MOTHER GABLEY (d. 1583) (given name unknown)
Mother Gabley of King’s Lynn, Norfolk was found guilty of witchcraft and probably hanged. According to the register of Wells-next-the-Sea parish, fourteen “deaths were brought to pass by the detestable workings of an eserable (sic) witch of King’s Lynn whose name was Mother Gabley by the boiling or rather labouring of certain eggs in a pail full of cold water.” The victims were fourteen persons coming to England from Spain by ship and they drowned west of the harbor after Mother Gabley boiled the eggs and then mashed them. The dead included Robert Archer, William Barret, Oliver Cobb, Richard Dye, Henry Gouldsmith, and Richard Waller.
ELLEN GADBURY (d.1579+)
Ellen Gadbury of London first married a man named Parris. Her second husband was Robert Googe or Goche of Alvingham and Horkstow, Lincolnshire, Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, and London (d. May 5, 1557). They wed in 1552 and had one son, Robert. Googe already had another son, Barnaby (June 11, 1540-February 7, 1594), from his first marriage to Margaret Mantell. Googe wrote his will on December 22, 1556 and it was proved February 13, 1557/8. In it he calls his wife variously Ellenor and Ellen. He left her the goods, chattels and other stuff she had brought to the marriage, all his plate, and all his jewels except those that came from Master Smyth. In addition, she was to have the rectory of Houghton, Lincolnshire, and all her lands in Paddington, Middlesex, with the reversion of these on her death to her son, Robert. He also specified that she was to have her house in London (he had another in Distaff Lane) and an annuity of £16 for life so long as she did not remarry. Ellen was co-executor of Googe’s will with William Burnell (d.1570+) and two other men. She married Burnell in 1563 as his second wife. Burnell was an auditor to Henry VIII. In her third widowhood, Ellen lived at Winkbourn, Nottinghamshire, the manor Burnell had purchased in 1548.
ALYS GAGE (c.1504-March 31, 1540)
Alys Gage was the daughter of Sir John Gage of Firle Place, Sussex (October 28, 1479-April 18, 1556) and Philippa Guildford (c.1480-before 1556). In 1525/6 she married Sir Anthony Browne (1500-April 28, 1548). Their children were Anthony (November 29, 1526-October 19, 1592), Mary (c.1527-1592+), Mabel (c.1528-August 25, 1610), Lucy, William, Henry, Francis, Thomas, George, and a second Henry. Lady Browne was one of the gentlewomen who met Anne of Cleves when she arrived in England in January 1540. She is reported to have remarked that Anne was “far discrepant from the King’s Highness’s appetite.” Alys is said to have inspired such devotion in her oldest son that when his father took a mistress after her death, Anthony the younger told him that he’d rather lose half his inheritance to a stepmother than see him so dishonor his mother’s memory. Portrait: effigy at Battle Abbey.
see ELIZABETH GUILDFORD
see MARGARET COPLEY (2)
see PHILIPPA GUILDFORD
ANNE GAINSFORD or GAYNSFORD (d. before 1548)
Anne Gainsford was said by John Foxe, author of the Book of Martyrs, to be the daughter of John Gainsford of Crowhurst, Surrey. John Gainsford, also of Guildford, Surrey (1467-October 28, 1540) had six wives. Anne was the daughter of the second, Anne Hawte or Haute (1473-1508) and was likely born between 1495 and 1501. Foxe further states, giving his source as John Lowthe, archdeacon of Nottingham, who had spent the early part of his career in the Zouche household, that Anne Gainsford, as yet unmarried, was a member of Anne Boleyn’s household as early as 1528. She was in possession of her mistress’s copy of William Tyndale’s The Obedience of the Christian Man, a book deemed heretical by Cardinal Wolsey, when Anne Boleyn’s equerry, George Zouche, who was courting Anne Gainsford, filched it. Having begun to read, he refused to return it, and he was caught by the dean of the Chapel Royal, who reported the matter to Wolsey. According to George Wyatt, who wrote the first biography of Anne Boleyn c.1590, Anne Gainsford herself recounted this incident to him, but there is some doubt about that claim, given the probable date of her death. The story goes that around the time Anne Boleyn became queen, Anne Gainsford married George Zouche, who then became a gentleman pensioner to the king. Later, as Anne Zouche, Anne was obliged to testify against Queen Anne. George Zouche is Sir George Zouche of Codnor (c.1494-1557). Some online genealogies have George Zouche married to Anne Gainsford well before 1528 and taking a second wife in 1526. Others date their children’s births from 1523-1535 and have George remarry in 1536. Mary S. Lovell in her biography of Bess of Hardwick (Bess was raised in Lady Zouche’s household at Codnor Castle) says that Anne Gainsford was a lady in waiting to both Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour before her marriage. This would place their marriage in 1536 or later. However, S. T. Bindoff, ed, in The History of Parliament: The House of Commons 1509-1558, in the entry for John Zouche (August 27, 1534-June 19, 1586), states that he was the first son of George and Anne. The correct chronology appears to be that Anne and George married c.1533. Their first child was John, but after that matters once again become confused. Anne may be the mother of seven additional children (including William, George, Lucy, Anne, Margaret, and Francis). George’s second wife, Helena Lane (d.1560) is usually credited with eleven more. Anne had died by July 16, 1548, when George made his will and named his wife as Ellen. According to a family tree drawn in 1550 and showing all eleven children of the second marriage, the Eleanor and Bridget mentioned in the will belong to Helena, thus moving the date Anne died even earlier. Portrait: If the Holbein sketch of M. Souch at Windsor is not Mary Zouche, then it is probably Anne Gainsford.
KATHERINE GAINSFORD (c.1496-1540+)
Katherine Gainsford was the daughter of Sir John Gainsford of Crowhurst and Guildford, Surrey (1467-October 28, 1540) and his second of six wives, Anne Hawte or Haute (1473-1508). She married, as his second wife, Sir William Finch of Netherfield, Sussex (1476-April 1553) and was the Lady Finch who attended the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520 and greeted Anne of Cleves upon her arrival in England in 1540. By Finch, she had five children: Erasmus, Vincent, Elizabeth, Alice, and Eleanor.
MARY GAINSFORD (1498-February 12, 1572)
Mary Gainsford was the daughter of Sir John Gainsford of Crowhurst and Guildford, Surrey (1467-October 28, 1540) and his second of six wives, Anne Hawte or Haute (1473-1508). She married Sir William Courtenay of Powderham, Devon (d. November 24, 1535) and had Gertrude (1521-April 30, 1566), Philip, John, Katherine, Elizabeth, James, and Thomas. Her second husband, to whom she was married by 1537, was Sir Anthony Kingston (d. April 14, 1556). They had no children and were estranged by 1552. Kingston openly kept a mistress while Mary resided at Cudleigh, Devon. Some sources say she died before Kingston was arrested and charged with treason for his part in the Stafford Plot, but one online genealogy gives the 1572 date of death. Kingston died at Cirenchester en route to his trial.
ALICE GALE (d.1558)
Alice Gale, sometimes called Alison, was the daughter of Thomas Gale of Dartmouth (d.1557?) and Joan Yard or Yearde and the sister of Gilbert Gale of Kirton in Crediton, Devonshire. Her father should not to be confused with Thomas Gale of London (d.1540). Her first husband was John Bodley of Exeter, Devonshire (d.1527), who left her a wealthy widow with at least three children, John (c.1520-October 1591), Richard (d.1589) and Alice (d. before 1576). In 1528/9 she married a visiting London mercer named Thomas Prestwood (d. September 17, 1558). Prestwood settled in Exeter after their marriage, established a flourishing business, and went on to become Lord Mayor of Exeter and a member of Parliament. At his death, he owned the manors of Butterford, Tynacre, and Venney Tedburn, a tin-blowing mill, a fulling mill, and eight large houses in Exeter. The History of Parliament gives them three sons and one daughter, including Gilbert and Thomas (d. December 28, 1576). Prestwood made his will on September 16, 1558, dividing his property between his surviving son and his widow. Alice’s daughter by her first marriage had by that time married Prestwood’s brother, Richard. Alice made her will on November 20, 1558. She left money for the repair of St. Stephen’s Church.
ELIZABETH GALE (d.1559)
Elizabeth Gale was the daughter of Thomas Gale of London (d.1540) and Elizabeth Wilkinson (d. 1546). Gale was a member of the Haberdasher’s Company. In 1529, Elizabeth married Nicholas Wilford of London and (later) Wardsworth, Surrey (c.1495-August 1551) a Merchant Taylor. Their children were Thomas, William, Robert, Edmond, Elizabeth, Anne, Parnell, another Elizabeth, Grace, Martha, and Joyce. Elizabeth inherited property (a capital tenement with four smaller houses and adjacent shops) in the parish of St. George, Botolph Lane, from her father and the family moved there from St. Bartholomew the Less c. 1540. Wilford made his will August 3, 1551. It was proved August 24, 1551. Elizabeth inherited, in addition to her widow’s third, all his freehold lands in Surrey and elsewhere for life. After Wilford’s death in an epidemic of the sweat, Elizabeth was active as an importer of cloth. She was also the only woman to invest in the Muscovy Company in her own right (without a spouse) and one of only two women out of the 201 founding members of that company in 1555. At the time of her death, her estate was valued in excess of £1000. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under “Wilford [née Gale], Elizabeth.” Portrait: monument in St. George’s.
see THOMASINE BONAVENTURE
BARBARA GAMAGE (1562-May 1621)
Barbara Gamage was the daugher of John Gamage of Coity or Coety, Glamorganshire (d.September 8, 1584) and Gwenllian (or Catherine) Powell. At the time of her father’s death she was living in London at the home of her uncle, Sir Edward Stradling, who became her guardian. There was fierce competition for her hand in marriage, but on September 23, 1584, she married Robert Sidney (1563-1626), younger brother of Sir Philip Sidney. By one account, they wed only two hours before the arrival of a royal decree forbidding the match. However it began, the marriage was a successful one. Sidney wrote over three hundred letters to his wife between 1588 and 1621, revealing that they had a most affectionate relationship. The collection was published in 2005 as Domestic Policies and Family Absence: The Correspondence (1588-1621) of Robert Sidney, Earl of Leicester and Barbara Gamage Sidney. Barbara probably accompanied her husband to the Netherlands in 1585-6. She was with him in Flushing in 1590, 1592, and 1597-8, when he was governor there. One of his letters, written in 1596 from the Netherlands, urges her to join him there and suggests that she leave their daughters with Lady Huntingdon and Lady Warwick. Sidney was created earl of Leicester in 1618. In all, Barbara had eleven children: William (c.1585-1613), Mary (October 18, 1587-c.1652), Katherine (b.1588), Henry, Philip, Elizabeth (b.1592), Robert (1595-1677), Barbara (b.1599), Dorothy, Philippa, and Bridget. She was buried at Penshurst, Kent on May 26, 1621. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under “Sidney [née Gamage], Barbara.” NOTE: the DNB gives Barbara’s birthdate as c.1559. Portraits: by Marcus Gheeraerts c. 1595; by Marcus Gheerearts with her children, c.1596. This group portrait shows Robert, William, Mary, Katherine, Elizabeth, and Philippa, although authorities differ on which girl is which. Barbara may be pregnant with her daughter Bridget in the portrait.
MARGARET GAMAGE (1515-May 1, 1581)
Margaret Gamage was the daughter of Sir Thomas Gamage (c.1484-1515+) and Margaret St. John. She was a maid of honor to Queen Anne Boleyn. She married William Howard (1510-January 21,1573), who was created Baron Howard of Effingham in 1554. According to one source, to celebrate their wedding, on June 29, 1533 in the chapel at Whitehall, King Henry VIII mounted a small battle on the Thames for entertainment. One man drowned and two more broke their legs while jousting. Since other sources give April 23, 1535 as the date of death of Katherine Broughton, first wife of William Howard, the 1533 date seems to be an error for 1535. According to Eric Ives in his biography of Anne Boleyn, it was during the late summer progress of 1535 that Lady Howard, one of Anne ladies who had not gone with the reduced court, was a ringleader in a demonstration at Greenwich in support of Mary Tudor. He says the matter was hushed up but that Lady Howard was sent to the Tower. This is highly speculative. The only evidence is a report by the Bishop of Tarbes to the Bailly of Troyes in October of 1535, which states that “citizens’ wives and others, unknown to their husbands” protested Princess Mary’s removal from Greenwich and some were placed in the Tower. A handwritten note in the margin says only “Millor de Rochesfort et Millord de Guillaume.” Margaret was at court at Easter 1536, when Lady Margaret Douglas confided in her that she had secretly agreed to marry Lord Thomas Howard. In November, Lady Margaret was sent to Syon and Lord Thomas to the Tower. Nothing appears to have been done to Lady William. Later, she was one of Queen Catherine Howard’s ladies. When Catherine was arrested, both Margaret and her husband were arrested for misprision of treason. They were tried and found guilty of concealing the queen’s unchastity but were later pardoned. Howard was Lord Chamberlain under both Mary and Elizabeth and Margaret is listed among the ladies of honor in 1558/9. In 1578/9, she took delivery of New Year’s gifts for the queen. Her name is sometimes written as “Lady Haward.” The Howard children, according to a variety of lists, were Charles (1536-December 14, 1624), Mary (d.August 21, 1600), William (1538-September 2, 1600), Margaret (b.c.1544), Douglas (1545-December 11, 1608), Katherine (c.1546-1598), Edward (b.c. 1550), Henry (b.c.1552), Frances (c.1554-May 14, 1598), possibly a twin for Frances named Martha, Thomas (b.c.1556), Dorothy (b.c.1558), Anne (b.c.1560), Elizabeth (b.c.1562), and Richard (b.c.1564). Portraits: there was a portrait of Margaret Gamage, Lady Howard in the Pembroke collection in 1561.
JOAN GAMES (c.1530-March 6, 1617)
Joan Games was the daughter of John Games (alias ap Morgan) of Newton and Brecon, Breconshire, Wales (d.c.1561) and his second wife, Margaret Morgan. She was the second wife of James Parry of Poston, Vowchurch, Herefordshire (d.1586+), master of hounds to Queen Elizabeth. They had two two sons, Blanch (d. December 9, 1630) and Richard (d. May 1620) and a daughter, Elsbeth. In 1586, when her husband was absent, she complained of someone interfering with her well-being. To protect her, the Privy Council ordered that, during separations from her husband, she should enjoy the lands she had brought to her marriage and that no one was to trouble her over this. Joan wrote her will on February 19, 1617 and it was proved April 6, 1618. In it, she asked to be buried in Llandevailog and left, among other bequests, a £20 annuity for young tradesmen in the town of Brecon.
ALICE GAMMEDGE (d.1591)
Alice Gammedge was the daughter of an Essex dyer. She married twice. By her first husband, named Lacksum or Laxsum, she had five children. Living in Saffron Walden, she supported herself as a painter in the 1570s. In her will, she listed “frames with painted pictures or stories in them, stones, colours, and frames and other things belonging to the art, mistery, science or occupation of a painter.” She left her “painted pictures” and her “long table with the form and frame in the house where I dwell” to her eldest son, Robert Laxsum, and her entire estate, including what she held from her second marriage, to Robert and the other children of her first marriage.
ELIZABETH GARDINER (d. June 17, 1602)
Elizabeth Gardiner was the daughter of William Gardiner of London and Grove Place, Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire (d. August 19, 1541), a wealthy grocer, and his second wife, Cecily. Upon the death of her brother William (1522-1558), according to his will, Elizabeth’s care until her marriage was entrusted to another brother, John (c.1525-November 11, 1586). John himself did not marry until 1562. At some point after 1558, Elizabeth married John Dudley of Stoke Newington, Middlesex (d. December 29, 1580), a distant relative and former servant of the duke of Northumberland. He was at that time in the service of Sir Robert Dudley, later earl of Leicester. John Dudley wrote his will in March 1578 and it was proved April 27, 1581. In it he asked Ann Russell, countess of Warwick, to accept the hangings from his “little gallery near the great chamber door” and “stand good lady” to his wife and daughter, Anne (February 12, 1574/5-1610+). In March 1581, Elizabeth wrote to the earl of Leicester, referring to his recent anger at her late husband and begging for his protection for herself and her six-year-old daughter. On September 17, 1582, Elizabeth married Thomas Sutton of Littlebury, Essex (1532-December 12, 1611), who later founded the Charterhouse School. One account says that this marriage more than doubled Sutton’s annual income from rents. In a will made in 1580, John Gardiner left his sister Elizabeth his house and shop in Bridge Row. In his later years, Thomas Sutton was a moneylender. His worth was reckoned at over £50,000 at the time of his death.
see ELLEN TUDOR
see FRANCES LUCE
see ANNE COTTON
see JANE APPLETON
MARY GARGRAVE (January 1575/6-1639+)
Mary Gargrave, who was baptized on January 17, 1575/6, was one of the five daughters of Sir Cotton Gargrave of Nostell Priory and Kinsley, Yorkshire (c.1540-June 16,1588) and his second wife, Anne (or Agnes) Waterton (d.1588+). Mary’s father, who believed during his last years that his son was trying to poison him, left two wills. The one made December 11, 1587 and proved June 20, 1588, provided for his daughters. The second was made January 31, 1585 and proved May 27, 1589. He died owing the Crown £2000 but an inventory showed he had household goods worth at least that much. Mary’s mother was subsequently involved in several lawsuits in the duchy of Lancaster over the offices her husband had held there. Mary went to court one of Queen Anne’s maids of honor and was pensioned off after the queen died in 1619. She appears never to have married. Petitions are extant for the years 1631-39 asking for King Charles’s protection against her creditors. In them she states that they have already laid claim to her pension and that she fears she will be sent to prison for debt.
see ELIZABETH SULYARD
JANE or JOAN GARNEYS (d. March 27, 1552) (maiden name unknown)
Jane or Joan Garneys was the wife of Sir Christopher Garneys/Garnish (c.1466-October 25, 1534), one of Henry VIII’s gentleman ushers from 1509 and knight porter of Calais from 1526-1534. They were married between 1490 and 1514, when “Sir Christopher Garneys of Kenton, Suffolk and Jane, his wife” were granted the manor of Wellington. According to Sir Thomas Palmer, who replaced Garneys as knight porter, Sir Christopher married a wealthy widow. The Garneys had no children, but Lady Garneys’ will, dated August 27, 1550 and proved May 12, 1552, names Arthur Dymoke as her son. The identity of his father is unknown. Lady Garneys remained in Calais after her second husband’s death and became friends with Honor Grenville, Lady Lisle, wife of the Lord Deputy. It was to Lady Garneys’ house in Greenwich that Honor went first when she was released from imprisonment in Calais and returned to England in 1542. Lady Garneys was buried in Greenwich.
MARGARET GARNEYS (d. 1599)
Margaret Garneys was, according to the Oxford DNB entry for her first husband, the daughter of John Garneys of Kenton, Suffolk, but other accounts give her parents as Robert Garneys of Kenton (1478-1558 or c.1491-1556) and Anne Bacon (d.1557). She married Walter Devereux, viscount Hereford (c.1489-September 27, 1558) at some point after his first wife’s death on February 22, 1537/8. Although some genealogies give a 1539 date for their wedding, it is possible that Margaret was the Mistress Garneys who was a maid of honor to Queen Catherine Howard in 1540-1. Margaret was the mother of a son, Edward Devereux, and possibly a daughter, Katherine, although the latter is assigned by other genealogies to Devereux’s first wife, Mary Grey. Margaret’s second husband William Willoughby, 1st baron Willoughby of Parham (c.1515-July 30, 1570)/ They married at some point after August 20, 1559. She had no children by Willoughby. She was buried July 21, 1599 at Stowe by Chartley, Staffordshire. Portrait: effigy on her husband’s tomb at Stowe by Chartley.
