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Edmund Stafford

Edmund Stafford
Bishop of Exeter
Church Catholic
See Diocese of Exeter
In office 1395–1419
Predecessor Thomas Brantingham
Successor John Catterick
Personal details
Previous post Dean of York

Edmund Stafford (1344 – 3 September 1419) was the second son of Sir Richard Stafford of Clifton and Isabel Vernon, daughter of Sir Richard Vernon of Haddon. He became the Bishop of Exeter[1]


Stafford attended Oxford University, graduating BA in 1363; in the same year he was appointed a canon of Lichfield. He obtained a BCL in 1369 and a DL in 1385, the same year he became dean of York. He also held the Rectorshio of Clifton Campville, his family lands. Whilst dean of York, he was named keeper of the Privy Seal on 4 May 1389, keeping that role until February 1396.[2] Later that year, he was appointed Lord Chancellor of England, holding it until 1399 when, on the accession of Henry IV, he was replaced. Two years later he again took up the role, appointed as part of a reaction against Henry's dependence on Lancastrians. He was replaced by Henry Beaufort in February 1403.[3] Edmund continued to serve the King, trying petitions in Parliaments in 1404 and 1406 and being appointed one of the King's councillors in the parliament of 1406.

Stafford was nominated to the see of Exeter on 15 January 1395 and consecrated on 20 June 1395.[4] Visits to his diocese were few when he was on government office; he did visit extensively in the time between appointments as Chancellor and after 1403 he became more involved, with extensive vistas in 1404, 1411 and 1414.[1]

Stafford died on 3 September 1419.[1][4] and was buried in Exeter Cathedral. His family lands and the Barony, passed to Thomas Stafford.



Political offices
Preceded by
John Waltham
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
Guy Mone
Preceded by
Thomas Arundel
Lord Chancellor
Succeeded by
Thomas Arundel
Preceded by
John Scarle
Lord Chancellor
Succeeded by
Henry Beaufort
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Brantingham
Bishop of Exeter
Succeeded by
John Catterick
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Richard Stafford
Baron Stafford of Clifton
Succeeded by
Thomas Stafford

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