Anne HASTINGS

(C. Shrewsbury)

Born: ABT 1471, Kirby, Leicestershire, England

Died:  27 Jun 1481 / AFT 4 Jan 1506/7

Buried: St. Peter, Sheffield

Father: William HASTINGS (1 B. Ashby-Zouche)

Mother: Catherine NEVILLE (B. Ashby-Zouche)

Married: George TALBOT (4 E. Shrewsbury) BEF 27 Jun 1481, Kirby, Leicestershire, England

Children:

1. Mary TALBOT (C. Northumberland)

2. Francis TALBOT (5 E. Shrewsbury)

3. Margaret TALBOT

4. Elizabeth TALBOT (B. Gillesland)

5. Dorothy TALBOT

6. Richard TALBOT (b. Chelsea - had no Children)

7. Henry TALBOT (d. BEF his father; i. Calke Priory, Derbys - The Complete Peerage vol.XI,p.709)

8. John TALBOT (d. in infancy; i. Ashby de la Zouch)

9. John TALBOT (d. in infancy; i. Ashby de la Zouch)

10. William TALBOT (had no Children) (Marshal, Ireland)

11. Lucy TALBOT


Anne was born in about 1471, the youngest child of William Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings, and Catherine Neville. Anne had four brothers, Sir Edward Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings, Sir William, Sir Richard, and George, and a sister, Elizabeth. She had an older half-sister Cecily Bonville from her mother's first marriage. Anne grew up during the period in English history when the dynastic civil wars fought between the Houses of York and Lancaster, known as the Wars of the Roses, broke out at intervals and resulted in the deaths of many combatants and supporters from both sides.

Anne's father was a staunch Yorkist, and a close friend and Lord Chamberlain of Edward IV. After the latter's death in Apr 1483, Hastings was persuaded by his mistress Jane Shore to enter into a conspiracy against the late king's youngest brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who had been made Lord Protector of the realm. Upon discovery of Hastings treachery, Gloucester gave the order for his execution, which was carried out at the Tower of London on 13 June 1483. Anne's father was not attainted, however, and her mother, Catherine was placed under Gloucester's protection following his ascension as King Richard III of England, which secured her privileges and rights.

At the time of her father's execution, Anne was already married to Hastings' teenaged ward13 year-old ward, George Talbot, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury, 9th Baron Furnivall. George was her second cousin. Her mother, by royal permission, took over as legal guardian of Anne's husband until he came of age.

Together George and Anne had 11 children: Francis, later 5th Earl of Shrewsbury; Elizabeth, married to William Dacre, 3rd Baron Dacre, Margaret, married, as his first wife, Henry Clifford, 1st Earl of CumberlandMary, married Henry Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland, Henry, styled Lord Talbot (d. young); John (d. young); other John (d. young); William Talbot, Marshal of Ireland; Richard; Dorothy and Lucy Talbot.

Early in the reign of Henry VIII of England, Anne came to court where she served as a lady-in-waiting to Catalina of Aragon, and her youngest daughter Lucy was a maid of honor. It is not known how long she served in this capacity.

Anne died on an unknown date in 1520. She was buried in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, which is now the Sheffield Cathedral. Her husband married secondly Elizabeth Walden (d. Jul 1567). George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury had a chapel added to the church to serve as a family chapel; and after his own death, a monument was built in Shrewsbury Chapel where his effigy can be seen flanked by those of Anne and his second wife, Elizabeth.

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