Spotlight – Robert Devereux Earl of Essex


Name: Robert Devereux

Title/s: Earl of Essex / Lord Lieutenant of Ireland / Earl Marshal / Master of the Horse

Birth / Death: 10 November 1565 – 25 February 1601

Spouse: Frances Walsingham 1567-1633

Children: Frances Seymour Duchess of Somerset 1590-1674 / Dorothy Shirley / Robert Devereux 3rd Earl of Essex 1591-1646 (by Frances Walsingham) / Walter Devereux (by Elizabeth Southwell)

Parents: Walter Devereux 1st Earl of Essex 1541-1576 &LetticeKnollys 1543-1634

Siblings: Penelope Blount Countess of Devonshire 1563-1607 / Dorothy Percy Countess of Northumberland 1564-1619 / Walter Devereux / Francis Devereux / Robert Dudley Lord Denbigh

Noble Connections: Essex’s great-aunt was Henry VIII’s second queen, Anne Boleyn, through her sister, Mary. He married the daughter of Sir Francis Walsingham the queen’s spy master. His step-father was Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester, the favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. Continue reading “Spotlight – Robert Devereux Earl of Essex”

Spotlight: Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde


Name: Thomas Boleyn

Title/s: Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde / Lord Privy Seal / Treasurer of the Household /Viscount Rochford / Knight of the Garter

Birth / Death: c.1477 – 12 March 1539

Spouse: Elizabeth Howard 1480-1538

Children: Anne, Queen of England c.1501-1536 / Mary, Lady Stafford c.1499-1543 / George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford c.1503-1536

Parents: William Boleyn 1451-1505 & Margaret Butler c.1454-1539 Continue reading “Spotlight: Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde”

Spotlight: Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond


Name: Henry Fitzroy

Title/s: Earl of Nottingham / Duke of Richmond / Duke of Somerset

Birth / Death: 15 June 1519 – 23 July 1536

Spouse: Mary Howard 1519-1557

Children: None

Parents: Henry VIII 1491-1547 & Elizabeth ‘Bessie’ Blount c.1498-1540

Siblings: Mary I 1516-1558 / Elizabeth I 1533-1603 / Edward VI 1537-1553 (by Henry VIII) Elizabeth Tailboys c.1520-1563 / George Tailboys c.1523-1540 / Robert Tailboys c.1523-1541 / Bridget Clinton c.1536-? / Katherine Clinton c.1538-1621 / Margaret Clinton c.1539-? (by Elizabeth Blount) Continue reading “Spotlight: Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond”

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