Anne Hankford

Anne Hankford (c. 1431 – 13 November 1485) was the first wife of Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond (c. 1426- 3 August 1515). She was the great-grandmother of Anne Boleyn


Anne Hankford was a daughter and co-heiress of Sir Richard Hankford (c. 1397 – 1431) of Annery, Monkleigh, Devon, feudal baron of Bampton[1] (grandson of Sir William Hankford (c. 1350 – 1423), Chief Justice of the King's Bench) by his second wife Lady Anne Montagu (d.1457), a daughter of John Montacute, 3rd Earl of Salisbury (c. 1350 – 1400).[2]

Her paternal grandparents were Richard I Hankford and Thomasine de Stapeldon. Her maternal grandparents were John Montagu, 3rd Earl of Salisbury and Maud Francis, daughter of Sir Adam Francis, Lord Mayor of London.

Marriage and children

She married Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond on an unknown date before 1450. He was the youngest son of James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond and Joan de Beauchamp. The Irish called him The Wool Earl, due to his being one of the wealthiest of the King's subjects in the realm.[3] In addition to the possession of major lands in the Irish counties of Kilkenny and Tipperary, he owned 72 manors in England.[4] Thomas and Anne had two daughters:


Anne died 13 November 1485, in the same month of the restoration of the estates and title of Ormonde to her husband by King Henry VII's first Parliament. Thomas Butler and his brothers had been declared traitors by King Edward IV, who had had statutes made against them at Westminster.

Thomas Butler married secondly, Lora Berkeley, daughter of Sir Edward Berkeley, by whom he had a daughter who died young.

In 1509, Thomas Butler was appointed Queen Catherine of Aragon's first Lord Chamberlain.[5]


  1. Risdon, Tristram (d.1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, p.64
  2. Prince, John, (1643–1723) The Worthies of Devon, 1810 edition, p.462, biography of Sir William Hankford
  4. Bruce, p. 11
  5. Fraser, pp. 59, 117


  • Accessed December 18, 2007
  • Accessed 16 October 2008
  • Bruce, Marie Louise Anne Boleyn. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1972
  • Fraser, Antonia The Wives of Henry VIII. Norwalk, Conn.: Easton Press, 1992

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