ANNE GARRARD (1585/6-April 18, 1627)
Anne Garrard was the daughter of George Garrard of Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire (1559-1591) and Margaret Dacres (1563-1631). Her first husband is something of a mystery, and she is identified only as Lady Tredway when she married again, this time to Dudley Carleton (1573-1631). They wed in November 1607 and had no children but they shared a love of art, traveling to the Netherlands to buy paintings for Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia and George Villiers, duke of Buckingham. Anne was described by Sir Theodore de Mayerne, one of the royal physicians, as the queen of wives. Portrait: c.1625 by Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt (NPG 111).
see ANNE TUTT
see MARGARET DACRES
see ELIZABETH FITZGERALD
ELIZABETH GARTON (d.c.1623)
Elizabeth Garton was the daughter of Francis Garton of Billingshurst, Sussex, a prosperous landowner in Kent and Sussex who had connections to the Ironmongers’ Company in London. She married Clement Draper (c.1541-1620), a merchant who, through no fault of his own, spent a period from the early 1580s until at least 1593 in the King’s Bench prison for debt. During this time, for 4s. a day, prisoners could obtain permission to “go abroad.” Elizabeth gave birth to a daughter, also named Elizabeth, as a result of one of these furloughs. She was christened in the parish of All Hallow’s the Less on December 7, 1583. At least two other children, Sara and Vincent, followed. Deborah E. Harkness’s The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution contains the story of Elizabeth Garton and Clement Draper. Elizabeth was skilled at making both botanical and chemical medicines. Harkness gives considerable detail on the scientific experiments and teachings of both husband and wife.
AGNES GASCOIGNE (1459-August 1504)
Agnes Gascoigne was the daughter of Sir William Gascoigne of Gawthorpe, Yorkshire (1426-1463) and Joan Neville. She married Sir Robert Plumpton of Plumpton Hall, Yorkshire (1453-1525) on January 13, 1478. She probably had twelve children—Elizabeth, Clare, Magdalen, Dorothy, William (1485-July 11, 1547), Margaret, Jane, Anne, Eleanor, Marmaduke, Nigel, and Robert—although some genealogies give the youngest to Plumpton’s second wife, Isabel Neville. Agnes is known to us because of the collection known as the “Plumpton Correspondence,” containing some 250 Plumpton family letters written between 1461 and 1552. Much of the correspondence concerns a dispute over property ownership. When, at the end of 1502, Sir Robert was deprived of lands he’d held for the last twenty years, he wrote to Agnes, ordering her to “see that the manor and place of Plumpton be securely and steadfastly kept.” In accordance with his wishes, she played an active role in the defense of the land, aided by her son William. On July 16, 1503, King Henry VII, to whom Plumpton had been appointed a knight of the body in February, issued an injunction against the rival claimant. Agnes spent most of her life at Plumpton Hall, near Knaresborough in the West Riding, but she did visit London twice, the second time in February 1504. Several letters she wrote to her husband are included in the Plumpton Correspondence. It was Isabel, the second Lady Plumpton, however, not Agnes, who shared her husband’s imprisonment in the Counter in 1510. A different Agnes Gascoigne (d. July 1529) was abbess of Elstow Abbey.
ELIZABETH GASCOIGNE (c.1479-1559)
Elizabeth Gascoigne was the daughter of William Gascoigne of Gawthorpe, Yorkshire (c.1443-March 12, 1487) and Margaret Percy. Before April 1493, she married Sir George Talboys or Tailboys of Kyme, Lincolnshire (1467-September 21, 1538) and was the mother of Gilbert, 1st baron Talboys (d.1530), John, Walter, William, Robert (d.1541+), Cecily, Elizabeth, Margaret, Maud, Dorothy, Anne (c.1510-1577+) and Matilda. Her husband suffered from bouts of insanity as early as May 15, 1499, when Henry VII issued an order that he should be permitted to be under his own guardianship and that of his wife rather than be made a ward of the Crown. Talboys appears to have had lucid intervals. On January 18, 1513, he made a will in which he made Elizabeth his executrix, with others, and gave her the manors of Goltho, Thorpe, and Wainfleet, along with her jointure. He left their daughters five hundred marks each for marriage portions. Also in 1513, he granted Thomas Wolsey, then Dean of Lincoln, the right to manage his lands. In 1516, a commission was sent to investigate his sanity. They found he was neither a fool nor an idiot. but he was judged a lunatic on March 2, 1517. At some point after 1523, probably in 1528, Elizabeth exchanged letters with Wolsey, by then Cardinal Wolsey, because her son, who had already been given numerous grants by Henry VIII upon his marriage to Elizabeth Blount, the mother of King Henry’s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, was also to receive some of his father’s properties. She writes from Goltho on the 11th day of June, complaining that “since the first visitation of my husband, I have lived, as God knoweth, with little comfort . . . and now, my husband being aged, . . . have not that should be necessary, and be compelled to break up house and scatter our children and servants—as surely, of necessity, my husband and I must do in [case] my said son should obtain this his said demand.” In another letter, written from Goltho on April 1, 1529, she again complains of her son’s efforts to seize Talboys properties, this time to her “cousin,” Thomas Heneage, one of Cardinal Wolsey’s gentleman ushers. She sends him six fat oxen to present to Wolsey for Easter, no doubt in hope of winning Wolsey over to her side in the family dispute. The wrangling continued over land, money, and the custody of Sir George. During the years 1533-44, Elizabeth sued her brother for one of her daughter’s dowries. According the Barbara J. Harris in “Sisterhood, Friendship and the Power of English Aristocratic Women” in Women and Politics in Early Modern England 1450-1700, edited by James Daybell, she claimed the £222 4s. 5d. was part of her own unpaid marriage portion and that her father-in-law, Sir Robert Tailboys (Talboys), had bequeathed the unpaid part of her dowry to her daughter. This was not substantiated by his will. She was also involved in lawsuits against her granddaughter, Elizabeth Talboys, in 1544-47 and again in 1552. Elizabeth Gascoigne Talboys was buried in Lincoln Cathedral.
see ELIZABETH BACON; ELIZABETH PENNINGTON; ELIZABETH SOTEHILL
see MARGARET CHOLMELEY; MARGARET SCARGILL
DOROTHY GATACRE (c.1518-c.1572)
Dorothy Gatacre was the daughter of William Gatacre of Gatacre, Shropshire (d. December 22, 1577) and Eleanor Mytton. She married Sir Robert Broke (d. September 1558), lawyer, writer, and politician, by a settlement dated September 19, 1544, as his second wife. Her marriage portion included the manor of Lapley, Staffordshire. Broke acquired Madeley in 1544 and sold his former seat at Spicer’s Hall in Claverley, Shropshire. In 1547 the family lived in Warwick Lane off Newgate Street in the parish of St. Gregory in London and had a country house in Putney. Dorothy gave birth to at least four daughters and five sons including Martha (b.1545), Katherine, Richard, Emma, Mary, Anna, Thomas, Edward, and possibly Walter and Alan. Broke’s will, dated January 7, 1558, left Dorothy a life interest in Madeley. Each unmarried daughter inherited a marriage portion of £160. In 1561, Dorothy’s friend Denise Leveson (née Bodley) left her “a ring of gold of the value of 30s.” Portrait: effigy in All Saints Church, Claverley, Shropshire.
see ELIZABETH SWYNNERTON
ANNE GATENBY (d.1600+)
Anne Gatenby was from Gatenby Yorkshire. She married Thomas Warcop (d. May 4, 1597), locksmith, escape artist, and recusant. He escaped from prison in 1585 but was hanged after he was caught in another raid in 1597. Anne was also arrested and was still in prison in 1600.
DOROTHY GATES (1512-1582)
Dorothy Gates was the daughter of Sir Geoffrey Gates of Great Garnetts, High Easter, Essex (1484-1526) and Elizabeth Clopton. In 1524 she married Sir Thomas Josselyn of Hyde Hall, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire and High Roding, Essex (1506/7-October 24,1562) and by him had Mary (c.1525-1561+), Richard (c.1526/7-September 1575), Thomas (c.1528-1561+), John (c.1529-December 28, 1603), Leonard (1530-before 1561), Jane (c.1532-before 1602), Henry (c.1538-1587), and Edward (1548-1627). Dorothy Josselyn may be the Mrs. Joscelyn who rode in the funeral procession of Queen Jane Seymour in 1537. She was definitely at court in the household of Queen Catherine Howard in 1540-2 and surviving correspondence with her brother, Sir John Gates (x.1553), indicates that the queen was not easy to get along with. “I fear I shall scant content her Grace,” Dorothy wrote on one occasion. N. P. Sil’s Tudor Placemen and Statesmen quotes further correspondence between Dorothy and her brother and Sil identifies her as “probably a supplier of dresses” to Queen Katherine Parr. That she earned money with needlework seems confirmed by the same 1541 letter quoted above, in which she asks her brother to make her excuse to Mr. Denny “that I have sent his shirts no sooner” and refers to “the queen’s work.” In a letter to Gates in 1542, Dorothy’s husband writes: “My wife sends you a simple bracelet, being sorry that she cannot send one of gold as easily as one of silk,” implying that Dorothy did, in fact, work with silk. Dorothy regularly wrote other letters asking for favors from Sir John, who was influential during the latter part of the reign of Henry VIII and during the reign of Edward VI. In 1542, she also needed his help when her husband lost his post as keeper of Stansted Mountfitchet Park. This dispute pitted her against the 16th earl of Oxford. Gates did not have enough influence to force his brother-in-law’s reinstatement. Barbara J. Harris, in English Aristocratic Women, 1450-1550, identifies Thomas Josselin as an Essex landowner and says that Dorothy “managed her brother’s affairs in Essex, while he acted as her advocate at court” and that Dorothy appears “more assertive and shrewder about business than her spouse.” According to Harris, Dorothy was mainly interested in acquiring land and wardships. In 1544, she also helped her brother recruit soldiers for the war with France. She was pregnant at the time. With the execution of Sir John and the beginning of Mary Tudor’s reign, there is less of Dorothy in the records. Josselyn wrote his will October 1, 1562 and it was proved October 18, 1564. He left Dorothy (“my well beloved wife”) “pearls and stones and all my jewles,” plate, all the “household stuff” at Newhall, Essex, where they were living, all goods and chattels, and the lease of Brounso End. Dorothy and his son John were named co-excutors. She made her will June 10, 1579. She was buried at Sawbridge, Hertfordshire on July 2, 1582 and her will was proved on February 18, 1582/3.
see MARY DENNY
see ANNE WOTTON
see ELIZABETH CONINGSBY; ELIZABETH HARRIS
see ANNE DEVEREUX
CATHERINE GEDDING (d.1557)
Catherine Gedding (also spelled Katherine Geddyng) is said by some sources to be the daughter and coheir of Thomas Gedding of Norfolk, but since she was from Lackford, Suffolk, it is more likely her father was John Geddyng, a great-grandson of William Geddyng of that place. She married John Hall of Northall, Kynnersley, Shropshire (d. February 22, 1528), a grocer and merchant of the staple, and was the mother of Edward Hall (1496/7-1547), the historian, and William (d.1548+). Several of Edward’s books were prohibited by the state under Mary Tudor. Catherine was famous in her own right as a reformer. She was imprisoned in Newgate for her faith in 1555 and several co-religionists who became martyrs wrote letters to her before their deaths. Joan Trelake (d. February 8, 1573), widow of Sir Ralph Warren, was named supervisor of Catherine’s will. Catherine was buried June 19, 1557 in St. Benet Sherehog, London. Her will, written February 28, 1556 and proved August 18, 1557, and its codicil, can be found at http://www.oxford-shakespeare.com.
MARGARET GEDDYNGE (d.1521+)
Margaret Geddynge or Gedding may have been the daughter of Nicholas Gedding, receiver general to the 2nd duke of Buckingham in 1473 and a subreceiver for Norfolk for the dowager duchess in 1495. Margaret was a waiting woman to Eleanor Percy, Duchess of Buckingham and mistress of the nursery at Thornbury in 1499/1500. In 1502/3 she received an annuity of £6 13s. 4d. from the duke and received gifts from the wardrobe accounts and, in 1519, a New Year’s gift of £13 6s. 8d. “and to her myder (mother?), 40s.” In late 1518, she was paid £15 “toward the burying of my said cousin,” Elizabeth Kynvett, a fellow waiting gentlewoman at Thornbury. In 1520, she was discharged from the duchess’s service. In November 1520, her name comes up in connection with Charles Knyvett, another of the duke’s household, and it is possible that one or both of them were involved in the conspiracy that eventually led to the duke’s arrest and execution for treason. The duke received a message from Margaret on January 4, 1521 and by March 26, she was back in his household. At the time of the duke’s execution, Margaret held the farm of demesne lands in Eastington and Gilkerton (Alkerton), Gloucestershire. It has been suggested that Margaret Geddynge was Buckingham’s mistress and the mother of one or more of his illegitimate children. There were three he acknowledged: Margaret (c.1511-x. May 25, 1537), Henry, and George.
MARY GEDGE (1541-1616+)
Mary Gedge was the daughter and co-heiress of John Gedge of Shenfield, Essex (1515-August 22, 1555). In 1558, she married Leonard Berners (or Barnes) (1523-February 1563), by whom she had two sons, William and Anthony (January 30, 1562-1607+). Her second husband was Christopher Harris (1538-December 26, 1571). Her third husband was John Butler or Boteler of Tofte, Lorings, and Souldrop, Bedfordshire (1536-January 1614), as his second wife. Their children were Nathaniel, James, Elizabeth, and Sarah. At some point after 1588, Butler and Mary sued Thomas Baker and his wife Griselda and Anthony Berners over property in Essex and Gloucestershire. Mary claimed Thoby Priory and Fryerning Hall, Essex as dower lands from her first marriage. She was living at Thoby in 1616. Portrait: memorial brass in church of St. Mary the Virgin, Ingatestone, Essex with her first husband.
ELIZABETH GEDNEY (d.1545+)
Elizabeth Gedney was the daughter of John Gedney of Bag Enderby, Lincolnshire (d.1533?). Her first husband was Thomas Rigges of Cumberwith, Lincolnshire. In about 1542, she married George Rythe of Hampshire (d.1561), a lawyer. He contested a series of cases on her behalf, all of which grew out of charges that she had forged her first husband’s will. They had two sons, including Robert (c.1545-c.1594). Rythe made his will on August 20, 1557 and it was proved November 18, 1561.
see ELIZABETH SNEYD
see MARY CROMPTON
see MARY RADCLIFFE
see HESTER DE PEIGNE
see ANNE RADCLIFFE
see ELIZABETH SOMERSET
see JANE LEGH
MARGARET GERARD (c.1505-1596+)
Margaret Gerard was the daughter of Thomas Gerard of Brynn, Cheshire. In 1518, at age thirteen, she married her five-year-old cousin, Piers Legh of Lyme, Cheshire (1513-December 6, 1590). The Leghs and the Gerards intermarried frequently and frequently had the same given names, but it appears that Margaret’s father was the Thomas Gerard who married, in c. 1518, Jane Legh, Margaret’s husband’s sister. Margaret and Piers had seven children: Piers (c.1540-1570), Thomas, Margaret, John, James, Robert, and Ellen. They also raised their orphaned grandchildren Peter (c.1563-1626), Elizabeth, Thomas, and Edward. Portrait: at age 90 in 1596, holding her great-granddaughter, Anne Legh.
MARGARET GERARD (1569/70-July 3, 1603)
Margaret Gerard was the daughter of Sir Gilbert Gerard of Ince and Sudbury, Lancashire and Gerrard’s Bromley, Staffordshire (c.1534-February 4, 1592/3), master of rolls, and Anne Radcliffe (d.1603+). Although her mother and two of her sisters were Catholics, she apparently was not, nor was her husband, Peter Legh of Lyme, Cheshire and Bradley Hall, Lancashire (c.1563-February 17, 1636). Her marriage contract, dated June 1, 1579, specified that if either died before the ceremony a sibling would be used as a replacement.They married in September 1585 and had seven sons and two daughters, including Piers, Francis (d. February 2, 1642/3), Radcliffe (d.yng), Thomas (d.1639), Peter (d.1641), Gilbert, John, Anne (1594-1677+), and Katherine (1603-September 14, 1617). According to The House of Lymeby The Lady Newton (1917), Margaret accompanied her husband to the Isle of Man from 1593-96 but stayed at home when he was in London or at war. There she had her husband’s library, musicians, and jester to entertain her. Letters to her from Legh are extant. Margaret died at Fulham, where they had a house from at least 1600. Portraits: by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger c. 1600; miniature by Cornelius Janssen; monument in church of All Saints, Fulham.
SARA GHEERAERTS (1575-c.1605)
Sara Gheeraerts was the daughter of Marcus Gheeraerts the elder (c.1520-c.1590) by his second wife, Susanna de Critz. Sara was the niece of artist John de Critz. Her aunt, Magdelena de Critz, married Marcus Gheeraerts the younger (c.1561-1636), Sara’s half brother, who became an even more famous artist than his father. Sara married yet another artist, Isaac Oliver (d.1617), in February of 1602, and was once thought to be the subject of a portrait of his wife. Based on the clothing the subject wears, experts now think it more likely the portrait was painted c.1615, making its subject Oliver’s third wife, Elizabeth Harding. Sara had died by 1606 when Oliver’s marriage to Elizabeth took place.
ELIZABETH GIBBS (d. August 30, 1518)
Elizabeth Gibbs was a nun at the Bridgettine abbey of Syon in Isleworth. In 1492, she brought one of the monastery’s legal claims before Margaret Beaufort and she was able to win royal support for some of her other causes. From 1497 until 1518, she was abbess of Syon. During her tenure she did much to advance learning in the abbey. Among other things, she asked a Carthusian at Sheen, William Darker, to make an English translation of Thomas à Kempis’s Musica ecclesiastica. She often gave away the prayer beads associated with the nunnery—two black, two white and one red, to be said with a special prayer. The pardon evoked with these beads could be obtained anywhere one prayed, making them very popular. Woodcuts of St. Bridget were also used by early printers to promote the monastery and although this practice did not begin until the year after Elizabeth’s death, it seems likely she had a hand in establishing it. It is the opinion of Rebecca King, in Reading Familes: Women’s Literate Practice in Late Medieval England, that Elizabeth was “a remarkable administrator who worked ceaselessly for the monastery.”
see AVISE MORTELMAN
CASSANDRA GIFFARD (d.1570)
Cassandra Giffard was the daughter of Sir John Giffard of Chillington, Staffordshire (c. 1465- November 13, 1556) and his first wife, Jane or Joanna Hoorde (d. December 8, 1481). She married Humphrey Swynnerton of Swynnerton and Hilton, Staffordshire (1516-July 25, 1562), by whom she had two daughters, Margaret (d.1591) and Elizabeth (d. April 4, 1606). Swynnerton wrote his will July 6, 1561 and it was proved November 9, 1563, leaving Cassandra a life interest in his lands. She was buried January7, 1570. Portrait: effigy at Shareshill, Staffordshire.
