Kathy Lynn Emerson
to update and correct
her very out-of-date
Wives and Daughters: The Women of Sixteenth-Century England (1984)
NOTE: this document exists only in electronic format
and is ©2008-14 Kathy Lynn Emerson (all rights reserved)
see ANNE KNIGHTON
see KATHERINE BANKS
CATHERINE SODAY (d.1576)
Catherine Soday was the daughter of John de Soda or de Soto of Perpignam, county Roussillon (d.1551), the French-born apothecary who accompanied Catherine of Aragon to England in 1501 and remained in her service until her death in 1536, after which he served her daughter, Princess Mary, until 1547, and then entered the service of King Edward VI. His eldest son, also named John, was appointed royal apothecary when Mary became queen in 1553. The name of his wife is unknown but she may have been Spanish. She may be the "wife of John Soday" buried in St. Dunstan-in-the-East in 1556. Catherine de Soda married three times. It appears her first husband was Jasper Allyn (d. July 11, 1551), a London draper. His eldest son, John, was baptized in St. Nicholas Acon on June 30, 1546. Allyn made his will on November 4, 1548, mentioning his wife, Katherine. According to the Inquisition post mortem taken in 1554 before Lord Mayor Thomas White, the widow, Katherine, and three children—John, William, and Margery—were still living. The messuage Allyn owned in the parish of St. Gabriel, Fenchurch went to the widow for life. The date Catherine married Ralph Greenway (d.1557), alderman and grocer of London, is not known. Another brother, Ralph Soday, acted in Spain as factor for Greenway. Greenway was buried in St. Dunstan-in-the-East. Stow gives the date as 1559, but the marriage of Catherine Greenway to John White of Aldershot, Hampshire (d. June 9, 1573), another London grocer, is recorded in Machyn’s diary as taking place in 1558 with a great feast, goodly masques, and dancing. She was his second wife. The baptism of their son on May 25, 1559, is also recorded by Machyn. The godparents were the Marquess of Winchester, the Bishop of Winchester, and Lady Laxton. Machyn further records the baptism of a second son, Thomas, on February 3, 1561. His godparents were Sir Thomas Offley, Alderman Latham, and the wife of Alderman Champion. Catherine and John White also had a daughter, Katherine (d.1636+). White was a successful merchant in the Spanish trade. He was in Spain in August 1562 but was back in England in time to serve as Lord Mayor of London for 1563-4. He wrote his will on May 29, 1573 and it was proved August 20, 1573. Catherine also left a will. She was buried in St. Dunstan-in-the-East on October 9, 1576.
MARY SOMER (d.1607)
Mary Somer was the daughter and coheir of John Somer or Sommer of St. Margaret's Parish in Rochester, Kent, possibly the same John Somer of Hoo St. Mary who was a clerk of the signet and died c.1585. In 1590, at St. Bride's, Fleet Street, she married Thomas Penyston/Peniston (d.c.1601), a wealthy wool merchant, by whom she had two sons and two daughters, including Sir Thomas of Leigh, Sussex (c.1591-c.1644). They lived in the house she had inherited from her father. In Penyston’s will she received her jewels, including gold chains, pearls, and a diamond that had belonged to John Somer. In 1602, she married Sir Alexander Temple of Etchingham, Sussex and Long House, Chadwell, Essex (c.1582-December 1629). Their children were Susan, James (1606-c.1674), and another son who died in 1627. She was buried in Rochester Cathedral, as were both of her husbands. Portrait: by Robert Peake the elder, 1598, with her son Thomas.
see ANNE RUSSELL
ANNE SOMERSET (1538-October 17, 1596)
Anne Somerset was the daughter of Henry Somerset, 2nd earl of Worcester (1499-November 26,1549) and Elizabeth Browne (1500-1565). Probably. See ELIZABETH BROWNE. She is probably the Lady Anne Somerset who was a maid of honor to Queen Mary in 1557 and therefore is also likely the "Anne Neville" Charlotte Merton identifies in her PhD dissertation as the recipient of a wedding gift from the queen of twenty-three ruby buttons and two sapphires. On June 12, 1558, she married Thomas Percy, 7th earl of Northumberland (1528-August 22,1572), by whom she had Elizabeth (b.1559), Thomas (1560-1560), Mary (1563-1643), Lucy (d.1625), and Jane or Joan. In 1569, together with Jane Howard, countess of Westmorland, Anne was an instigator of the Northern Rebellion. Her husband was hesitant, but when, in the dead of night, his servants came to tell him that his enemies were surrounding him, the earl and countess fled to Branspeth, Westmorland’s house, and from there began their uprising against Queen Elizabeth. Lord Hunsdon, at the head of the queen’s troops, reported that Lady Northumberland was “stouter” than her husband and rode “up and down with the army.” When the rebellion failed, Northumberland sought refuge with Hector Graham, a borderlands robber, but Graham betrayed Northumberland to the earl of Moray. Anne was pregnant during the uprising. She gave birth on June 11, 1570 in Old Aberdeen, Scotland. On August 23, she and her baby fled to the Continent, arriving in Bruges on August 31,1570. Anne hoped to raise enough money to ransom her husband. She persuaded both King Philip II and the Pope to contribute to her cause, but her effort was in vain. Elizabeth of England outbid her, took charge of the prisoner, and executed him. Anne spent the rest of her life in exile. There is some mystery about her youngest child. Genealogical research on the Belgian family of Percy or Persy indicates that although the baby was given the name Maria, no sex was recorded, and argues that the child was a boy, subsequently called John Percy. A second John Percy shows up in records in Brussels in 1620, claiming to the the son of "Jean Piercy," son of Thomas, earl of Northumberland, who came to Flanders with his mother. This claim was apparently recognized by Spanish authorities. Although some English genealogists over the years have identified the child born in 1570 with the Mary Percy who founded a convent in Brussels, her epitaph there clearly states that she was "in England for a long time" before she first came to the Netherlands. Other sources say that this Mary was eighty at the time of her death in 1643, which would be consistent with a 1563 birth date. Anne Somerset's daughters had to be abandoned in England when the rebellion failed. Two of them were found at Wressel, the family seat, in a pitiful state, nearly frozen, half starved, and terrified. The servants with whom they’d been left had been murdered and the house ransacked. Their uncle, Henry Percy, who subsequently was granted their father's title, took his brother's daughters into his own household and they were raised at Petworth. Meanwhile, their mother was at Liège, living on a pension from Philip II. There she wrote “Discours des troubles du Comte de Northumberland” and involved herself in Catholic plots. She spent the next decade moving from place to place in the Spanish Netherlands, staying in contact with other exiles. She was living at Malines in 1572, in Mechlin in 1573, in Brussels in 1574 and again in 1576, and was back in Liège in 1575. In 1576 she was briefly expelled from the territory in an attempt to placate Queen Elizabeth, but she returned almost immediately. In September 1591, Charles Paget, an English exile in Antwerp, wrote to the Percy family in London to say that Anne had died and to request that her youngest daughter, Jane, come to Flanders to claim her mother's belongings. This appears to have been a ruse to allow Jane to visit her mother. Anne died of smallpox while living in the convent at Namur, but not until five years later.
BLANCHE SOMERSET (1583/4-October 28, 1649)
Blanche Somerset was the sixth daughter of Edward Somerset, 4th earl of Worcester (1553-March 3,1628) and Elizabeth Hastings (c.1546-August 24,1621). She was one of the young women who danced at her brother’s wedding to Anne Russell in 1600. In 1607, she married Thomas Arundell, 2nd baron Arundell of Wardour (c.1586-May 19,1643). In the absence of her husband and her son, Henry (February 1608-1694), during the Civil War, Blanche was called upon to defend their home, Wardour Castle, Wiltshire. She held out from May 2 until May 8, at which point the castle was ransacked and she was taken prisoner. She was already ill when she was taken from Wardour to Doncaster. With Blanche at Wardour were her daughter-in-law, Cecily Compton, and her three grandchildren. They were separated after the castle fell. Blanche was released before the end of May and went to Salisbury. It was there that she was finally told that her husband had died from wounds suffered in battle while she was a prisoner. That September, Blanche’s son laid siege to Wardour Castle and retook it the following March. Two months later, his children were released in a prisoner exchange. Blanche died at Winchester and was buried at Tisbury. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under “Arundell, Blanche [née Lady Blanche Somerset].” Portrait: engraving by Edward Scriven after an unknown artist.
see CHRISTIAN or CHRISTIANA NORTH
ELEANOR SOMERSET (d.c.1584)
Eleanor Somerset was the daughter of Henry Somerset, 2nd earl of Worcester (1499-November 26, 1549) and Elizabeth Browne (1500-1565), although some sources place her date of birth in 1522 and make her the daughter of Worcester's first wife, Margaret Courtenay (c.1499-April 14, 1526). She was at court in 1558/9 with her sister Jane, although she may not have held any particular position there. Her first husband was Sir Roger Vaughan of Porthaml, Talgarth, Breconshire (d. June 1571). She was his second wife and by this marriage she acquired five stepsons but had no children of her own. She later married Sir Henry Jones of Albermarlais, Carmarthenshire (d.1586) as his second of three wives. He married his third wife, Elizabeth Salusbury, on August 31, 1584.
see ELEANOR SUTTON
ELIZABETH SOMERSET (1497-1545)
Elizabeth Somerset was the daughter of Charles Somerset, 1st earl of Worcester (c.1460-April 15, 1526/7) and Elizabeth Herbert (d.1508). On November 6, 1510, she married John Savage of Old Hall, Clifton, Cheshire (1493-July 27, 1528). They had four children, Margaret, Mary, John (October 1524-December 5, 1597), and Henry. Widowed and without much money, Elizabeth married Sir William Brereton of Aldford, Cheshire (1498-x. May 17, 1536), chamberlain of Chester and courtier to Henry VIII, in 1529 or 1530. They had two sons, Henry and Thomas. Accused of having an affair with Queen Anne Boleyn in late 1533, when he was a member of her household, Brereton was arrested, tried on May 12, 1536, and beheaded five days later. He was buried in the same grave as Mark Smeaton in the churchyard of St. Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London. His last words were reported as "I have offended God and the King; pray for me" but he maintained he was innocent of the charges against him. At the time of his arrest, his lands were valued at £1,236 12s. 8d. On June 20, 1536, his widow was granted "all the goods, chattels, rents, fees, and annuities belonging to the said William at the time of his attainder." Although Brereton was reportedly a "seducer of women" in his younger days, Elizabeth believed him when he denied having had an affair with Anne Boleyn. In her will, she left her son a gold bracelet "the which was the last token his father sent me." Portrait: tomb effigy, St. Michael’s Church, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
ELIZABETH SOMERSET (c.1576-1625+)
Elizabeth Somerset was the daughter of Edward Somerset, 4th earl of Worcester (1553-March 3,1628) and Elizabeth Hastings (c.1546-August 24,1621). She and her sister Katherine went to court in 1593 as maids of honor to the queen and were married in a double wedding on November 8, 1596 at Essex House, for which the poet Edmund Spenser wrote his Prothalamion. Elizabeth married Sir Henry Guildford of Hemstead Place, Kent (b.1566). Her sister Katherine (c.1575-October 30, 1624) married William Petre, 2nd baron Petre (d. 1637). Portrait: c.1625.
ELIZABETH SOMERSET (d.1602+)
Elizabeth or Elsbeth Somerset was the only daughter and heir of Charles Somerset of Chepstow, Monmouthshire (d. March 3, 1598/9), 4th son of Henry, 2nd earl of Worcester. Her mother was Mary (or Emma) Brayne or Brague (d. before 1599), widow of Giles Morgan (d.1570). Elizabeth married Radcliffe Gerard (d.1586), 2nd son of Gilbert Gerard the judge, by whom she had four children: Charles, Thomas, Gilbert, and Radcliffe. Her second husband was Sir Edward Fox of Gwernoga, Montgomeryshire (d.1615+), as his second wife. They had three sons: Somerset, Thomas, and Henry. Her father's will was dated December 18,1598 and proved October 6, 1599. Elizabeth inherited the lands that came to her father iure uxoris. By 1602, the allocation of those lands was being challenged by the families of both her husbands in a lawsuit in Chancery. She died before 1611, when Fox married Katherine Thynne, widow of Sir Walter Long.
see ELIZABETH BROWNE; ELIZABETH HASTINGS
JANE SOMERSET (1535-October 16, 1597)
Jane Somerset was the daughter of Henry Somerset, 2nd earl of Worcester (1499-November 26, 1549) and Elizabeth Browne (1500-1565). She was at court in 1558/9 with her sister Eleanor, although she may not have held any particular position there. She married Sir Edward Mansell (Maunsell/Mansfield) of Oxwich, Glamorganshire (1527-August 5, 1595), by whom she had Elizabeth, Sir Thomas (d. December 20, 1631), Sir Francis (d.c.1628), Cecily, Rhys (d.1596), Anthony, Charles, Philip, Christopher, Edward, Henry, William, Mary, Anne, and Sir Robert (1573-before June 20, 1656). They lived at Penrice Castle, Glamorganshire. She was buried in Margam Abbey.
KATHERINE SOMERSET (c.1575-October 30, 1624)
Katherine Somerset was one of the daughters of Edward Somerset, 4th earl of Worcester (1553-March 3, 1628) and Elizabeth Hastings (c.1546-August 24, 1621). She and her sister Elizabeth (c.1576-1625+) went to court in 1593 as maids of honor to the queen and were married in a double wedding on November 8, 1596 at Essex House, for which the poet Edmund Spenser wrote his Prothalamion. Katherine married William Petre, 2nd baron Petre (June 24, 1575-May 5, 1637). Their children were: John (d.1613), Robert (1599-October 23, 1638), Mary (1600-1640), William (1602-1677), Edward (1603-1664), Thomas (b.1606), Catherine (June 10, 1607-August 15, 1681), Anne (July 2, 1609-October 18, 1610), Henry (March 27, 1611-c.1648), George, and Elizabeth. Another of Katherine’s sisters was also named Catherine (c.1591-November 6, 1654). This second Catherine married Thomas, 6th baron Windsor (September 29, 1591-December 6, 1642). Portrait: 1599 by Marcus Gheerearts.
LUCY SOMERSET (1524-February 23, 1582/3)
Lucy Somerset is the "daughter" of the mysterious “Madam Albart” of a letter of Ambassador Chapuys to Charles V in 1542, naming her as one of three young ladies in whom King Henry VIII was showing a marked interest. Queen Catherine Howard was at that time in the Tower, facing execution, and the king was known to be looking for a sixth bride. Lucy was the daughter of Henry Somerset, 2nd earl of Worcester and Lord Herbert of Ragland (1499-November 26,1549) and his first wife, Margaret Courtenay (c.1499-April 14,1526). She may have been styled Lady Lucy Herbert and Chapuys’s “Albart” would be typical of his misspellings of English names. Lucy’s stepmother was Elizabeth Browne (1500-1565), the sister of Sir Anthony Browne, thus explaining Chapuys’s further identification of her as Browne’s niece. “The Lady Lucy” was a maid of honor to Catherine Howard and in 1545 married Queen Katherine Parr’s stepson, John Neville, 4th baron Latimer (c.1520-April 22,1577) and was part of Katherine’s household as Lady Latimer. They had four daughters: Catherine (1546-October 28, 1596), Dorothy (1547-March 23, 1608/9), Lucy (d.April 39,1608), and Elizabeth (c.1550-1630). Lucy was buried in Hackney. Her will, written November 16, 1582 and proved March 16, 1583, instructed that an alabaster tomb with pictures of herself and her four daughters be erected and left 500 marks for this purpose. Various bequests to her daughters and others included a cross of diamonds, a new carpet, "my jewel named Cupid," beds, cups, and sums of money. She left £200 to her granddaughter, Lucy Cecil but only £40 to another granddaughter, Lucy Danvers. To Blanche Parry, she left "one piece of gold called a portague of the value of three pounds ten shillings."To Bridget Keys, wife of John Keys, avener of the queen's stables, she left a ring of gold set with rubies and opals and a portrait of "old Lady Lennox." Lucy Keys, her goddaughter, got a portague. Her servants, William and Elizabeth Hargill, received money, beds, and all her books, as well as the residue of her goods and chattels. Their daughter, another Lucy, got £20 and "my silver jug with two ears." Three more female servants (Mary Thornill, Lucy Preston and Elizabeth Kyrkebye) were also left money, if they were still with her at her death.
see MARGARET COURTENAY
MARY SOMERSET (d.1578+)
Mary Somerset was the daughter of Henry Somerset, 2nd earl of Worcester (1499-November 26, 1549) and Elizabeth Browne (1500-1565), although she is not always listed among the earl's children. In 1536, rumors were circulating about her pregnant mother's infidelity (although no lover's name is ever given) and it is tempting to place Mary's birth in that year. Certainly she made an unimpressive marriage for an earl's daughter, wedding Edward Dale, who acquired Legsby, Lincolnshire from his father, Thomas, in 1572. Their son John was probably the father of Governor Thomas Dale of Virginia. There was a Mrs. Dale in Queen Elizabeth's household in 1577-8. This might be Mary Somerset, although ordinarily, as an earl’s daughter, she should have remained Lady Mary. One online source gives her burial place as St. Mary’s Priory Church, Chepstow.
see THEOPHILA NEWTON
see MARGARET ARDEN
see CECILY TUFTON
FRANCES SONDES (1591-1634+)
Frances Sondes was the daughter of Thomas Sondes of Throwley Park, Kent (d. February 7, 1592/3) and Margaret Brooke (June 2, 1563-1621). Before her birth, her father claimed she was not his child and tried to disown her, but the terms of her mother's jointure remained in effect when he died before the matter could be settled in court. Margaret Brooke Sondes, however, had by then gone insane. She and Frances lived at Cobham Hall, where Margaret was cared for by a nurse until Lord Cobham was arrested for treason in 1603 and his estate forfeited to the Crown. In an attempt to get his Tower gaoler's son, Gawen Hervey, to help with an escape plan, Henry Brooke, Lord Cobham, promised his niece in marriage to Hervey, who was under the mistaken impression that Frances had a dowry of £10,000. According to David McKeen's A Memory of Honour: the life of William Brooke, Lord Cobham, under the terms of Margaret's marriage contract Frances was to have £100/year or a dowry of £2000, while her mother's jointure was worth £333 6s. 8d. Frances became an unwelcome boarder in the Leveson family but eventually married the younger John Leveson of Cuxton, Kent (d. December 1613 of the plague). They had two daughters, Christian (d.1655) and Frances (b. February 1614). On May 19, 1618, she married Thomas Savile of Hawley, Yorkshire (1590-c.1659). In 1624, Frances made a claim to inherit £6,900 as the estate due her mother. Savile was created Viscount Savile in the Irish peerage in 1528 and became 2nd baron Savile of Pomfret in 1530. Some years after Frances died he was created earl of Sussex. Frances had no children by her second marriage.
