Margaret Holland, Duchess of Clarence
Margaret Holland (1385 – 30 December 1439) was a medieval English noblewoman. She was a daughter of Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent, who was the son of Joan "the Fair Maid of Kent" (granddaughter of Edward I of England, wife of Edward the Black Prince and mother of Richard II of England). Margaret's mother was Alice FitzAlan, daughter of Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel and Eleanor of Lancaster.
|Died||30 December 1439 (aged 53–54)|
Bermondsey Abbey, London, England
|Buried||Canterbury Cathedral, Kent|
|Spouse||John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset (m. 1397, died 1410)|
Thomas of Lancaster, Duke of Clarence (m. 1411, died 1421)
|Father||Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent|
- Henry Beaufort, 2nd Earl of Somerset (1401–1418)
- Joan Beaufort (d. 1445), who married James I of Scotland and Sir James Stewart, the Black Knight of Lorn
- John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset (1404–1444)
- Thomas Beaufort, Count of Perche (c. 1405–1431)
- Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset (c. 1406–1455)
- Margaret Beaufort (c. 1408–1449), married Thomas de Courtenay, 5th Earl of Devon
In 1399, she was invested as a Lady Companion, Order of the Garter (L.G.). After Beaufort died in 1410 (in the Tower of London), she married his nephew Thomas of Lancaster, Duke of Clarence (1387–1421), the son of King Henry IV. They had no children. She died on 30 December 1439 at St. Saviour's Abbey, Bermondsey, in London, England. Margaret and both her husbands are buried together in a carved alabaster tomb in Canterbury Cathedral that shows her lying between the two of them.
Through her son John, the 1st Duke of Somerset, Lady Margaret is an ancestress to the Tudor monarchs. Both Lady Joan, Queen consort of Scotland, and the Duke of Somerset, are ancestors of King George I of Great Britain. As such, both children are ancestors to the current British royal family.
Lady Margaret's sister, Alianore Holland, the Countess of March is also a direct ancestor of George Washington, 1st President of the United States of America.
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