ELIZABETH GIFFARD (d. before 1557)
Elizabeth Giffard was the daughter of Sir Thomas Giffard of Chillington, Staffordshire (d. May 27, 1560) and Dorothy Montgomery (d. by 1529). In 1531, she married Sir John Port (before 1510-July 6, 1557) and was the mother of Walter (d. yng), Thomas (d. yng.), Elizabeth, Dorothy (d. September 2, 1607), and Margaret (d.1613). Portrait: memorial brass in Etwall, Derbyshire.
FRANCES GIFFARD (1522-December 1574)
Frances Giffard married Sir John Talbot of Albrighton and Grafton, Worcestershire (1519-June 6, 1555) in 1540 and had by him one child, a daughter named Jane (c.1541-1565). Frances was accused of mishandling Jane’s inheritance by Francis Talbot, earl of Shrewsbury, but he could not prove that she had deprived her daughter of 1000 marks of her father’s goods, promised to her for a dowry. Frances’s brother took her side in the dispute. When Jane was married to Sir George Bowes (1527-1580) in 1558, a marriage arranged by Shrewsbury, Bowes complained of the smallness of her dowry, so there may have been some truth to the claim. Jane’s branch of the Talbot family descended from Sir Gilbert Talbot (d.1517), an uncle of the 4th earl, and this was, according to G. W. Bernard’s The Power of the Tudor Nobility: A Study of the Fourth and Fifth Earls of Shrewsbury, a rare instance where the earl interfered in the affairs of the cadet branch of the family.
ISABEL GIFFARD (c.1537-1572+)
Isabel or Isabella Giffard was the daughter of Thomas Giffard of Chillington Hall, Staffordshire (c.1491-May 27, 1560) and his second wife, Ursula Throckmorton (c.1508-March 15, 1581). She married Francis Biddulph of Biddulph, Staffordshire (c.1534-c. 1598) and had at least two children, Richard (1559-1638) and Mary. Portrait: by George Gower, c.1572.
MARY GIFFARD (d. 1609)
Mary Giffard was the daughter of Sir John Giffard of Itchell, Hampshire and Weston-under-Edge, Gloucestershire (d. May 1, 1563) and Elizabeth Throckmorton (d.1563+). In about 1572, she married Sir Richard Baker of Sissinghurst and Cranbrook, Kent (c.1530-1594) as his second wife. They had two daughters, Chrysogena (d. September 1616), who was named after Mary’s sister, and Cecily (d. December 21, 1619). Early in 1595, apparently after telling Queen Elizabeth that he had no intention of remarrying after the death of his first wife, Richard Fletcher, bishop of London (1544/5-1596) wed the widowed Lady Baker. The two probably first met during the years 1572-1574, when Fletcher was in Cranbrook assisting his father, who was vicar there. The queen was furious when she heard of the marriage and Fletcher was suspended on February 23, 1595. On April 15, after the queen was told that Mary had spoken insolently about her, Fletcher was also replaced as almoner for Maundy Thursday services. He was restored to his duties by mid-July. According to the Oxford DNB entry on Fletcher, Mary had a “dubious reputation” and “scurrilous verses and anecdotes” were circulated about her. During the short time Mary was married to Fletcher they lived in his private residence in Chelsea with some of his eight children by his first wife. Fletcher died suddenly, deep in debt and, it is said, “in discontent by smoking tobacco immoderately.” The following year, 1597, Mary took a third husband, Sir Stephen Thornehurst/Thornhurst of Agnes Court, Kent (1550-October 1616), Keeper of Foorde Palace. She was his second wife. He had at least one son by his first wife. Mary was buried on April 26, 1609 in St. Mathew’s Chapel at Canterbury. The monument to her and her third husband does not mention her brief marriage to the Bishop of London.
FRIDESMUND GIFFORD (d. April 8, 1581)
Fridesmund (Fridismund/Fredesmund) Gifford was the daughter of Ralph Gifford of Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire (d.1555/6) and Mary Chamberlain. In 1559 or 1560, she married Richard Barnes (d. August 24, 1587), who on July 12, 1561 becmae prebendary of York. In 1567 he was bishop of Nottingham, in 1570 bishop of Carlisle, and in 1577 bishop of Durham. They had nine children: Emmanuel, Walter, Elizabeth, John, Barnabe (1571-1609), Mary, Timothy, Margaret, and Anne. They had a luxurious life style, spending upwards of £1000 on repairs at Auckland, Stockton, and Durham Castle, all used as residences. Fridesmund was buried at Auckland, where her memorial brass proclaims, in Latin, that she was chaste, faithful, and victorious. Portrait: memorial brass.
see JOAN HOBY
see PHILIPPA TRAPPES
MARGARET GIGS or GIGGS (1509-July 6,1570)
Margaret Gigs’s parents are unknown, other than that her father was a Norfolk gentleman. Her mother may have been Margaret More’s nurse. She was the ward/adopted daughter of Sir Thomas More (1487-1535) and raised and educated with his daughters. Her scholarship was said to surpass even that of Margaret More and she was especially skilled in algebra and in medical lore. In 1526, she married Dr. John Clement (c.1500-1572), who was also a member of the More household. They had eleven children, including Winifred (1527-July 17,1553), Thomas, Bridget, Helen, Dorothy (c.1532-1578+), Ursula, and Margaret (1540-1612). In 1535, Margaret Clement accompanied Margaret More to Tower Wharf to receive her father’s blessing. Following his execution, she helped her retrieve his body and bury him. In October 1549, seeking religious freedom, Margaret, her husband, and their children went into exile in Louvain. They returned to England in 1554 but left again in early 1563. Margaret died in Mechlin and was buried in the church of St. Rumbald. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under “Clement [Clements; née Giggs], Margaret.” Portraits: Holbein sketch c.1527 (mislabeled “Mistress Iak”); More family portraits.
ISABEL GIL de AVILES (d.1588+)
Doña Isabel Gil de Aviles was a Spanish lady married to an English merchant named Simon Borman. Borman, a Catholic who had been in the Spanish trade, was nevertheless trusted, along with John Naunton, with housing a Portuguese prisoner of war, Francisco de Valverde, and a Spaniard, Pedro de Santa Cruz. Doña Isabel was apparently extremely anti-semitic and had made a point of spying on, and even pretending to befriend, members of the Marrano community in London. She believed these Jews who had converted to Christianity were conspiring against Spain. When the prisoners were released in the spring of 1588 and were about to return home, she reportedly said to Santa Cruz, “May you have a bad journey and may the curse of God fall upon you if you reach Spain in safety and do not denounce Jeronimo Pardo and Bernaldo Luis, for they are traitors and have sold Spain.” According to the account in Lucien Wolf’s “Jews in Elizabethan England” (The Jewish Historical Society of England, Vol. XI, p. 6), Santa Cruz and Valverde sent this information to the Spanish ambassador in Paris who passed the letter on to King Philip. By the time the two former prisoners returned home, Pardo and Luis were in prison.
see ANNE AUCHER
see ISABEL REYNARD
see KATHERINE CHAMPERNOWNE
ANNE GIRLINGTON (d. November 1593)
Anne Girlington was the daughter of Nicholas Girlington of Normanby, Yorkshire (1493-1552) and his first wife, Isabel Grenefeld. Her first husband was Robert Brocklesby of Glentworth, Lincolnshire (c.1513-April 3, 1557). Her father’s will, written in 1550, instructs his second wife, Margaret Portington, widow of Robert Yarbrough, to take general quittances for the marriage money and all other things that Nicholas promised Brocklesby and his wife. In 1559, Anne married Christopher Wray of Yorkshire (1524-May 7, 1592), by whom she had one son, William (d.1617) and four daughters, two of whom died young. The others, Isabel (January 27, 1560-February 12, 1622/3) and Frances Wray (1568-August 15, 1634) have their own entries. Wray was speaker of the House of Commons in 1571 and knighted in 1574 and was a chief justice of the Queen’s Bench. In his will, he left Anne a life interest in much of his property in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. She died eighteen months after he did. She left two bequests to Magdalene College, Cambridge, her husband’s alma mater, one for scholarships and the other for books. Portrait: effigy on the Wray tomb at Glentworth.
KATHERINE GITTENS (d.1590+)
Katherine Gittens was the daughter of David Gittens, a London vintner, and his wife Alice. From 1548-1563, Gittens and John Lloyd, another vintner, owned The Crowne, Aldgate, just outside the city walls to the east. Gittens was assessed £4 in the subsidy roll of 1582 for the parish of St. Mildred, Bread Street, where his neighbor was the wealthy salter, John Ireland (assessed at £60). Gittens was also a partner with Richard Smythe, owner of the Mermaid Tavern in Bread Street. Katherine grew up thinking of Ireland and his wife, Anne Hill, as “more like a father and mother to her than a friend.” At some point before 1590, Katherine married Thomas Johnson, who was employed by Brian Pattenson, the leading vintner in Southwark. In 1590, among her mother’s writings, Katherine found a bond for £60. Although she felt sure that the debtor, John Ireland, had already repaid this money, her husband sued the Irelands in the court of common pleas. It was his belief that even if the loan had been repaid, they “had received privily as much or more from Alice Gittens.” Mark Eccles includes a discussion of this lawsuit in his Marlowe in London but does not provide any further details.
EULALIA GLANFIELD (x.1591)
According to John Bellamy’s Strange, Unnatural Deaths: Murder in Tudor England, Eulalia Glanfield was the notorious Mrs. Page, daughter of a merchant of Tavistock, Devon, who murdered her husband. Eulalia expected to marry George Strangwich or Strangwidge, who took over her father’s business when he retired. Instead, her parents forced her to wed Thomas Page, a widower from Plymouth. During the next year, Eulalia tried several times to poison Mr. Page but he survived. Next, she and Strangwich persuaded two of her servants, Priddis and Stone, to kill Page for money. On February 11, 1591. Eulalia had just given birth to a premature child and kept to her chamber. This was apparently the second child she had lost. Page was in his own room and it was there that the murderers assaulted him and broke his neck. Once he was dead, Mrs. Page sent Priddis to summon her father and also sent for Page’s sister, Mrs. Harris. She pretended that her husband had died of the disease known as “the Pull,” but Mrs. Harris was suspicious and sent for the authorities. They arrested Priddis and eventually the whole story came out. Priddis, Stone, Strangwich, and Mrs. Page were executed.
see ANNE SACKVILLE
MARY GLOVER (1588-1602+)
A notorious case of demonic possession fascinated London throughout 1602. Mary Glover was the daughter of a London shopkeeper, the brother of alderman William Glover. In April 1602, she got into a dispute with Elizabeth Jackson, described by some sources as an elderly widow but apparently the mother of a daughter not all that much older than Mary, who was fourteen. Mary accused Mrs. Jackson of fraud. Mrs. Jackson cursed her. Mary left, but on her way home she stopped at the house of one of Mrs. Jackson’s neighbors to complain that she felt ill. Hearing of this, Mrs. Jackson said she hoped Mary died an evil death. Three days later, Mrs. Jackson went to Mary’s house to talk to Mary’s mother. Mrs. Glover was not at home and as soon as Mrs. Jackson left the house, Mary developed new symptoms. At first she could not swallow. Then she lost both speech and sight. There followed eighteen days of mysterious swellings, an inability to eat, and fits. Mrs. Jackson, hearing of this, declared that her prayers had been answered. Over the course of the next months, physicians were brought in to examine Mary. Mrs. Jackson was forced to go to the Glover house for various tests of her effect on Mary. Spectators showed up on these occasions, including those who were convinced that Mary was possessed. Opinions ran high on both sides, enough false claims of bewitchment having been uncovered by 1602 to make some people skeptical. Mrs. Jackson was indicted on December 1, 1602 and found guilty of bewitching Mary Glover. She was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment but she did not serve much of it and she may have been pardoned. She had acquired some influential supporters during the furor over Mary Glover’s fits. Meanwhile, on December 14, 1602, Mary was “cured” by Puritan divines. More details of the case can be found in several recent books on witchcraft and demon possession, including M. MacDonald’s Witchcraft and Hysteria in Elizabethan London.
MARGERY GLYNTON (d.1556+) (maiden name unknown)
Margery Glynton was the second wife of Edward Glynton or Glympton of Oxford (d.1556). Her husband was a wealthy man who owned several houses in Oxford and a farm. They lived in a house just outside the north gate of the city. She appears to have been married before, as Glynton’s will (written June 7, 1554 and proved October 16, 1556) mentions her daughters as well as his. In this will, Margery’s three stepdaughters inherited their father’s property in Oxford and the eldest, Elizabeth, was named executor. Margery was instructed, upon his death, to “take her raiment” and go directly to the farm she was to inherit and not to “meddle” with anything at the house where they had been dwelling.
see JOYCE MAUNTSELL
see BARBARA MERES
see MARY GRIFFTH
see AGNES WIDMERPOLE
see ELIZABETH WHITE
MARY GODTHERIDG (d.1654)
Mary Godtheridg is the subject of the forthcoming “Mary Shakespeare of St. Clement Danes,” by Duncan Salkeld. On February 3, 1604/5, she married John Shakespeare of London (d. 1646), bitmaker to the king, by whom she had a daughter, Ellen (1614-1653+). When she made her will (available online at The Shakespeare Family History Site), on December 24, 1653, she was owed £600 by Thomas Smithesbye, indicating that she was quite well-to-do. Among other bequests, she left three score pounds, her best childbed linen and woolen, a diamond ring, and her best feather bed to her daughter. Other heirs included Ellen’s children, John, Mary, and Martha Milburne. Bequests ranged from £200 to Mary Milburn to five shillings to Margarett Shakespeare, identified as Mary Shakespeare’s daughter in law, and two shillings and sixpence to Sarah Richardson, her brother’s daughter. The will was proved in London on March 2, 1654.
see MARGARET DANIELL
BLANDINA GODWYN (d.1590+)
Blandina Godwyn was one of the three daughters of Thomas Godwyn of Wokingham, Berkshire (1517-1590) and Isabel Purfrey or Purefoy (d. before 1584). She had five brothers. After her father became bishop of Bath and Wells in 1584, she married Thomas Purfrey of Wells (c.1556-c.1591). Her husband and her eldest brother systematically defrauded both the bishop and the diocese and when the bishop died, they descended upon his residence, Ockingham House in Banwell, Somersetshire, to remove all his goods before there could be an inquisition post mortem. Blandina took carpets and clothes but left enough behind “that the sheriff might find something.” In November 1590 an Exchequer committee was appointed to investigate the estate and all leases and lands were confiscated. Purfrey fled to Youghall, Ireland, where he died. What happened to Blandina is unknown.
see ELIZABETH ROYDON; ELIZABETH TOWE
MARGERY GOLDING (1525-December 2, 1568)
Margery Golding was the daughter of John Golding of Halstead and Paul’s Hall, Belchamp St. Paul, Essex (c.1498-November 28,1547), and his first wife, Elizabeth Tonge, Towe, or Tough (d. November 27, 1527). On August 2, 1548 she became the second wife of John de Vere, 16th earl of Oxford (1512-August 3, 1562). He was a widower with one daughter, Katherine. Later, when Katherine was Lady Windsor, she claimed that the marriage was bigamous because her father had been betrothed to her lady in waiting, Dorothy Fosser of Haverhill, Suffolk. Although Oxford’s history with the ladies was somewhat scandalous (see the entry for Joan Jockey), and the banns for his marriage to Dorothy Fosser had been read twice, his wedding to Margery was apparently legal. The case was thrown out of court. Margery had two children by Oxford, Edward, 17th earl (April 12, 1550-June 24, 1604) and Mary (1554-June 24, 1624). Margery was at court as a lady in waiting to the queen from 1559 to 1561 and entertained Queen Elizabeth at Castle Hedingham, Essex in 1561. Shortly after her husband’s death, Margery married her reputed lover, Sir Charles Tyrrell (d.1570), one of the queen’s gentleman pensioners. A letter is extant from Margery to Sir William Cecil, dated October 11, 1563, in which she thanks him for his care of her son (Oxford was his ward). She was also writing to request his help in obtaining the grain her household at Colne Priory had been promised as rent. The text can be found at http://www.oxford-shakespeare.com/documents.html, as can the text of another letter to Cecil dated May 5, 1565. In that one, she asks that she be allowed to oversee a portion of her son’s inheritance. That request was denied. Also at this URL is a list of her jointure lands, valued at £444 15s in 1564. They included eighteen manors and two tenements in Chambridgeshire, Cheshire, Essex, Northamptonshire, and Warwickshire. Biography: There is no study of Margery Golding, but her son’s biographers speculate about her. Apparently he never mentioned her in any of his surviving letters. After his father’s death, he probably did not see a great deal of her. Portrait: there is no known portrait, but there is a brass depicting Margery as countess of Oxford on her mother’s tomb in Belchamp St. Paul.
MARGARET GOLDSMITH (before 1491-1555+)
Margaret Goldsmith was installed as prioress of the Benedictine nunnery of St. Mary Wallingwells, near Worksop, Northamptonshire, on January 22, 1521. She paid £66 13s. 4d. for exemption from the 1536 act to dissolve religious houses. Wallingwells had an annual income of only £58 2s.10d. In June 1537, she attempted to reach a private agreement with a wealthy layman to lease all the nunnery’s possessions for twenty-one years in return for the use of the convent buildings, thinking this would allow her and the eight nuns at Wallingwells to outlast King Henry VIII’s attempt to dissolve religious houses. As J. J. Scarisbrick’s The Reformation and the English People points out, it was remarkable that this was even attempted. Margaret surrendered the nunnery to the Crown on December 14, 1539. She received a pension of £6. Her subprioress, Anne Roden, and one of the nuns, Elizabeth Kirkby, received 53s. 4d. each, and the remaining six nuns, including Agnes Fynes, Ellen Pye, and Alice Coventry, received 40s. each.
JOAN GOLDSTON (d.1579) (maiden name unknown)
Joan was the widow of a man named Chambers when she married Richard Goldston (d.1575), a Gloucester carpenter whose first wife had died in 1558. She had a son, Roger Chambers (d. before 1579), from her first marriage. When Joan died, she left £13 for the repair of Maisemore Bridge and £20 to provide coal and wood for fuel for St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. She was buried in the churchyard of St. Owen’s church. Portrait: unknown date; unknown artist.
KATHERINE GONSON (c.1549-1591)
Katherine Gonson was the eldest daughter in a family of at least fourteen children born to Benjamin Gonson or Gunson of Great Warley, near Chelmsford in Essex, Sebright Hall, Great Baddow, Essex, and the parish of St. Dunstan in the East, Tower Ward, London (c.1525-November 26, 1577), Treasurer of the Navy from 1549-1577, and Ursula Hussey (c.1528-1586). On January 20, 1566/7, in St. Dunstan in the East, Katherine married Sir John Hawkins (1532-November 12, 1595), who succeeded her father as treasurer. Although most biographies of Sir John and his son Sir Richard, including those in the Oxford DNB and the History of Parliament, state that Richard was the son of Katherine Gonson, details given in “The Family of Gunson or Gonson of London and Essex” by W. Niel Gunson make clear that Katherine was his stepmother and was only eleven or twelve years older than Richard. Her date of birth is calculated from the date her parents married (June 8, 1546) and the fact that she is known to have been their third child. Katherine does not appear to have had any children of her own. At the end of 1588, her stepson built a ship of 350 tons that Katherine, who had Puritan leanings, named the Repentance. Later, by order of the queen, it was renamed Dainty. Katherine was buried in St. Dunstan in the East.