JANE SONDES (June 1574-1609+)
Jane Sondes was the daughter of Sir Michael Sondes or Sandes of Throwley Park, Kent (d.1617) and Mary Fynch (d.1603). Even before her marriage and the escapades reported in A. L. Rowse's Sex and Society in Shakespeare's Age, Jane had quite the active sex life. David McKeen in his biography of William Brooke, Lord Cobham, places her in the household of her uncle, Thomas Sondes as companion to Margaret Brooke Sondes, his second wife, and implies that Jane had numerous affairs while living there before her marriage. On January 5, 1593/4, she married Edward Fludd of Bearsted, Kent (c.1563-1600), son of the treasurer of war in the Netherlands. In 1600, probably accompanied by her maid, Susan Rigden, she visited the astrologer Simon Forman to ask if Sir Calisthenes Brooke and Sir Thomas Gates and others still loved her. In the course of the consultation she gave Forman names and details, which he recorded. Sir Calisthenes Brooke, nephew of Lord Cobham, was a soldier for whom she wore a bramble. Their affair had begun around 1596 and she kept his letters under her pillow. After him came both Henry Wotton and Sir Thomas Gates, another soldier, for whom she wore thyme. Her current lover was Sir Thomas Walsingham of Chislehurst. Forman recorded that she'd also loved Copell (the rector of her parish church at Throwley from 1597-1605), Sir Robert Rivington, Robin Jones (her father's man, a clerk), Wilmar (Sir Thomas Fludd's man, deceased by 1600, for whom she wore a willow), "Lady Vane's son of Kent," who "took her garter from her leg to wear for her sake"—this could be either Sir Thomas Vane or Henry Vane of Hadlow. In May 1600, she returned, now a widow, to ask if Vincent Randall, son and heir of Edward Randall of Gayseham Hall, Essex, with whom she had fallen in love, would marry her. He did not, and Forman's horoscope predicted that she would not wed for some time and that when she did, it would be to "a miserable, ungodly, untoward old fellow." Of Jane, he wrote: "She is not to be trusted, though she has a fair tongue, but will backbite and speak evil of her best friends. She professes virtue, loyalty, chastity—yet is full of vice, apt to be in love with many; hath loved men of worth and base fearing creatures, and some of the clergy. She spends much in pride and is in debt, poor in respect. She is wavering-minded, light of conditions and will overthrow her own estate." Jane's family, however, does not appear to have had any idea of her extracurricular activities, for when her father-in-law, who died on May 30, 1607, wrote his will, he left her a house in Bearsted called Otterash, with barns, an orchard, yards, and arable land attached. By that time, she had remarried, taking as her second husband the well-to-do Sir Thomas May of Mayfield, Sussex (d. July 1616). His first wife, Barbara Rich, had died in early 1602, leaving him with a son, also named Thomas (1595-1650). Jane had one daughter, Mary, by Fludd and four daughters with her second husband. Toward the end of 1609, Jane paid another visit to Simon Forman, this time to learn the fate of her one-time lover, Sir Thomas Gates, who was on the missing ship Sea Venture, which had become separated from the fleet on a voyage to Jamestown, Virginia, where he was to be governor. It was the following year before those in England learned that although a hurricane had wrecked the ship in Bermuda, all aboard had survived. This is the event that probably inspired Shakespeare's The Tempest. Although Forman's predictions about the sort of man Jane would marry do not seem to have been accurate, he did appear to be correct that she would "overthrow her own estate." By the time Thomas May died, there was very little money left, forcing Jane's stepson to turn to writing to earn his living. What happened to Jane's daughters after 1616 remains a mystery and Jane's date of death is unknown.
see MARGARET BROOKE
see MARY FYNCH
see ALICE BULSTRODE
TRYPHOSA SOPER (1526-1547+)
There is a lovely story online about the two daughters of a barber named Soper who had a shop on the east end of London Bridge. They were supposedly named Tryphena and Tryphosa and were very pretty, so pretty that Tryphosa was chosen, in October 1547, to be the "Chariot Maiden" for the Mercers's Company in the Lord Mayor's Show. Unfortunately, as a result of this honor, she was horribly sunburned, destroying her beauty. Even more unfortunately, this story comes from a novel published in 1860 and is unlikely to be true. For one thing, although the livery companies of London certainly did go in for pageantry, it is unlikely that they would give a featured role to a girl who was not the daughter of one of their members. Also, while it is possible that girls might be given obscure Greek names in the early sixteenth century, the only other instance of this I can think of is Dionysia Lily, and she was the daughter of a Greek scholar, not a barber.
Alice Sotehill (Sothill/Southill/Soothill/Suttell) was the daughter of Henry Sotehill (d. before 1493), a lawyer, and Anne Boyville, heiress to Stockfastion (Stockerston), Leicestershire (d.1493+). She married Sir John Harington of Exton, Rutland (d.1524) before 1499. They had at least two sons, John (d. August 25, 1553) and Robert. Portrait: tomb effigy in Exton Parish Church, Exton, Rutland.
see ELIZABETH PLUMPTON
(May 21, 1505-May 19, 1575)
Elizabeth Sotehill was the daughter of Henry Sotehill of Stoke Faston, Leicestershire (1470-1505) and Joan Empson (c.1466-1510+) and the twin of Joan Sotehill. She married Sir William Drury of Hawstead (c.1500-January 11, 1557/8) as his second wife. Their children were Elizabeth (d.1621), Mary (d.1594), Robert (d. December 1557), Henry (d. 1587), Anne (d.1561), Dorothy (d.1602), Francis (d.1621), and Bridget (b. September 11, 1534). Elizabeth wrote her will on March 5, 1573 and it was proved November 7, 1575. In it she identified herself as being of Lawshall, Suffolk. It is a very detailed will, especially concerning various debts. She left £8 and a silver and gilt cup to each of her surviving daughters. To her gentlewoman, Bridget Jervis, she doubled the legacy of £6 13s. 4d left to Bridget by Sir William and added a gown and the bed and furniture Bridget used, including blankets, sheets, and so forth. She left other gowns to others and her separate bequests to her daughters included such things as beds and saddles. She was buried at Hawstead on May 20, 1575.
Elizabeth Sotehill was the daughter of Thomas Sotehill/Soothill of Soothill, Yorkshire and Margery FitzWilliam. Through her mother, she was heir to the FitzWilliam properties of Emley Park and Dewsbury. In 1517, her father bought the right to arrange the marriage of Henry Savile of Thornhill, Tankersley and Elland, Yorkshire (1498/9-April 20, 1558) and on August 29, 1519, married him to Elizabeth. They had three children, Edward (1538/9-1603), John (d. yng.), and Dorothy (d.1558+), but the marriage was not a happy one. As early as 1526, Elizabeth was consulting Thomas Wolsey about the possibility of a divorce on grounds of cruelty. Savile took Margaret Barkson or Barlaston (daughter of Peter Barkson), one of the gentlewomen waiting on Elizabeth, as his mistress, and had two sons by her. Elizabeth apparently made several attempts to get a divorce but was never successful. According the History of Parliament their marital difficulties were an issue in the feud between Savile and two other Yorkshire men, Thomas, Lord Darcy of Temple Hurst and Sir Richard Tempest, a quarrel that continued from c.1523 until c.1537. In his will, made on February 15, 1555/6, Savile made his daughter Dorothy his executor and left most of his lands to her. "To Elizabethe my wyffe all my corne in Dewsburye and Emlay peryshes, also all maner of my goodes there, my playtt onelye except, which playtte wythe all my goodes wythein the peryshes of Thornhill and Tankersley I gyve to Edwarde Savyle, my sonne." Dorothy declined to serve as executor and on July 28, 1558, Elizabeth requested and received the right to administer the will. At the inquisition post mortem held August 25, 1558, Elizabeth was upheld in her right to the manors of "Soytyll, Rowtonstall, Laxton, Hadlesay, Daryngton and Emley," and of ten watermills, one windmill, acreage in pasture, wood, heath and furze, as well as rents and the advowson of the parish church of Emley. Her remaining son, who should have been the heir, was declared mentally unstable in 1560 and lived the rest of his life in the care of the earls of Shrewsbury. Elizabeth remarried, taking as her second husband Richard Gascoigne of Barnborough, Yorkshire. The site medievalgenealogy.org.uk, which reprints Savile wills, gives his name as Thomas Gascoigne of Barnbow, Esq. and says they had issue. This site also gives both April 23 (Inquisition post mortem) and April 25 (Dewsbury register) for the date of death for Henry Savile.
Jane Sotehill (Sothill/Soothill) was the daughter and coheir of Henry Sotehill of Stoke Faston, Lincolnshire (1470-1505) and Jane Empson (c.1466-1510+). She and her twin sister, Elizabeth (d. May 19, 1575), were born on May 21, 1505. They were raised by Sir William Pierrepont, their mother's second husband. By February 1521, Jane had married Sir John Constable of Tibthorpe, Yorkshire (d. c.1555) by whom she had three daughters, Anne (d. August 1611), Catherine, and Cecily. Jane's dowry included several manors in Yorkshire and Kinoulton (Knowlton), Nottinghamshire, which became the family seat. Constable made his will on June 19, 1554. It was proved October 8, 1556. Jane was his executor and was to hold the lease on Kinoulton and all his other lands for life. After her death, they passed to her daughter Cecily's sons, William and Edward Oglethorpe.
Elizabeth Souldon was a chamberer to Queen Catherine of Aragon in August 1520 when she was given a gown of black and crimson velvet lined with cotton and buckram and a kirtle of russet satin and crimson velvet.
see ELIZABETH BLACKBURN
see AGNES KIRK
ANNE SOUTHCOTE (c.1557-1585+)
Anne Southcote was the daughter of John Southcote of Witham, Essex (1510/11-April 18, 1585), a judge, and Elizabeth Robins (d.1580+). Her father was remembered after his death as being "governed by his wife." On December 12, 1574, Anne married Francis Curzon of Waterperry, Oxfordshire (1552-October 31. 1610) in St. Gregory, London. Their children were John, Richard, Francis, Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary. Elizabeth and Anne became nuns. Portrait: tomb effigy in St. Mary's Church, Waterperry.
MARTHA SOUTHCOTE (d.1612+)
Martha Southcote was the daughter of John Southcote of Witham, Essex (1510/11-April 18, 1585), a judge, and Elizabeth Robins (d.1580+). Her father was remembered after his death as being "governed by his wife." Martha married Francis Stonor of Blount’s Court, Oxfordshire (1551-October 21, 1625) by 1579. They had three sons and two daughters, including Henry and William (1594-1653). After 1581, her husband had custody of his mother and, for a time, his brother John, who had been arrested for harboring priests and a printing press at Stonor Park. Although Francis (eventually Sir Francis) was also Catholic, only Martha, her sister-in-law (Elizabeth Stonor, wife of Sir Edward Lenthall of Pyrton), and her daughter were imprisoned for recusancy. A letter written in August 1612 reports that she took the oath of allegiance.
see ANNE HARRIS
see BRIDGET COPLEY
see ELIZABETH CALTHORPE; ELIZABETH HOWARD
Elizabeth Southwell was the daughter of Sir Thomas Southwell of Woodrising, Norfolk (c.1542-c. 1572) and his third wife, Nazaret Newton (c.1541-April 16, 1583). She was at court as a maid of honor by 1588/9 and in 1591 suffered from “lameness in her leg”—she was pregnant. Thomas Vavasour (1560-1620), brother of Ann, a former maid of honor whose pregnancy a decade earlier had cost her the queen’s favor, took the blame for her condition and was imprisoned for misconduct. What happened to Elizabeth is unclear, other than that she gave birth to a boy named Walter (1591-c.1641) who was given to Lettice, countess of Essex and Leicester, to be raised at Drayton Bassett. She may have returned to court, but more likely she was simply still referred to as a maid of honor. In May 1595, the queen learned that the father of young Walter was not Thomas Vavasour but rather Robert Devereux, earl of Essex. Queen Elizabeth was furious, not only because the child had been fathered by Essex, her on and off again favorite, but because she had been deceived. By March 22, 1598, when Sir Barrington (Barentine) Molyns (Moleyns, Mullens, Mullins) (d. 1618+), visited Simon Forman the astrologer, Elizabeth Southwell had agreed to marriage with Molyns. According to Paul E. J. Hammer’s The Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics, Molyns was almost blind, weakened by wounds he’d received in service to the queen, and “notorious for his ugliness.” Forman’s records indicate disgusting health problems as well, and yet, in April, he was considering abandoning the match with Elizabeth if he could persuade another woman, Mary Hampden, to marry him. Then, in June, he had a license to marry Elizabeth Southwell, but she had apparently changed her mind. In notes made later, in 1600, Forman noted that Elizabeth Southwell had three suitors and that she was thirty years old. She was already married to Molyns by that time, since she attended the christening of Robert Sidney’s daughter Barbara in December 1599 as Lady Molyns. In 1602 she gave birth to their only child, a son.
(c.1586-September 13, 1631)
Elizabeth Southwell was the daughter of Robert Southwell of Woodrising, Norfolk (1563-October 12, 1598 or 1599) and Elizabeth Howard (d.1646). On January 5, 1599, Rowland Whyte wrote to Sir Robert Sidney that “the young faire Mrs. Southwell shall this Day be sworn Mayde of Honor.” As the daughter of Elizabeth Howard and the granddaughter of Catherine Carey, she was the third generation to serve in Queen Elizabeth's Privy Chamber. She was still there when Queen Elizabeth died in 1603. On October 26, 1604, Elizabeth’s mother remarried, taking as her second husband John Stewart, earl of Carrick (d.c.1644). Elizabeth Southwell must have had many opportunities to make a good marriage under James I and she is known to have been courted by Sir Clement Heigham, but instead of marrying, she became the mistress of Sir Robert Dudley (August 7, 1574-September 6, 1649), a married man (see ALICE LEIGH) who had seven daughters, five of whom lived to adulthood. He was the illegitimate son of Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester. In July 1605, disguised as a boy, Elizabeth eloped with him and fled with him to the Continent. They were married by special Papal dispensation and she spent the rest of her life in exile in Italy. They had thirteen children, including Henry, Anna (d.1629), Mary, Carlo (1614-October 26, 1686), Ambrose, Fernando, Teresa, Cosmo, and Anthony Enrico (b. September 12, 1631). She died on the day following her youngest son’s birth, although the Oxford DNB entry for her husband attributes the death to the plague.
see MARGARET NEVILLE
see MARY DARCY
Mary Southwell was the illegitimate daughter of Sir Richard Southwell of Woodrising, Norfolk (c.1502/3-January 11, 1564 ) and his longtime mistress and later wife, Mary Darcy (d. by July 1561). She married four times, first to Henry Paston (d. before 1570). Some records give his name as Sir Thomas Paston (his father) and give them a son, Edward, but since Edward is given a birth date of 1577, this is obviously incorrect. Her second husband was William Drury of Brettshall in the parish of Tendring, Essex (d. May 7, 1589). Drury was a judge. He was buried in St. Mary Magdalen, Old Fish Street, London. His inquisition post mortem is dated December 14, 1589. Their children were Sir John (1573-December 18, 1619), Bridget (b.1575), Elizabeth (b.1577), George (b.1580), William (b. 1584), and Robert (1586-November 5, 1623), a Jesuit. The Records of the English province of the Society of Jesus . . . in the sixteenth century (1877) by Henry Foley states that Mary was a Catholic early in her life but then fell into a schism but was reconciled to the Church in the early 1600s. All of her children except Elizabeth were Catholics. Her third husband, married on April 3, 1592, was Robert Forth (d. October 3, 1595). After 1595, she became the third wife of Thomas Gresley of Drakelow, Derbyshire (May 3, 1552-September 5, 1610). In his will, he named his daughter Dorothy as executor and left her most of his goods, plate, and jewelry.
(1566-December 19, 1601)
Mary Southwell was the daughter of Sir Francis Southwell of Wyndham Hall, Wymondham, Lakeham, and Norwich, Norfolk (d.1582) and Barbara Spencer. Her father's will, dated October 6, 1581 and proved February 9, 1582 names her as his heir after her brothers Miles and Francis and also leaves her £666 13s. 4d., together with "parcels" of plate and jewels, which were to go to her at eighteen or when she married, whichever came first. She was also to have her choice of a bed and, in a codicil, his white nag. She apparently married four times, although not all genealogies list Thomas Sydney of Kent as her first husband. She was married to Nicholas Gorges of London and Alderton (d.1594), then Sir Conyers Clifford of Bobbing Court, Kent, Governor of Connaught (1566-c.1599), by whom she had Conyers (d.1625), Henry, and Frances. He died in battle in Ireland, serving the earl of Essex. Her last husband was Sir Anthony St. Leger (d.1612/13), Master of Rolls for Ireland, as his second wife. His first wife, Eleanor Markham, died on February 2, 1598. By St. Leger, to whom she brought Bobbing Court, Kent, she had two further children, another Frances and Anthony (c.1599-1661). She died in Dublin. The History of Parliament entry for her third husband says she died in 1603. Just to confuse the issue, the History of Parliament entry for her second husband identifies her as the widow of Sir Anthony St. Leger. It also gives 1603 as her date of death.
see NAZARET NEWTON
see MARGARET BUTLER or BOTELER
ELIZABETH SPARROW (d.1546+)
Elizabeth Sparrow was the daughter of Thomas Sparrow of Somersham, Suffolk and Elizabeth Snelling. She had three brothers, John, Nicholas, and Thomas. She married a man named Peckiswell and had four children including a daughter named Joan. Her brother John, a mercer in Ipswich, was extremely generous to Elizabeth and her family in his will. Dated November 15, 1545 and proved May 21, 1546, it left Elizabeth £40, another £6 13s. 4d., and all the timber, boards, and planks from Whitefriars (no dobut one of the religious houses dissolved by Henry VIII) to build a house wherever she thought fit. He also provided £20 and a house for Joan Peckiswell and another £20 was left to the other Peckiswell children. Elizabeth was one of the executors of the will.
