury) inherited the title and the considerable estates of the Earl of Warwick through her.

However, this was contested by her three older half-sisters, children of her father's first marriage to Elizabeth, heiress of Berkeley. One of these, Lady Eleanor, was married to Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset (killed at the First Battle of St Albans in 1455). The litigation over the Warwick inheritance only fueled the enmity between this branch of the Nevilles and the Beauforts who were closely related. Lady Anne's husband, Richard, was the grandson of Lady Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmorland, sister of the Duke's late father. Law considered that Anne being a full-blooded aunt of the last countess was more eligible to inherit, regardless of the rule of primogeniture, which would have dictated the Beauchamp estates would pass to the eldest - Lady Margaret, Countess of Shrewsbury (d.1468). Neville himself however had also been a full-blooded uncle to the last Countess of Warwick. Alternatively, it could have followed the practice of equal division of lands between heiresses. Richard Neville was able to successfully keep the estates intact.

Children's marriages

Her older daughter, Lady Isabel, married George, Duke of Clarence, the younger brother of King Edward IV of England. Her younger daughter, Lady Anne, was married to Edward of Westminster, the only son of King Henry VI. When Edward of Westminster was killed in the Battle of Tewkesbury, Anne was married to Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III of England. Although their mother was still living, the husbands of the two Neville sisters fought over her inheritance, with Richard eventually coming out on top.[2] However, the son of the Duke of Clarence inherited the earldom of Warwick through his mother. Anne died in obscurity, having survived both her daughters and the sons-in-law who had effectively disinherited her.
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