THOMASINE GONSON (1564-1638)
Thomasine Gonson was one of at least fourteen children of Benjamin Gonson or Gunson of Great Warley, near Chelmsford in Essex, Sebright Hall, Great Baddow, Essex, and the parish of St. Dunstan in the East, Tower Ward, London (c.1525-November 26, 1577), Treasurer of the Navy from 1549-1577, and Ursula Hussey (c.1528-1586). She was the only one born in the Queen’s house at Deptford and baptized in the local church there. Her siblings were born in the parish of St. Dunstan-in-the-East, where the family lived in Tower Street. Between 1578 and 1582, Thomasine married Edward Fenton (d.1603), a soldier and sea captain. They had no children. Her second husband was Christopher Browne of Saye’s Court, Deptford (d.1645), by whom was the mother of Sir Richard Browne, 1st Baronet of Deptford (May 6, 1605-February 12, 1683). Portrait: 1590 by Hieronimo Custodis.
see URSULA HUSSEY
JEANNE de GONTAUT (c.1520-September 26, 1586)
Jeanne de Gontaut was the daughter of Raymond de Gontaut and Françoise de Bonnafos and the wife of Antoine de Noailles (September 4, 1504-March 11, 1562), French Ambassador to England from 1553-1556. Their marriage contract was signed on May 31, 1540, after four years of courtship. Jeanne’s father had other plans for her, but twelve lettres de cachet from King Francis I finally persuaded him to agree to the match. They had eight children, including Marie (b.1543),Françoise (b.1548), Marthe (b. 1552), Henri (b. July 5, 1554), and another Françoise (b.1556). Jeanne had little to do with her husband’s career, but she was in England with him and while there paid several visits to Queen Mary. The queen was godmother to Jeanne’s first son, Henri, naming him after Henry VIII. Mary appointed the countess of Surrey to act as her proxy and chose the godfathers—the earl of Arundel and Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester. The christening took place on July 22, 1554. Jeanne was pregnant again at the time she and her husband left England in June 1556. A number of her letters are still extant. After her husband’s death, Jeanne became a lady-in-waiting to Catherine de’ Medici. Biography: R. J. Kalas, “The noble widow’s place in the patriarchal household: the life and career of Jeanne de Gontaut,” Sixteenth-Century Journal, 24 (1993).
FRANCES GOODERE (d.1606)
Frances Goodere was the eldest of the two daughters of Sir Henry Goodere of Polesworth, Warwickshire (1534-March 4, 1595) and Frances Lowther (d.1572+). Her father was a patron of the arts and in particular encouraged the young Michael Drayton. Since Frances was born before 1571, it is likely she is the “Mistress Frances Goodere” to whom George Dacres of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire willed a book in English titled The Way of Life in 1580. However, since her father was not knighted until 1586, her mother is also a possibility. Goodere had built his house at Polesworth on the site of a former nunnery but in 1568 he let the house to Frances Pudsey, Lady Clifford, second wife of Henry, 10th baron Clifford and Frances Lowther’s grandmother, and took his family to live in Coventry. From September 1571 until sometime after June 1572, he was held in the Tower of London for displeasing the queen (he favored naming Mary Queen of Scots as her successor). After his release, he served in the Netherlands, where he was knighted. He was later said to have impoverished himself in Queen Mary’s cause, spending some £20,000. In 1593, Frances married her first cousin, Henry Goodere of Monk’s Kirby, Warwickshire (d. March 18, 1627). Her father made his will on January 26, 1595. After his debts were paid, Polesworth and and Baginton were to go to Frances. The estate was in litigation until shortly before Frances died. Michael Drayton dedicated “The Epistle of Lady Jane Grey” to Lady Frances Goodere, making mention of the fact that he witnessed her education from the cradle. Frances and her husband had five children, John (d. December 1624) and four daughters, all of whom were still quite young when she died.
JANE GOODERE or GOODIER
see JANE HAWTE
ANNE GOODIER (d.1560+)
Anne Goodier (Goodere/Goodyere/Goodyer) was the daughter of Thomas Goodier of Hadley, Hertfordshire and Jane Hawte (c.1486-1538+). Hope Walker, in her essay on the portrait called “Lady Anne Penruddocke,” says Anne was born in the early 1520s (see HansEworth.com) but Thomas Goodier had died by 1518, when his widow married Robert Wroth. By 1537, Anne married John Cock (Cocke/Coke) of London (d. September 6, 1557). They had three sons, including Henry (1538-March 24, 1609/10), and two daughters, and she was pregnant when he died. Cock was a wealthy lawyer and master of requests with a house in St. John’s Street, London in 1554. At his death, he owned five manors, including Broxbourne Manor, purchased in 1544, other lands in Hertfordshire, land at Clavering, Essex, and a manor in Anglesey. He made his will on July 4, 1553, leaving 1/3 of all his freehold property to his wife for life plus his leasehold land in Wormley and elsewhere. The will was proved in May 1558. By April 1, 1560, Anne had married Sir George Penruddocke of Ivy Church and Compton Chamberlayne, Wiltshire (d. July 8, 1581), a servant of the first earl of Pembroke, as his second wife. The portrait by Hans Eworth called “Lady Anne Penruddocke” is unlikely to be Anne Goodier. It bears the date 1557 and gives the age of the sitter as 20, making her too young to be Anne Goodier. Anne Wotton is a possibility as the subject of this painting.
JOHANNA GOODMAN (d.1569+) (maiden name unknown)
Johanna Goodman wished to accompany her husband to war. To do so, she disguised herself as his male servant. Unfortunately, she was caught and brought before the Aldermen’s Court in London in 1569. For dressing as a man, she was whipped and sent to Bridewell.
see DOROTHY BADBY
see ALICE WRIGHT
see ELLYN BLOUNT
see ELLEN GADBURY
see MARY DARRELL
CATHERINE GORDON (c.1474-October 14, 1537)
Lady Catherine Gordon was the daughter of George Gordon, 2nd earl of Huntley (d.1501) by his third wife, Elizabeth Hay (d.1526+). She was not, as so many accounts claim, the daughter of Huntley’s second wife, Princess Annabella (daughter of King James I of Scotland). Huntley divorced Annabella in 1471. In about January 1496, Lady Catherine married Perkin Warbeck (x. November 23, 1499), a marriage arranged by James IV of Scotland in an attempt to overthrow Henry VII. Warbeck was an imposter, claiming to be Richard, the younger son of Edward IV, and to have a better claim to the English throne than Henry did. Lady Catherine ended up as a prisoner of the English king in 1497. There is mention of her having children, at least one a son. Neither their names nor their fates are known, although a Welsh chronicle claims that Richard Perkins was her son by Richard of York. Catherine had no children with her when she was placed in Elizabeth of York’s household. There she became a favored lady-in-waiting. She was an honored guest at the wedding of Margaret Tudor to King James in 1503 and, shortly before Henry VIII became king, she received several grants of land in Berkshire. She is probably the “Lady Katherine” who received a reward of £40 in July 1509 and definitely the “Lady Kath. Gourdon” paid a half year’s wages of £33 6s. 8d. in June 1510, indicating that she was one of Catherine of Aragon’s ladies in 1509-1510. In 1510 (Wendy Moorhen estimates between February and June 1511 but no later than November 1512) she married James Strangeways (c.1470-1516), a gentleman usher of the king’s chamber. In his will, written on November 30, 1516 and proved January 9, 1517, he left most of his estate to his “dear beloved wife.” In July 1517, Catherine married Matthew Craddock (by 1460-1531), a Welshman. According to David Loades’s biography of Mary Tudor, Catherine Gordon was chief lady of the princess’s privy chamber from August 1525 until around 1530. Matthew Craddock made his will in January 1529 and added a codicil on June 14, 1531. He was buried in St. Anne’s Chapel in the parish church of Swansea, where his tomb bore his effigy and Catherine’s. It was badly damaged during World War II. He named Catherine his executor and left her, among other things, the 500 marks promised her upon their marriage. Catherine’s last husband was Christopher Ashton or Assheton (1493-1561+), a gentleman usher of the chamber. They married before January 1536. Ashton had at least two young children from an earlier marriage. In her will, made on April 12, 1537, Catherine made no reference to her first husband or to any children. She called herself the “sometime wife” of James Strangeways and characterized Craddock as her “dear and well beloved husband” and Ashton as “beloved husband.” She left clothing to her “cousin” Margaret Kyme (daughter of Cecily Plantagenet), to her servant, Philippa Huls, and to her “sister” Alice Smyth, probably either Craddock’s sister or Ashton’s. Catherine spent the last six years of her life in Fyfield, Berkshire, where she was frequently seen riding her horse around the parish. She was buried at Fyfield. Biography: Wendy E. A. Moorhen, “Four Weddings and a Conspiracy,” Parts 1-3, The Ricardian (2002).
see MARGERY PERCY
see DOUGLAS HOWARD
ELIZABETH GORGES (c.1494-August 1557)
Elizabeth Gorges was the daughter and coheir of Marmaduke Gorges, alias Russell, of Gloucester, Horsington, South Cheriton, and Hatherley, Somerset (d. June 20, 1509) and his wife Margaret. After their father died, Elizabeth and her sister Matilda (also called Maud) (d.1562), brought suit against their paternal grandmother, Matilda or Maud, Lady Roos (d.1511/12) for “detention of deeds relating to the manor of Horsington and lands in South Cheriton whereof the complainants are seized of one-third, and to a messuage and land in West Grinstead whereof they have the reversion after the defendant’s death; and dilapidation of the premises in West Grinstead.” Elizabeth thereafter inherited West Grinstead, Sussex from Lady Roos. In about 1518, she married Thomas Shirley (d. April 28, 1544). They had two sons and four daughters including Elizabeth (c.1520-1599), Francis (c.1524-March 24, 1578), Eleanor, and William. When her husband died, Elizabeth suppressed his will (it was finally proved in September 1557, after her death). She refused to honor his debts, took all of his goods, valued at £600, into her own hands, and may have misrepresented her eldest son Francis’s age in 1545 in an effort to safeguard his interests. She said he was of twenty-one in January 1545 but in May 1546, when Francis was granted custody of Buddington Manor in Wiston, Sussex and his own wardship and marriage, he was described as a “minor in the king’s hand.” Elizabeth remained at West Grinstead, holding the house and lands there, until her death, which occurred before September 16, 1557. Her estate was valued at £200.
ELIZABETH GORGES (June 1578-1658/9)
Elizabeth Gorges was the eldest child of Sir Thomas Gorges of Langford, Wiltshire (1536-March 30, 1610) and Helena von Snakenborg, Marchioness of Northampton (1548-April 10, 1635). She was baptized on June 4, 1578 at St. Dunstan’s, London. Her first husband was Sir Hugh Smyth of Ashton Court, Wiltshire (1575-1627), who had been her father’s ward. They wed in 1604. Their children included Thomas (1609-1642), Hugh, Mary, Helena and several others who died young. Two letters from Elizabeth to her son Thomas are included in Everyday English 1500-1700: A Reader, edited by Bridget Cusack. One was written when Thomas was at his father-in-law’s house at Hinton St. George and Elizabeth was at Lower Court (Ashton Philips), Long Ashton, a mile from Ashton Court, where she lived after she was widowed. The second was written to Thomas at Ashton Court from the Gorges’ Bristol house. On September 23, 1629 at Wraxall, Somerset, Elizabeth married her cousin, Ferdinando Gorges of Kintbury, Devon (1565-May 14, 1647) as his fourth wife. Elizabeth wrote her will on September 18, 1657 and it was proved June 13, 1659. She was buried in Long Ashton Church.
see ELIZABETH CLINTON
see HELENA VON SNAKENBORG
see MARY SOUTHWELL
MATILDA or MAUD GORGES
see MATILDA or MAUD ROOS
CONSTANCE GORING (d. May 16, 1581)
Constance Goring was the daughter of John Goring of Burton, Sussex (d. October 16, 1521) and Constance Dyke. On November 7, 1519, she married Sir John Kingsmill of Sydmanton Court, Hampshire (1494-August 11, 1556). They had seventeen children, including William (c.1526-November 10, 1593), Roger, Richard (d. September 24, 1600), Thomas (d.c.1605), John (d.1590), Henry (d.1577), Andrew (d. 1569), George (d.1606), Catherine, Margaret, Jane, and Alice. Kingsmill made his will on July 20, 1556 and it was proved on August 30, 1556. Constance made her will on March 1, 1579 and it was proved on June 9, 1581. In it, she left English Bibles to her sons William, Roger, Thomas, and John, her daughters Cooper (Jane), Pilkington (Alice), Norton (Catherine), Thornborough (Margaret), and Goddard, and her granddaughter Constance (daughter of Richard).
see MARY NEVILLE
see ELIZABETH PETRE
ANNE GOULDSMITH (d. before March 31, 1604)
Anne Gouldsmith was the daughter of Francis Gouldsmith of Crayford, Kent. In about 1576, she married William Lewin (d. April 5, 1598) and was the mother of at least ten children, including Thomas, Justinian (1586-June 28, 1620), Anne (d.1645), Catherine, Judith (1590-1625), and John. Gabriel Harvey celebrated her beauty in his dedication to her husband of Ciceronianus (1577). She was executor of Lewin’s will. Portrait: marble effigy at Herden, Kent.
FRANCES GOULDWELL (d. March 1, 1615/16)
Frances Gouldwell was the daughter of William Gouldwell or Goldwell of Goldwell Hall, Aylesford, Kent and Elizabeth Cheney. The birth date of c.1553 is found for her in several online genealogies but if, as seems likely, she is the Frances Goldwell who was in the service of Margaret Gamage, Lady Howard of Effingham, in 1565, then she must have been older than twelve by that date. According to the account given in The Sisters Who Would be Queen by Leanda de Lisle, Lady Mary Grey chose this Frances Goldwell to witness her marriage to Thomas Keyes on July 16, 1565 because she was fond of her and because Frances would not be put at as much risk for doing so as someone of higher rank. De Lisle identifies Frances as a country girl who was a servant in the household of Lady Howard of Effingham. Frances had been having supper with friends, one of whom had recently been dismissed from Lady Howard’s service (frustratingly, de Lisle does not give her name) when she was sent for. Most of the court was at Durham House, attending the wedding of Margaret Cave and Henry Knollys. Frances was instructed to meet Lady Mary in a room near the Council Chamber at Whitehall. They went from there to the private rooms over the Watergate, where Lady Mary took her vows. The marriage stayed secret only a few weeks. On August 19, 1565, Lady Mary, Keyes, and Frances were examined. On August 20, 1565, Frances was examined by Lord Howard and claimed that no marriage had taken place. De Lisle says she was questioned by her mistress and lied, saying that she didn’t understand what she was witnessing, and that Lady Howard believed her because she’d always thought Frances was stupid. De Lisle makes no connection between this Francis Goldwell and the Francis Gouldwell, gentlewoman of the queen’s household, who married William Howard of Lingfield, Surrey (1538-September 2,1600), one of Lady Howard’s sons, in 1573 (Lincolnshire Archives), but it seems logical to assume they are the same person. Although some genealogies credit them with another son, Thomas (1585-1686) and a daughter, Honora, official peerages and the History of Parliament list only three sons: Edward (1579-August 7, 1620), Francis (October 21, 1585-July 7, 1651), and Charles (1595-1652). William Howard was knighted in 1596. He was buried at Reigate. His estate consisted of the rectory and manor of Lingfield and the manors of Great Bookham and Billeshurst.
see ANNE IVE
ALICE GRANT (1569-May 23, 1614)
Alice Grant was the daughter of Christopher Grant of Manchester. Some accounts give her surname as Green. Her first husband was John Dent (1532-1595), salter and alderman of London, by whom she had two daughters, Mary (d.1639) and Elizabeth (1591-1656). In 1596, as a wealthy widow, she married Sir Julius Adelmare of Tottenham, Middlesex and Mitcham, Surrey (1558-August 18, 1636), better known as Sir Julius Caesar. Their children were John (b. 1597), Thomas (b.1600), and Robert (b.1602). They entertained the queen at Mitcham, Surrey on September 12, 1598. She was said to have planned visits on eight previous occasions and then changed her mind. The entertainment included the performance of a dialogue possibly written by John Lyly. The Caesars gave the queen a richly embroidered cloth of silver gown, a black network mantle of pure gold and an expensive decorated taffeta hat. The visit cost them £700. On October 26, 1607, both of Alice’s daughters by John Dent were married at Mitcham. Alice was buried on June 30, 1614 in St. Helen’s, Bishopsgate. Portrait: painted during one of her pregnancies.
see DOROTHY WINTOUR
FAITH GRANTHAM (d.1590)
Faith Grantham was the daughter of Vincent Grantham of Lincoln (1467-November 4, 1550). He had three wives. Some genealogies list Alice Sutton (1470-1525) as Faith’s mother and others say she was Bridget Hansard (1508-December 1552), whose first husband was Thomas Moigne (x. March 7, 1537). Bridget married for a third time shortly after Grantham died. After her death, her second husband, Thomas Tallyer or Taylor of Doddington Hall, raised his stepchildren. On October 27, 1550, Faith Grantham married Thomas St. Poll of Snarford, Lincolnshire (1538-August 29, 1592), by whom she had eight children, including George (1562-October 28, 1613), Faith, and Thomas. In her will, written June 9, 1589, Faith left a ring to her “father Taylor.” Portrait: effigy on tomb at Snarford.
ISABELLA GRAUNT (1474-1558)
Isabella Graunt was the fourth daughter of Walter Graunt of Snitterfield, Warwickshire and Elizabeth Ruding. She married Sir John Spencer of Hodnell, Warwickshire (c.1470-April 14, 1522). Their children William (c.1496-June 22, 1532), Jane, Dorothy, Anthony, and Isabel. Portrait: tomb effigy at Great Brington, Northamptonshire.
ALICE GRAVETT (d.1579+) (maiden name unknown)
Alice Gravett, widow, of High Holborn, brought suit in the Court of Requests in 1579 against William Bradley of London, who had leased a pasture near Gray’s Inn Rails. Bradley, then aged fifty-three, owned an inn at the corner of High Holborn and Gray’s Inn Lane, just opposite the Staple Inn. Joining Alice in her suit was her brother-in-law, William Barnard of Barnard’s Inn. Alice claimed that when she’d leased Bradley the pasture he’d promised to allow her “every year a cow’s grass,” a promise “he utterly neglected, besides other most untoward dealings.” He “put her to charges” with the parson’s tithe and for mending the gates, locks, and fences. Barnard claimed that Bradley had secured a bond of him “by sinister means” and then had him arrested for nonpayment of thirteen shillings. As with so many cases, the outcome of this one is unknown, although there is information on other lawsuits involving Bradley and his son in Mark Eccles Marlowe in London.
MARGARET GREBER (d.1564+)
Margaret Greber may have been French. She was the long-term mistress of John Reskymer of Merthen in Constantine and Tremayne, Cornwall (c.1499-June 28, 1566). Margaret and John had five children: John (d.1602), William, Richard, Jane, and Katherine. In 1546, he granted Margaret lands for life at a rent of £8 16s./year while he lived. When one of their daughters married Thomas Enys, John granted the couple land in three parishes. In 1555, he entailed his main estate to his eldest illegitimate son. In 1564. the bishop of Exeter claimed Reskymer was unfit to sit in Parliament by reason of keeping a mistress at Tremayne.