Rachel Speght was for years said to be the daughter of Thomas Speght, a schoolmaster who, in 1598, edited Chaucer's works. He was no doubt related to her, but her real father was James Speght (d.1637), rector of St. Mary Magdalen, Milk Street, London. Her mother's name is not known, but her godmother, to whom Rachel dedicated her third book, was Mary Hill (1562-1656), wife of Thomas Mountfort, a well-known London physician. In 1615, Joseph Swetnam published The Araignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and Unconstant women. In response, Rachel Speght, who was not yet twenty, wrote A Mouzell for Melastomus (1617). She later complained that readers believed it had been written by her father. Two other responses to Swetnam's books were most likely written by men using female pseudonyms. Accompanying the book, but with a separate title page, was Certain Quaeres to the Bayter of Women and in 1621, Rachel's third book, Mortalities Memorandum was published, together with the long poem, The Dreame. On August 6, 1621, Rachel married William Proctor (1593-1661), a cleric, and stopped publishing. Proctor was curate of the parish of St. Giles Cripplegate from 1627 until 1631, when they moved to Stradishall, Suffolk. They had at least three children, Rachel (b.1627), William (b.1630), and Joseph (b.1634). In 1644, after her husband was ejected from his living for his radical views, Rachel was ordered to move three miles out of town or lose an income to maintain herself and her children. The family appears to have stayed in Stradishall, where Proctor then ran a school in their home. Rachel is not mentioned in his 1661 will, indicating that she'd died before him. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under "Speght [married name Proctor], Rachel."
see ELIZABETH WILLOUGHBY
see JOAN PORTMAN
see PHILIPPA ROSEWELL
CATHERINE SPELMAN (d. before 1608)
Catherine Spelman was the daughter of Francis Spelman and Margaret Hill. She married c.1570 William Davison (1541-December 21, 1608) and had by him Francis (1573/4-1613+), William (1577-1605), Walter (c.1581-1608+), Christopher (b. December 1581), and two daughters. In August 1577, Davison requested that his friend Henry Killigrew help him transport Catherine to the Netherlands, where he was serving as the English ambassador. He wrote: "I think every day a year until I hear of her safe arrival, faring as a merchant who has all his riches in one venture." She joined him in Antwerp in November with their son Francis (called Frank) and another child was born to them there in the summer of 1578. Their son Christopher’s godparents in 1581 were Sir Christopher Hatton and Catherine’s grandmother, Elizabeth Isley, Lady Mason (widow of Richard Hill). Davison fell out of royal favor after the execution of Mary Queen of Scots in 1587 because he was the one who obtained Queen Elizabeth’s signature on the warrant for Mary’s execution. Accused of tricking the queen into signing, he was kept in the tower for a number of months and fined. After his release he lived a retired life, possibly by choice.
see ALICE BROMFIELD
ALICE SPENCER (May 4, 1559-January 16, 1637)
Alice Spencer was the sixth daughter of Sir John Spencer of Althorpe (d.1586) and Katherine Kytson. She married first, in 1579, Ferdinando Stanley, Lord Strange (1559-April 16, 1594). By him she had three daughters, Anne (1580-1647), Frances (May 1, 1585-March 11, 1635), and Elizabeth (1587-1633). Her husband became earl of Derby on September 24, 1593 and when he died at Lathom House, Lancashire less than seven months later, there were rumors he had been poisoned or bewitched to death. He was buried at Ormskirk without an inquest. For a month after his death, his company of players performed as the Countess of Derby's Men and as such may have given the first performance of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the wedding of the dowager countess of Southampton. They had been at Lathom House shortly before the earl's death. As Alice had no sons, her brother-in-law inherited the title. In October, 1600 the countess remarried, taking as her second husband Sir Thomas Egerton (1540-March 15, 1616/17), who later became Baron Ellesmere (1603) and then Viscount Brackley (1616). Under the terms of her first husband's will, this cost her the residue of lands he'd left her to augment her dower. She brought a retinue of forty and expenses estimated at £650/year to Egerton's household. John Chamberlain, upon hearing of the marriage, wrote "God send him good luck." Alice's daughter Frances married Egerton's son John shortly after their parents' wedding. In 1601, Egerton purchased Harefield Place in Middlesex and entertained the queen there in July of 1602. In 1603, Alice's daughter, Elizabeth, married Henry Hastings, earl of Huntingdon. When she visited them at Ashby-de-la-Zouche in 1607, a masque by John Marston was performed in her honor. Together with her second husband, Alice founded the Bridgewater Library. By 1610, however, the couple was at odds. Egerton complained of her "cursed railing and bitter tongue." His History of Parliament entry says he described her as extravagant, greedy, and ill-tempered. Egerton's estate, worth about £12,000/year at his death, was left to his son. Alice contested the will but it was upheld. In 1634, John Milton's Arcades was presented at Harefield by the four sons and eleven daughters of Alice's daughter Frances, who by then was countess of Bridgewater. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under "Spencer [married names Stanley, Egerton], Allice." Portraits: portrait in NPG; anonymous engraving; another likeness that has been tentatively identified as Alice Spencer and attributed to the circle of Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger by Dr. Roy Strong; monument with her three daughters in St. Mary's Church, Harefield, built to the countess's specifications shortly before her death.
ANNE SPENCER (c.1555-September 22, 1618)
Anne Spencer was the fifth daughter of Sir John Spencer of Althorpe (d. 1586) and Katherine Kytson. She married William Stanley, 3rd Baron Mounteagle (1527-November 10,1581) in 1575 and following his death wed Henry, 1st Baron Compton (1538-1589). They had two sons, including Henry (c.1584-c.1649). On December 4, 1592 she married her third husband, Robert Sackville, 2nd earl of Dorset (1561-1609) In 1608/9, he sought a separation from her on the grounds of misconduct and she, in turn, invaded King James’s Privy Chamber to bring her side of the matter to the king’s attention. Dorset died before he could negotiate a formal separation or a divorce. Poet Edmund Spenser dedicated his Mother Hubbard’s Tale to Anne in 1591 and she was probably the “bountiful Charillis” of his Colin Clout’s Come Home Again (1595), but to Dorset she was the woman "whom without great grief and sorrow inconsolable I cannot remember, in regard of her exceeding unkindness and intolerable evil usage towards myself and my late good lord and father deceased." He left her a life interest in five rings set with diamonds and sapphires (she was wont to wear them in her hair) with the admonition that "if she have in her any spark of the grace of God or any remorse of conscience for those horrible abuses that she hath offered to my lord, my father, that she do not make an increase thereof by embezzling away these rings."
ELIZABETH SPENCER (June 29,1552-February 25,1618)
Elizabeth Spencer was the second daughter and sixth child of Sir John Spencer of Althorpe (d. 1586) and Katherine Kytson. On December 29, 1574, she married Sir George Carey (1547-September 8,1603), who became 2nd Baron Hunsdon in 1596. They had a daughter, Elizabeth (May 24, 1576-April 23, 1635). Her second husband was Ralph, 3rd Baron Eure (September 24,1558-April 1,1617), to whom she was "newly married" in January 1613. Like her sisters, she was a patron of the arts and received dedications from Edmund Spenser and Thomas Nashe. She is said to have inspired Nashe to write his Muiopotmos (1590) when he saw her sitting at her loom. John Dowland, the musician, wrote "My Lady Hunsdon's Puffe" for her. She had one child, Elizabeth Carey (May 24,1576-April 23,1635). Elizabeth was buried in Westminster Abbey on March 2,1618. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under "Carey [Carew], Elizabeth." Portrait: a miniature by Nicholas Hilliard which has been mislabeled “Catherine Carey, wife of Lord Hunsdon.”
ELIZABETH SPENCER (1589-1618)
Elizabeth Spencer was the daughter of Robert Spencer, 1st baron Spencer of Wormleighton, Northamptonshire (1570-October 25, 1627) and Margaret Willoughby (c.1570-August 17, 1597). She married Sir George Fane of Burston, Kent (c.1581-June 26, 1640) on September 3, 1607. They had no children. When she died at only twenty-eight, her husband erected an elaborate alabaster and marble monument to her in St. Nicholas's chapel in Westminster Abbey. She was buried on November 19, 1618. Her effigy kneels in prayer while Sir George, although he was not buried with her, is shown with his hand on the skull placed on the desk between them. The inscription, in Latin, praises Elizabeth for her virtue and calls her "chaste, modest, and religious" and also "matchless," although Sir George did, in fact, remarry and have six children by his second wife.
ELIZABETH SPENCER (d.1632)
Elizabeth Spencer was the daughter of Sir John Spencer (d. March 3, 1610), a wealthy merchant, Master of the Clothworker’s Company, who was Lord Mayor of London in 1594/5, and Alice Bromfield (d. March 27,1610). Elizabeth's father was extremely wealthy, keeping houses at Crosby Place in London and Canonbury in Islington, where the queen is said to have visited them in 1581, and making loans to peers. She was a prize on the marriage market, reputed to have a dowry of £40,000. One of her earliest suitors, c. 1584, was elderly alderman Anthony Ratcliffe. There was talk of a marriage to a member of the Heveningham family, although the DNB and Lawrence Stone's article in History Today, "The Peer and the Alderman's Daughter," disagree on whether it was Sir Arthur or his son. In any case, sometime in 1598, Elizabeth met and fell in love with William, 2nd baron Compton (created earl of Northampton in 1618). Compton (1568-June 24, 1630) was deeply in debt and in need of £10,000 to pay down his debts and another £18,000 to redeem mortgages. Not surprisingly, Elizabeth's father tried to discourage the match. In January 1599, he hid her away and further claimed she had a pre-contract with Heveningham. Compton retaliated by persuading the Privy Council to imprison Spencer in the Fleet. Upon his release, Spencer allegedly beat Elizabeth in an attempt to make her change her mind. This time Compton used his influence at court to have her removed from her father's care, although legend has him disguising himself as a baker's boy and smuggling Elizabeth out of the house wrapped in a blanket, or in a baker's basket from Canonbury, the Spencers' country house. Shortly after March 15, 1599, Elizabeth and Compton were married. Reconciliation was slow in coming, even though Elizabeth's first child was named Spencer (May 1601-March 19, 1643). Her second, Elizabeth, was born in her father's house, indicating that they were on better terms by then. A third child was named Mary (d. August 17, 1675). Compton, meanwhile, continued to accumulate debt. When Elizabeth's father died, followed a few weeks later by her mother, Elizabeth and Compton inherited everything because there was no will. The estate was valued at between £300,000 and £800,000. Almost at once the rumors began that there had been a will and Compton had destroyed it. The tales were fueled when Compton apparently "fell mad" and had to be confined in the Tower for about a month before he recovered his wits and was released. There was an investigation, but whatever the decision, Compton was not charged. He was said to have spent £72,000 in eight weeks, gambling and buying horses, once he had control of his late father-in-law's fortune. Elizabeth apparently had no trouble in spending money, either. A letter quoted in detail in the History Today article lists, among other items she required, £1,600 a year for clothing, £600 a year for charitable works, three horses, two gentlewomen, and two coaches. Portrait: effigy on her parents' tomb in St. Helen's Bishopsgate.
ISABEL SPENCER (1515-November 2, 1578)
Isabel Spencer was the daughter of Sir William Spencer of Althorp, Northamptonshire (d. June 22, 1532) and Susan Knightley (d.1539). In his will, proved July 8, 1532, her father left each of his daughters five hundred marks toward their marriages, so long as they heeded the advice of his executors in making those marriages. He also provided for them until they married. Her mother was one of the executors. Isabel married Sir John Cotton of Landwade and Chevveley, Cambridgeshire (1512/13-April 21, 1593). They had eight sons and five daughters, including John (c.1543-1620/1), Frances, Robert, Alice, Anne, Sarah, and Edmund. Portrait: effigy in the north chapel at Landwade.
see ISABELLA GRAUNT
JANE SPENCER (d.1526)
Jane Spencer was the daughter of John Spencer of Hodnell, Warwickshire (d.1496/7) and Anne Empson. She married William Saunders of Banbury, Oxfordshire (d.1493), by whom she had four daughters, Anne, Isabel, Joyce, and Alice (d.1510). An unborn child is mentioned in the codicil added to his will by Saunders on November 22, 1493, but nothing further is known about this fifth child. The will was proved January 29, 1494. Although some sources say there was another daughter, Joan (d.1516), this is not the case. She was the daughter of William Saunders of Surrey. As her second husband, Jane married William Cope (c.1440-April 7, 1513), cofferer to King Henry the Seventh. His son Stephen married Anne Saunders. William Cope and his wife Jane had three sons, Anthony (d.1551), William, and John (d. January 22, 1558). Cope made his will on February 7, 1513 and it was proved May 24, 1513. In her will, dated January 29, 1526 and proved May 2, 1526, Jane Spencer Saunders Cole left Stephen Cope "an ouche of gold with a red stone in the midst of the same ouche, with a garter enamelled going about the same ouche, conditionally so that he do not sue nor trouble mine executors for any debt heretofore due nor for no other cause." The complete document can be found at http://www.oxford-shakespeare.com, as can the wills of several other members of her family.
JANE SPENCER (1496-1560)
Jane Spencer was the daughter of Sir John Spencer of Althorp, Northamptonshire (d. April 14, 1552 [or1522?]) and Isabel Graunt (d.1556). In 1521/2, by the same arrangement whereby her brother married his sister, she wed Richard Knightley of Upton and Fawsley, Northamptonshire (d. March 30, 1538), by whom she had five daughters, two of whom, Jane and Mary, were still living at the time of their father's death. Susan, Anne, and Frances were not. Since Knightley's heir was his brother, Jane was left with debts and harrassed by the Knightleys. According to the History of Parliament entry for Knightley, her solution to her problems was to marry Sir Robert Stafford of Dodford, Northamptonshire (1501-1574), "who defended her rights."
see KATHERINE KYTSON
KATHERINE SPENCER (1477-October 1542)
Katherine Spencer was the daughter of Sir Robert Spencer of Spencercombe, Devon (c.1430-March 13, 1492+) and Eleanor Beaufort, countess of Wiltshire (c.1431-August 16, 1501). She married Henry Percy, 5th earl of Northumberland (January 14, 1478-May 19, 1527). They were the parents of Margaret (c.1495-c.1540), Henry, 6th earl (1502-January 30, 1537), Sir Thomas (c.1504-x. June 2, 1537) Sir Ingram (or Ingelram) (1505+-1538), and Maud (d. yng). After Northumberland's death at Wressle, the earl of Cumberland was sent by Cardinal Wolsey and the king to administer his estate. A letter to Thomas Heneage, gentleman usher to Wolsey, written on July 17, 1527, indicates that, according to instructions, Cumberland had requested that Katherine and her sister take up residence in his house of Bolton, in Craven. The countess claimed to be too weak and ill to make the journey. Her preference was to remain where she was or to go to Lady Pickering, in the same county. A letter included in Mary Anne Everett Green's Letters of Royal and Illustrious Ladies, written from Katherine’s manor at Semer or Seamer (near Scarborough) on January 11, 1535, to Thomas Cromwell, asks the king’s secretary to intervene on behalf of one of her servants who is being held in jail for a crime he did not commit. According to her, his enemies had lied, claiming he’d spoken out against the king. In February 1537, Lady Northumberland herself was arrested on the charge that she'd forwarded a letter to her son Thomas from Sir Francis Bigod, one of the rebel leaders in the Pilgrimage of Grace. Her son Thomas was executed, and her son Ingram was imprisoned. She is generally believed to have taken an active role in supporting the rebels, but as was usual in these cases, noblewomen were not severely punished. Sir Ingram's will, written on June 7, 1538 and proved March 21, 1538/9, left his mother a tablet of gold and control of the £20 he left to his illegitimate daughter, Isabel, until the child was of age. Katherine's goods and properties were seized and inventoried when she was arrested, but upon her release in early October they were returned to her. From her son, the earl of Northumberland, Katherine held an annuity of £413. 6s. 8d in lieu of a jointure and it apparently continued after his death. She left a will dated October 14, 1542 and proved November 9, 1542. She was buried on October 18, 1542 at Beverley, Yorkshire.
see MARGARET WILLOUGHBY
see SUSAN KNIGHTLEY
GRACE SPOONER (d.1585+) (maiden name unknown)
Grace Spooner and her husband, Lawrence Spooner of Myrryhill, Warwickshire, were cloth merchants. What is remarkable about Grace is that she apparently traveled a regular circuit through the Midlands, riding from one market to another with her goods on a second horse behind her. For nearly twenty years, she traveled some 120 km. between Monday and Saturday, setting up her "standing" (stall) in a different town every day. She specialized in linen and other kinds of cloth, ranging from fine lawn to housewife's flax. We know this about Grace because of the Exchequer case against her husband (who was legally responsible for the business) in which it was charged that they sold cloth in the open market at Tamworth, Staffordshire on March 27, 1585 in violation of the local ordinances against anyone who was not a freeman of the borough selling there. The cloth seized was valued at £127 15s. Grace was the one who actually sold the cloth. Lawrence seems to have traveled only to make purchasing trips to the larger cities and fairs.
ALICE SPRING (d.1538) (maiden name unknown)
Although Alice is given the maiden name of King in Suffolk Manorial Families, the more recent entry in the Oxford DNB clarifies that King was the surname of Thomas Spring's first wife, Anne, who died on January 20, 1513. This Alice's parentage is unknown, but she was from Bocking, Essex and had previously been married to a man named May, by whom she had two daughters, Margaret (d.1552) and Alice (d.1552+). Her second husband, Thomas Spring (c.1456-June 29, 1523) of Lavenham, Suffolk was a rich clothier, some say the wealthiest man outside the nobility outside of London. She brought 600 marks to the marriage, but he was far wealthier, holding twenty-five manors when he died. In 1522, he was in possession of £1800 in ready money and was owed another £2200. He had numerous children by his first wife but only one by this second, a daughter named Bridget (d.1557+). Alice was named one of the executors of her husband's will and left 1000 marks. In 1524, her taxes were assessed on goods worth £1,333 6s. 8d. and she paid taxes for herself and as executor of £66 13s. 4d. Only the duke of Norfolk paid more in Suffolk that year. In her own will, made on April 13, 1538, Alice left her daughter Bridget a tenement in Lavenham and all the money due to Bridget by Thomas Spring's will. To her daughter Alice and her husband, Sir Richard Fulmerston, Alice left £100. She left the resideue of her estate to her daughter Margaret and her husband, William Rysby or Risby (d.1551) but she added a codicil on August 31, 1538. On August 15, 1538, her daughter Bridget was espoused to William Erneley of Cakeham, Sussex (1501-January 20, 1546). In the codicil, Alice specified that the amount left to Bridget was five hundred marks, a considerable dowry. Alice was buried in Lavenham where, as executor for her husband, she had spent over £1000 on improvements to the church. Bridget had two sons (Richard and John) and two daughters by Erneley. Her second husband , married June 25, 1546, was Sir Henry Hussey of Slinfold, Sussex (d. August 28, 1557).
see MARGARET APPLETON
see CHRISTINA DUKE
see JOAN HOBY
ALICE SQUIRE (c.1500-1560)
Alice Squire was the daughter of Sir Oliver Squire (Squier/Squyer) of Southby, Hampshire (c.1480-c.1505). Her mother is sometimes given as Margaret Myrrffun. Alice married three times. Her first husband was John Brigandine (Bryganten, Brykynden, or Brockenden) of Southampton, by whom she had a daughter, Alice (x. March 14,1551) and a son, John (d.1563+). Her second husband was Edward Mirfyn of London (d.1528), by whom she had no children. Thirdly, she married Edward North of Kirtling, Cambridgeshire (1496-December 31, 1564). They had four children, Christiana (c.1529-March 20, 1563/4), Roger (February 27, 1530-December 3, 1600), Thomas (1535-June 1601), and Mary (c.1538-November 1558). It was through Alice's third husband that her daughter from her first marriage met her future husband, Thomas Arden of Faversham, Kent. On February 15, 1551, Arden was murdered and Alice was found guilty of plotting the crime. She was tried and found guilty and burnt to death in Canterbury. In spite of the notoriety, Edward North was created Baron North of Kirtling in 1554 and as Lady North, Alice was often at court during the last year of her life. She was buried at Kirtling on August 22, 1560.
ANNE STAFFORD (c.1483-1544+)
Lady Anne Stafford was the daughter of Henry Stafford, 2nd duke of Buckingham (1455-November 2,1483) and Katherine Woodville (1457/8-May 18,1497). She married Sir Walter Herbert (d. September 16, 1507) on February 15, 1500 and, after his death, although she had jointure properties worth 300 marks/year, lived in the household of her brother, Edward, 3rd duke of Buckingham (February 3, 1478-x. May 17, 1521), at Thornbury Castle, Penshurst Place, Blechingley, and the Manor of the Rose, London. According to Buckingham’s biographer, Barbara J. Harris, he took a paternalistic interest in both his sisters and arranged both of Anne’s marriages. In April 1508, he paid two physicians from Bristol 13s. 4d. for visiting Anne when she was sick and in July paid Anne herself £8 out of her jointure. She wed for the second time on December 2, 1509, taking as her husband George, 3rd baron Hastings (1486/7-March 24,1544). Henry VIII gave an offering of 6s.8d. "at my Lord Hastings's marriage," apparently his standard gift. It was as Lady Hastings that she was at court as one of Queen Catherine of Aragon’s ladies. By May of 1510, she was at the center of a scandal. Her own sister, Elizabeth, Lady Fitzwalter, informed their brother that Anne’s behavior was bringing shame on the Stafford family. Buckingham subsequently caught Sir William Compton (d. 1528) in Anne’s chamber. After a heated exchange during which Buckingham is reported to have told the pair that "women of the Stafford family are no game for Comptons, no, nor for Tudors, either," the duke saw to it that Anne’s husband spirited his wife away from court, initially transporting her to a convent some sixty miles distant. Speculation ran high that Compton had been soliciting Anne’s favors on behalf of King Henry VIII, and that Anne was the king’s mistress, but whatever the truth of that relationship, William Compton himself seems to have developed a strong bond of affection with Lady Hastings. Records of the Court of Arches (an ecclesiastical court) from 1527, seventeen years later, indicate that Compton was obliged to take the sacrament to prove he had not committed adultery with Anne during his wife’s lifetime. In his will, made in March 1522, he left Anne a life interest in property in Leicestershire and founded a chantry where prayers would be said daily for her soul. The latter provision was one usually made only for one’s self and close family members. Whatever the relationship with Compton, Anne seems to have developed a strong and loving relationship with her husband, as evidenced by a letter he wrote to her in 1525. It begins "Mine own good Anne, with all my whole heart, I recommend me unto you as he that is most glad to hear that you be merry and in good health." He was in London and had been ill. She had offered to come to him to nurse him, and he now wrote to assure her that he was "well amended over that I was" and to urge her to remain where she was, saying that "rather than I would wish you to take such a journey upon you, considering your feebleness and also the foul way, I ensure you I would be glad to come home afoot." She was also named as one of the executors in his will (written on June 13, 1534, ten years before his death). They lived primarily at Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire and at Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, but were both participating in court revels in the spring of 1515. The grant of an annuity of £10, made on June 30, 1515 to "Anne Bokynham," was not to Anne, who would have been called Lady Anne Stafford or Lady Hastings. A later payment of this annuity, in November 1520, specifies that Anne Bokyingham, whoever she was, lived in Kent. Lady Hastings was present at the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520. She may have been at court when her brother was executed for treason in 1521. She became countess of Huntingdon in 1529 when Hastings was elevated in the peerage and from the late 1530s was part of the household of Henry VIII's daughter, Mary Tudor. Anne had eight children, five sons and three daughters: Mary (d. March 1532/33), Henry, Francis (1514-June 20, 1561), Thomas (1515-1558), Catherine (b.1516), William (1518-1556), Dorothy (1519-1547+), and Edward (c.1520-March 5, 1573). Anne was buried at Stoke Poges. Portrait: 1535 by Ambrosius Benson.
