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TUDOR , EDMUND ( c. 1430 - 1456 ),

father of Henry VII , eldest son of Owain Tudor (q.v.) by Catherine de Valois , widow of Henry V . For the circumstances of his parents' marriage, see the article on Owain Tudor . Brought up in England under the tutelage of his royal half-brother, Henry VI , by whom he was created earl of Richmond in 1452-3 , he had no connection with Wales until after his marriage in 1455 to the lady Margaret Beaufort , daughter of John Beaufort , duke of Somerset . But the fact that he d. at Carmarthen on 3 Nov. 1456 , suggests that like his brother Jasper Tudor (q.v.) he was intended for an administrative career in Wales . He was buried in the house of the Grey Friars at Carmarthen , his remains being translated at the Dissolution to S. Davids cathedral . His son, Henry , 2nd earl of Richmond and later the first Tudor king , was born posthumously. Lewis Glyn Cothi and Dafydd Nanmor (qq.v.) composed elegies upon him.


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Archaeologia Cambrensis , III, xv, 394;
  • Gwaith Lewis Glyn Cothi , 492;
  • Thomas Roberts and Ifor Williams , The Poetical Works of Dafydd Nanmor (Cardiff, 1923) , 34-6, 41-2;
  • H. T. Evans , Wales and the Wars of the Roses (1915) .


Professor Thomas Jones Pierce, M.A., F.S.A., (1905-1964), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959