ANNE GREEN (c.1490-February 28, 1513)
Anne Green was the eldest daughter and co-heiress of Sir Thomas Green of Boughton and Green’s Norton, Northamptonshire (d. 1506) and Jane or Joan Fogge. She was listed as a gentlewoman of honor to Elizabeth of York in 1503. At seventeen, shortly before January 29,1507/8, she married Nicholas Vaux of Great Harrowden, Northamptonshire (c.1460-May 14, 1523), a widower. She brought Green’s Norton and at least a dozen more properties in Northamptonshire to the marriage, plus other estates in Bedfordshire and elsewhere. Their children were Thomas (April 25, 1510-October 1556), William (d. 1523), Margaret, Bridget, and Maud (d. April 14, 1569). In 1511, they entertained Henry VIII at Harrowden.
CECILY GREEN (c.1467-1521)
Cecily Green was the daughter of Sir Robert Green of Hayes Park Hall and Cowley Peche, Middlesex (near Sheen/Richmond), and the manor of Theobalds in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire (d. before1480) and Cecily Clay (d. 1480). She married William Burbage (d.1497) and had three sons including Thomas. In 1492, she was chosen to be wet nurse to Princess Elizabeth, second daughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, who was born at Sheen on July 12, 1492. Cecily was assisted by two rockers, Jane East and Alice Day. The primary nursery for the royal children was at Eltham Palace, where Alice Bywimble, formerly Prince Arthur’s dry nurse, was in charge overall. Others in that household were Princess Margaret’s wet nurse, Alice Davy, and two rockers, Anne Mayland and Margery Gower, and Prince Henry’s wet nurse, Anne Oxenbridge, his rockers, Frideswide Puttenham and Margaret Traughton, and a gentlewoman named Jane Collins. As a wet nurse, Cecily received £10 a year. When Cecily’s younger brother Edward died on January 14, 1491/2, Cecily inherited her father’s estate. Princess Elizabeth died at Eltham on September 4, 1495, putting an end of Cecily’s royal service. The next royal infant was nursed by Anne Crown. Shortly after the death of her first husband, Cecily married William Craythorne (d. August 12, 1505), a member of the king’s household and escheator of Yorkshire. In April 1501, they sold some of her inheritance in York for £100. Concerns over £40 owed by Craythorne to the Crown at the time of his death led to a raid on Theobalds during which goods and chattel were seized. Cecily went to court over the matter but the ruling went against her. In around 1506, she married William Bedell (d. July 3, 1518), employed at that time by Margaret Beaufort, the king’s mother, as her treasurer, and later in that same position by Cardinal Wolsey. Bedell named Cecily his executor and she is buried with him in the south transept of Westminster Abbey. Biography: Most of this information is condensed from Elizabeth Norton’s The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social History (2017).
ELIZABETH GREEN or GRENE (d.1527)
Elizabeth Green was elected abbess of Barking in 1499 by thirty-three nuns. In 1510, she was on the pardon roll at the beginning of the reign of Henry VIII. Her sister, Beatrice Tynggelden or Tingleden, was living as a lay sister at Barking when she made her will in 1520. Elizabeth was the godmother of Frances Fitzlewis, Lady West, who sued her for the return of jewelry bequeathed to Frances by her mother, Elizabeth Shelton (d.1523). It had been left in the custody of Abbess Green, who had apparently failed to return it.
MARGARET GREEN (c.1535-after 1605?)
Margaret Green was the daughter of Rooke or Rocus Green or Greene of Sampford Parva, Essex (c.1510-April 9, 1602), a recusant, and Eleanor Fitch or Fytche (d. 1577). She married, as his second wife, William Tweedy/Twedye/Twyddie (c.1530-July 7, 1605) and had by him three sons and six daughters including Dorothy (c.1570-1647), Anne, Elizabeth, Thomas, Henry, and John. Portrait: effigy on tomb in Little Sampford, Essex.
MAUD GREEN (1492-December 1, 1531)
Maud Green was the daughter and co-heiress of Sir Thomas Green of Boughton and Green’s Norton, Northamptonshire (d.1506) and Jane or Joan Fogge. She was a ward of the crown before she married Sir Thomas Parr (d. November 1517) of Kendal, Westmorland in 1508. They had three children, Katherine (c.1512-September 5, 1548), William (August 14, 1513-October 28, 1571) and Anne (c.1515-February 20, 1552). She was at court as a lady of the privy chamber to Catherine of Aragon. She was actively involved in arranging marriages for her two oldest children, and saw to it that all three were well educated along the same lines as Sir Thomas More’s daughters. Some accounts say her daughter Katherine, later Henry VIII’s sixth queen, was raised with Queen Catherine’s daughter, Mary Tudor, but one of Katherine Parr’s most recent biographers, Susan E. James, disputes this. Maud Parr was buried with her husband in Blackfriars, London, where they had a house. In her will, written on May 20, 1529 and proved December 14, 1531, she presents herself as deeply in debt from arranging her son’s marriage to Anne Bourchier and her daughter’s marriage to Lord Burgh’s son. She enumerated numerous bequests of jewelry and household goods and left £40 each to two cousins, Alice Cruse and Elizabeth Odell.
see EDITH LATIMER
see SUSAN SHORE
see CATHERINE SODAY
see ELIZABETH WILLOUGHBY
HONOR GRENVILLE (c.1494-April 1566)
Honor Grenville was the daughter of Sir Thomas Grenville of Stow (d.1514) and Isabella Gilbert (d.c.1502). In 1515 she married Sir John Bassett of Umberleigh (1462-January 31, 1528) and had John (1518-1541), George (c.1525-1580), James (1527-1558), Philippa (c.1516-1582), Catherine (c.1517-1558+), Anne (c.1521-before June 7, 1557), and Mary (c.1522-May 1598). After his death she married Arthur Plantagenet, viscount Lisle (c.1464-1542), an illegitimate son of Edward IV. He was a widower with three daughters, Frances, Elizabeth, and Bridget. The eldest, Frances, married Honor’s son John in 1538. In 1532, Honor Lisle was one of the “six beautiful ladies” who accompanied Anne Boleyn to Calais to meet King Francis I and in June 1533 the entire family settled there when Lisle was appointed Lord Deputy. The correspondence between Calais and England, much of it Lady Lisle’s, has been preserved and edited in six volumes by M. St. Clare Byrne as The Lisle Letters. In 1540, Lisle was arrested and charged with treason. Honor and her daughters Philippa and Mary were held under house arrest, in part because Mary had been hiding a secret betrothal to a Frenchman, something for which she needed the king’s permission. Lisle’s complicity in the schemes of his chaplain, Gregory Botolph, could not be proven and in March 1542, he was told he would be set free. Unfortunately, the shock of this news was too much for him and he died that same night. Honor returned to England and lived in obscurity in the West Country until her death. Some accounts had her running mad with grief, but in 1547, she is recorded as selling property at Frithelstoke, an indication that she was managing her own affairs. She was buried in Illogan Church on April 30, 1566. Biographies: M. St. Clare Byrne’s The Lisle Letters; A. L. Rowse’s “Honor Grenville, Lady Lisle, and her Circle,” in Court and Country: Studies in Tudor Social History. Portrait: Monumental brass of Sir John Bassett and his two wives, Church of St. Mary, Atherington, Devonshire.
see JULIAN VYELL
MARGARET GRENVILLE (d.1550+)
Margaret Grenville was the daughter of Sir Richard Grenville of Stowe in Kilkhampton, Cornwall (c.1494-March 18, 1550) and Matilda Bevill (d. April 1550). Margaret’s father was Marshal of Calais. While the family was living there, Margaret fell in love with Richard Lee of Sopwell, Herfordshire (1501/2-April 11, 1575), who was appointed Surveyor of Calais on August 8, 1536. The post came with a house, servants paid by the Crown, a salary of £20 a year and a £10 annuity. Lee’s father, however, was a stonemason, and Sir Richard disapproved of the match. Accounts differ as to whether Honor Grenville, wife of Lord Lisle, who was governor of Calais at the time, and also Margaret’s aunt, supported Margaret or not. Jennifer Ann Rowley-Williams, in her PhD dissertation (Image and Reality: the Lives of Aristocratic Women in Early Tudor England) suggests that Lady Lisle favored the marriage and may even have taken Margaret into her household for a time. The Oxford DNB has her opposing the marriage, but the entry for Lee also misidentifies Lord Lisle as John Dudley, who did not hold the title until after 1540. The young couple married at some point between July and October 1537, but Margaret’s dowry was not agreed to until 1550, after her father’s death. Margaret is referred to in the Lisle letters as “Mr. Surveyor’s wife.” One online source, which spells Margaret’s surname Greenfield, also states that she was “in no small favor with the king.” This was true of her cousin, Anne Bassett. I am not so sure about Margaret. She and Lee, who was knighted in 1544, had two daughters, Anne and Maud (or Mary).
MARY GRENVILLE (c.1485-October 27, 1537)
Mary Grenville was the daughter of Sir Thomas Grenville of Stowe, Cornwall (d. March 18, 1513/14) and his first wife, Isabella Gilbert (d.c.1502). She married Richard Bluett/Blewitt/Bluet of Cothay Barton manor in Kittisford, Somerset and Holcombe Rogus, Devon, who rebuilt Cothay. His dates are generally given in genealogies as 1478-August 22, 1523, although M. St. Clare Byrne suggests that he died earlier than that and that Mary was already remarried by the time her sister Honor wed. The Bluett children were Jane, Philippa, Elizabeth, Katherine, Roger (1503-May 7, 1566) and Francis (d. 1572). Mary’s second husband was Thomas St. Aubyn of Clowance (d.1539+), by whom she appears to have had another seven children: John (d. August 17, 1590), Thomas, William, Margaret, Anne, Elizabeth, and Alice (d.1607). One letter from Mary to her sister is extant, dated June 24, 1537, and is included in the Lisle Letters. Now comes a bit of a mystery. The death date given above does not agree with the letters. On January 31, 1537/8, according to the date assigned by Byrne based in textual evidence, Thomas St. Aubyn writes to his sister-in-law, Lady Lisle, mentioning the death of his stepdaughter, Philippa Bluett, wife of John Rowe, and also making it clear that his own wife, Mary, is still alive. Portrait: memorial brass in Kittisford St. Nicholas, although other sources identify this as Agnes Verney, daughter of John Verney of Stoke Couray, Somerset and wife of Richard Bluett of Cothay (d.1524). Agnes and this second Richard appear to have had two children, Nicholas of Thorne St. Margaret and Anne.
see MARY ST. LEGER
see MAUD BEVIL
see THOMASINE COLE
ANNE GRESHAM (c.1549-1594)
Anne Gresham was the illegitimate daughter of Sir Thomas Gresham (c.1518-November 21, 1579). There are contradictory stories about her origins, although everyone agrees that her mother was married off to Thomas Dutton, Gresham’s factor in Antwerp and Hamburg, since Gresham himself was already married to Anne Fernley (1521-November 23, 1596). Gresham lived primarily in Anthwerp after 1551 and did not leave there for good until March 1567. Some accounts have Anne raised by her father and his wife. Others say she grew up in the Dutton household. No one is clear about her mother’s identity except that she was a servant, possibly a “Netherlander,” in Gresham’s household. Her name is given as Anne in some accounts, Winifred in others, and simply “Mistress Dutton” in others. Like Gresham, Dutton lived mostly abroad during Anne’s childhood, but he did have a house at Isleworth, on or near Gresham’s estate at Osterley. Perry E. Gresham’s The Sign of the Golden Grasshopper gives a highly speculative account of Anne’s mother, saying she was the daughter of a merchant of Bruges who died soon after her daughter’s birth, an event he dates to mid-February 1553. Later in the book, he states that nothing factual is known about her birth. Diarmaid MacCulloch, in his essay “A First Stirring of Suffolk Architecture” in East Anglia’s History, says that Sir Nathaniel Bacon (1546-November 1622) fell in love with Anne Gresham and that by late July 1569 she had been naturalized, they’d been issued a special license to marry without banns, and had married. Other sources give the date of their marriage as June 29, 1569. Lisa Jardine and Alan Stewart in Hostage to Fortune: The Troubled Life of Francis Bacon say that Nathaniel then sent his bride to his stepmother, Anne Cooke Bacon, to be schooled with Nathaniel’s half brothers, Anthony and Francis Bacon, at Gorhambury. The book gives documentary evidence for this. Nathaniel certainly had occasion to meet Anne Gresham. His mother, Jane Fernley (d. 1552), and Thomas Gresham’s wife were sisters. Anne’s dower property from her father resulted in an income of £280/year from her marriage to her death. By Nathaniel Bacon, Anne was the mother of Anne (1573-1622), Elizabeth (1575-1632), Nicholas (d. yng), and Winifred (1578-1614+). Her sudden death shortly after her eldest daughter Anne’s marriage to John Townshend in December 1593 created problems over the marriage settlement, since it was likely the widower would remarry. Should he then have a son, Anne Bacon Townshend stood to lose most of her rich inheritance.
see ANNE FERNLEY
CECILY GRESHAM (February 12, 1525-January 10, 1608/9)
Cecily Gresham was the daughter of Sir John Gresham (1492-October 23, 1556) and his first wife, Mary Ipswell (d. before 1553), and a cousin Sir Thomas Gresham of Royal Exchange fame. She married a Spanish merchant living in London, variously called Jermyn Cyoll, Germain Cioll, Germayne Sciol, and Jarman Sewel or Sewell (d.1587+), but she had a successful career of her own as a moneylender. After 1558, Cyoll and his wife lived in Crosby Place, the London mansion formerly occupied by Sir Thomas More. Cecily was known for her charitable works in the parish, including giving bread to the poor every Sunday.
CHRISTIAN GRESHAM (d. before 1566)
Christian or Christiana Gresham was the daughter of Sir Richard Gresham (c.1485-February 21, 1549), a mercer and stapler who was Lord Mayor of London in 1537/8, and his first wife, (see ISABEL GRESHAM). Her father had remarried by 1537 to a widow, Isabella Pyke (d. April 1, 1565), who brought daughters of her own into the household in Milk Street. Christian married Sir John Thynne of Longleat (1512/13-May 21, 1580), steward to the duke of Somerset, in January 1549. After their father’s death, Christian’s unmarried sister Elizabeth lived part of the time with their stepmother and part with the Thynnes in their London home. She died there on March 26, 1552 and, because they “hath been very good unto me this four years,” she left them all her possessions. In June 1558, in a letter to Sir John, Christian was invited by their neighbor, Sir William Sharington of Lacock, Wiltshire (about fifteen miles from Longleat) to visit him there. He referred to her as his “gossip.” Sir John and Christian Thynne were the parents of John (c.1551-November 21, 1604), Dorothy (d.1592), Anne, Francis, Thomas, Elizabeth, Catherine, Frances, and Maria.
ELIZABETH GRESHAM (1542-November 1573)
Elizabeth Gresham was the daughter of John Gresham of London (1516-1560) and Frances Thwaites (1519-October 1580). By 1561, she married Sir Henry Neville of Billingbear or Billingbere, Berkshire (d. January 13,1593) as his second wife. Their children were Elizabeth (bp. October 12, 1561; d. yng.), Henry (1564-July 10, 1615), Edward (1567-1608+), Francis (1568-1580+), Katherine (1570-1620), and William (1573-1580+). Elizabeth died unexpectedly during a visit to her uncle, Sir Thomas Gresham, at Gresham House in London, when she suddenly fell ill of a malignant fever. Portrait: effigy at Waltham St. Lawrence, Berkshire with her husband, mother, and daughter Elizabeth. The four figures are difficult to see because they are behind the organ in the north chapel.
ISABEL GRESHAM (d. April 1, 1565) (maiden name unknown)
Isabel is called Isabella Worpfall in the Oxford DNB entry for her second husband, Sir Richard Gresham (c.1485-February 21, 1549), a mercer and stapler who was Lord Mayor of London in 1537/8, but appears to be incorrect. Other sources state that his first wife, Thomasyn, was the daughter of John Worsopp. Still others say that her name was Audrey Lynn. The DNB further records that in October 1532, when Gresham’s wife’s daughter Elizabeth died of an unspecified illness, she and her son by Gresham were also extremely ill. Having given Thomasyn’s date of death as December 28, 1522, the DNB identifies this wife as Isabel. What seems more likely that the first wife died in 1532, not 1522. Certainly, the wife of 1532 could not be Isabel, since she was at that time still married to her first husband. Although Isabel is sometimes said to have been the wealthy widow of a knight named Taverson, by whom she had at least two daughters, her first husband was John Pyke (d.1533), a goldsmith. Their daughter, Joan Pyke, married Barnard Jenyn, a skinner, as his second wife. Family wills in that line identify Isabel as both the mother of Joan and the wife of Sir Richard Gresham. Isabel married Sir Richard at some point before November 16, 1537. On January 21, 1543, the Gresham house in Milk Street was targeted by the earl of Surrey and his minions during a five-hour rampage through London. They broke windows in the house by firing stonebows at them. Gresham, as a moneylender and land grabber was much disliked. At the time of his death, Gresham owned Inwood Hall, Norfolk, Ringshall, Suffolk, Orembery, Yorkshire, the house in Milk Street in London, and one in Bethnal Green, together valued at £800 per annum. He died at the house in Bethnal Green. He was buried in St. Laurence Jewry, London. His will, made February 20, 1549, left one third of his estate to his widow, providing her with an annual income of £282. According to Anne F. Sutton, The Mercery of London, on May 10, 1550, Isabel purchased a mansion in Lad Lane from the Mercers, together with five other tenements. Its value as a rental was £13 10s/year. In 1551, she began to make gifts to the Mercers’ Company and continued to do so until her death. These included her mansion and the tenements that went with it, which were given in spite of opposition from her stepson, Sir Thomas Gresham.
see KATHERINE WALSINGHAM
see MARGARET MULSHO
see MARY SOUTHWELL
see ANNE REDE
CATHERINE GREVILLE (c.1546-1611)
Catherine Greville was the daughter of Sir Fulke Greville of Beauchamp’s Court, Alcester, Warwickshire and Fetter Lane, London (1491-November 10, 1559) and Elizabeth Willoughby (April 28, 1510-November 15, 1562). After 1543, Elizabeth was de jure suo jure baroness Willoughby de Broke. Catherine’s father’s will, made on September 12, 1559, left his unmarried daughters a dowry of 400 marks, to which their mother added another £500. On October 8, 1572, Catherine married Sir Giles Reed of Tusbie and Witten (1540-1611) at Alcester. They had one child, Elizabeth (c.1578-1631). Portrait: effigy on the Reed tomb in St. Giles Church, Bredon, Worcestershire. Her daughter, who married Richard Brett of Admington, Gloucestershire in 1594, is also shown on the tomb.
see JANE or JOAN ORMOND
see JOAN BROMLEY
see THOMASINE PETRE
LADY ANNE GREY
The name Lady Anne Grey is a source of considerable confusion in sixteenth-century England. Several reputable accounts make reference to Anne Grey, eighth daughter of the first Marquis of Dorset. There was no such person. See the entry under ANNE JERNINGHAM for more information.
