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was the daughter of Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset
Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, KG , sometimes styled 1st Duke of Somerset, was an English nobleman and an important figure in the Wars of the Roses and in the Hundred Years' War...
and his second wife, Lady Eleanor Beauchamp, Duchess of Somerset. She was a sister of the 3rd and 4th Dukes of Somerset.
In 1453, Eleanor's first husband James Butler, 5th Earl of Ormond was Lieutenant of Ireland. Eleanor married him on or around April 1458. When civil conflict broke out, the lieutenant fought on the Lancastrian side. He was present at the first battle of St. Albans in 1455, Mortimer's Cross in 1461 and at the battle of Towton
Towton is a small village and civil parish in the Selby district of North Yorkshire, England.The village is best known for the Battle of Towton, fought in 1461, during the Wars of the Roses....
. Ormond also held the post of councillor to the Lancastrian Prince of Wales
Prince of Wales is a title traditionally granted to the heir apparent to the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the 15 other independent Commonwealth realms...
. After Towton, he was a proscribed traitor and was captured the same year at Cockermouth and executed there in 1461.
Eleanor next married Sir Robert Spencer in about 1470. They had two daughters:
- Catherine Spencer (1477–1542), who married Henry Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland
Henry Algernon Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland, KG was an English noble who was a member of the courts of both Henry VII and Henry VIII.-Biography:...
- Margaret Spencer
Margaret Spencer was the daughter of Sir Robert Spencer, of Spencercombe, in the English County of Devon, by his wife Lady Eleanor Beaufort, the daughter of Edmund Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset and Lady Eleanor Beauchamp.In 1490, she was married to Sir Thomas Carey, of Chilton Foliat, in...
(c 1472) who married Sir Thomas Carey.