CATHERINE STAFFORD (c.1499-May 14, 1555)
Catherine Stafford was the daughter of Edward Stafford, 3rd duke of Buckingham (February 3, 1478-x. May 17, 1521) and Eleanor Percy (1470-1530). Her older sister Elizabeth was to have married their father's ward, Ralph Neville, later 4th earl of Westmorland (February 21, 1497-April 24, 1550), but when she married Thomas Howard instead, Catherine was betrothed to Westmorland. The wedding took place between April 1, 1516 and March 31, 1517. Since Neville did not succeed his grandfather until 1523, Catherine cannot have been the countess of Westmorland who accompanied Queen Catherine to the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520. She may be the Lady Neville who stayed at Richmond with Princess Mary instead. Or this could have been her mother-in-law, Edith Sandys, or another Lady Neville entirely. She had eighteen children, including Henry (1525-February 10, 1564), Margaret (d. October 13, 1559), Dorothy (d.1547), Ralph (d.1565), Thomas, Sir Christopher (d.1575+), George, Edward, Elizabeth (d.c.1553), Cuthbert (d.1569+), Eleanor, Mary (d. March 14, 1596), another Eleanor, Anne (d. July 17, 1583), Ursula, and Sir William of Chebsey. During the Pilgrimage of Grace, she reportedly "rather playeth the part of a knight than of a lady" in the absence of her husband. A letter from the countess to the earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant of the North, is extant. In 1540, she traveled to Belvoir Castle, Lincolnshire, for the birth of her first grandchild to her son Henry's young wife, Anne Manners. In a group wedding in 1536, Catherine's children Henry and Margaret had married two of the children of the earl of Rutland. Writing on April 25, 1544 from Brandspath (Brancepeth), she recommends her servant, Ninian Menvill to be one of Shrewsbury's captains. It is unclear why she favored this man, a thoroughgoing scoundrel, but in 1537, she saved him from being hanged for robbery by securing a royal pardon for him. He repaid her by cozening her eldest son into entering a plot to kill his father, the earl of Westmorland, and his wife (Anne Manners). Lord Henry was arrested in September 1546, after which Menville was also arrested, but he was free by the summer of 1547. In 1549, after the 4th earl died a natural death, the 5th earl robbed his mother, although what he took is not recorded. Catherine was involved, peripherally, in her sister's ongoing battle with her husband, Thomas Howard, duke of Norfolk, since the duchess called upon her former sweetheart for assistance. Catherine's reaction to this is not recorded. In a letter of 1552 to her daughter Margaret, countess of Rutland, she thanked Margaret for furthering the marriage of her sister. The ceremony was to take place from Margaret's home. During her widowhood, Catherine lived with Eleanor Paston, dowager countess of Rutland, at Holywell, the house the Rutlands kept in London. Both countesses were buried in St. Leonard's, Shoreditch. Portrait: memorial at St. Leonard's, Shoreditch erected by her granddaughter, Lady Adeline Neville in 1591. She shares it with Eleanor Paston and Margaret Neville, both countesses of Rutland, and her goddaughter and granddaughter, Catherine Neville, Lady Constable, whose bequest in her will made its construction possible; another effigy is at Staindrop, Durham, with her husband.
see CECILY BONVILLE
DOROTHY STAFFORD (October 1,1526-September 22, 1604)
Dorothy Stafford was the youngest daughter of Henry Stafford, Baron Stafford (September 18,1501-April 30,1563) and Ursula Pole (1504-August 12,1570). She lived in the household of her aunt, Elizabeth Stafford, duchess of Norfolk (1499-November 30, 1558) as a child, as did her sisters Susanna and Jane. In 1545, Dorothy married Mary Boleyn’s widower, Sir William Stafford, later of Chebsey, Staffordshire (d. May 1556) and had six children by him, Elizabeth (c.1546-February 6, 1598/9), Dorothy (b.1548), Sir Edward of Grafton (c.1552-1604), Ursula (b.c.1553), William (1554-1612), and Sir John of Marlwood Park (January 1556-1624). Alison Weir suggests she was the Mistress Stafford with Elizabeth Tudor in the Tower in 1554, but in March 1554, the entire family went into exile, settling in Geneva. John Calvin was godfather to their youngest son and, after her husband's death, tried to keep custody of the boy.With all her children, Dorothy left Geneva for Basel, where she remained until January of 1559. In Basel, she leased a house next to the Clarakloster, where the poorest of the Marian exiles there lived, among them John Foxe. David Starkey in Elizabeth The Struggle for the Throne suggests Dorothy as Foxe's source for information on Princess Elizabeth that later became a published account of Elizabeth's "sufferings" during Mary Tudor's reign. Under Elizabeth Tudor, Dorothy was at court and became quite influential there. Her first warrant for wages is dated August 13, 1559. In 1575 (or 1563), she is said to have been appointed Mistress of Robes and to have held that position until the queen's death in 1603. However, there was no official post by that title until the next reign. In October 1576, she broke her leg in a riding accident. In a letter dated October 9, the earl of Sussex wrote to Mary Shelton Scudamore at Holme Lacy to summon her back to court on that account. In the late 1580s, Dorothy was forced to confine one of her women, Barbara Heron, to Bedlam. She paid for Barbara's maintenance for the eight or nine years she was confined there. When two maids of honor, Elizabeth Brydges and Elizabeth Russell, were banished from the Coffer Chamber for three days, they stayed with Lady Stafford. Dorothy was buried in St. Margaret’s, Westminster. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under "Stafford [née Stafford], Dorothy." Portraits: effigy in St. Margaret's.
see DOUGLAS HOWARD
see ELEANOR PERCY
ELIZABETH STAFFORD (d. May 1532)
Elizabeth Stafford was the daughter of Henry Stafford, 2nd duke of Buckingham (1455-November 2,1483) and Katherine Woodville (1457/8-May 18, 1497) and the sister of Edward, 3rd duke of Buckingham (February 3,1478-May 17,1521). She was at court as one of Elizabeth of York's maids of honor by 1494, when she participated in the pageant celebrating Prince Henry's creation as duke of York. On July 23,1505 she married Robert Radcliffe, Lord Fitzwalter (1483-November 27,1542), who was created earl of Sussex in 1529. It was as Lady Fitzwalter, however, that she was at the court of Henry VIII. She did not stay long. In May of 1510, after she informed her brother that their younger and newly married sister, Anne, was being courted by the king (a bit of gossip that led to Anne being spirited away to a nunnery), the king himself forced Queen Catherine of Aragon to dismiss Elizabeth Fitzwalter from her service. She was, however, in attendance at the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520. Her children were Henry, 2nd earl of Sussex (c.1506-February 17,1557), Sir Humprey (c.1509-August 13,1566), Thomas (1511-1539), and George Radcliffe. She was buried at Boreham, Essex on May 11, 1532.
ELIZABETH STAFFORD (1499-November 30,1558)
This second Elizabeth Stafford was the daughter of Edward, 3rd duke of Buckingham (February 3,1478-May 17,1521) and Eleanor Percy (1470-1530). Robert Hutchinson's House of Treason gives alternate life dates as 1493-September 4, 1558. Elizabeth was to have married one of her father's wards, Ralph Neville, earl of Westmorland, at Christmas 1512, but shortly before that she acquired a new suitor in the person of the recently widowed Thomas Howard, earl of Surrey (1473-August 25,1554). Buckingham offered his other daughters to Surrey, but the earl was determined to have Elizabeth, described by Jessie Childs in Henry VIII's Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey as "passably pretty, with soft features, light colouring and a distinguished forehead." Early in 1513, Elizabeth married Surrey, bringing with her a dowry of 2,000 marks. They had five children: Henry (1517-x.January 19,1547), Mary (1519-December 9,1557), Charles (d.yng), Thomas (1528-1582), and a fifth child who died young and may have been named Muriel. Elizabeth was often at court and became close friends with Catherine of Aragon. She carried Princess Mary to the font at the princess's christening in 1516 and was a patron of the poet John Skelton, who describes Elizabeth and her ladies making a chapelet in the poem "A Goodly Garlande or Chapelet of Laurell." When the earl of Surrey was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1520, he was ordered to take his entire family with him. There they were exposed to war, disease, crowded conditions, and severe shortages of just about everything. To make matters worse, during their sojourn in Ireland, Elizabeth's father was accused of treason and beheaded. In 1524, with the death of her father-in-law, Elizabeth became duchess of Norfolk. She continued to serve as a lady-in-waiting to the queen, at court for months at a time, but with the king's growing determination to obtain a divorce, her role changed. By 1530, Elizabeth was spying on her own husband, on the lookout for any information that would help Queen Catherine. By then, there were also problems in Elizabeth's marriage. In 1526, Norfolk took Bess Holland, daughter of his chief steward, as his mistress, a long-term relationship which he did not trouble to keep secret from his wife. Elizabeth continued to be vocal in her support of Catherine of Aragon. Norfolk, and most of the Howard family, favored the king's plan to marry Anne Boleyn, whose mother was a Howard. Elizabeth went so far as to refuse to bear Anne's train at her investiture as Marchioness of Pembroke and was conspicuously absent from both Anne's coronation and the christening of Princess Elizabeth. In May 1533, Norfolk wrote to Elizabeth's brother, Henry Stafford, asking him to take her in. Stafford refused, expressing the fear that "her accustomed wild language" would place him and his family in danger if he did so. The matter came to a head on Tuesday of Passion Week 1534. Norfolk arrived at Kenninghall, his principal residence, to find his wife in a rage because he was still keeping Bess Holland as his mistress. Norfolk's response was to lock Elizabeth in her chamber, then banish her to Redbourne, a manor in Hertfordshire. Elizabeth referred to this as imprisonment, even though she had twenty servants and an allowance of three hundred marks per annum. Legally Norfolk was within his rights to do as he wished with her. She tried three times for a reconciliation, but to no avail. Norfolk was not about to forgive some of the claims she had made, including one that he had assaulted her when she was pregnant with their daughter in 1519. Some of the charges may indeed have been "false and abominable lies," but Norfolk was known to have a temper, too. In 1541, Elizabeth was still trying to regain freedom of movement, as well as a bigger allowance. Her children, to her distress, sided with their father. Indeed, most people did. Wives were expected to put up with their husbands' infidelities, not make a fuss about them. In 1546, Norfolk was arrested and all his goods, including the clothing at Kenninghall that belonged to Elizabeth was inventoried. Among the items were a gown of purple velvet and two of purple satin. Upon Mary Tudor's accession, Elizabeth returned to court and there was reunited with her husband, who had been in the Tower of London since 1547. He died at Kenninghall the following August. Although both Elizabeth and Norfolk appear in effigy on the same monument in Framlingham, completed in 1559, only he is buried there. She was interred in the Howard Chapel in St. Mary's Church, Lambeth, in December 1558. The epitaph written by her brother lauds her kindness and says she was to him "a mother, sister, a friend most dear." He was her residual heir. She left all her clothes and jewels to his wife, as well as her best saddle, which was covered with velvet. Biography: "Marriage Sixteenth-Century Style: Elizabeth Stafford and the Third Duke of Norfolk" by Barbara J. Harris in Journal of Social History, 15/3 (1982); Oxford DNB entry under "Howard [née Stafford], Elizabeth." NOTE: the DNB gives her date of birth as 1497. Portraits: artist unknown, Arundel Castle.
ELIZABETH STAFFORD (c.1546-February 6, 1598/9)
Elizabeth Stafford was the daughter of Sir William Stafford (d. May 1556) and Dorothy Stafford (October 1, 1526-September 22, 1604). She was in exile during Mary Tudor's reign with her parents and returned to England in 1559. On November 28, 1568 she became a chamberer to Queen Elizabeth at £20 per annum. In 1573, she married Sir William Drury of Hawstead (May 30,1550-January 18,1590), by whom she had Sir Robert (January 30, 1575-1615), Frances (June 13, 1576-1642), Elizabeth (January 4, 1577/8-February 26, 1653/4), Charles (d.1600), Susanna (1584-September 29, 1606), Diana (d.1638), and Dorothea (d.yng). Both Elizabeth and her daughters received gifts of clothing from Queen Elizabeth and the queen visited Hawstead in 1587. After her husband was killed in France by Sir John Borough in a duel over precedence, Elizabeth was left deeply in debt. Her husband owed £6000. The Drury estate was seized by the Crown in 1591. In 1590, Elizabeth married Sir John Scott of Nettlestead, Kent (d.1616). Portraits: with one of her children;attributed to William Seger c.1591-5 (identified by some as her daughter, Elizabeth Drury; effigy on her tomb in Nettlestead, Kent.
see ELIZABETH CAVE
see JANE SPENCER
MARGARET STAFFORD (c.1511-x.May 25, 1537)
Margaret Stafford was the illegitimate daughter of Edward Stafford, 3rd duke of Buckingham (February 3, 1478-May 17,1521). He planned to marry her to Thomas FitzGerald, son of Gerald Fitzgerald, 8th earl of Kildare (d.1513) and his second wife, whose wardship and marriage he obtained in October 1519. There are several entries in Buckingham's accounts for 1519-1520 that may refer to Margaret Stafford, although they have been transcribed as "Mistress Mary." They are not likely to refer to the duke's legitimate daughter, Mary, after she became Lady Bergavenny. Payments were made on May 15, 1520 to William Heyton and William Buttre for cloth for Mistress Mary: tawny broadcloth, russet frieze, tawny camlet, black velvet, yellow sarcenet, and crimson and green satin, this last for a kirtle. There is also a payment to Mrs. Kendal, for part of the "board wages of Mistress Mary from 1 Dec. till a fortnight before my Lord went over the sea" (to the Field of Cloth of Gold at the end of May, 1520). Margaret was probably the daughter of Margaret Geddynge, a gentlewoman and a member of the duke’s household as early as 1499/1500. She was one of the duchess’s ladies in waiting and in charge of the nursery at Thornbury. By November 1520, she had apparently quarreled with the duchess and been discharged from her service, but by March 1521 she was back. At the time of Buckingham’s death, Margaret Geddynge held the farm of demesne lands in Eastington and Gilkerton, Gloucestershire. After the duke’s execution for treason, the matrimonial choices for his illegitimate daughter would have been severely limited. Margaret married William Cheney or Cheyne, a vintner of London (c.1509-c.1534), about whom little is known. Sir John Bulmer of Wilton, Yorkshire (c.1490-August 25,1537) then “bought” her from Cheney, apparently with Margaret’s approval. As his mistress, living about five miles from Wilton Castle at Pinchinthorpe Hall, she bore him three daughters, Martha, sometimes called Mary (b.c.1531), Frances (b.c.1533), and Anne (b.c.1535). After her husband died, she married Bulmer. Dates for their marriage vary from 1534 to early 1536, and for either a letter from Bulmer’s son, Ralph (c.1510-1558), casts doubts on its validity, since Ralph seems to indicate that his mother was still living as late as November 1, 1536. In any case, 1536 was a busy year. Bulmer’s first wife’s nephew, Sir Francis Bigod, was one of the leaders of the Pilgrimage of Grace. Margaret, who is described by P.R.D. Davison in his history of the Bulmer family, Saxon Survivors? as “devastatingly attractive” but possessed of “a violent temper,” urged her husband to join with Bigod and was heard loudly supporting a plan to capture and execute the duke of Norfolk. Norfolk was the abusive husband of Elizabeth Stafford, who was probably Margaret’s half sister. According to Roland Connelly's Women of the Catholic Resistance in England 1540-1680, Margaret was known in local legend as "Madge Wildfire" and "Black Meg" and rode at her husband's side at the head of a citizen's army to support the rebels. On May 7, both Bulmer and Margaret were indicted for treason, but they were pardoned. In January 1536/37, Margaret gave birth to a son, John (d. February 6, 1608), at Lastingham. Two months later, she and Bulmer were ordered to appear in London. Suspecting that to obey would place their lives in jeopardy, Margaret tried to convince Bulmer to flee the country. Instead, he attempted to revive the Pilgrimage of Grace by planning an Easter uprising. By April 8, Margaret was under arrest in London. By April 21, both she and Bulmer were in the Tower. Although Bulmer insisted they were legally married, Margaret is referred to in documents as the “untrue” wife of John Bulmer and was blamed for the plot. On May 16, she, Bulmer, his brother (another Ralph), and several others were tried and convicted of treason. Both Bulmer and Margaret pleaded guilty. She was burned to death at Smithfield. Bulmer was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Biography: two chapters in Sharon Jansen’s Dangerous Talk and Strange Behavior.