ANNE GREY (1493-March 1545)
Anne Grey was the daughter of George Grey, 2nd earl of Kent (before 1454-December 25, 1503) and Katherine Herbert (c.1464-c.1504). By late 1509, she was the second wife of John, Baron Hussey of Sleaford, Lincolnshire (1465/6-xJune 29, 1537). Their children were (possibly) Sir Giles, Thomas (d. bet. 1572 and 1576), and Elizabeth (c.1510-January 23, 1554), and (definitely) Bridget (c.1514-January 12,1601), Agnes or Anne (d.1572+), Dorothy, and Mary. In 1512, Anne inherited Stoke Hammond manor. As Lady Hussey, she supported Catherine of Aragon in the matter of King Henry’s divorce. She was implicated in the matter of Elizabeth Barton, the Nun of Kent, in 1533, when she was listed as one of Princess Mary’s ladies in waiting. That household was dissolved at the end of October. Anne refused to take the oath to support royal supremacy. On June 5, 1536, when she visited Catherine’s daughter, then known as the Lady Mary, she persisted in referring to her by the title of princess, which had been forbidden by the Act of Succession in 1534. Shortly thereafter, Anne was arrested and sent to the Tower of London, where she was reported to be “very sick” at the beginning of July. On August 3, she was examined by Sir Edmund Walsingham and claimed that she had erred “by inadvertence” when she called for “drink for the Princess” and later told someone that “the Princess” had gone walking. She was released and was back at Sleaford by October. When the rebellion known as the Pilgrimage of Grace began, Lord Hussey fled, leaving Lady Hussey behind. When some 500 rebels descended upon Sleaford on October 7 and threatened to burn it down, she provided the rebels with meat, drink, and money and promised she would bring her husband back to join them. Hussey, when questioned about this later, said she’d been a fool to make such a promise, but the authorities did not believe him innocent of involvement in the uprising. He was sent to the Tower after the uprising failed. While he awaited trial, his wife set up housekeeping at Limehouse and was allowed to visit him. On one such visit, he repeated details of an examination of Lord Darcy that he had been permitted to sit in on. Lady Hussey passed this information on to her servant, Catherine Cresswell, who told her husband, Percival Cresswell, who repeated some of Darcy’s responses to others, prompting an investigation by the authorities into who had leaked this sensitive information. There is no record, however, of Lady Hussey being questioned, let alone arrested. After Hussey was attainted and executed, his lands and goods were seized and his title forfeit, leaving the family in poverty. The aristocratic widows of traitors were usually provided with a pension, but she was turned out of Sleaford. By May 27, 1539, she was living at Ufford, Northamptonshire. According to one soucre, she made her will on March 1, 1543 and died by April 14, although the will was not probated until February 11, 1545/6, but the biography of Sir Richard Morison by Tracey A. Sowerby gives her date of death as March 1545 and says the will was not proved until December 11, 1545. She left half her estate to Morison’s future wife, Bridget.
ANNE GREY (1514-January 1548)
Anne Grey was the youngest daughter of Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquis of Dorset (1477-1530) and Margaret Wotton (1487-1541). She married Sir Henry Willoughby of Wollaton (1510-August 27, 1549) and by him had Thomas (1540-1559), Margaret (1544-1578+), and Francis (1546-1596). As far as I can tell, she did nothing significant other than marry and have children, but I include her here because of the confusion over the many Lady Anne Greys. This one was definitely too young to have been in the household of Mary Tudor, Duchess of Suffolk, in 1517.
see ANNE BARLEE; ANNE BLENNERHASSETT; ANNE BRANDON; ANNE CECIL; ANNE JERNINGHAM; ANNE WOODVILLE
BRIDGET GREY (1577-July 28,1648)
Bridget Grey was the daughter of Arthur, 14th baron Grey de Wilton (1536-October 14, 1593) and Jane Sybilla Morison (1551-July 1615). In 1609, she married Sir Rowland Egerton, 1st baronet Egerton (d. 1646). Their children were Thomas (d.1641), John (d. 1674), Arthur, Philip (d. 1698), Elizabeth, Sybilla (d.1661), Rowland, Anne , Mary (d. 1640) and Charles. In 1636, Bridget wrote a treatise, not published until 1871, titled A forme of confession, grounded upon the ancient Catliolique and Apostolique. Biography: entry in Carole Levin, et al, editors, A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen.
CATHERINE GREY (August 1540-January 27, 1568)
Lady Catherine Grey was the middle daughter of Henry Grey, 3rd marquis of Dorset and duke of Suffolk (January 12, 1517-February 23, 1554) and Frances Brandon (July 16, 1517-November 20, 1559). By the time she was eight, Catherine was studying Greek, although she was not as clever as her older sister, Lady Jane Grey. In May and June of 1549, riots and rebellion came close to Bradgate Manor in Leicestershire, the Grey family seat, while the family was in residence there. On November 26 of that year, during a stay at Tilty in Essex, all three girls were taken to visit Mary Tudor, the king’s sister, at Beaulieu. In February the family was at Dorset House on the Strand. On May 25, 1553, at age twelve, Catherine was married to Henry Herbert (1540-January 19, 1601), the earl of Pembroke’s heir. Although the marriage was not to be consummated, Catherine was sent to live in Pembroke’s London residence, Baynard’s Castle. When the plan to put Catherine’s sister, Lady Jane Grey, on the throne of England in place of Mary Tudor failed, Catherine’s marriage was annulled. Her sister and father were executed after Wyatt’s Rebellion a few months later. In April 1554, with her mother and younger sister, Catherine was living at Beaumanor, near Bradgate, but in July her mother was called to court to join the queen’s Privy Chamber and her surviving daughters went with her. Under both Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, Catherine lived at court, possibly serving as a maid of honor, although she had her own room, personal servants, and both dogs and monkeys as pets. She was considered by many to be heiress presumptive and as such was not, by law, allowed to marry without the queen’s permission. Catherine spent the summer of 1558, when there was sickness (probably influenza) at court, at Hanworth in Middlesex with the Seymour family. It is at that time that her romance with Edward Seymour, earl of Hertford (1539-April 6, 1621) is said to have begun. In November or December 1560, Catherine secretly married him. When the marriage was discovered the following summer, both parties were imprisoned in the Tower. There Catherine gave birth to her son Edward (September 24, 1561-1639). Sympathetic jailers allowed the young couple to meet and the result was a second son, Thomas (February 10, 1563-1619). Because of the threat of plague in London, Catherine and her younger son were removed from the Tower and sent to her uncle, Lord John Grey, at Pirgo in Essex, arriving there on September 3, 1563. With them were the baby’s nurse, three ladies-in-waiting, and two manservants. Hertford and their older son were sent to his mother, the duchess of Somerset, at Hanworth. Catherine never saw either of them again. She was moved to Sir William Petre’s house of Ingatestone, Essex in the autumn of 1564. That same year, Hertford was removed from Hanworth and placed with Sir John Mason. When Mason died in April 1566, Hertford remained with his widow in London for a time, then was transferred to the keeping of Sir Richard Spencer. Three-year-old Lord Beauchamp remained with his grandmother. In May 1566, when Sir William Petre fell ill, Catherine was moved a few miles east of Ingatestone Hall to Gosfield Hall, the house of Sir John Wentworth. Wentworth was 76 and his wife was 71, but their plea that they were too old to act as warders was ignored. Wentworth died in late September 1567, after which Catherine and her son were moved to Sir Owen Hopton’s house, Cockfield Hall, in Yoxford, Suffolk. It was there she died, probably of tuberculosis, although the theory has been advanced that she starved herself to death. Her younger son was then sent to join his brother. Catherine was buried at Yoxford, but in 1621, following Hertford’s death, Catherine’s grandson, the surviving male heir, had her body moved to Salisbury Cathedral and buried with her husband. Biographies: Hester W. Chapman’s Two Tudor Portraits and Leanda De Lisle’s The Sisters Who Would Be Queen; Oxford DNB entry under “Seymour [née Grey], Katherine.” Portraits: There are three possible portraits, a miniature of her as a child, c.1549-50; a portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts; and a portrait with her son, c.1561-2. There are at least seven extant copies of the latter, which were painted for propaganda purposes. Some have been misidentified as other Tudor women by biographers. Catherine’s effigy, together with Edward’s, is in Salisbury Cathedral, although the date of her death on that monument is mistakenly given as 1563.
CECILY GREY (c.1497-April 1554)
Cecily Grey was the daughter of Thomas Grey, 1st marquis of Dorset (1451-1501) and Cecily Bonville (1460-May 12, 1529). Some sources give her a birth date as early as 1488. She married John Sutton, 3rd baron Dudley (1496-April 18, 1553). Their betrothal took place before October 30, 1501.Their children were Edward, 4th baron (1506-July 9, 1586), Henry (1515-1556), Thomas, George, John, Margaret, Dorothy, Elizabeth, and possibly Mary (b.1537). In February 1537, Lady Dudley wrote to Lord Cromwell to complain of the poverty she and her husband had to endure. She claimed she and one of her daughters and their woman and man had only £20 a year to live on and had to rely on Agnes Oulton, the prioress of Nuneaton, for meat and drink. She was apparently living at the priory at that time. Nuneaton was dissolved on September 12, 1539. Cecily was buried at St. Margaret’s Westminster on April 28, 1554.
see CECILY BONVILLE
DOROTHY GREY (c.1480-1553)
Dorothy Grey was the daughter of Thomas Grey, 1st marquess of Dorset (1451-1501) and Cecily Bonville (1460-May 12, 1529). Around 1509, she married Robert, 2nd baron Willoughby de Broke (1472-November 10, 1521). Their children were Elizabeth (d. before April 4, 1552), Anne (c.1516-December 24, 1581/2), Anthony, Henry, George, and William. After June 9, 1521, she became the fourth wife of William Blount, 4th baron Mountjoy (1479-November 8, 1534). Her daughter Anne married Blount’s son Charles, 5th baron Mountjoy. By Blount she was the mother of John, Dorothy, and Mary (d. before October 1555).
see DOROTHY ZOUCHE
see ELEANOR SUTTON
ELEANOR OR JOAN GREY
see ELEANOR or JOAN WOODVILLE
ELIZABETH GREY (c.1482-c.1525)
Elizabeth Grey was the daughter of Edward Grey (1442-1492), who was created Viscount Lisle in 1483, and Elizabeth Talbot, baroness Lisle in her own right (1452-September 8, 1487). Around 1500, she married Edmund Dudley (c.1462-x. August 17, 1510), by whom she was the mother of Jerome (d.c.1555), John (1502-x. August 22, 1553), Andrew (c.1507-1559), and possibly Simon and Elizabeth. Her first husband was executed for treason. On November 12, 1511, she married Sir Arthur Plantagenet (c.1464-March 3, 1542), an illegitimate son of King Edward IV. He was granted the title Viscount Lisle in 1523. They had three daughters: Frances (c.1516-1550+), Elizabeth (c.1521-1569), and Bridget (c.1525-c.1560).
ELIZABETH GREY (c.1497-1548+)
Elizabeth Grey was the daughter of Thomas Grey, 1st marquis of Dorset (1451-1501) and Cecily Bonville (1460-May 12, 1529). She was one of the ladies who accompanied Mary Tudor to France in 1514 and one of the few allowed to stay with her. According to Alison Weir (Mary Boleyn), she remained in France for a time in Queen Claude’s household. She was one of Catherine of Aragon’s attendants at the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520. In around 1522, she married Gerald Fitzgerald, 9th earl of Kildare (1487-September 2, 1534). She returned with him to Ireland in 1523 and they seem to have had a successful partnership. According to Mary Anne Everett Green, the earl was famed for his manly beauty and he and Elizabeth were sincerely attached to each other. Letters she wrote back to England are still extant, indicating she took an interest in the political situation in Ireland. In 1531, a private act of Parliament assured Elizabeth of an income of £200 per annum (Irish pounds) for life, as well as the manor of Portlester, should she decide to remain in Ireland after her husband’s death. Their children were Gerald (February 25, 1525-November 16, 1585), Elizabeth (1527-March 1589), Edward (1529-1590), and Margaret. The Oxford DNB entry for Elizabeth’s stepdaughter gives that stepdaughter three half sisters but does not name them. An unverified online source gives Mary and Cecily (d. April 7, 1547+) and also another son, Thomas. By 1533, when the king sent for Kildare, he was apparently already gravely ill as the result of a bullet wound. Elizabeth went to England instead, arriving in October, but the king insisted on Kildare’s presence. He arrived and was imprisoned in July 1534. As he was clearly dying, Elizabeth she was allowed to visit him. Meanwhile, in Ireland, Kildare’s brothers and his sons by his first marriage rebelled against English rule. Elizabeth’s brother, Lord Leonard Grey, was sent to put down the rebellion. In her widowhood, Elizabeth lived at Lord Leonard’s home, Beaumanor, Leicestershire, with her son Edward, who was smuggled out of Ireland in July 1536. In a letter to Lord Cromwell, she describes him as “an innocent” and asks for custody of the boy so that he can be “brought up in virtue.” Earlier in that year, Elizabeth was named as one of the people involved in a plot against Queen Anne Boleyn, but the only mention of this is in a letter from the Spanish ambassador and should be taken with a grain of salt. Her oldest son fled to France in 1540 but was eventually brought to England by Lady Kildare’s chaplain in 1549. In a letter written to him on January 26, 1548/9, she advises him to show himself “repentant for your former proceedings and desirious to be received to the king’s majesty’s most gracious favor.” Biography: Oxford DNB entry under “Fitzgerald [née Grey], Elizabeth.”
ELIZABETH GREY (1505-1519)
Elizabeth Grey was the daughter of John Grey, viscount Lisle (April 1480-September 9, 1505) and Muriel Howard (1485-December 14, 1512). After the death of her stepfather, Sir Thomas Knyvett, in August 1512, she became the ward of Charles Brandon. In 1513, she was betrothed to Brandon and he was created Viscount Lisle. When he married Mary Tudor, widowed Queen of France and sister of Henry VIII, he surrendered the title. Elizabeth’s wardship passed to Katherine Plantagenet, countess of Devon, who married Elizabeth to her son, Henry Courtenay (1496-1538). Elizabeth died before the marriage could be consummated.
ELIZABETH GREY (d. December 29, 1559)
Elizabeth Grey was the daughter of Edmund, 9th baron Grey de Wilton (c.1468-May 5, 1511) and Florence Hastings (c.1473-1511+). She was one of two young women named Elizabeth Grey to accompany Princess Mary Tudor to France in 1514 for Mary’s marriage to King Louis, although Alison Weir in Mary Boleynsuggests that it was her mother, “the young dowager Lady Grey de Wilton,” who went with Mary and remained in France after most of the English attendants were sent home. After her return to England, Elizabeth married Sir John Brydges (March 9, 1491/2-April 13, 1557), who was created baron Chandos of Sudeley in 1554. Their children were Edmund (d. March 11, 1573), Charles, Henry, Mary (c.1519-November 15, 1606), Catherine (d.1566), and Frances (c.1536-August 20, 1559). See MARY BRYDGES for Elizabeth’s involvement in her daughter’s difficulties in 1559. Elizabeth was buried in Jesus Chapel, afterward St. Faith’s, in St. Paul’s Cathedral. At the time of her death, she was a senior attendant at court.
ELIZABETH GREY (c.1510-c.1564)
Elizabeth Grey was the daughter of Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquis of Dorset (June 22, 1477-October 10, 1530) and Margaret Wotton (1487-1541). On April 22, 1538, she married Thomas, baron Audley of Walden (1488-April 30, 1544). They had two daughters, Margaret (1539-January 10, 1564) and Mary. In her widowhood, Elizabeth lived at Audley End, near Saffron Walden. Her daughter Margaret, who had married the duke of Norfolk, came to her there to give birth to each of her children. According to the catalog of an exhibit of works by Hans Holbein, Elizabeth married Sir George Norton in 1549 and died before her daughter, but other sources, including Neville Williams’s biography of Thomas, 4th duke of Norfolk, say she looked after her grandchildren from the time of her daughter’s death until Norfolk remarried in 1567. Portraits: Holbein sketch at Windsor c.1540; miniature (watercolor on vellum) c.1540; portrait said to be Lady Audley in the 1560s and attributed to John Bettes the Younger.
see ELIZABETH TALBOT; ELIZABETH WOODVILLE
see FLORENCE HASTINGS
FRANCES GREY (d.1608)
Frances Grey was the daughter of Lord John Grey of Pyrgo, Essex (c. 1527-November 19, 1564) and Mary Browne (c.1527-February 4, 1616/17). On August 28, 1569, she married William Cooke (1537-May 14, 1589). Their children were Anne (1572-1607+), Mildred (1573-July 17, 1615+), William (1574-1579), John (1575-1607+), Edward (1576-1591), Frances (1578-July 17, 1615+),William (1579-1619), Anthony (1583-1587), and Thomas (1584-1585). She was at court as a Lady of the Privy Chamber at the same time as Mary Hill and the two women quarreled over precedence in 1591. Frances claimed that the daughter of a younger son of a marquess had precedence over the widow of a knight. The decision went against her, although Frances was acknowledged to have had precedence during her father’s lifetime. In her will, dated December 31, 1607 and proved February 11, 1607/8, she left, among other bequests, a silver chafing-dish to her daughter Mildred, one black velvet gown, two black velvet kirtles, one new gown and kirtle of taffeta, a cut taffeta gown with a kirtle to it, and a crimson velvet petticoat to her daughter Anne, and one black tufted velvet gown with a kirtle to it, one striped satin gown with a kirtle to it, and one crimson satin petticoat with a guard embroidered to her daughter Frances. Her mother, who was still living, was left one gold ring set with five diamonds. Frances “earnestly” requested that “whatsoever she would have bestowed on me if I had overlived her, she would bestow the same on my sons, John Cooke and Edward Cooke.” To her sister Elizabeth, Lady Greville, she left a jet chain mingled with pearl and a pointed diamond set in a ring of gold hanging at it. Her maidservant, Katherine, received all her own “wearing linen and ten pounds in money to be paid unto her within six months next after my decease; Also I give unto her one whole year’s wages over and above that which is due unto her.” To Mrs Mary Shawe, her gentlewoman, she left “one pinked black stuff gown with a kirtle to it, and one whole year’s wages over and above that which is due unto her.” Frances asked to be buried with her husband in “the parish church of Saint Martin’s in the Fields in the county of Middlesex.” The entire will can be found at http://www.oxford-shakespeare.com.
see FRANCES BRANDON
HONORA GREY (1540-1560+)
Honora Grey was the only daughter of William, 13th baron Grey de Wilton (1509-December 15, 1562) and Mary Somerset. She was one of Elizabeth Tudor’s attendants before Elizabeth became queen and one of the six gentlewomen praised in a sonnet by John Harington. Harington compares her to “Tysbe.” Honora did not go on to serve Elizabeth after she became queen. Around 1560 and before 1562 she married Henry Denny of Cheshunt (1540-March 24, 1574). Some online genealogies say she was Denny’s first wife, died in 1560, and was buried in Waltham Abbey, but they also give this couple a son and three daughters.
see ISABEL STANLEY
JANE GREY (1537-February 12, 1554)
Lady Jane Grey was the oldest daughter of Henry Grey, 3rd marquis of Dorset and duke of Suffolk (January 12, 1517-February 23, 1554) and Frances Brandon (July 16, 1517-November 20, 1559). As such she had a claim to the throne. This was exploited by her parents and the duke of Northumberland, who married her to his son, Lord Guildford Dudley (c.1534-1554) in 1553 and attempted to place her on the throne after the death of King Edward VI. She was imprisoned by Mary Tudor and might have been spared had not a second rebellion erupted in 1554 in which her father played a leading role. Jane was executed. Biographies: the most recent are Leanda De Lisle’s The Sisters Who Would Be Queen and Eric Ives’s Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery. The Oxford DNB entry is under “Grey [married name Dudley], Lady Jane.” Take all fictional treatments with a large grain of salt. Portraits: One portrait long thought to be Lady Jane Grey is now known to be Katherine Parr. Others are still only tentatively identified, including one which may be Jane Dormer or Jane Guildford. Another is more likely to be Jane Carlisle. One in the National Portrait Gallery is still believed to be Lady Jane Grey.
