Margaret de Clare Umfraville Baroness Badlesmere 2462,2463
- Born: 1 Apr 1287, Bunratty Castle, Clare, Ireland 1764,2463
- Marriage (1): Bartholomew de Badlesmere First Baron Badlesmere by 30 Jun 1308 2462
- Died: 22 Oct 1333, Castle Badlesmere, Kent, England at age 46 1764,2463
- Buried: Badlesmere Church, Kent, England 1764
Noted events in her life were:
• First Marriage, 1303-1307. 2463 Margaret's first marriage to Gilbert Umfraville was childless when Gilbert died in 1307.
• Imprisoned, 1321-1322, Tower of London. 2463 Margaret was arrested and subsequently imprisoned in the Tower of London for the duration of a year from November 1321 to November 1322, making her the first recorded female prisoner in the Tower's history. She was jailed on account of having ordered an armed assault on Isabella of France , Queen consort of King Edward II of England . Before Margaret had instructed her archers to fire upon Isabella and her escort, she had refused the Queen admittance to Leeds Castle where her husband, Baron Badlesmere held the post of governor, but which was legally the property of Queen Isabella as part of the latter's dowry . Margaret surrendered the castle on 31 October 1321 after it was besieged by the King's forces using ballistas . Edward's capture of Leeds Castle was the catalyst which led to the Despenser War in the Welsh Marches and the north of England.
Upon her release from the Tower, Margaret entered a religious life at the convent house of the Minorite Sisters outside Aldgate . King Edward granted her a stipend to pay for her maintenance.
Margaret married Bartholomew de Badlesmere First Baron Badlesmere, son of Sir Gunselin de Badlesmere and Joan FitzBernard, by 30 Jun 1308.2462 (Bartholomew de Badlesmere First Baron Badlesmere was born on 18 Aug 1275,2462 died on 14 Apr 1322 2462 and was buried in White Friars, Canterbury, England 2462.)