MARY STAFFORD (d.before 1530)
Mary Stafford was the youngest daughter of Edward Stafford, 3rd duke of Buckingham (February 3, 1478-x. May 17, 1521) and Eleanor Percy (1470-February 13, 1530). She seems to have lived at home until her marriage to George Neville, 3rd baron Bergavenny (c.1469-June 13, 1535), as his third wife, which took place in early 1519 (before June), even though her father did not make a payment of £6 14s. 9d. to the Pope for a dispensation until November of that year. The duke of Buckingham, in addition to Mary's dowry of £1,660 13s. 4d., paid £123 19s. to Lord Bergavenny for velvet and cloth of silver "wedding gear." Henry VIII visited the Bergavennys at Mereworth during his 1519 summer progress and Mary was at the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520. She was pregnant with her first child at the time and gave birth that November. In 1521, her husband was implicated in her father's treason and spent nearly a year in the Tower of London. Mary's children were Catherine, Margaret, John (d.yng), Mary (1523-1578+), Dorothy (d. September 22, 1559), Henry, 4th baron (1527-February 10, 1586/7), Ursula (c.1528-1575), and Thomas (d.yng). The date of her death is not known, but Bergavenny had married for a fourth time by January 1530.
see MARY BOLEYN
see URSULA POLE
see ALICE PALMER
ANNE STANHOPE (c.1510-April 16, 1587)
Anne Stanhope was the daughter of Sir Edward Stanhope of Rampton, Northamptonshire (d. 1511) and Elizabeth Bourchier (1474-1557). Her mother was a sister of the earl of Bath and a descendant of King Edward III. In 1529, Sir Edward Seymour (1502-x.January 22,1552) fell in love with Anne, who may have been at court as a maid of honor, and repudiated his wife in order to marry her, which he did before March 9, 1535. They had ten children: Edward (d. yng.), Anne (1536?-1588), Margaret (b.1537?), Edward (1539-April 6,1621), Henry (b.1540), Jane (1541-1561), Mary (d.1619/20), Katherine, a third Edward (1547-1574), and Elizabeth (1550-June 3,1602). Anne had apartments at court and for a time her sister-in-law, Jane Seymour, met King Henry there. When Jane became queen, her brother was elevated in the peerage so that Anne became, in rapid succession, viscountess Beauchamp and countess of Hertford. Henry Howard, earl of Surrey, wrote a sonnet about her called “a lady who refused to dance with him,” which portrayed her as haughty and cold. The king visited Wulfhall, the Seymour country seat, in 1539. Anne managed to stay on good terms with both Princess Mary and Queen Katherine Parr but her religious leanings were Protestant. She sent aid to Anne Askew in 1545. Upon King Henry’s death in 1547, Anne’s husband became Lord Protector for his nephew, Edward VI and was elevated in the peerage to duke of Somerset. Anne quarreled with Katherine Parr and after her death claimed the manor of Hanworth for herself. As early as 1547, Anne was urging her husband to arrest his brother, Thomas Seymour, who had been married to Katherine Parr, on charges of treason. Meanwhile, Anne herself was scheming to marry her son Edward to Lady Jane Grey and her daughter Jane to King Edward. In October 1549, Somerset was removed from power and held in the Tower of London. In an effort at reconciliation, Anne and the earl of Warwick’s wife, Jane Guildford, arranged a marriage between Anne’s daughter, Anne Seymour and Warwick’s eldest son, John Dudley, who became earl of Warwick when his father was elevated in the peerage to duke of Northumberland. Somerset was arrested again on October 16, 1551, accused of plotting against Northumberland. This time he was executed. Anne was also arrested and remained a prisoner in the Tower of London until May 30,1553, even though she was never charged with any crime. A contemporary attack in print on the duchess referred to her as "that imperious and insolent woman . . . whose ambitious wit and mischievous persuasions led him [Somerset] and directed him also in the weighty affairs and government of the realm to the great harm and dishonor of the same." Under Mary Tudor, three of Anne's daughters were at court. Her oldest son, Edward, was restored in blood. Anne was granted a number of Northumberland’s confiscated properties and Hanworth, Middlesex, where she chose to live. It was at Hanworth that a romance secretly blossomed between Anne’s son Edward and Lady Catherine Grey, younger sister of Lady Jane Grey. When the young couple eloped in 1560 and were subsequently confined in the Tower of London, Anne was careful to distance herself from them. The next year, Anne married Francis Newdigate (October 25, 1519-January 26,1581/2), who had been Somerset’s steward. When her son was released from the Tower, Anne was given custody of him and also of the older of the two sons he had with Lady Catherine Grey. Anne tried to advance Lady Catherine’s claim to the throne by backing John Hales’s Discourse on the Succession but met with little success. Although she was rarely at Elizabeth's court, on one visit she had with her nineteen servants, including a chaplain and seven stable lads. She was buried in St. Nicholas's Chapel in Westminster Abbey. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under "Seymour [née Stanhope], Anne." Portraits: effigy on her tomb; portrait said to be Anne Stanhope and her son Edward is Catherine Grey; engraving based on 1540s portrait is shown below, together with a portrait currently in the National Gallery of Ireland.
see ANNE RAWSON
see CATHERINE TRENTHAM
see ELIZABETH BOURCHIER
JANE STANHOPE (1536-January 3, 1617/18)
Jane Stanhope was the daughter of Sir Michael Stanhope of Shelford, Nottinghamshire (1502-x. February 26, 1552) and Anne Rawson (1513-February 20, 1587/8). After her father was executed for treason, the family was allowed to remain at Shelford Priory. Jane married first, c. 1564, Sir Roger Townshend of Raynham, Norfolk and Brampton, Suffolk (1543-1590), as his second wife. They had two sons, Sir John (1568/9-August 2, 1603) and Robert (1580-before 1617). His entry in the History of Parliament suggests that she may have held a position at court. She and her husband gave New Years gifts to the queen from 1576-1584. She inherited a life interest in the Townshend estates and later bought most of the land her son John had inherited. Her second husband was Henry Berkeley, 7th baron Berkeley (November 26, 1534-November 26, 1613). They were married on March 9, 1597/8 in St. Giles Cripplegate, London. They had no children but when her son died in 1603, Jane obtained the warship of her eldest grandson, Roger (November 1595-January 1, 1637). Correspondence to and from Jane and numerous other written records, such as her household accounts for 1591-3 and the inventory taken of the furnishings in her London house in 1614, are extant in the Bacon-Townshend Collection at the Folger Shakespeare Library. In 1602-5, Jane built Ashley House in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Shortly before her death, she purchased a baronetcy for her grandson. Her will is dated July 20, 1617 and was proved March 10, 1617/18 by Sir Roger Townshend.
see MARGARET PORT
MARGARET STANHOPE (1495-January 1, 1539)
Margaret Stanhope was the daughter of Edmund Stanhope of West Markham, Nottinghamshire (d. before November 1510) and Alice (d.1510+), his wife. In 1515, she married Thomas Skeffington (1493-June 29, 1543). Their children were William (1518-September 22, 1571), Anthony, Edward, George, Francis, and six daughters. Portrait: memorial brass.
see MARY RADCLIFFE
MAUDE STANHOPE (d. August 30, 1497)
Maude Stanhope was the eldest
daughter of Sir Richard Stanhope of Rampton,
Nottinghamshire (c.1374-1436) and his second wife, Maud Cromwell (d. December
1454), sister of Ralph, 3rd baron Cromwell (1403-1455). Before and during her
first marriage she was in the household of the duchess of Gloucester. Her first
husband, married c. 1448, was Robert, 6th baron Willoughby d’Eresby (c.1385-July 25, 1452). His only child, Joan
Willoughby, Lady Welles is said to have harried Maude out of her dower lands,
but she later got them back. In August 1453 at Tattershall
Castle, Maude married Sir Thomas Neville (d. 1460), who died at the Battle of
Wakefield. Maude and her sister Jane were coheirs of the estate of their uncle,
Lord Cromwell, but it was later forfeited to the Crown. Her third husband was
Sir Gervase Clifton (d. 1471), who was beheaded following the Battle of
Tewkesbury. A license for their marriage was issued August 10, 1461. This was a
shock to her friends. He was a Lancastrian who wanted to restore Henry VI to
the throne. In 1465, Maude gave sixteen
manors to King Edward's brother-in-law, Anthony Woodville—some eighty percent
of all she owned—to secure a pardon for her husband. One interpretation is that
this was a love match, although another source states that Maude alleged to
Parliament that Clifton "wasted and destroyed" more than £1000 worth
of the jewels, plate, and household goods she brought to the marriage. Although
she was almost destitute after Clifton's death, Maude helped complete the
collegiate foundation her uncle had begun at Tattershall,
Lincolnshire and she left three manors to the College in return for daily
masses for herself, her husbands, her parents, and her sisters. This led to her
being named as co-founder. She made her will in 1487. She had no children by
any of her marriages. Portrait: memorial brass in Holy Trinity church, Tattershall, made in the mid 1470s. Biography: a good
summary of research on Maude’s life can be found at:
see ALICE SPENCER
see ANNE HART; ANNE HASTINGS; ANNE HORNE; ANNE SPENCER
ANNE STANLEY (December 1561-March 27, 1635)
Anne Stanley was the daughter of Peter Stanley of Moor Hall, Lancashire (d.1592) and his second wife, Cecily Tarleton (d.1568). She was baptized at Ormskirk, Lancashire on December 31, 1561. She married on May 14, 1576 at Ormskirk Edward Sutton of Knowsley, Lancashire and Hall House, Staffordshire. One source says he died before 1625. Another gives his life dates as 1550-January 23, 1643. They had four daughters, Alice, Jane, Margaret, and Anne (c.1590-before July 13, 1634). Anne and her daughter Alice Eardley were returned as Popish recusants in 1607. Anne was again returned as a recusant in 1635. At that time she was living at Rushton Spencer, Staffordshire.
ANNE STANLEY (1532-March 1612)
Anne Stanley was the daughter of James Stanley of Cross Hall, Lancashire (d.1546+) and Anne Hart (d.1566). She became involved with one Ralph Rishton of Ponthalgh, Lancashire (c.1518-1582+), who already had not one, but two wives. In about 1550, when she may have been pregnant by Ralph, her mother forced her into a marriage with Ralph's cousin, John Rishton of Dunkenhalgh and Rishton Hall instead. One account says that Lady Stanley carried her daughter by night to Great Harwood church for the ceremony. Edward Rishton the priest (1550-1585) may have been Anne's son. In 1560, John divorced Anne and remarried. One account says he wed Anne's sister or half sister. Another gives his bride's name as Dorothy Southworth, daughter of Sir John Southworth of Samlesbury Hall. Anne married Ralph, who by then had managed to divest himself of both previous wives. This was apparently a happy marriage and produced nine children.
ANNE STANLEY (d. September 22, 1602)
Anne Stanley was the daughter of Edward Stanley, 3rd earl of Derby (May 10, 1508-October 24, 1572) and Dorothy Howard (d.1545). On February 10, 1549, she married Charles, 8th baron Stourton (c.1521-x.March 6, 1556/7). Early in her marriage, she was thrust into her husband's feud with his neighbors, the Hartgills, and with his father's mistress, Agnes Rhys. Agnes, who was in possession of Stourton House, also took possession of some of the livestock at Stourton. Anne tried to stop her, but was unsuccessful. Anne and Charles were the parents of John, 9th baron (c.1552-October 13, 1588), Edward, 10th baron (c.1555-May 7, 1633), Charles, Mary (d.1622+), Anne, and Catherine. After a little more than eight years of marriage, Stourton was executed for murdering two of the Hartgills. Anne may have been the Lady Stourton at court in 1558/9, although this seems unlikely. Not only was she a prominent recusant, but with her husband's conviction the family was stripped of both lands and title. The other possibility, perhaps more likely even at age seventy, is her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Dudley. Two months after Charles's execution, Anne was allowed to purchase back the goods the Crown had confiscated. The wardship of the four-year-old heir was sold to Sir Hugh Paulet for £340. Anne petitioned Queen Mary, asking that she be allowed to supervise her son's education and keep him with her until he was ten, and also choose his wife. She told the queen that she had lost a loving, true, and faithful husband, her greatest comfort in the world. The queen granted her request and also an annuity of £40 from the Stourton lands. Shortly after Queen Elizabeth succeeded her sister, Anne remarried, taking as her second husband Sir John Arundell of Lanherne (c. 1530-November 17, 1590). The wardship and marriage of John Stourton were then granted to the earl of Derby. Anne's children by Arundell were Dorothy (c.1560-1613), Elizabeth, Cecily, Margaret, Gertrude (b.1574), and John (d.1633). She continued to be known as Lady Stourton after her second marriage. Sir John was in prison in 1581 for recusancy. From 1583, Father John Cornelius was the Arundell family priest. In March 1588, Anne was living at Muswell Hill, London. Arundell's will left her £100 and all the plate and household stuff he received from her on their marriage. Anne lived at Chideock Castle in Dorset after her second husband’s death, but maintained contact with Catholics in London, including Father Cornelius. In 1594, an informant’s report led to Cornelius’s arrest and that of all those who had harbored him. The men were executed, but Lady Stourton was only detained briefly and then released. Roland Connelly, in Women of the Catholic Resistance in England 1540-1680, confuses Lady Stourton with her daughter, Dorothy, incorrectly gives the date of Sir John Arundell's death as January 17, 1591, and does not seem to know that Sir John's wife had previously been married to Lord Stourton, even though his book also includes a chapter on her daughter, Mary Stourton. I believe it is Dorothy Arundell who spoke up in court for Father Cornelius and the others, not her mother, especially since she apparently made reference in the speech to having a mother still living. Whoever spoke on the prisoners' behalf, it was to no avail. They were all executed on July 4, 1594. In 1601, Lady Stourton was indicted at the Dorset assizes. She petitioned the queen and Elizabeth Tudor ordered the case against her dismissed. Two of her daughters, meanwhile, Dorothy and Gertrude Arundell, went abroad to become nuns and were co-founders of the English Benedictine convent in Brussels.
ANNE STANLEY (1580-October 11, 1647)
Anne Stanley was the eldest daughter of Ferdinando Stanley, 5th earl of Derby (1559-April 16, 1594) and Alice Spencer (May 4, 1559-January 16, 1637). She married first, in 1608, Grey Brydges, 5th baron Chandos (1579-August 10, 1621), by whom she four children, Elizabeth (d.1679), George (d.1672), William, and Robert, and second Mervyn Touchet, 2nd earl of Castlehaven (x.1631). Castlehaven created a scandal by inducing one Giles Brodway to rape Anne while he held her hands and one foot. Castlehaven was tried for rape and sodomy and executed. Even though Anne’s participation in a criminal act had been unwilling, she required to be pardoned for it. Portrait: effigy on her mother's tomb with her sisters.
see DOROTHY HOWARD
ELIZABETH STANLEY (d.1590)
Elizabeth Stanley was the daughter of Edward Stanley, 3rd earl of Derby (May 10, 1508-October 24, 1572) and Dorothy Howard (d.1545). She married Henry Parker, 9th (or 11th) baron Morley (January 1533-October 22, 1577) before 1551. She was a lady of honor in 1558/9 and Queen Elizabeth visited her house in Allington Morley, Great Hallighbury, in 1561. But the Morleys were also recusants. In June 1570, Lord Morley left England in secret and went into exile. He wanted his wife and children—Edward (1551-April 1,1618), Alice, Anne (d.1591+), and Mary (and according to the DNB, two younger sons)—to join him in Bruges, but Queen Elizabeth refused permission for them to leave England. In 1572, his estates were seized by the Crown. On Palm Sunday, April 14, 1574, Elizabeth and other members of her family were among those taken into custody when fifty-three people were rounded up at illegal Catholic services in London. Twenty-three of them had been meeting in her house near Aldgate. In September 1575, Lady Morley, a daughter, and a son arrived in Antwerp. She was reunited with her husband in Maestricht in 1576. She remained abroad after his death and died in exile. Her daughter Anne was her executor.
ELIZABETH STANLEY (1587-1633)
Elizabeth Stanley was the youngest daughter of Ferdinando Stanley, 5th earl of Derby (1559-April 16, 1594) and Alice Spencer (May 4, 1559-January 16, 1637). She had a marriage portion of £7000. She married Henry Hastings (1586-1643), later earl of Huntingdon, on January 15, 1601. They had five children: Ferdinando (January 18, 1608-1655), Alice (d.1667), Elizabeth, Henry (1610-1666), and Mary (1612-1660). A patron of the arts, she was also a writer herself. A series of devotions she wrote is still extant. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under “Hastings [née Stanley], Elizabeth.” Portraits: miniature by Nicholas Hilliard c. 1601-10; portrait by Paul Van Somer, c. 1614; effigy on her mother's tomb with her sisters.
see ELIZABETH de VERE
FRANCES STANLEY (May 1583-March 11, 1635/6)
Frances Stanley was the second daughter and coheir of Ferdinando Stanley, 5th earl of Derby (1559-April 16, 1594) and Alice Spencer (May 4, 1559-January 16, 1637). She had a marriage portion of £7000 that included the manors of Brackley and Halse in Northamptonshire. In about 1600, her name was proposed as a wife for the son of Boris Godunov, czar of Russia, but nothing came of it. She married her stepbrother, John Egerton of Dodleston, Cheshire, Ellesmere, Shropshire, and Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire (1579-December 3, 1649) around 1602. There were rumors of a secret marriage as early as October 1600 but it was not officially announced until March 1603. In 1617, Egerton succeeded his father as Viscount Brackley and he was created earl of Bridgewater. They had fifteen children, eleven daughters and four sons, many of whom died in childhood. Those who survived to adulthood included Frances (1603-1664), Arabella (d.1669), Elizabeth (d.1688), Mary (d.1659), Penelope, Katherine, Magdalen, Alice (d.1689), and John (1523-October 26, 1696). Like her mother and sisters, Frances was a patron of the arts. In 1534, Milton's Comus was performed at Ludlow Castle in her husband's honor and their children played the leading roles. She was also a book collector. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under “Egerton [née Stanley], Frances.” Portraits: two portraits and one engraving; effigy on her mother's tomb with her sisters.
HELEN or ELLEN STANLEY
see HELEN or ELLEN PRESTON
ISABEL STANLEY (d.1519)
Isabel Stanley was the daughter of John Stanley of Pipe, Staffordshire and Isabel Vernon. Her family resided at Elford, Staffordshire. Her first husband was Sir Hugh Peshall of Knightley, Staffordshire (c.1459-July 27, 1490), by whom she had two daughters, Katherine (d.1540) and Eleanor (d.yng). She was also responsible for raising her husband's illegitimate daughters, Alienora, Alicia, Isabella, and Jocosa. Shortly before his death, Sir Hugh was granted £100 by the king. After his death, because of financial irregularities during his term as sheriff, his widow had to be granted a pardon to free her of his debts. Isabel quickly arranged a marriage for her young daughter, left her with her new in-laws, and moved to London, where she remarried. Her second husband was John Russhe (d.1499), a London merchant, by whom she had a daughter, Mary. His death left her with a life interest in his lands, including at Walthamstow, Essex. Isabel's third husband was Sir Thomas Grey.
see LUCY PERCY
see MARGARET BARLOW; MARGARET CLIFFORD; MARGARET VERNON
MARY STANLEY (d.1611+)
Mary Stanley was the only child and heir of Thomas Stanley of Standon, Hertfordshire, Dalegarth, Cumberland, and London (c.1512-1571), a goldsmith and assay master of the Tower Mint and Joyce Barrett (1516-1580). In 1570, she married Edward Herbert of Wilton, Wiltshire, second son of the first earl of Pembroke (c.1542-March 23, 1595). He acquired Powis Castle as their family seat and was knighted in 1574. They had four sons and eight daughters, the eldest of whom, William (c.1573-1656) was created baron Powis in 1629. Mary and her husband were on a list of suspected Catholics in the mid 1570s and another dated 1582. In June 1594, Mary and five of her children (all under age) were presented for recusancy, having failed to attend services at the parish church at Welshpool for the previous twelve months. Since her husband left no will, Mary was granted letters of administration for his estate in April 1595. In 1611, she was again presented for recusancy.
see MARY BRANDON; MARY COTTON
URSULA STANLEY (c.1568-1636)
Ursula Stanley was the illegitimate but acknowledged daughter of Henry Stanley, 4th earl of Derby (September 1531-September 25,1593) by his longtime mistress, Jane Halsall (c.1536?c.1550?-c.1591?) of Knowsley, Lancashire. In 1586, Ursula married Sir John Salisbury or Salusbury of Sterney, Derbyshire and Lleweni, Denbighshire (1566/7-July 24,1612). They had seven sons and three daughters, including Henry (d.1632), John, and Arabella. Her happy marriage was the subject of a book of poems, “The Phoenix and the Turtle,” commissioned by her husband in 1601. Contributors included Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare. One story, without much foundation, has the earl of Derby hiring Shakespeare as a tutor for his two illegitimate daughters, Ursula and her sister Dorothy. Although he was at one time a wealthy man, Salisbury died deeply in debt.