JANE SYBILLA GREY
see JANE SYBILLA MORISON
see JOAN NORTON
KATHERINE GREY (1512-1542)
Katherine Grey was the daughter of Thomas Grey, Marquis of Dorset (1477-1530) and Margaret Wotton (1487-1541). She married Henry Fitzalan, Lord Maltravers, heir to the earl of Arundel (April 23, 1512-February 25, 1579/80) in 1532. Her brother was to have wed his sister, but the match was called off when Henry Grey married Lady Frances Brandon instead. As Lady Maltravers, Katherine was listed as a member of the household of Princess Mary Tudor in October 1533. She had three children by Maltravers: Joan (1536-July 7, 1576), Henry (1538-June 30, 1556), and Mary (1540-August 25, 1557).
see KATHERINE HERBERT; KATHERINE SCALES
MARGARET GREY (d.1601)
Margaret Grey, also called Margaret Lenton, was the illegitimate daughter of Lord Thomas Grey (x.1554), third son of the marquess of Dorset. By a license dated October 13, 1565, she married Sir John Astley, Master of the Queen’s Jewel House (c.1507-August 1, 1596). They had three sons, John, William, and Francis, and three daughters. In a letter dated November 12, 1590, Margaret complained to her cousin, Vincent Skinner, that she could no longer use Astley’s lodgings in the Tower of London because of a new ban by the Privy Council on the residence of women there. In another letter to Skinner, in 1590, during an Exchequer suit over Astley’s Allingham property, she wrote: “It will shorten Mr. Astley’s life to see the son of a Welsh cobbler prevail against him by craft.” Under Astley’s will, Margaret kept the “great house” at Maidstone but she was forbidden to cut down trees on the estates. As executrix she also had the responsibility to procure a discharge for the Crown Jewels. In 1593, Edmund Southerne dedicated his A Treatise concerning the right use and ordering of Bees to her. One source says that a poem, “The Wizard: A Kentish Tale,” commemorated her death, but this was written in 1805 (Sir Edward Brydges, Censura literaria) and although it praises “fairest Margaret,” it goes on to say that “many a day Didst thou Eliza’s favor sway,” which seems to be a reference to Astley’s first wife, Katherine Champernowne.
see MARGARET FINCH; MARGARET SUTTON; MARGARET WOTTON
MARY GREY (1493-February 22, 1537/8)
Mary Grey was the daughter of Thomas Grey, 1st marquis of Dorset (1451-1501) and Cecily Bonville (1460-May 12, 1529). She was the first wife of Walter Devereux, Lord Ferrers of Chartley, later 1st viscount Hereford (c.1489-September 27, 1558) and the mother of Richard (d. October 13, 1547), Henry (c.1515-before October 13, 1547), William (c.1525-before November 2, 1579), Anne, and possibly Katherine. She was at court as a Lady of the Bedchamber to Catherine of Aragon by 1517. Portrait: tomb effigy at Stowe by Chartley, Staffordshire.
MARY GREY (1545-April 20, 1578)
Lady Mary Grey was the youngest daughter of Henry Grey, 3rd marquis of Dorset and duke of Suffolk (January 12, 1517-February 23, 1554) and Frances Brandon (July 16, 1517-November 20, 1559). When her sisters were married on May 25, 1553, the Lady Mary was betrothed to Arthur, Lord Grey of Wilton, a man much older than she. The betrothal was called off when Queen Mary prevented Lady Jane Grey from claiming the throne. Mary Grey was at court with her mother and sister Catherine from July 1554 until May 1555 and then left with her mother when Frances remarried. She was a maid of honor under Queen Elizabeth and, like her sister Catherine, fell out of favor for marrying without the queen’s permission. Lady Mary was reportedly only a little over four feet tall with red hair, freckles, and enough of a physical deformity to be nicknamed “Crouchback Mary.” On July 16, 1565, at Whitehall Palace, she married Thomas Keyes of St. Radigund’s, Kent (d.before September 5, 1571), the queen’s Sergeant Porter. Keyes was 6’6″ tall, a widower twice Mary’s age who had several children by his first wife. The wedding was secret but not clandestine. The date was chosen because most of the court would be at another wedding, that of Henry Knollys and Margaret Cave, at Durham House. As many as eleven people witnessed the ceremony, including Keyes’s brother, Edward, and one of Keyes’s sons. When the queen heard about the marriage, on August 21st, she sent Keyes to Fleet Prison in London and dispatched the Lady Mary to Chequers, the Buckinghamshire house of Sir William Hawtrey. She was allowed only one groom and one waiting woman. On August 7, 1567, she was transferred to the care of her step-grandmother, Catherine Willoughby, dowager duchess of Suffolk, who was then at her house in the Minories in London. The duchess was shocked to find that Mary had few possessions and that what she had was in very poor condition. Mary’s husband, meanwhile, was rleased from prison after three years but was forbidden to see her. In June 1569, the Lady Mary was moved to the London house of Sir Thomas Gresham in Bishopsgate, where she spent much of her time locked in a room with her books. She remained there until May of 1572, when she was at last set free. Keyes had died and Mary was no longer considered a threat. Initially, she went to stay with her late mother’s second husband, Adrian Stokes, at Beaumanor in Leicestershire. By February 1573, she had purchased a house in St. Botolph’s-Without-Aldgate, London. She wanted to raise her husband’s children, but she was denied permission to do so. She did remain on friendly terms with them. In 1577, she spent Christmas at Hampton Court. She made her will on April 17, 1578 and died three days later in her London house. In her library were copies of the Bible, John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Latimer’s Sermons, books by Whitgift, Luther, Cartwright, and Knox, D. Cradocke’s The Ship of Assured Safety, The Book of Common Prayer, a Psalter, and a book of Psalms. She was buried on May 14 in Westminster Abbey on the queen’s orders and shared her mother’s tomb. She has no marker or monument of her own. Biographies: Leanda De Lisle’s The Sisters Who Would Be Queen; Oxford DNB entry under “Keys [née Grey], Mary.” Portraits: Only one seems to exist, dated 1571.
MARY GREY (d.c.1607)
Mary Grey was the daughter and coheir of Richard Grey of London (d. October 20, 1515), an ironmonger in Coleman Street ward who was an alderman and sheriff, and Anne Eton (d. December 27, 1522). At some point between 1516 and 1519, Anne became the second of three wives of William Barentyne/Barrington of Little Haseley, Oxfordshire (1481-1549). In around 1536, Mary wed John Pollard of Plymouth, Devon and London (d. August 12, 1557). After 1544, they lived at Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire, five miles south of Oxford, a property he purchased for £818. He was speaker of the House of Commons in 1553 and again in 1555. He made his will on August 2, 1557. As they had no children, his heir was his younger brother, Anthony Pollard (d.1577), but Mary inherited Nuneham Courtenay for life, along with household stuff, farm stock, money, and plate. In 1560, she was probably the Lady Pollard who was a mourner at the funeral of Amy Robsart, Lady Dudley. By 1561, she had taken a second husband, Thomas Norris. She is said to have lived nearly another fifty years after her first husband died.
see MARY BROWNE; MARY COTTON
see MURIEL HOWARD
see SUSAN BERTIE
URSULA GREY (d.1579+)
According to Patrick Collinson’s The Elizabethan Puritan Movement, Ursula Grey, prophetess, was the daughter of a jailer at Wishbech Castle, used between 1579 and 1599 as a prison for priests and Jesuits. She was a teacher among the puritans until the Jesuits converted her.
see BEATRIX HATCLIFFE
ELIZABETH GREYSTOKE (1436-December 20, 1490)
Elizabeth Greystoke was the daughter of Ralph, 5th baron Greystoke (1414-1487) and Elizabeth FitzHugh (1410-1468). In May 1453, she married Thomas Scrope, 5thbaron Scrope of Masham (1410-1475), by whom she had Thomas, 6th baron (1459-April 23, 1493), Alice (d. November 4, 1521), Henry, 8th baron (d.1512), Ralph, 9thbaron (c.1461-September 15, 1515), Elizabeth, Geoffrey, 10th baron (1467-1517), and Margaret or Margery (d. March 25, 1531). On October 30, 1470, Lady Scrope was appointed by the council ruling for King Henry VI to wait on Elizabeth Woodville while she was in sanctuary in Westminster. She was paid £10 for her services. Because of that, she was also named as one of his godmothers when Elizabeth Woodville gave birth to her son Edward on November 2, 1470. As her second husband, Lady Scrope married Gilbert Talbot (1452-August 17, 1517), by whom she had Gilbert (c.1479-October 22, 1542), Jane, Humphrey, and another daughter listed variously as Elizabeth, Catherine, and Eleanor.
ELIZABETH GREYSTOKE (July 10, 1471-August 14, 1516)
Elizabeth Greystoke was the daughter of Sir Robert Greystoke (d. June 17, 1483) and his first wife, Elizabeth Grey, and the granddaughter and sole heiress of Ralph, Lord Greystoke (1414-1487). She became a royal ward and Henry VII granted her marriage to John de Vere, earl of Oxford, who sold it to Henry, Lord Clifford. In 1488, she was abducted by (or eloped with, depending on the account) Thomas, 2nd baron Dacre of the North (November 25, 1467-October 24, 1525), who married her. The king did not impose any penalty on Dacre for this, but later Dacre was obliged to sign recognizances over other matters (see MABEL PARR) and was deeply in debt to the Crown by the time Henry VIII became king in 1509. In November 1515, Lady Dacre provided refuge at Morpeth Castle, Northumberland for Margaret Tudor, queen of Scotland, and her infant daughter, Margaret Douglas, who had been born at Harbottle Castle, about ten miles from the Scottish border, on October 8. The queen dowager, ousted by her own nobles, was in poor health throughout Yuletide. Sarah Gristwood, in Game of Queens, says Lady Dacre’s cook made almond milk and broths for her, in addition to providing the usual Christmas feasts. Lord and Lady Dacre kept from Margaret until early in the New Year the news of her younger son’s death in Scotland in December, judging her health to be too poor to withstand the shock. Meanwhile King Henry and Queen Katherine sent clothing and other gifts to Margaret at Morpeth and on April 8, 1516 she left there on the first stage of her journey south to her brother’s court. Lady Dacre died four months later. Her children were Mabel (c.1490-c.1533), William (d. November 18, 1563), Mary, Anne (c.1500-before 1548), Jane, Humphrey, Philippa, and Elizabeth. She was buried at Lanircost Priory, Cumberland.
see ELIZABETH CHAMBER
see MARGARET THROCKMORTON
MARY GRIFFIN (c.1544/5-1603+)
Mary Griffin was the daughter of Rice or Rhys Griffin of Braybrooke and Dingley, Northamptonshire (d.1549) and Elizabeth Brudenel. By 1565 (one online genealogy says May 29, 1562), she married Thomas Markham of Ollerton, Northamptonshire and Kirby Bellars, Leicestershire (d. March 1607). They had seven sons and four daughters, including Jane, Elizabeth, Margaret, Robert, William, George, Charles, John, and Griffin (c.1571-1644+), plus seven children who died young. Markham was the uncle of John Harington, who does not seem to have cared for Mary. She was “a great persuader of weak women to popery.” Her recusancy undermined Markham’s position in county politics after 1590. Mary only escaped prosecution because the queen intervened in proceedings against her. Her husband conformed but her sons did not. Markham was senile by c.1601. By 1603, Mary had “cozened” him out of 8,000 marks. In that same year, Thomas and Griffin were implicated in the Bye Plot. Griffin was sentenced to death but was exiled instead, leaving England in 1605. One online genealogy gives Mary a death date of October 28, 1633. It was a different Lady Markham (Sir Griffin’s wife, Anna Roos) who was fined £1,000 and obliged to do penance at Paul’s Cross and elsewhere in 1618 because she had married one of her servants while her husband still lived.
see ELIZABETH SKEFFINGTON
see KATHERINE HOWARD
MARY GRIFFITH (1519-March 31, 1588)
Mary Griffith was the daughter of Sir Griffith Rhys of Carmarthen, Wales (d.1521) and Catherine St. John (c.1490-December 1553). She married Sir John Luttrell of Dunster Castle, Somerset (1519-July 10, 1551) in 1535. At the time of Luttrell’s death of the sweating sickness, he had been attempting to divorce his wife on grounds of adultery, but others apparently did not believe the charges. She received a legacy in his mother’s will and was buried with the Luttrells in East Quantockshead. By Luttrell she had three daughters, Catherine (1537-1603+), Dorothy (1539-1595+), and Mary (1540-1595+), all of whom became wards of the Crown upon their father’s death. Mary went to live at Kilton. In 1552, she married James Godolphin of Gwinear, Cornwall. In 1553, Mary’s mother, who by then was Lady Edgecumbe, left her daughter all her household goods at Dunster.
ANNE GRIMSBY (1464-c.1515)
Anne Grimsby was the daughter and heir of William Grimsby of Lincoln (1433-1482) and Anne Moton (c.1436-1477). In 1485 she married Richard Vincent of Messingham, Lincolnshire (1460-1506). She inherited her father’s estates after her brother Henry’s death and was coheir, through her mother, to the Motons of Peckleton, Leicestershire. By her first husband, she had a son, George Vincent (d. January 3, 1566). Her second husband was Richard Waterton, by whom she had another son,Richard. Before 1515, Anne was being sued in Chancery by Richard Brudenell over an alleged agreement related to Peckleton. He claimed that Anne and her second husband had refused to complete the bargain they had made with him. Brudenell’s action appears to have failed. In 1517, another challenge over this property was made against George Vincent, indicating that his mother had died by then.
see ELIZABETH BERNYE; ELIZABETH HUNGATE
DOROTHY GROSVENOR (c.1511-1558+)
Dorothy Grosvenor was one of the sixteen children of Richard Grosvenor of Eaton, Cheshire (c.1477-July 27, 1542) and Catherine Cotton. She married Richard Wilbraham or Wilbram of Woodhey, Cheshire (c.1499-August 6 or 7, 1558), a member of the household of Princess Mary from 1525, first as clerk of the kitchen and later as a gentleman usher. When Mary became queen he was made master of the jewel house. According to his entry in the History of Parliament, in February 1558, he had a premonition about his own death and secured the wardship of his four year old son Thomas for his wife, her father, and two other men of his own choosing. There is a problem with this statement, however, since Richard Grosvenor died in 1542. One of two explanations is possible. Either father is a mistake for brother, or it was Richard Grosvenor the younger (b.1510) and his wife, Katherine Dutton who were Dorothy’s parents. It is possible that Dorothy was born as late as 1530. There is a record of gifts from Princess Mary to both Wilbraham and his wife before 1553. In his will, written on July 25, 1558, Wilbraham named Dorothy one of his executors, along with his siter, Elizabeth Whitmore, and two cousins. By Wilbraham, Dorothy also had a daughter, Elizabeth. Dorothy remarried, taking as her second husband Henry Savile of London, Barrowby, Lincolnshire, and Lupset, Yorkshire (1517/18-1569). She was his third wife and they had no children. He was a member of the Council of the North.
MARY GROSVENOR (d. March 26, 1599)
Mary Grosvenor was the eleventh child of Richard Grosvenor of Eaton, Cheshire (c.1477-July 27, 1542) and Catherine Cotton. She married Thomas Legh of Adlington, Cheshire (1527-May, 17, 1548), by whom she had a son, Thomas Legh (1547-1601). Her second husband was Sir Richard Egerton of Ridley (d. November 1579). She was the mother of his only legitimate child, Dorothy (1565-1639). She lived at Adlington during her son’s minority. As the widowed Lady Egerton, she was a well-known recusant, imprisoned at least once in Manchester for her religious beliefs. Her sufferings for her faith are often mentioned but in fact she was spared harsh treatment because her second husband’s illegitimate son, Thomas Egerton, was an important figure in the government of Queen Elizabeth. Her will, dated October 18, 1597, names him as one of her executors and refers to him as her son. Portraits: effigy on her monument in Astbury Church.
JANE GROVE (after 1530-June 1601)
Jane Grove was the daughter of John Grove of Woolley Fiennes and White Waltham, Berkshire and his wife, a daughter of Peter Cowdrey of Heriot, Hampshire. C. J. Sisson describes her as illiterate but rich. Around 1558 she married John Transfield or Stansfield or Tranfeld (d. November 1561), owner of the Boar’s Head Inn just outside Aldgate in Whitechapel, an establishment with thirteen chambers on the first floor—room for twenty guests. By 1557, the inn was also in occasional use as a playhouse. Jane had two daughters, Frances (before 1561-1601+) and Anne (July 1561-1586+) by Transfield and inherited the inn and two garden plots when he died. Transfield’s will was made November 5, 1561. He left £20 to each of his daughters and mentioned his brother-in-law, John Grove, an attorney in the court of common pleas. He was buried November 11 in St. Mary Matfellon, Whitechapel. Jane proved the will November 14. Two months later, on January 14, 1562, she married Edmund Poley (d. August 1587), a lawyer. Their children were Henry (December 1562-March 1596), Isabel (June 1564-September 1577), John (October 1565-1621+), Elizabeth (December 1566-May 1602), and Ralph (d. September 1577). Widowed a second time, Jane claimed Poley’s goods on August 14, 1587. She turned the garden plots into tenements and rented them out. On Lady Day 1593, they were valued at £109 per annum. Then she leased the inn to Oliver and Susan Woodliffe on November 28, 1594 for £40 a year for twenty-one years from Lady Day 1595. She reserved rent-free lodgings on the premises for herself and her son Henry. Woodliffe, apparently with Jane’s blessing, promptly turned the Boar’s Head into a full-time playhouse. Jane had two rooms on the first floor of the west wing. For more information see Herbert Berry, The Boar’s Head Playhouse and C. J. Sisson The Boar’s Head Theatre. Sisson calls John Grove the husband of one of Poley’s sisters and says that the Boar’s Head came to Jane from Poley, not Transfield. Berry’s book explains the errors in Sisson’s theories. Jane’s 1601 will, signed with her mark, left £40 to her daughter Frances, bequests of jewelry and clothes, and to her son John the great garden in Whitechapel and the inn. She was buried at St. Mary Matfellon on June 20, 1601.
see CATHERINE TISHEM
see INEZ de ALBERNOS
CAMILLA GUICCIARDINI (1561/2-1606)
Camilla Guicciardini was the daughter of Vincent Guicciardini (d.1581), a Florentine merchant based in London, and his wife, Lucretia Bruschetto/Bryskett (1539/40-1608). The family lived in Seething Lane. In his will, Camilla’s father left her £900 toward her marriage and left 1000 marks to each of her sisters. Their mother was to enjoy all the lands he had bought in England. Camilla, Elizabeth, and Mary had to have their mother’s approval to marry and collect their dowries. Camilla’s first husband was Thomas Darcy of Tolleshunt Darcy, Essex (d.1593). They had three sons, all of whom died before their father, and five daughters: Margaret (1585-January 21, 1646), Mary (1587-August 22, 1660), Elizabeth, Bridget, and Frances (1591-August 2, 1663). Darcy left Tolleshunt Darcy Hall and its lands and contents to his wife. Her second husband was Frances Harvey of Cressing Temple, Witham, Essex (1534-1602), one of Queen Elizabeth’s gentlemen pensioners. They had a daughter named Elizabeth. Harvey named Camilla his executor and left £2000 in gold to their daughter.
see DOROTHY HUTTOFT
ELIZABETH GUILDFORD (d.1568+)
Elizabeth Guildford was the daughter of Sir John Guildford of Hempsted, Kent and Great Bromley, Essex (1508-July 5, 1565) and Barbara West (d.1549). She was in the household of Anne of Cleves when Anne made her will in 1557 and was left £40. On October 1, 1561, she married William Cromer of Tunstall, Borden, and Edenbridge, Kent (c.1531-May 12, 1598), by whom she had James, Barbara, Dorothy (c.1563-July 29, 1613), Jane, and Mary.
