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Knights of the Garter

The Knights of the Garter was started by King Edward III of England sometime between 1344 and 1348. For this purpose I will use the starting date as 1348. The original foundation was the King, the Prince of Wales, and 24 others. In 1786 King George III declared that the order would also include the sons of the king or his successors. In 1813 the number restriction was removed and in 1987 Queen Elizabeth II decided that females would be eligible.

This list contains all of my known ancestors who were knighted into the order.

  1. Ralph Stafford (1301-1372), 2nd Lord Stafford and later 1st Earl of Stafford. He is an original member, knighted by King Edward III in 1348 as the 5th knight. He is my 21st great grandfather through my maternal-maternal (Couch) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_de_Stafford,_1st_Earl_of_Stafford)
  2. Sir Thomas de Holand (1314-1360), 1st Earl of Kent. He is an original member, knighted by King Edward III in 1348 as the 13th knight. He was killed on the battlefield in Normandy (France) on December 26, 1360. He is my 19th great grand unclethrough my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line and my paternal-maternal (Robbins) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Holland,_1st_Earl_of_Kent)
  3. John de Grey (1300-1359) 1st Lord Grey de Rotherfield. His is an original member, knighted by King Edward III in 1348 as the 14th knight. He is my 20th great grandfather through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line.
  4. Hugh Stafford (ca. 1342-1386), 2nd Earl of Stafford and 3rd Lord Audley and the son of Ralph Stafford (#1). He was knighted by King Edward III in 1375 as the 57th knight. He is my 20th great grandfather through my maternal-maternal (Couch) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_de_Stafford,_2nd_Earl_of_Stafford)
  5. Thomas de Holand (1350-1397), 2nd Earl of Kent and the son of Sir Thomas de Holand (#2). He was knighted by King Edward III in 1376 as the 58th knight. He is my 1st cousin, 20x removed through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line and my paternal-maternal (Robbins) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Holland,_2nd_Earl_of_Kent)
  6. Sir John Holand (ca. 1355-1400), 1st Earl of Huntingdon and 1st Duke of Exeter. He was knighted by King Richard II in 1381 as the 68th knight. He was executed on January 16, 1400 for conspiracy to kill King Henry IV and his sons in an effort to return Richard to the throne, who was in prison at the time. He is the brother of Thomas (#6) and the son of Thomas (#2). He is my 1st cousin, 20x removed through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line and my paternal-maternal (Robbins) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Holland,_1st_Duke_of_Exeter)
  7. Richard Fitz-Alan (ca. 1348-1397), 4th Earl of Arundel and 9th Earl of Surrey. He was knighted by King Richard II in 1386 as the 74th knight. He was beheaded at the Tower of London on September 21, 1397 for opposing King Richard II. He is my 19th great grandfather through my paternal-maternal (Robbins) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_FitzAlan,_11th_Earl_of_Arundel)
  8. Thomas de Holand (1372-1400), 1st Duke of Surrey, 3rd Earl of Kent, and 4th Baron Holland. He was knighted by King Richard II in 1397 as the 88th knight. He was executed on January 17, 1400 (as was his uncle John (#6) for conspiracy to kill King Henry IV and his sons in an effort to return Richard to the throne. He is my 2nd cousin, 19x removed through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line and my paternal-maternal (Robbins) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Holland,_1st_Duke_of_Surrey)
  9. Edmund Stafford (1377-1403), 5th Earl of Stafford and 1st Earl Audley and the son of Hugh (#4). He was knighted by King Henry IV in 1402 as the 104th knight. He was killed at the Battle of Shrewsbury. He is my 19th great grandfather through my maternal-maternal (Couch) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Stafford,_5th_Earl_of_Stafford)
  10. Ralph de Neville (1364-1425), 1st Earl of Westmorland, 16th Earl of Warwick, and 4th Baron Neville de Raby. He was knighted by King Herny IV in 1403 as the 105th knight. He is my 19th great grandfather through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Neville,_1st_Earl_of_Westmorland)
  11. Edmund de Holand (1384-1408), 4th Earl of Kent and 5th Baron Holland and son of Thomas (#5) and brother of Thomas (#8). He was knighted by King Henry IV in 1403 as the 106th knight. He is my 2nd cousin, 19x removed through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line and my paternal-maternal (Robbins) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Holland,_4th_Earl_of_Kent)
  12. Henry FitzHugh (1363-1425), Baron Ravensworth. He was knighted by King Henry IV in 1409 as the 115th knight. He is my 18th great grandfather through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_FitzHugh,_3rd_Baron_FitzHugh)
  13. Humphrey Stafford (1402-1460), 1st Duke of Buckingham and 6th Earl of Stafford and son of Edmund (#9). He was knighted by King Henry VI in 1429 as the 145th knight. He was killed at the Battle of Northampton. He is my 18th great grandfather through my maternal-maternal (Couch) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humphrey_Stafford,_1st_Duke_of_Buckingham)