BLANCHE STANNEY (d. August 8, 1563)
Blanche Stanney was the eldest daughter of Richard Stanney of Oswestry, Shropshire (d.1540) and his wife Jane. In his will, written November 14, 1539 and proved April 15, 1540, her father left her his "best drinking pot for ale of silver double gilt with a cover." She married three times. Her first husband was Richard Reynolds (Raynolde/Reynolde) of London (d. May 6, 1542), a mercer. They lived in the parish of St. Christopher in the Stocks. He made his will September 30, 1541 and it was proved May 26, 1542. In the inquisition post mortem taken October 8, 1547, he is listed as "seised of 1 messuage, 1 garden and 3 tenements thereto adjoining lying next the Stockes in the parish of St. Christopher." By charter dated January 13, 1542, "for the love which he bore towards Blanche, his wife" he granted the premises to two friends to hold for her use. By another charter, dated May 18, 1543, Blanche regranted the property to the use of "the said Blanche and of Robert Palmer, mercer, whom the said Blanche then intended to marry, and of their heirs" with the default to the use of Joan and William Watson, Joan being her sister. Anne F. Sutton, in The Mercery of London, suggests that Blanche may have been a silkwoman, as her mother-in-law was. Husband number two was Robert Palmer (1474-May 12, 1544). She was his second wife. They had no children of their own, but she acquired several stepchildren by this marriage. They lived in St. George nigh Pudding Lane and St. Giles without Cripplegate. He made his will on May 5, 1544 and it was proved on July 24, 1544. Her third husband was Sir William Forman of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire and London (d. January 13, 1547), a haberdasher who had been Lord Mayor of London in 1538/9. They married on August 30, 1544. They had one son, John Forman, who appears to have died young. Sir William wrote his will on January 10, 1547 and it was proved on March 12, 1547. He was buried in St. George, Botolph Lane, where Blanche erected a monument to him. The inquisition post mortem dated February 28, 1547 lists, among other properties, five messuages and tenements in St. Lawrence Poultney, one in St. Leonard's Eastcheap, one in Canwyck (Candlewick) Street, St. Martin le Orgar, two in St. Bartholomew the Less, and one in St. George next Eastcheap. The heir was his daughter Elizabeth, age nine, and therefore not Blanche's child. To "Dame Blanche his wife" he left "1 messuage in St. Leonard's Eastcheap and others" and the premises making up her jointure are said to be worth £52/year. Blanche made her own will on March 29, 1563. This lengthy document, proved February 9, 1564, can be found in its entirety at oxford-shakespeare.com. Dame Blanche Forman asked to be buried in St. Christopher by the Stocks and left detailed instructions for her burial and the funeral. Among her bequests to family, friends, and servants are such items as "a great cypress chest," "a painted cupboard," a "bird cage that stood in the hall," and "my best Turkey carpet, being new and for the long table in the hall." To Anne Lloyd, her servant, she left £20 and various household items. Some bequests were contingent upon a "suit in Flanders." Apparently, she was owed a considerable sum of money from some business dealings there. If that debt was paid, she left instructions to double her bequest of £20 to Christ's Hospital.
see ELIZABETH PIERREPOINT
JANE STAPLETON (c.1444-1519)
Jane Stapleton was the daughter of Sir Miles Stapleton of Ingham, Norfolk (1402-October 1, 1466) and Catherine de la Pole (c.1406-October 13, 1488/9. In about 1467, she married Sir Christopher Harcourt of Great Ashby (c.1444-1476+), by whom she had Miles, Richard, Sir Simon (c.1472-January 16, 1546/7) and Edmund (c.1479-c.1537). Her second husband was Sir John Huddleston of Millom Castle, Cumberland (d. January 1, 1512), by whom she had Sir John (c.1488-1547), Elizabeth (d.c.1529), and Anne. Her will, written on April 18, 1518 and proved June 10, 1519, contains one extremely revealing section: "Whereas my son, John Huddleston, had a feoffment within my lordship of Coterston of the yearly value of £40, to him and his first wife and to their heirs of the gift of my husband his father, that feoffment was made without my consent, and I never did agree thereunto. And this is my will, to have it reformed and reserved to my heirs of the Harcourts." Barbara J. Harris in English Aristocratic Women 1450-1550 gives an explanation for this. According to Sir Simon Harcourt, Sir John Huddleston persuaded his mother to levy a fine on her inheritance, so that it would pass to her son by her second marriage, John Huddleston, rather than to Simon. Sir John’s will charged his son to released the property back to the Harcourts, but his remorse and his wishes seem to have been ignored. When Jane made her will, she accused John of fraud, recounting how, c.1516, he tricked her into signing away her inheritance by showing her a document written in Latin and telling her that it was something other than what it was. If it had been written in English, she could have read it for herself. She claimed that he had "therein utterly and untruly . . . distrained me." She made her last wishes known in the presence of the prior of Hailes, stating that everything but one manor should go to the Harcourts.
see OLIVE SHERRINGTON
MARGARET STARKEY (d. October 20, 1542)
Margaret Starkey was the daughter of Lawrence Starkey of New Hall, Lancaster (d. July 24, 1532) and his first wife. Her first husband was George Singleton (d.c.1518). On September 7, 1515, the abbess of Syon, Elizabeth Gibbs (d.1518), granted the lease of the manor of Aldcliffe, Lancashire to Singleton. In later lawsuits, it was claimed that the abbess had wanted him to marry Margaret and to encourage this had promised that he would hold the manor by the custom of tenant-right. Starkey then gave Singleton money enough to replay his debts to the abbess. In about 1520, Margaret married William Banester of Lancaster (d. by 1539), by whom she had one son, Wilfred (c.1534-1569+). Banester claimed that he now held Aldcliffe in her right as the widow of George Singleton. This was challenged in 1523, after Agnes Jordan, who had succeeded both Elizabeth Gibbs and Constance Brown (d.1520) as abbess of Syon, granted the lease of the manor to someone else, to begin on the expiration of the lease to Singleton. The outcome is unclear. Upon the death of her father, Margaret became embroiled in more controversy. Early in 1537, her half sister, Etheldreda and her husband, Humphrey Newton of Newton and Pownall, Cheshire, petitioned the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with the claim that Banester had refused to pay Etheldreda her inheritance. This dispute dragged on for years, even after Banester died. On March 31, 1539, Margaret was described as a widow when she granted an annuity to a servant. In July 1541, she was granted the wardship of her son and an annuity of £5. She made her will on October 6, 1542, leaving land in Cheshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, and Yorkshire. She also owned a tenement in Henley-on-Thames, which she specified had come to her from her mother.
see ELIZABETH BARTON
ELIZABETH STATHAM (d.1577) (maiden name unknown)
Elizabeth married Nicholas Statham (d.1538), a mercer. They had at least one daughter, who was married to Vincent Randall and still living in 1572. He made his will on October 2, 1538 and it was proved on October 23, 1538. Elizabeth was her husband's heir and sole executor of his will. As such, she was charged with administering his bequest to make loans to young members of the Mercer's Company. His bequest was first considered by the company in September 1539 but it was 1544 before the 500 marks he had left was authorized. In 1548 matters were still unsettled. It was 1550 before the bequest was finally in operation. Elizabeth Statham was a committed evangelical who entertained the religious radicals Barnes, Garnet, Jerome, and Latimer in her house in Milk Street, which she rented from the Mercers' Company. In 1540, when she was indicted under the Act of the Six Articles, her worth was assessed at over £500. By a license dated February 3, 1544/5, she married Maurice Denys of London and Siston, Gloucestershire (d. August 25, 1563), an official of the court of Augmentations who was knighted February 22, 1547. She received the manor of Sutton-at-Hone, Kent as a wedding gift. It had formerly belonged to her first husband. In his will, written on October 29, 1562, Denys left his widow his house in Clerkenwell. His property in Kent was to be sold to pay debts and legacies and other land sales were to fund redeeming Siston, in which Elizabeth was to have a life interest. She left administration of his estate to the registrar of the prerogative court of Canterbury. She did not want to take charge of it herself because she did not know how greatly in debt her husband was to the queen. Elizabeth's will, made in 1572, left bequests to poor scholars at the universities.
JANE or JOAN STATHAM (d.1537+)
Jane or Joan Statham was the eldest daughter and heiress of Sir Henry Statham of Morley, Derbyshire (d.1481) and his first wife, Anne Booth (or del Bothe). Her first husband, John Sacheverell, second son of Ralph Sacheverell of Hopwell Derbyshire, was slain at the Battle of Bosworth on August 22, 1485, fighting for King Richard III. They had four children, including John (d.1515+), who was a priest, Ralph, and Henry (1475-July 21, 1558). According to a manuscript from 1486 in the collection at the University of Nottingham, in the form of a bill of complaint (online at http://mssweb.nothingham. ac.uk), Jane was abducted and forced into marriage soon after she was widowed. She had left the manor of Hopwell on November 11, 1485, intending to travel to the manor of Morley, which she had brought to her marriage, when a band of over 100 men attacked her party in Burrow Wood in Spondon. According to the official translation, these men "took her and bound her fast to a man on horseback, and with great violence and force led her by night time into Nottinghamshire, to a place belonging to Sir Robert Markham, knight, and from thence to Leicestershire, and from thence to a place belonging to the said Henry Willoughby called Middleton in Warwickshire. They put her in such fear and menace that she was in a situation to have perished and been destroyed." She was robbed, and then "Richard Willoughby violently and grievously menaced and yet caused the said Jane to be carried into an unknown country, to her utter undoing and destruction, and there to do his pleasure with her at his own will, without her consenting and being agreeable to his insatiable and riotous intent." In May 1486, she obtained a divorce from Richard Willoughby of Wollaton. Some sources say it was on the grounds that forcible abduction was illegal, but this crime was only considered "trespass" in 1485. The more likely bar to the marriage was a pre-contract with William Zouche of Castle Eton and Hampton Meysey, Gloucestershire. After the divorce from Willoughby, actually an annulment, she married Zouche. On May 18, 1487 they were jointly granted lands in Smalley. Also in 1487, she successfully petitioned Parliament to make the crime of abduction and forced marriage a felony. When she was once again a widow, Jane entered Markyate Priory in Bedfordshire as a nun. She served as prioress there from 1508 until the priory was dissolved. In around 1525, she was responsible for placing a memorial brass in honor of her first husband. It states that he died in the service of King Richard at Bosworth. To memorialize such a thing in Tudor England took considerable courage. After the dissolution, Joan was granted a pension of twenty marks and received the first payment on February 10, 1537.
JUDITH STAUNTON (d. March 1614)
Judith Staunton of Longbridge, Warwickshire was an heiress in her own right when she married Hamnet Sadler (c.1562-1624), a baker of Stratford, in about 1579. Among their fourteen children, seven of whom died young, were John (1580-1580), Jane (b.1581), Margaret (b.1583), Thomas (1585-1585) and Judith (b. April 1596). Although the family was prosperous to begin with, after their house was destroyed by fire on September 21, 1594, their fortunes declined. For more details see Germaine Greer’s Shakespeare’s Wife. The Sadlers were friends with William and Anne Shakespeare and stood as godparents to their twins.
see EDITH WILLIAMS
FRANCES STAVERTON (1502-1526+)
Frances Staverton was the daughter of Richard Staverton and Joan or Johanna More (March 11, 1475-1542). She was probably educated with her cousins, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Cecily More, sharing their tutor, Richard Hyrde (d.1528). Hyrde addressed the preface to Margaret More's translation of Erasmus's A Devout Treatise upon the Paternoster (1526) to Frances Staverton. This was a twelve page treatise in itself. It is the earliest known printed discourse on female education originating in the English language.
see FRANCES DYER
see MARY PORTMAN
see ELIZABETH HARRIS
see FRANCES de VERE
see ANNE HUICKE
MARGARET STEWART (1584-August 4, 1639)
Margaret Stuart was the daughter of James Stewart, 2nd earl of Moray (1565/6-February 7,1591/2) and Elizabeth Stewart (1565-November 18, 1591), daughter of the first earl. After her father was murdered, possibly on orders from the king, she and her brother, the 3rd earl, were raised at the Scots court. At nineteen, she was with the new queen, Anne of Denmark, at Basing, when Charles Howard, earl of Nottingham (1536-December 14, 1624), who had lost his first wife only a few months earlier, saw her dancing. Instantly smitten, he married her in early September 1603. Although she was said to be pretty, there are also reports of a disfiguring nasal growth removed by surgery in 1604. According to the biography of Nottingham by Robert W. Kenny (Elizabeth's Admiral), Margaret was "frivolous, indiscreet and hot-headed." In 1605 she was granted a pension of £200 a year from the Exchequer. Her first child, James, was born soon after. She was one of a half dozen ladies of the withdrawing room to the queen and enjoyed the amusements of the court, but when the queen’s brother, King Christian of Denmark, "made horns in derision at her husband" in 1606, she was mightily offended and even went so far as to complain of his behavior and remarks, in writing, to the Danish ambassador, insisting that she was an honorable woman despite rumors already circulating that she had cuckolded the earl. Queen Anne banished her from court for not showing proper respect to a reigning monarch. Margaret then persuaded her husband to take her to the queen by a "privy way" to plead her case, but this effort backfired when Anne accused him of abusing his privileges at court. At this point, King James intervened, forbidding Nottingham to bring his wife to court again without permission. Margaret bore several children over the next few years but most, including the first, died in early childhood. Only two, Charles (December 25, 1610-April 26, 1682) and Anne (c.1612-1627+), survived into adulthood. When Queen Anne died in 1619, Margaret quarreled with the countess of Arundel over who had precedence as mourner. Less than a year after her husband died, Margaret married William Monson (d.1673) on October 25, 1625. He had once been her page and was fourteen or fifteen years younger than she. He was created viscount Monson of Castlemaine in 1628.
ELIZABETH STILE (x. February 26, 1579) (maiden name
Elizabeth Stile, alias Rockingham (or possibly Bockingham), was one of the women accused of murdering Richard Galis the elder and others by making wax images of them. She and Mother Dutten or Dutton, Mother Devell, and Mother Margaret are collectively known as the witches of Abingdon and as the witches of Windsor. Two pamphlets were published about the case, the second by Richard Galis the younger, son of the victim. In it he gives an account of his own actions against the accused women. He tied a cart rope around Elizabeth's waist and dragged her before the magistrate. Another time he attempted to blow up Mother Dutton's house. All the women were found guilty of murder by witchcraft and hanged at Abingdon, Berkshire.
see ELIZABETH WOLSTON
see ISABEL BOLLE
JOAN or JANE STILL
see JOAN or JANE HORNER
ELIZABETH STOKE (d. March 18, 1567)
Elizabeth Stoke was the wife of Sir Richard Lister of Lyster (c.1480-March 16, 1553/4), attorney general and chief baron of the exchequer. They were married c.1534. His entry in the Oxford DNB incorrectly names Elizabeth as the mother of his children Michael and Elizabeth. While it was probably Elizabeth's predecessor, Isabel Shirley, who was sketched by Hans Holbein, there is a slim possibility Elizabeth was his subject. Although she is not mentioned in Sir Richard's will, she is credited with erecting his monument in St. Michael's Church, Southampton. She is also buried there.
see ELIZABETH NEVILLE
see ANNE CAREW
see FRANCES BRANDON
see MARION BENNETT
ANNE STONARD (d.1579+) (maiden name unknown)
Anne Stonard was the wife of John Stonard of Loughton, Essex and Luxborough Hall, Chigwell (1522-October 16, 1579). Queen Elizabeth paid three visits to the Stonards, to Loughton Hall in 1561, and to Luxborough Hal in 1576 and again on September 20, 1578. They had one surviving child, Susan (c.1542-c.1606), who had married Robert Wroth of Enfield by 1576. As a widow, Anne held Luxborough Hall and half the contents plus twenty-four cows, a bull, six draught oxen, four cart horses, and five riding horses.
see ALICE le HUNTE
MAUD STONE (1545-1616)
Maud Stone was the daughter of Reynold or Reginald Stone of Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire. She is said to have been a maid of honor to Queen Elizabeth, but I do not find her name on any lists. Her first husband was Edward Little of Abingdon. In June 1567, she married Thomas Tesdale of Abingdon (October 1547-June 13, 1610), a maltster. They had three sons who died young. In his will, dated May 31, 1610, Tesdale left £5000 to send scholars from Abingdon to Balliol College, Oxford. Later this bequest was converted into a fund used to transform Broadgates Hall into Pembroke College. Portrait: tomb effigy at St. Mary's Church, Glympton, Oxfordshire.
see CECILY CHAMBERLAYNE
ELIZABETH STONOR (d.August 25,1560)
Elizabeth Stonor was the daughter of Sir Walter Stonor of Stonor, Oxfordshire (1477-October 8, 1550), Lord Lieutenant of the Tower, and Anne (or Margaret) Foliot. Some accounts give her first husband as Sir William Compton of Compton Wynyates (d.1528), but the History of Parliament entry for Sir Philip Hoby, Elizabeth's third husband, calls him Sir William Compton of Hawton, Nottinghamshire and Fenny Compton, Warwickshire. Are they the same man? I'm not sure, especially since biographies of Sir William Compton of Compton Wynyates usually do not mention a second wife. What is known is that Elizabeth Compton, widow of a Sir William, had to apply for a license in 1529 in order to marry Walter Walshe or Welshe of Abberley and Elmley Castle, Worcestershire (d.1538), a page of the privy chamber. Her attempts to collect her jointure from her first marriage continued into her second widowhood. With Walshe she had at least three children, Walter, Margaret, and Frances. By 1540, she had married Sir Philip Hoby of Leominster, Herfordshire and Bisham Abbey, Berkshire (1505-May 29, 1558). She was part of Queen Katherine Parr's inner circle. She was buried in Wreysbury, Buckinghamshire. Portrait: Holbein's drawing of "Lady Hobeii" was done about 1540 and is in the Royal Library at Windsor. Another portrait, in a museum in York and called Lady Walshe (see the entry for Elizabeth Board) is cause for further confusion. It is not Elizabeth Stonor, since it is dated 1589, but text included with it states that the subject served all six of the wives of Henry the Eighth and was the Mrs. Stonor who was with Anne Boleyn in the Tower and was later mother of maids, having taken as her second husband William Stonor, sergeant at arms to the king. This description more closely fits Elizabeth's mother, but the 1589 date makes that identification even more unlikely.
see ELIZABETH CHAMBER
see ISABEL AGARD
see MARTHA SOUTHCOTE
see MARGARET (or ANNE) FOLIOT
ANNE STOUGHTON (d.1575+)
Anne Stoughton was daughter of Lawrence Stoughton (1495-1572) and Anne Combes. Her father's will was dated May 10, 1571 and proved April 28, 1572. Anne married William Barker (c.1540-1575) of Sonning, Berkshire. They had six sons and five daughters, including Katherine (1553-1630), Richard, Sir Anthony (c.1558-1630), Anne, and Frances. Anne is probably the Anne Barker who held Holme Place in Sonning during the last part of the sixteenth century. Portrait: effigy in St. Michael's, Sonning.
see ROSE IVE
see ANNE STANLEY
DOROTHY STOURTON (c.1520-1552+)
Dorothy Stourton was the daughter of William, 7th baron Stourton (1484-September 16, 1548) and Elizabeth Dudley (1488-1560). She married Richard Brent of Cossington, Somersetshire (d.1570) on January 6, 1545/6. They had one daughter, Anne, who married Lord Thomas Paulet. In 1551, Brent's only sister, Grace, and her husband, John Denham, were living with the Brents when Richard "conceived a great malice and displeasure" against them. The following year, he was found to be an "idiot" by a commission headed by his brother-in-law, Charles, 8th baron Stourton. There were later several chancery suits between the Denhams and the Paulets over inheritance rights to Cossington. The Paulets won.
see ELIZABETH DUDLEY
see FRANCES BROOKE
see JANE BURES
MARY STOURTON (c.1550-1622+)
Mary Stourton was the eldest daughter of Charles, 8th baron Stourton (c.1521-March 1556/7) and Anne Stanley (d. September 22, 1601). She married Francis Tregian of Golden Manor, Cornwall (1598-September 25, 1608), recusant and poet. After a raid on their home in June 1577, he was arrested for harboring the priest Cuthbert Mayne and imprisoned, first in Launceston Castle and later in London at the Marshalsea, the Queen’s Bench, and the Fleet. All his goods were seized by the Crown. The Tregian estates were granted to Sir George Carey, who promptly expelled Mary and her two small sons (other accounts say she already had seven children by 1577). She went to London and demanded the right to share her husband’s imprisonment. Over the next sixteen years, she is said to have borne him eleven more children, most of whom lived. She also reported finding miraculous imprints on her bed-clothes. Tregian was given parole to live in Chelsea in 1601 and was finally released in 1603, after the death of Queen Elizabeth, but banished. Mary remained in England, where she is said to have lived out the rest of her life in poverty. Among her children were Mary (d.c.1608) and Francis (1574-1617).