ELIZABETH GUILDFORD (d.1589+)
Elizabeth Guildford was the daughter of Sir Thomas Guildford of Hempsted, Kent (c.1535-June 1575) and Elizabeth Shelley (1533-1581+). After her father’s death, her mother raised two unmarried daughters (Barbara and Elizabeth) and a son as Catholics. One of the daughters of Lady Guildford was arrested with her on Palm Sunday 1574 for hearing mass in her home in Trinity Lane, London. By c.1576, Elizabeth married Thomas Gage of Bentley (January 27, 1541/2-1590). By 1582, her mother married his brother, John Gage of Firle, Sussex. When Elizabeth’s stepfather died in 1598, he named her nine-year-old son, John (c.1589-October 3, 1633), as his heir and left £1,500 each to Elizabeth’s daughters, Mary and Elizabeth (d. July 15, 1618). Portrait: memorial brass in Firle Church, East Sussex.
see ELIZABETH SHELLEY; ELIZABETH SOMERSET
JANE GUILDFORD (1509-January 15, 1555)
Jane Guildford was the daughter of Sir Edward Guildford of Rolvenden and Halden, Kent (1474-June 1534) and Eleanor West, the daughter of Thomas, 8th baron de la Warr. In late 1525 or early 1526, she married her father’s ward, John Dudley (1504-x. August 22, 1553). They had thirteen children: Henry (1526-1544), Thomas, (d.yng), John (by 1528-October 21, 1554), Ambrose (1531-February 21, 1590), a second Henry (1531-August 27, 1557), Mary (1531-August 1586), Robert (June 24, 1532-September 4, 1588), Guildford (1534-1554), Katherine (November 1545-August 4, 1620), and four others—Charles, Margaret, Frances, and Temperance—who died under the age of ten. The remains of the brass in Chelsea Old Church lists the children shown as Harry, Thomas, John, Ambrose, Robert, Harry, Charles, Mary, Margaret, Katherine, Katherine, and Temperance. Jane was successively Lady Dudley, viscountess Lisle, countess of Warwick, and duchess of Northumberland. Although she did not take an active role in her husband’s political career, she was at court as a lady of the Privy Chamber to Anne of Cleves and Katherine Parr and during the reign of Edward VI. In 1549, she helped bring about a reconciliation between her husband and the duke of Somerset. Somerset’s daughter, Anne Seymour, married Jane’s son, John, at Sheen on June 3, 1550. At Jane’s request, Dr. John Dee undertook the writing of two treatises published in 1553 and dedicated to her. After the failure of Northumberland’s attempt to place Lady Jane Grey on the throne of England in place of Mary Tudor and Northumberland’s execution, Jane went to live with her daughter, Mary Sidney, at Penshurst, Kent, until Queen Mary granted her the use of her Chelsea dower house. Lady Jane Grey’s husband, Jane’s son Guildford, was executed in 1554. Lady Northumberland’s other sons remained prisoners in the Tower. The duchess was pardoned on May 2, 1554. That summer she was much at court, petitioning for the release of her sons. The eldest, John, was freed in early October 1554. Already mortally ill, he died at Penshurst on October 21. Ambrose, Robert, and Henry were released by early 1555, before their mother’s death at Chelsea. Jane collected jeweled clocks, watches, and dials. She left a detailed will. She specified that there was to be no autopsy after her death and asked for a simple funeral. To her daughter Mary she left 200 marks, two gowns, her horse and saddle, and a clock that had once belonged to Sir Edward Guildford. To her daughter Katherine she left 400 marks, two gowns, a kirtle and sleeves, and land that was to remain hers even if her marriage to Lord Hastings was annulled. Her bequests to her surviving sons had to be left in trust to Sir Henry Sidney, her daughter Mary’s husband, because they were still attainted traitors and could not inherit. The will was witnessed by E. Dudley, Anne York, Henry Sidney, and William Bowden. In spite of her wishes, she was given an elaborate funeral, including an effigy in wax, and was buried in the church at Chelsea. The inscription on her monument says she died on the twenty-second of January, but other authorities give the fifteenth as the day of her death. Portraits: brass of her and her five daughters in Old Chelsea Church; Jane may be the subject of a portrait by Hans Eworth c.1550-1557 but another possibility for the sitter’s identity is Jane Dormer. According to research recently done by C.J. J. Wickham, it is also possible that Jane, rather than her daughter Mary, is the subject of the portrait called “Mary Dudley, Lady Sidney” at Petworth.
see JOAN VAUX
see MARGARET BRYAN
see MARY WOTTON
PHILIPPA GUILDFORD (c.1480-before 1556)
Philippa Guildford was the daughter of Sir Richard Guildford of Cranbrook and Rolvenden, Kent (1450-September 28, 1506) and Anne Pympe. By a marriage settlement dated April 14, 1502 she married Sir John Gage of Firle Place, West Firle, Sussex (October 28, 1479-April 18, 1556) and was the mother of Alys (c.1504-March 31, 1540), Edward, James, Robert (c.1518-October 20, 1587), William, Elizabeth (d.1557), Cecily, and one other daughter. Her dowry was 300 marks and a rent of 100 marks out of Guildford Marsh in Sussex. In 1540, Sir John Gage and his wife were granted lands in Old and New Shoreham, Sussex that formerly belonged to Battle Abbey. Portrait: monument in West Firle church (not erected until 1595).
MARIE de GUISE (November 20, 1515-June 11, 1560)
Marie de Guise was the daughter of Claude, duc de Guise (1496-1550) and Antoinette de Bourbon (1493-1583). She married Louis d’Orleans, duc de Longueville (1510-June 9, 1537) on August 4, 1534. When both Henry VIII of England and James V of Scotland (1513-December 14, 1542) expressed an interest in marrying her, she is said to have remarked, considering the match with Henry, that although she was a big woman, her neck was small. She married James by proxy on May 9, 1538. Mary had four sons who died young, François d’Orleans (October 30, 1535-September 1551), Louis d’Orleans (August 4, 1537-December 1537) James Stewart (May 22, 1540-April 1541), and Robert Stewart (April 24, 1541-April 1541). Her daughter Mary was born on December 8, 1542, six days before King James died. When English troops tried to capture Mary in 1547 and force a marriage with the young English king, Edward VI, Marie sent her daughter to France, where she was married to the Dauphin. Two years later, Marie visited her daughter there. On her return trip, she was entertained at the English court and, save for the elopement of one of her women with an English merchant, the visit passed without incident. From 1554 until her death, Marie served as Regent of Scotland. She died in Edinburgh Castle but was buried in the convent of St. Pierre in Rheims, where her sister was abbess. Biographies: Mary of Guise by Rosalind K. Marshall; Mary of Guise in Scotland 1548-1560: A Political Career by Pamela E. Ritchie; Oxford DNB entry under “Mary [Mary of Guise].” Portraits: There are at least two with James V and at least one alone.
SYLVESTRA GUISE (d.c.1565)
Sylvestra (Sylvester/Sylvestre) Guise was the daughter of John Guise or Gyse of Elmore, Gloucestershire (c.1485-December 20, 1556) and Tacy Grey (c.1490?-November 1558). She married Sir John Butler (Boteler/Botiler) of Great Badminton, Gloucestershire (d.c.1551). According to the Visitation of Gloucester (1543), they had nine children: Dorothy, Elizabeth, Margery, Margaret (d.1577+), Henry, William, Edward, Robert, and another William (1534-August 5, 1577), the latter described as the eldest surviving son in his entry in the History of Parliament, which mistakenly gives his date of birth as 1544. On December 1, 1547, John and Sylvestra Butler of Badminton, Glouchestershire sold the estate of Nettleton, Wiltshire to John Astley. Sir John Butler died in the regnal year 5 Edward VI (between January 8, 1551 and January 27, 1552) seized of the manor of Hawksbury, Gloucestershire (granted to him at the Dissolution of the Monasteries; held by £7 13s.4d. rent), the manor of Inguston, and the manors of Hyllesley, Kylcot, Tresham, Sedilwood, Upton, and Badminton Parva. Hawksbury was left to Sylvestra. It was there and in her London house that conspirators against the Crown met to make plans in 1555 as part of what became known as the Dudley Conspiracy. David Loades, in Two Tudor Conspiracies writes: “Mrs. Butler had been a familiar and confidant of the conspirators from an early stage, and her houses both in London and Gloucestershire, had provided them with hospitality. She was alleged to have offered them all assistance in her power, saying ‘I would the King and Queen were in the sea in a bottomless vessel.'” This was enough to cause her to be arrested. She was indicted in London on June 27,1556 and in Gloucester on September 12, 1556. In May 1557, she was pardoned. Her son William stood surety for his mother’s good behavior toward the king and queen. Although two other people with the surname Butler, another Sir John and a Catherine Butler, wife of Anthony Throckmorton, were also implicated in the Dudley Conspiracy, they do not seem to be part of the same Butler family as Sylvestra. She lived eight more years, dying in regnal year 7 Elizabeth (between November 17, 1564 and November 16, 1565). In her will, she left Hawksbury to her son, mistakenly called “John Boteler” in at least one online account.
ANNE GULLIVER (d.1532+)
Anne Gulliver married John Brown (d.1532), sergeant painter and haberdasher of Saint Vedast, London. She was also a painter. In his will he left her his workshop, tools, pattern books, and the indentures of his apprentices.
ANNE GUNTER (c.1584-1606+)
Anne Gunter was the youngest child of Brian Gunter of “Hopgrass,” Hungerford, Berkshire (c.1540-1628) and Anne Harvey (d. April 1617), one of two sons and three daughters. She was baptized on May 10, 1585 in Hungerford, Berkshire. In 1604, this young woman, who was about twenty and who lived with her family in The Rectory in North Moreton, Berkshire, some twelve miles from Oxford, began to suffer from a number of strange ailments. She foamed at the mouth, temporarily lost the ability to see and hear, and vomited pins. Her story is a complicated one, and the subject of contemporary pamphlets and at least two modern books. The short version is that her father, who had long been engaged in a feud with another village family, the Gregorys, seized on his daughter’s ailment, which may have been a form of epilepsy (called the falling sickness) or hysteria (the mother) to persuade her to bring charges of witchcraft against three local women, Elizabeth Gregory, wife of Walter, Agnes Pepwell, and her illegitimate daughter, Mary Pepwell. The Pepwells were related to the Gregorys. Gunter went so far as to make his daughter drink a combination of sack and saller oil to induce symptoms. A neighbor, Alice Kirfoote (née Keyes; d.1617), taught her how to appear to vomit pins. At one point, Anne was sent to stay with her sister Susan (c.1574-1650), whose husband, Thomas Holland (c.1550-1612), was a professor of divinity at Oxford. There were doubts about Anne’s story from the first. Agnes Pepwell fled before she could be arrested but when Mary Pepwell and Elizabeth Gregory were put on trial on March 1, 1605, they were acquitted. Three days later, physicians examined Anne and declared that she was a fraud. She was sent to Henry Cotton, Bishop of Salisbury. On August 27, 1605, King James, who had a personal interest in witchcraft, interviewed both Anne and her father. He then sent Anne to Samuel Harsnett, chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Harsnett had previously exposed a fraudulent exorcist. King James met three more times with Anne, the last on October 10, 1605. Before that, in mid-September, he is said to have suggested that one Asheley, a servant of the archbishop, should woo Anne in an attempt to get the truth out of her. This apparently had one positive effect. Her symptoms disappeared. Soon after, promised she would not be prosecuted, she confessed that her father had been the one behind the scheme. Gunter was brought before the Star Chamber on February 24, 1606 on charges of fraud and held in prison while the case continued. It was resolved sometime in 1608. Gunter returned to North Moreton. When he was about eighty, in 1620, he took part in a riot there. Of Anne Gunter nothing more is known. Biographies: William W. Coventry, Demonic Possession On Trial; J. S. Sharpe, The Bewitching of Anne Gunter: A Horrible and True Story of Deception.
see MARY CRESSWELL
SUSAN GUNTER (c.1574-1650)
Susan Gunter was the daughter of Brian Gunter of Hungerford, Berkshire (c.1540-1628) and Anne Harvey (d.1616). On July 22, 1593, Susan married Thomas Holland of Ludlow, Shropshire (c.1550-March 1612), a professor of divinity at Oxford. They had at least five children, including Anne, Brian, William, and Elizabeth. In 1604, when Susan’s sister, Anne Gunter (see her entry) claimed to have been bewitched, she was sent to live for a time with the Hollands at their lodgings at Exeter College, Oxford. This bewitchment eventually turned out to be a fraud, perpetrated by Susan and Anne’s father. Susan was executor of her husband’s will in 1612. In 1620, Brian Gunter was accused of two attacks on the local clergyman and his family in North Moreton, where Brian lived. On June 22, according to the complaint, Brian led a party that included Susan and her son William and assaulted Gilbert Bradshaw with pike staves, pitchforks and other weapons. A second attack, in July, in which Brian and William are named but not Susan, targeted the vicar’s wife. Susan was executor of her father’s will. On March 4, 1650, she was buried in the Church of St. Peter the Bailey on the outskirts of Oxford.
see JULIAN ERISEY
see SAGE HYGONS
MARGERY GWYNNETH or GUINET (d. September 16, 1544)
Margery Gwynneth/Gwyneth, or Guinet had a brother, John, who was still living in 1549. Their parentage is unknown. She was the first wife of Stephen Vaughan of St. Mary Bow, Cheapside (d. December 25, 1549), a member of the Merchant Adventurers who was the royal financial agent in the Netherlands. They had three children, Anne (c.1535-c.1595), Jane, and Stephen (c.1537-1549+). The following information comes from Maria Hayward, Dress at the Court of King Henry VIII. In May 1533, Queen Anne Boleyn needed a new royal silkwoman and Vaughan campaigned to have his wife appointed to the position, writing to Lord Cromwell that “no woman can better trim her grace.” Margery did not get the appointment. In a second letter, Vaughan wrote: “She devised certain works for the Queen which were neither seen, nor was she thanked for them. Please remember her with her Grace. In her faculty she can serve her better than any other in the realm.” Ironically, it appears to have been the woman Vaughan would later take as his second wife (see MARGERY BRINKLOW) who ended up providing silks to Anne Boleyn. In 1538, Nicholas Bristow, clerk of the wardrobe of robes, drew up a set of instructions for recording the delivery of bolts of silk to the Whitehall silk house. #10 was that “no stuff is to be delivered by . . . Mrs. Vaughan . . . without a bill signed by [Sir Anthony] Denny [keeper of Whitehall Palace] or his deputy.” The household accounts of Anne of Cleves include a reference to Margery Vaughan, silk woman, providing goods worth £203 3s 2d in connection with making saddles. Queen Katherine Parr’s accounts for 1543-4 indicate that Mistress Vaughan’s bill for silk goods was £336 10s 3d. When Margery fell ill, her husband was in the Netherlands and was not able to return home in time to see her again. He arrived in London ten days after her death and was required by the king to return to Antwerp almost immediately. On December 9, 1544, two months after his wife died, Vaughan wrote to Sir William Paget that the queen had owed him about £360 “for labour and stuff of his wife’s, wherein she spent her life” since Katherine first became queen in 1543. On January 7, 1546, he wrote again to ask for payment, this time stating that his wife “died and lost her life with painful serving.” Margery Gwynneth Vaughan was replaced as royal silkwoman by Anne Winwood Shakerley, the wife of Rowland Shakerley, a mercer.
MARY GYLL (c.1521-1599)
Mary Gyll was the daughter of John Gyll or Gille of Wyddial, Hertfordshire (c.1484-March 15, 1545/6) and Margaret Canon (d.1547+). In 1542, she married John Tingleden or Dingleden of Reigate, Surrey (d.1551). They had a son, Charles, and a daughter, Margaret. In his will, made August 18, 1551 and proved October 27, 1551, Tingleden left his wife life interest in her jointure property, which included the manor of Frenches, a tenement in Southwark called the Black Heart, and a house in Southwark. She also had custody of other property in Southwark until her son was eighteen, on the condition she not remarry. £300 “in stock” was divided between Mary and her two children. She was named executor. Mary’s second husband was Nicholas Pope of Hendall, Buxted, Sussex (d.1598), by whom she had seven children. Portrait: memorial brass with her parents in St. Giles, Wyddial, Hertfordshire.
ELIZABETH GYLLYOTT (d. 1553+)
Elizabeth Gyllyott is a true footnote to history. Most likely a member of the Gyllyott (Gyiliot, Gyllyiott, Giliot, Gillet, Gillett) family of Thorpe and Featherstone, Yorkshire, by 1552, she had married William Huggons (Huggins, Hogan) (by 1524-1588+), a servant of John Dudley, duke of Northumberland. He was also a London merchant. Elizabeth had been part of the household of the duchess of Somerset before that household was broken up after the execution of Edward Seymour, duke of Somerset on January 22, 1552. Toward the end of August, Elizabeth was a guest at Rochford in Essex, the home of Sir William Stafford (or possibly a waiting woman to Stafford’s second wife, Dorothy). She talked at supper one night of the plan then current to marry Lord Guildford Dudley to Lady Margaret Clifford, who stood to inherit the throne after the Grey sisters. “Have at the Crown with your leave!” she said, and made a “stout gesture.” The next day, she was overheard to say that Northumberland was “better worthy to die” than Somerset and further stated that King Edward VI was an “unnatural nephew” for ordering Somerset’s execution and that she wished she had “the jerking of him.” Sir William reported these comments to the Privy Council and both Elizabeth and her husband were promptly arrested. In the documents relating to her examination, she is referred to as “Mrs. Elizabethe Huggons” and “William Huggones wiffe sometime called Gyllyott.” On September 8, 1552, they were questioned in the Tower of London by Robert Bowes, master of the rolls, and Sir Arthur Darcy, Lieutenant of the Tower. Elizabeth denied ever saying any of those things, although she did admit to talking of the deaths of Somerset and his brother, Sir Thomas Seymour of Sudeley, while at Rochford. One source states that Elizabeth remained a prisoner in the Tower until June 16,1553. During Elizabeth Tudor’s reign, a Mrs. Huggons and a William Huggons appear on the gift lists for 1561/2, 1577/8, and 1588/9 and “Mrs. Huggons, widow” is listed in 1599/1600, along with another William Huggons, possibly her son. The gifts were always sweet-bags, ornately embroidered bags holding comfits or perfumes. There are also records of a Mrs. Huggons at court in 1558-9, 1567-8, and 1577-8. In 1567-8, there is also a “Mrs. Huggons of Norfolk.” From 1561, William Huggons was keeper of the gardens at Hampton Court. A century later, another William Huggons held the same keepership, suggesting that it descended through the family. An Elizabeth Huggons was in Queen Elizabeth’s Privy Chamber from the 1580s. William Huggons was Keeper of the Stillhouse at Hampton Court and an esquire of the body. In 1603, people referred to “the Huggons lodgings” at Hampton Court.
SUSANNA GYLMYN or GILMAN
see SUSANNA HORENBOULT