  14. Edmund Beaufort (1406-1455), 1st Duke of Somerset, 1st Earl of Dorset, and Count of Mortain. He was knighted by King Henry VI in 1436 as the 150th knight. He was killed in the First Battle of St. Albans, a battle considered to be the first in the War of the Roses. He is my 16th great grandfather through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Beaufort,_2nd_Duke_of_Somerset)
  15. Thomas Stanley (ca. 1405-1459), 1st Baron Stanley and titular King of Mann. He was knighted by King Henry VI in 1457 as the 174th knight. He is my 16th great grandfather through my paternal-maternal (Robbins) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Stanley,_1st_Baron_Stanley)
  16. Henry Stafford (1454-1483), 2nd Duke of Buckingham. He was knighted by King Edward IV in 1474 as the 211th knight. He is the grandson of Humphrey (#13). He was beheaded for treason by King Richard III and considered a prime suspect in the deaths of the Princes in the Tower. He is my 16th great grandfather through my maternal-maternal (Couch) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Stafford,_2nd_Duke_of_Buckingham)
  17. Thomas Grey (1451-1501), 1st Marquess of Dorset, 1st Earl of Huntingdon, and 7th Baron Ferrers of Groby. He was knighted by King Edward IV in 1476, degraded in 1483, but restored in 1485. He was the stepson of King Edward IV. He is my 1st cousin, 16x removed through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Grey,_1st_Marquess_of_Dorset)
  18. Thomas Stanley (ca. 1435-1504), 2nd Lord Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, and titular King of Mann and son of Thomas (#15). He was knighted by King Richard III in 1483 as the 224th knight. He is my 16th great grandfather and 15th great grand uncle through my paternal-maternal (Robbins) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Stanley,_1st_Earl_of_Derby)
  19. George Stanley (ca. 1460-1503), 9th Baron Strange and son of Thomas (#18). He was knighted by King Hnery VII in 1487 as the 233rd knight. He is my 15th great grandfather through my paternal-maternal (Robbins) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Stanley,_9th_Baron_Strange)
  20. John Savage (ca. 1444-1492). He was knighted by King Henry VII on November 16, 1488 as the 237th knight. He was killed during the Siege of Boulogne, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France in 1492. He is my 15th great grandfather through my paternal-maternal (Robbins) line and my 16th great grandfather through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Savage_(soldier).
  21. Edward Stafford (1478-1521), 3rd Duke of Buckingham. He was knighted by King Henry VII in 1495 as the 248th knight. He was degraded in 1521 when he was beheaded for treason. He was the son of Henry (#16). He is my 15th great grandfather through my maternal-maternal (Couch) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Stafford,_3rd_Duke_of_Buckingham)
  22. Sir Charles Somerset (Beaufort) (1460-1526), 1st Earl of Worcester. He was the legitimised bastard son of Henry Beaufort and his mistress Joan Hill. He was knighted by King Henry VII in 1496 as the 249th knight. He is my 14th great grandfather through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Somerset,_1st_Earl_of_Worcester)
  23. Thomas Grey (1477-1530), 2nd Marquess of Dorset. He was knighted by King Henry VII in 1501 as the 256th knight. He is the son of Thomas (#17). He is my 2nd cousin, 15x removed through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Grey,_2nd_Marquess_of_Dorset)
  24. Sir Henry Stafford (ca. 1479-1523), 1st Earl of Wiltshire. He was knighted by King Henry VII in 1505 as the 261st knight. He is the brother of Edward (#21) and son of Henry #16). He is my 15th great grand uncle through my maternal-maternal (Couch) line. (source; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Stafford,_1st_Earl_of_Wiltshire)
  25. Sir Edward Stanley (ca. 1460-1523), 1st Baron Monteagle. He was knighted by King Henry VIII on April 23, 1514 as the 275th knight. He is the brother of George (#19) and the son of Thomas (#18). He is my 15th great grand uncle through my paternal-maternal (Robbins) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Stanley,_1st_Baron_Monteagle)
  26. Henry Grey (1517-1554), 1st Duke of Suffolk and 3rd Marquess of Dorset. He was knighted by King Edward VI on February 17, 1547 as the 318th knight. He was degraded in 1554 when he was bheaded for high treason in attempt to overthrow Queen Mary.. His is the son of Thomas (#23). He is my 3rd cousin, 14x removed through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Grey,_1st_Duke_of_Suffolk)
  27. Edward Stanley (1509-1572), 3rd Earl of Derby. He was knighted by King Edward VI on February 17, 1547 as the 319th knight. He is my 12th great grandfather through my maternal-paternal (Blackburn) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Stanley,_3rd_Earl_of_Derby)
  28. William Herbert (1501-1570), 1st Earl of Pembroke, 1st Baron Cardiff, and Esquire of the King's body. He was knighted by King Edward VI on December 1, 1549 as the 325th knight. He is my 1st cousin, 15x removed (his father was illegitimate) through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Herbert,_1st_Earl_of_Pembroke_(died_1570))
  29. William Somerset (1526-1589), 3rd Earl of Worcester. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I on April 23, 1570 as the 353rd knight. He is the grandson of Charles (#22). He is my 1st cousin, 14x removed through my paternal-paternal (Hammons) line. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Somerset,_3rd_Earl_of_Worcester)

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