URSULA STOURTON (1518-September 4, 1551)
Ursula Stourton was the daughter of William 7th baron Stourton (1484-September 16, 1548) and Elizabeth Dudley (1488-1560). She was a maid of honor under Anne of Cleves. She married Edward Fiennes de Clinton, Lord Clinton (1512-January 16,1585) before June 15, 1541 and by him had Henry, 2nd earl of Lincoln (c.1540-September 26, 1616), Edward (c.1545-before September 20,1575), Anne (c.1546-1585), Thomas (c.1548-c.1613), and Frances (1551-September 12,1623). Shortly before her death, she had an affair with Sir Thomas Cotton's brother. When her husband threatened to expose her, she appealed to the duke of Northumberland, who was her cousin (her mother was his aunt). Although Cotton made no attempt to deny the affair, it was hushed up.
ANNE STRADLING (c.1469-1539)
Anne Stradling was the daughter of John Stradling of Dauntsey, Wiltshire (d.1471) and Alice Langford. She became a considerable heiress following the murder of her brother, Edward, during a robbery at Dauntsey. Everyone in the house was killed except a plough boy who had hidden himself. Anne, fortunately, was living at the time in Paternoster Row in London. A messenger was sent to inform her of what had happened. Sir John Danvers of Culworth, Northamptonshire (1455-1514/15), "by good fortune," encountered this messenger before he reached Anne and, seizing his opportunity, "clapped up the match before she heard the news." They were married on December 13, 1487. They were the parents of Dorothy (d.1559), Thomas (d.1532), Richard (d. July 17, 1517), Elizabeth (d.1539+), William (1496-July 20, 1544), John, Margaret (1500-1541+), Anne (d. July 11, 1523), Susan (1504-March 1527), and Constance. Anne was also joint heir to the Scilly Isles, which led to a court battle in about 1530 over the right of presentation at Lanyvett Church. She also lived at Prestcote and may have become a vowess during her widowhood. More on her life and her descendants, together with her will, can be found in Francis Nottidge Macnamara, Memorials of the Danvers Family (of Dauntsey and Culworth), available at ebooksread.com. Portrait: brass in Dauntsey Church (stolen in 2004).
DAMASCIN STRADLING (1524-1567)
Damascin Stradling was the daughter of Sir Thomas Stradling (1498-1571) and Catherine Gamage. Damascin accompanied Jane Dormer, countess of Feria, to Spain. She died at Cafra.
JANE STRADLING (before 1512-1532+)
Jane Stradling was the daughter of Sir Edward Stradling of St. Donat’s Castle, Glamorganshire (c.1474-1535) and Elizabeth Arundell (c.1584-1513). She married Alexander Popham of Huntworth, Somersetshire (d.1556), by whom she had four sons and three daughters, including Edward (d.1586) and John (c.1532-June 10, 1607). Portrait: effigy on John Popham's monument in Wellington, Somerset.
KATHERINE STRADLING (February 12,1512/13-April 24,1585)
Katherine Stradling was the daughter of Sir Edward Stradling of St. Donat’s, Glamorganshire (c.1474-1535) and Elizabeth Arundell (c.1484-1513). She was in the service of Mary Arundell, countess of Sussex, at the same time as Anne Bassett and the subject of a heated correspondence with Anne’s mother, Lady Lisle, because Anne passed on to Katherine some pearls Anne's mother had sent to her. Katherine went on to be named one of the English maids of honor assigned to Anne of Cleves at the beginning of 1540, but soon after that married Sir Thomas Palmer of Parham, Sussex (1498-April 15,1582). Their daughter Margaret was christened on August 23,1540. Their other children were Catherine (b.1542), Robert (b.1543), William (July 14, 1544-December 24,1586), and Thomas (b.c.1548). The History of Parliament contradicts this, giving Palmer three daughters by a first wife, Bridget (or Griselda) Caryll and Catherine one (or two) sons. Their marriage is dated "by 1557" but his son and heir, William, is said to have been 28 in 1582 (therefore born c.1554). His will, dated February 1580, left half the residue of his goods to Katherine.
see CATHERINE GORDON
CECILY STRANGEWAYS (d.1550)
Cecily Strangeways was the daughter of James Strangeways of Smelton and Anne Conyers. She married Thomas Boynton of Barmston and Aclam, Yorkshire (1501-1523) and was the mother of Matthew, Anne, Jane, and one other child. They lived in Roxby. After her husband’s death, she was left to raise her children with the help of her mother-in-law, Margaret Say. In 1532, she was apparently contracted to marry a widower, Josceline Percy (1480-September 8, 1532), fourth son of the 4th earl of Northumberland, but Percy died before they could wed. His will, made on September 7, named Cecily as his executor. It is possible Percy was murdered. Certainly his brother, Sir William Percy, thought so. In a letter to Lord Cromwell, he accused a maidservant and three menservants of poisoning Josceline. If Cromwell investigated, the results do not appear to have survived.
see ELEANOR TALBOYS
see JANE ASTON
see JOAN WADHAM
see ELLYN BLOUNT
ANNE STRELLEY (1495-October 12, 1554)
Anne Strelley was the daughter and coheir of John Strelley of Strelley, Nottinghamshire (1448-January 22, 1501/2) and Sanchia Willougby (1457-1533). Some genealogies and the History of Parliament entry for Sir John Markham say her first husband was Richard Stanhope of Rampton, Nottinghamshire (1494-January 21, 1528/9), but other Stanhope sources say Richard married her sister Elizabeth. Anne was the third wife of Sir John Markham of Cotham, Nottinghamshire (1482-October 1559). Their children were Frances, William (d.1570/1), Thomas (d.1602), Isabella (1529-May 20, 1579), and another daughter. She received a generous legacy from a cousin in 1546/7 (see JANE STRELLEY), but she had more difficulty with another, earlier inheritance. Barbara J. Harris recounts the story in her English Aristocratic Women, 1450-1550. It seems that when John Strelley died, he made his widow responsible for the dowry that was to go to Anne. Sanchia Strelley subsequently married Sir John Digby, who appropriated both the dowry and the livestock Strelley had left to Anne. In a court case in Chancery, Anne and her second husband sued, contending that Lady Digby had brought "a great substance" of the Strelley estate to her second marriage, which Digby had appropriated. Lady Digby supposedly died (in 1533) feeling "great remorse" and "with sore lamentation" but Digby still refused to yield either dowry or livestock to Anne. He died soon after his wife, obliging the Markhams to sue his executors. One of them, Simon Digby, claimed that his stepsister (Anne) had received both livestock and dowry years earlier and that, moreover, their mother, on her deathbed, had given her further gifts, a chain and jewels worth far more than the goods and money the Markhams were demanding. In the end, it took an Act of Parliament to settle the matter. The Strelley lands were divided among Anne and her sisters.
see FRIDESWIDE KNIGHT
ISABEL STRELLEY (d.1540+)
Isabel Strelley was the daughter of Nicholas Strelley of Strelley, Nottinghamshire (c.1480-August 25, 1560) and, probably, Isabel (or Elizabeth) Spencer (1496-August 25, 1560?). Unfortunately, Sir Nicholas is listed in various online genealogies with three different wives and few dates. The other two are Sara (or Grace) Digby and Ellen Gresley. Isabel was left a bequest in the will of her father’s cousin, Jane Strelley in 1546/7. The order in which she and her siblings are listed indicates that she may have been the oldest child. She was a waiting gentlewoman in the household of Eleanor Paston, countess of Rutland in the 1530s and early 1540s, along with Anne Bassett and Catherine Stradling.
JANE STRELLEY (d.1546/7)
Jane Strelley of Strelley, Nottinghamshire, "late of Southewell, gentlewoman" left behind a detailed will dated October 19, 1546 and proved May 16, 1547. Although she names many relatives, it is difficult to place her in the family tree. She appears to be a granddaughter of Robert Strelley (c.1423-March 12, 1490 or January 5, 1488) and Isabel Kemp (d. February 7, 1459), but the names of her parents remain a mystery. Her most generous bequests are to Anne Markham, third wife of Sir John Markham of Cotham, Nottinghamshire. Anne Markham (1495-October 12, 1554) was the daughter of John Strelley (1448-January 22, 1501/2), son of Robert and Isabel. Anne was to have the "featherbed in the highe chamber, with all things belonginge to the same, and my rounde hoope of golde, for a remembrance to prae for me." She also received the residue of the estate after the other bequests had been made. To Lady Strelley, wife of Sir Nicholas (d. August 25, 1560), Jane left a silver salt with a cover and a gold ring with a diamond in it. To their daughter, Alice Strelley (d.1599), Jane's goddaughter, she willed a gold ring with a "turkes" (turquoise?) in it and to another of their daughters, Jane, also her goddaughter, she left a silver gilt spoon. She also left money to be divided among all of Sir Nicholas’s children: Isabel, Alice, Jane, Nicholas, John, and Henry. Other bequests went to her niece, Anne Emerson, her sister, Elizabeth Cade, her nephew, William Cade, and various servants and godchildren. Another cousin, Elizabeth Leeke, was particularly singled out to receive an annuity from Jane's farm of Gedlinge, Jane's "chamlett gowne and kirtill, my skarlett petticoite, my best fedderbed save one, a bolster, ij pillouse, ij of my best coverlettes, too paire of blankettes, and a paire of shetes, and one ringe of golde, and the coffer at my beddes fete," and "my tenement or housse in Southwell that I dwell in, and the yerde belonginge to the same to the stuppe of the southe side of my broode yaites to the one half of the landes and garden belonging to the same . . . frome the dae of the departure of me furthe of this world to the ende and terme of xviij yeres then next and ymediately followenge."
see SANCHIA WILLOUGHBY
JOAN STRETE (d.1497)
Joan Strete was married first to John Moyle, gentleman. John Moyle of Eastwell, Kent (d. December 21, 1500) was his cousin. After her first husband's death, she married John Carre, another gentleman, and it was Carre against whom an action was brought by Thomas Ussher over an obligation given to John Moyle, his wife's late husband. Joan made her will on July 20, 1497, "with the assent and licence of John Carre her husband." She asked to be buried in the church of St. Laurence Pulteney near her first husband. She left her second husband all her lands, tenements and rents in the town of Staines in Middlesex and in the parish of St. Sepulchre without Newgate, for life, with the remainder in trust for sale to fund four charities—founding a chantry in the church of St. Laurence; marriage portions for poor maidens; relief of poor householders and parishioners; and the repair of "noyous and jeoperdes wayes." She apparently had no surviving children by either husband and her other bequests go her brother, William a Strete, her sister Agnes, and her nephews Thomas and John a Strete, William's sons. She also leaves money to repair a bridge and two parish churches. She disposes of a remarkable amount of property for a married woman. In addition those those already mentioned, there are lands and tenements in the parish of St. Margaret in Lothbury, tenements in Greenwich Lane, London, lands and tenements in Yalding, Kent, and a messuage in the parish of All Hallows in Bread Street, London.
see ELIZABETH PENNINGTON
see KATHERINE NEVILLE
see also STEWART
ARBELLA or ARABELLA STUART (by November 10,1575-September 25, 1615)
Arbella Stuart was the daughter of Charles Stuart, earl of Lennox (1556-April 1576) and Elizabeth Cavendish (March 3,1555-January 21,1582). She was raised by her grandmother, Bess of Hardwick who, along with Arbella’s other grandmother, Margaret Douglas, taught her to think of herself as the future queen of England. She did have an excellent claim to the throne, but not as good as that of her cousin, James VI of Scotland. She was at the center of several plots during the reign of Elizabeth Tudor and under James I ended up under arrest for marrying without royal permission. Her husband was William Seymour (1587-1660), grandson of Lady Catherine Grey, who had his own claim to the throne. They wed in secret on June 22, 1610. When the marriage was revealed, Seymour was sent to the Tower of London while Arbella was placed in the custody of Sir Thomas Parry at Lambeth. In March 1611, Arbella was sent north to be confined in the care of the Bishop of Durham. With the assistance of her aunt, Mary Cavendish, countess of Shrewsbury, Arbella attempted an escape disguised as a man, planning to meet her husband and go with him to France. They left England on separate ships but Arbella’s vessel was captured by a naval pinnace sent to bring her back. This time she was sent to the Tower. Although she was never tried, she had little hope of release and in 1615 she starved herself to death. Biographies: There are several but the most recent are David N. Durant's Arbella Stuart: A Rival to the Queen and Sarah Gristwood's Arbella: England's Lost Queen; Oxford DNB entry under "Stuart [married name Seymour], Lady Arabella." Portraits: several portraits of Arbella Stuart are at Hardwick Hall; a number of other portraits are said to be Arbella but are probably not. The earliest was painted in 1577; in 1589 at 13, called "Countess of Lennox" and attributed to Rowland Lockey; in 1592 by Nicholas Hilliard; c.1604-5, possibly by Marcus Gheeraerts (three copies exist); 1605, probably by Robert Peake (shown); c.1619 engraving, probably based on a lost portrait c.1608-9.
see ELIZABETH CAVENDISH
see FRANCES HOWARD
see MARGARET DOUGLAS
ALICE STUBBE or STUBBS (1585-November 1656)
Alice Stubbe or Stubbs was the daughter and co-heir of Richard Stubbe of Sedgeford, Norfolk (c.1546-1619) and his second wife, Anne Goding, widow of John L’Estrange (d.1582). Her marriage to Hamon L’Estrange of Hunstanton, Norfolk (1583-May 31, 1654), great-nephew of John, was arranged by his guardian, Sir John Peyton. They were wed on June 8, 1602. Alice bore eight children, four of whom died young (Dorothy, Jane, John, and Mary). The other four, who led long and productive lives, were Sir Nicholas (March 27, 1604-July 24, 1655), Hamon (1605-August 7, 1660), Sir Roger (December 17, 1616-December 11, 1704), and Elizabeth (b.1613). Alice was taught farm management and accounting by her father and from 1609 kept detailed account books which are still extant in the Norfolk Record Office. In 1618, she also took over managing her father’s estate. Alice’s husband, who described her as "a pearl beyond price," and her sons were active Royalists at the time of the Civil War and the family suffered severe financial reverses as a result. Her son Nicholas compiled a jest book and attributed forty-three of the jokes and anecdotes to Alice, including some rather bawdy examples of the genre. Alice was buried in Hunstanton church on November 9, 1656. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under "L’Estrange [née Stubbe], Alice;" entry in Norfolkwomeninhistory.com. Portrait: by John Hoskins, 1617.
see KATHERINE EMMES
ANNE STUBBS (1575-1630)
Anne (or Anna) Stubbs (or Stubbes) was the daughter of William Stubbs of Watchfield, Berkshire (d.1630) and Hester Harington (d.1631). She was baptized at St Clement Danes, London on January 9, 1575. She married Robert Codrington (1573-February 1618) in the parish of Shrivenham in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) in 1595. They had seventeen children, including John (1600-1670), Christopher, and Robert. Portrait: effigy on the Codrington monument in Bristol Cathedral.
see HESTER HARINGTON
ELIZABETH STUCLEY (d.c.1526)
Elizabeth Stucley (Stuckey/Stucle/Stukey/Stewkley) was the daughter of Nicholas Stucley of Affeton Devon (1451-May 27, 1488) and his second wife, Anne Pomeroy. She was born no earlier than 1478 and no later than 1489. Before 1512, Elizabeth married Christopher Fleming, 8th baron Slane in the Irish peerage (1473-August 1517), but she was not the mother of his son and heir, James, variously said to have been born in 1508 or 1510. Together, Lord and Lady Slane they founded a friary at Slane. In 1518, following Slane's death in London, Elizabeth married Thomas Dudley, a member of Cardinal Wolsey's household. She had inherited the manors of Highbray and Credihoo in Devon for life but had to take her case to the Star Chamber to win control of them. Dudley and his wife, Lady Slane, seem to have held the wardship of Thomas Fitzgerald, one of the late earl of Kildare’s younger sons, and in 1519 were paid by the duke of Buckingham to give it up in his favor. Some online records state that it was Elizabeth's mother, Anne Pomeroy, who married Thomas Dudley, but Buckingham's accounts are quite clear that Dudley's wife was Lady Slane, not her mother. She died before April 7, 1526.
see JANE POLLARD
JOAN STUKELEY (1564-1621)
Joan Stukeley was the daughter of Hugh Stukeley of Marshwood, Somersetshire (c.1541-c.1587), a lawyer who held the wardship of George Luttrell of Dunster Castle, Somersetshire (1560-1629). When Luttrell was fifteen, Stukeley offered him the choice of two of his daughters and Luttrell chose Joan. The other daughter, Susan (d.1640) married Sir Henry Drury of Hedgerley. The betrothal of George and Joan was opposed by the Luttrells, especially George's grandmother, Margaret (née Wyndham), who called Joan a slut and threatened to prevent him from inheriting Dunster priory if the marriage went forward. The couple married on September 25, 1580, shortly after Margaret died. They had five sons and seven daughters, including Thomas, Elizabeth (1598-before July 1633), and Margaret.
