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1st Earl of Stafford. He was a founder Knight of the Garter, Ap ril 23, 1349. He was summoned to Parliament from November 29, 1 336, to November 25, 1350, as "Radulpho Baroni de Stafford." I n 1336 and 1337 he served in Scotland. On June 23, 1340, he wa s at the battle of Sluys. By February 10, 1340/41, he had becom e steward of the King’s household. In 1342 he sailed to Britta ny and took part in the siege of Vannes, where he was captures . In 1343 he was sent with others to Scotland to raise the sieg e of Lochmaben castle. On February 23, 1344/45, he was appointe d seneschal of Aquitaine or Gascony, holding office until Marc h 15, 1345/46. On July 6, 1336, a commission was appointed to i nquire into a complaint by Hugh de Audley, lord Audley, that Ral ph de Stafford and others (mostly relatives) had broken in to hi s close at Thaxted, Essex, carried away his goods, abducted Marg aret, his daughter and heiress, and married her against her will . Margaret was then about twelve years old. King Edward III in tervened to protect Ralph, and, after making his peace, Ralph an d Margaret received the reversion to a large part of the Glouces ter inheritance. He was created earl of Stafford on March 5, 13 50/51. In October, 1355, he was among the leaders of the King’ s new expedition to France. In October, 1360, he was in the van guard of the army under the duke of Lancaster, and was joint mar shal with the earl of Warwick.

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