ELIZABETH STUMPE (1524-1585)
Elizabeth Stumpe was the only child of Sir James Stumpe of Malmesbury and Bromham, Wiltshire (d. April 29, 1563) and Bridget Baynton (d.1545). A fortnight after her father's death in 1563, she married Sir Henry Knyvett of Charlton, Wiltshire (1539-1598), who had been wounded in the Scottish wars, as his second wife. They had three daughters, Frances (d.1608), Katherine (1564-September 8, 1638), and Elizabeth (c.1574-c.1630), all of whom married earls or the heir to an earl. Portrait: recumbent effigy at Charlton.
see ELIZABETH PERIENT
KATHERINE STYLES (d.c.1530) (maiden name unknown)
Ordinarily, I would not find Katherine Styles of enough interest to include here, but she is the subject of one of the chapters in Elizabeth Salter's Six Renaissance Men and Women. This seems to be based solely on the fact that she left a detailed will, something many other women did, as well. Salter speculates about social and religious matters but provides very little biographical information other than what is in the will itself. The testator, Katherine Styles of East Greenwich, Kent, made her will on August 8, 1530 and it was proved on October 16, 1531. She had three husbands, the first one William Cooke (d.1505), by whom she had two sons, William and Thomas. From him she inherited property in Greenwich, Deptford, and elsewhere. Her second husband was named Edward Skern or Skerme. She appears to have had a son, Edmond, by him. She then married Sir John Styles (d.1529), as his third wife. She asked to be buried in the parish church of St. Alphage of Greenwich, next to her first husband.
see ELIZABETH BARWICK
see MARTHA CRANFIELD
see ALICE KERVELL
see ANNE ANDREWS
ELIZABETH SULYARD (c.1456-April 2, 1539)
Elizabeth Sulyard was the daughter of John Sulyard of Weston, Essex (or Wetherdon, Suffolk) (c.1420-March 18, 1488) and Agnes Saunders (sometimes called Hungate, her mother’s maiden name) (d. before 1463). Elizabeth married John Garneys of Kenton, Suffolk (c.1455-June 11, 1524). Their children were Robert (c.1478-August 2, 1558), Mirabell (d. February 25, 1558), William, Anne, John (d.1526), Agnes, Alice, Margaret, Thomas (c.1510-c.1566), and Elizabeth (d.c.1528). This Elizabeth Sulyard should not be confused with her half sister, also named Elizabeth Sulyard (d.1569), whose mother was Alice Andrews (d.1520). The second Elizabeth married Sir Edward Baynton (c.1480-November 27, 1544). Elizabeth Garneys’s will, proved May 3, 1539, left £10 for repair of the highway between Needham Market and Stow and instructed that she be buried in Badby Church, Badby, Suffolk. Portrait: memorial brass to her husband in the vestry of Kenton Church.
MARGARET SULYARD (d.1579+)
Margaret Sulyard is identified in the History of Parliament entry for her husband as the sister of John Sulyard, which seems to make her the daughter of John Sulyard of Wetherden, Suffolk (1476-March 1539) and Margaret Baker (d. August 31,1521). She married John Tysar of Sandwich, Kent (d.1575), a grocer trading with the Continent, and had at least two sons and two daughters, mentioned in his will, made April 15, 1575, in which he left them legacies of £20 and £30. Margaret was named sole executrix. She inherited her husband's shop and half his effects. On March 6, 1579, the Privy Council noted that she was "charged with many children" and ordered William Cromer and others to investigate her allegations that she was being cheated over the payment of an annuity of £18.
MARGARET SULYLARD (1542-1581+)
Margaret (or Mary) Sulyard was the daughter of John Sulyard of Wetherden, Norfolk (d. March 4, 1574/5), a Catholic lawyer, and his second wife, Elizabeth Jerningham, to whom he was married by 1541. In 1565 (either January 1 or July 7), she married Thomas Tyrrell of Ramsden Tirrell and later of Heron Hall/Herongate in the parish of East Thornden, Essex (c.1540-September 25, 1592) at Quidenham, Norfolk. Their children were Anne, John (b.c.1572), Thomas, and Avis. After Tyrrell's death she married William Browne. There are numerous Thomas Tyrrells (also spelled Tirrell) and considerable confusion over which is which, so that information online is extremely confusing. Portrait: 1581 at 38 by John Bettes the Younger in the collection of Newham Heritage Services.
ALICE SUTTON (c.1483-1554)
Alice Sutton was probably the daughter of Sir Edmund Sutton of Dudley Castle, Staffordshire (d. between July 6, 1483 and 1487) and Matilda Clifford (c.1442-1491+). She married Sir John Radcliffe of Derwentwater (c.1480-February 2, 1527). Her will is dated March 31, 1554 and was proved in July of that year. Portrait: brass in Crosthwaite, Cumberland.
ANNE SUTTON (c.1554-November 29, 1605)
Anne Sutton (sometimes called Agnes) was only child of Edward Sutton, 4th baron Dudley (d. July 9, 1586) by his first wife, Catherine Brydges (c.1524-April 1566). Her marriage contract is dated June 3, 1571 but the actual date of her marriage to Francis Throckmorton of Feckenham, Worcestershire and Throckmorton House at Paul's Wharf, London (1554-x.July 10, 1584) is unknown. They had one son, John (d.1604+). Francis Throckmorton was involved with treasonous plots and was arrested at his London house on November 5, 1583. Anne is credited by some sources with taking a casket covered in green velvet from under his bed and spiriting it out of the house before it could be confiscated. Later testimony indicated that her maid, Elizabeth Cooke, gave it to another servant, John Throckmorton, with instructions to take it to a safe place. He took it to a tailor named Russems, who lodged in Cheapside. The following day, it was passed on to another tailor, Haddocke, in St. Paul's Churchyard, and from there went to one of the Spanish ambassador's servants. John Bossy's account credits a housemaid and a priest named John Meredith with the rescue of the casket. The casket contained letters recently received from Paris for Mary Queen of Scots. During Throckmorton's imprisonment in the Tower of London, he managed to smuggle out at least one letter to his wife. She received it on Friday, December 13, 1583. It opened with the words "my good sweetheart." On December 18, Anne and her sister were questioned about this letter, which they claimed was only a request for linen and bedding. Anne was allowed to visit her husband in the Tower. Bossy says she and his mother persuaded him to confess in June 1584. Her second husband was Thomas Wilmer (d.1628), a barrister, by whom she had Thomas, John, Mary, and Ursula.
ANNE SUTTON (d. January 8, 1611/2)
Anne Sutton was the daughter of Sir Henry Sutton of Aversham, Nottinghamshire and his third wife, Alice Harrington. Her first husband was Walter Haddon of London and St. Mary Cray, Kent (1514/15-January 24, 1571) to whom she was married, as his second wife, by a license dated December 17, 1567. She married Henry Brooke (February 5, 1537/8-January 13, 1591/2), a younger son of the 9th baron Cobham who went by the surname Cobham rather than Brooke, on January 27, 1573. He was knighted in 1575. Their children were Calisthenes (1573-1611), John (1575-1660), Maximilian (1576-98), Anne (c.1577-1612+), and Philippa (c.1579-1613). He was resident ambassador in Paris from 1579-83 and it was customary for wives to go with their husbands on such long-term diplomatic assignments. The family home was at Sutton-at-Hone, Kent, where Cobham died, and he also had property at East and West Malling and Crayford. He left no will. After his death, the three sons drove Anne out of the house at Sutton-at-Hone by selling it in 1596. She took lodgings in London and is the Lady Cobham who features in Jacobean records since Lord Cobham’s wife, Frances Howard, continued to use the higher title of Lady Kildare. Anne’s will can be found at www.oxford-shakespeare.com. She wrote it January 8, 1612 and it was proved January 18, 1612.
see ANNE STANLEY
see CATHERINE BRYDGES
see CECILY GREY
CECILY SUTTON (c.1505-1563)
Cecily Sutton was the daughter of John Sutton of Sutton, Cheshire and Thomasin Cholmley or Cholmondeley (d. before 1531). She married George Ashley of Ashley, Cheshire and had one daughter, Thomasin (d. before 1558), who married Richard Brereton of Lea Hall, Middlewick, Cheshire (d.1558) in 1530. By the time Cecily made her will on May 19, 1563, she was a widow and her only child had predeceased her. Her heirs were her three grandchildren, George, Anne, and Jane Brereton. Her will, found in Lancashire and Cheshire Wills itemizes all her household goods and all her chattel and distributes them among her grandchildren and others. George, for example got the black nag and the young filly, while Anne was left the gray mare and her foal, as well as two damask gowns and a red damask kirtle. To Jane went the damask gown that had belonged to her mother and the blue satin tippet that belonged to Cecily, together with a pair of white birral [pearl? beryl?] beads. Everything from oxen and swine to sheets, spoons, kerchiefs, sleeves, and candlesticks was likewise divided up.
ELEANOR SUTTON (c.1489-by1549)
Eleanor Sutton was the daughter of Edward Sutton, 2nd Lord Dudley (c.1457-January 31, 1531/32) and Cecily Willoughby (c.1463-August 1539). According to the Oxford DNB, and contradicting older sources, by November 1511 she was married to Charles Somerset, soon to be created earl of Worcester (1460-April 15, 1526), as his second of two wives. This eliminates Elizabeth West as wife number two and assigns the children usually said to be hers—Charles, George, and Mary—to Eleanor. Around 1527, Eleanor remarried, taking as her second husband Lord Leonard Grey, Viscount Grane (c.1490-July 28, 1541), who was executed for treason. According to Leland's Itinerary, Eleanor was buried at Ulverscroft Priory in Leicestershire.
ELIZABETH SUTTON (1493-1544)
Elizabeth Sutton (sometimes called Dorothy) was one of the seven daughters of Edward Sutton, 2nd baron Dudley (c.1451-January 31, 1531/2) and Cecily Willoughby (c.1463-August 1539). In 1516, she married John Huddleston (c.1497-October 16, 1530), by whom she had John (July 1517-November 4, 1557), Charles, and Eleanor (d.before 1560). Her second husband was Sir Thomas Butler of Bewsey and Warrington, Lancashire (c.1494-September 15,1550). Her stepson, Thomas Butler (c.1513-1579) was contracted c.1523 to marry one Alice Trafford, but in about 1543 he married his stepsister, Eleanor Huddleston, instead. Both Thomas Butlers were spendthrifts. The younger Thomas brought suit in the duchy of Lancaster against his father, claiming that the elder Thomas defrauded him and his wife of rents due them under their marriage settlement. One online genealogy says Elizabeth Sutton, Lady Butler died in Zurich but gives no explanation for this.
JOYCE SUTTON (1492-c.1586)
Joyce Sutton was the daughter of Edward Sutton, 2nd baron Dudley (c.1457-January 31, 1531/2) and Cecily Willoughby (c.1463-August 1539). Genealogy sources are contradictory concerning the date of her marriage to John Leighton of Watlesburgh/Wattlesborough, Shropshire (1480-February 28, 1532), some giving 1508 and others 1522. The couple had at least three children, Elizabeth (c.1522-May 16, 1606), Edward (d. September 10, 1593), and Thomas (c.1530-1609). By 1538, Joyce had married Richard Lee of Oxenbold, Shropshire (d.1557+), a member of the royal household. They lived on Leighton property, the manors of Stapleton and Wattlesborough. In June 1540, he acquired the wardship of her son Edward. In c.1550, Lee and his wife were defendants in a chancery case.
MARGARET SUTTON (1485-December 5, 1525?)
Margaret Sutton was one of the seven daughters of Edward Sutton, 2nd baron Dudley (c.1457-January 31, 1531/2) and Cecily Willoughby (c.1463-August 1539). Her father, characterized as "unscrupulous" by T. B. Pugh in his essay "Henry VII and the English Nobility" (in The Tudor Nobility, edited by G. W. Bernard), obtained the wardship and marriage of John Grey, baron Powis (1482/3-April 15, 1504) on November 29, 1494. Dudley married Powis to Margaret by 1502 and they had at least one child, Edward (1503-July 12, 1551), before his death. TudorPlace.com.ar gives them a second son, Anthony. Lord Dudley then obtained the wardship of young Edward and kept the profits for himself, failing even to pay Margaret the 1/3 dower share she was entitled to. In 1505, she married Robert Sutton of Burton by Lincoln and Washingborough, Lincolnshire (d. November 25, 1545). Online genealogies, give Robert an additional wife, Elizabeth Boys, with varying life dates (one as late as 1583) and as many as eight children. Some say Margaret was his second wife and others his first. Eldest son Henry (1509-January 6, 1537/8) does appear to have been born to Margaret. Anne, John, Margaret, Robert, and Thomas may also be hers. Adding to the confusion is the will of Dame Margaret Sutton, vowess, of Burton by Lincoln, dated October 1, 1525. This Margaret (née Sheffield) was the widow of Hamon Sutton and the mother of Robert Sutton, who is named as her executor. The will also mentions his oldest son Henry and my lady Powis (Margaret Sutton would have kept this title after her remarriage), to whom she leaves a standing maser with a cover. Since Edward Grey did not marry until 1531, this could only be Margaret, which means she could not have died before May 11, 1525, as some accounts indicate.
see MARY HOWARD
see THEODOSIA HARINGTON
BRIDGET SWAYNE (d.1613+) (maiden name unknown)
Bridget Swayne married at least three times. Her first husband was Edward Hardeson or Herdeson of London, a skinner. In the marriage intentions for South Myms for May 30, 1584, she is listed as "Bridget Herdeson, widow, relict of Edward Hardeson " and her intended groom as "William Newce, gent. of Hadham Magna, Herts." This is not the same William Newce of Much Hadham who died February 22, 1610, for his two wives were named Mary and Cecily. Cecily had no children. Apparently, Bridget did. Her third husband was William Swayne of Hackney (d. November 1, 1613), a barber-surgeon. They married in about May of 1612. Swayne wrote his will on October 13, 1613, mentioning his stepchildren and leaving Bridget the use of two houses, a coach and geldings, and £200. Three days later, he revoked this bequest. He did not give a reason and what happened to Bridget during her third widowhood is unknown.
MARGARET SWEET (d.1590+)
Margaret Sweet was the daughter of John Sweet of Calais and his wife Florence. As reported by Mark Eccles in Marlowe in London, John Sweet was a soldier who kept the day watch in Calais. His father, Robert Sweet, originally from Prittlewell, Essex, had kept the day watch in Calais before him. Florence Sweet sold butter and cheese and the Sweets lodged some of the retainers of Francis I when he came to Calais in 1532 to meet with Henry VIII. In 1539, John Sweet was charged with forging the will of John Senows, a priest. England lost Calais in 1558 and the family probably left that time. Margaret Sweet married first John Freemont, damasker of armor and weapons of Calais and armorer to the earl of Arundel. Her second husband was Richard Shepie. They were married by 1571, the year in which Shepie first tried to secure certain lands in Prittlewell from another John Sweet. This Sweet later admitted to burning documents related to the case. On September 18, 1590, Richard and Margaret Shepie brought suit in Chancery against John Sweet. Numerous witnesses were called who still remembered the Sweets of Calais. One was Margaret, widow of a cobbler named Peter Johnson, of St. Katherine's, London. She was eighty-five, born and brought up in Calais, and she remembered Margaret's father from around 1557 as a tall handsome man with abron (auburn?) hair and beard. As usual, the outcome of the case is not recorded.
see ELIZABETH BABTHORPE
see CASSANDRA GIFFARD
ELIZABETH SWYNNERTON (d. April 4, 1606)
Elizabeth Swynnerton was the daughter of Humphrey Swynnerton of Swynnerton and Hilton, Staffordshire (1516-July 25, 1562) and Cassandra Giffard (d.1570) and coheiress with her sister Margaret. She married William Fitzherbert of Lichfield, Staffordshire (d. 1559), a lawyer and M.P. by whom she had Thomas (September 4, 1552-August 7, 1640), Anthony, and Anne. His will was proved August 4, 1559. Elizabeth was named one of his executors. Her second husband was Francis Gatacre of Claverley, Shropshire (d.1590) Their son William was born in 1565. Their other children were Thomas, John, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Dorothy. Portrait: tombstone now mounted on the wall in All Saints, Claverley.
MARGARET SWYNNERTON (d.1591)
Margaret Synnerton was the eldest daughter and coheiress of Humphrey Swynnerton of Swynnerton and Hilton Hall, Staffordshire (1516-July 25, 1562) and Cassandra Giffard (d.1570). On May 3, 1547 (one source says by 1540), she married Henry Vernon of Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire (d. September 29, 1569). They had two sons and three daughters, including John (d. July 8, 1600), Henry (d. June 21, 1592), Margaret, Mary, and Dorothy. In 1555, Vernon was in trouble for wearing apparel beyond his station and taking too large an escort of liveried retainers to the assizes and for failing to attend Parliament. Margaret inherited the manor of Hilton from her father, along with Essington, Apsley, Sugenhall, and lands in Penkridge. Vernon made his will on March 1, 1568 and it was proved December 11, 1569. Margaret was one of three executors. A servant later accused her of substituting the name of her second son, Henry, for that of her eldest son, John, in the clause that provided that she hold the lease of Hazlebadge in the Peak until Henry was eighteen, and of defrauding her eldest daughter of a bequest of 500 marks. The will also charged the executors with erecting a monument to Henry Vernon in Sudbury church and left twenty marks for that purpose. There is no evidence that this was ever done. Margaret remarried on August 30, 1578. Her second husband was George Wynter, who was accused of starving her in 1583/4. One source from 1879 gives the date of her death as 1587 rather than 1591.
see ELLEN TUDOR
ELIZABETH SYDENHAM (c.1562-June 9, 1598)
Elizabeth Sydenham was the daughter of Sir George Sydenham of Combe Sydenham, Somerset (c.1524-1596) and Elizabeth Hales. She married first, on about February 9, 1585, Sir Francis Drake of Buckland Abbey and Yelverhampton, Devon (c.1540-January 28, 1595/6). Drake was already a hero from his voyage around the world (1577-80). He spent most of their marriage at sea and died aboard his ship in the harbor at Porto Bello and was buried at sea. Elizabeth then married Sir William Courtenay of Powderham, Devon (c.1553-June 24, 1630), as his second wife. She had no children from either marriage and barely rates a footnote in biographies of her famous first husband. Portrait: date unknown.
see MARY POYNTZ
see MARY SOUTHWELL
see MARY SHELDON
ANNE SYMONDS (d.1571)
Anne Symonds, according to P. W. Hasler, ed., The House of Commons 1558-1603, under "Warcoppe, Ralph," is the maiden name of Anne Warcop (Warcup/Warcoppe), a Marian exile who is mentioned several times by John Foxe in his Book of Martyrs. Anne F. Sutton, however, in The Mercery of London, suggests that Anne Warcop's will implies that her surname was Smith. One online genealogy gives her parents as Ralf Symonds of London (d.c.1541), fishmonger and alderman, and Thomasin Coppinger (d.1555) and a first marriage on October 9, 1542 to Richard Wilkinson (d.1542), mercer. He made his will on November 24, 1542. On January 21, 1543 at St. Antholin, Budge Row, London, she married Cuthbert Warcop (d. October 8, 1559), a mercer and stapler who owned land in Oxfordshire. With Cuthbert's cousin, Joan Wilkinson (see JOAN NORTH), who was also the widow of her first husband’s uncle. Anne visited the imprisoned bishops Cranmer, Hooper, Latimer, and Ridley during the reign of Mary Tudor. She received letters from other Protestant martyrs, including John Bradford. Bradford advised her to "be merry in the Lord." She also befriended John Jewel when he fled Oxford in 1554. Anne and her husband, along with their ten children, including Joan, Ralph (1545-1605), Leonard, Nicholas, Christian, Anne, Emma, and Cuthbert (a scholar at Oxford from 1566-1570), went into exile in Frankfurt. Joan Wilkinson died in their house there in 1556, leaving her only surviving daughter, Jane, in their keeping. Cuthbert died soon after their return to England and in his will, written June 23, 1555 and proved October 15, 1559, he left everything to his wife and children with the provision that the children "be brought up in the fear of God, learning, and virtuous manners." In 1565, Anne sheltered Laurence Humphrey, a Puritan. Although she leased a house in Knightrider Street from the Mercers, she spent the last part of her life at the family's manor, English, in Oxfordshire, where she died.
ELIZABETH SYMONDS (1560-1629)
Elizabeth Symonds was the daughter of Giles Symonds of Cley, Norfolk (d.1596) and Catherine Lee (d. before 1595) and the niece of Sir Henry Lee of Ditchley. She was christened on December 22, 1560. She married Sir Lawrence Tanfield of Burford, Oxfordshire (c.1551-1625), who was chief baron of the Exchequer from 1607. Their only child was a daughter, Elizabeth (1585-1639), who went on to become Viscountess Falkland and a playwright. In 1624, Lady Tanfield was accused of taking bribes to influence her husband. Portrait: tomb effigy in St. John the Baptist, Burford.
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