DOROTHY ZOUCHE (1538-1572)
Dorothy Zouche was the illegitimate daughter of Richard, 9th baron Zouche (c.1510-July 22, 1552). In 1560, she married Arthur, 14th baron Grey de Wilton (1536-October 14, 1593) and was the mother of Elizabeth Grey (b.1561). She entertained Queen Elizabeth at Whadden, her husband’s country house, in 1568.

ELIZABETH ZOUCHE (c.1480-1551+)
Elizabeth Zouche came from a noble family with lands in the vicinity of Shaftesbury, and was likely to have been a relative of John Zouche, the 7th baron Zouche (1459-1526), who lived at Castle Cary in Somerset. She may have been his daughter, since her heir was one of his grandsons, but she is not listed among his children with Joan Dynham (d. 1507+). She may be one of the “others” whose names are not given in accounts of his life. Some genealogies state that she was the daughter of John Zouche of Codnor (c.1440-1513+) and Eleanor St. John. What is certain is that she was a novice at Shaftesbury in Dorset in 1496, and was abbess there from February 1528/9 until 1539. Shaftesbury was the richest nunnery in England and the last abbey to surrender to the Crown, on March 23, 1539/40. Elizabeth came away with one of the largest pensions, a yearly stipend of £133 6s. 8d. The prioress received £20, the sub-prioress £7, and the sisters varying amounts between 56s. 8d. and £6 13s. 4d. Elizabeth made a valiant effort to save her house, even going so far as to offer a bribe of 500 marks to the king and £100 to Thomas Cromwell. Legend has it that she hid the abbey’s treasures in a secret underground vault that has never been found. She was still living in 1551, when John Zouche of Ansty, Wiltshire (c.1515-1585) was granted a life annuity of 200 marks, to take effect from the date of her death. He surrendered this grant in 1555 in return for a life annuity of £100. Biography: Wikipedia entry by Stuart Edwards, who is researching Elizabeth Zouche as part of a local volunteer history/archaeology project.

ELIZABETH ZOUCHE (February 1579-April 1617)
Elizabeth Zouche was the co-heiress of Edward, 11th baron Zouche of Harringworth (June 6, 1556-August 18, 1625) and Eleanor Zouche of Codnor (d. before 1611). On December 27, 1597, Elizabeth married Sir William Tate of De la Pré Abbey, Northamptonshire (1558-October 1617). They had two children, Elizabeth (b.c.1599) and Zouche (c.1606-1650). Portrait: possible portrait of Elizabeth Zouche misidentified as Queen Elizabeth.



MARY ZOUCHE (c.1512-1542+)
Mary Zouche was the daughter of John Zouche, 8th baron Zouche of Harringworth (c.1486-August 10, 1550) and his first wife, Dorothy Capell. In about 1527, she wrote to her cousin, Sir John Arundell of Lanherne (Mary’s grandmother was Margaret Arundell, Sir John’s aunt), asking to be taken into royal service because her new stepmother (Susan Welby) was cruel to her. The letter was probably written before 1529. It is dated only “at Notwell, the 8th day of October.” Mary was at court as a maid of honor, possibly to Catherine of Aragon and certainly to Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour. She is the “Mrs. Souche” who was given jeweled borders by Queen Jane and attended Jane’s funeral. In 1537, Mary was granted an annuity of £10 for her services to the late queen. It was to continue until she married. She was still receiving it in 1542. A number of accounts say Mary never wed, but the will of Robert Burbage of Hayes Park Hall, Middlesex (d. 1575), identifies his late wife as “the eldest daughter of John Zouche, knight, Lord Zouche, Saint Maur and Cantelupe.” It would appear that they married shortly after the payment of her annuity in 1542, when Mary was about thirty. They had one daughter, Anne, who married William Goring of Barton, Sussex (d.1601) in 1563. Burbage’s will, dated July 1, 1575 and proved October 15, 1575, instructed that his tomb include Mary’s arms and he also left a bequest of ten pounds to Marie Pigott, for her faithful service to his wife “when she was alive and to him since her mistress’s death.” Portrait: Although the “M” in “M. Souch” could be an abbreviation for “Mistress” rather than “Mary,” or indicate that the likeness is of Margaret Cheney, second wife of Richard, 9th baron Zouche, it is far more likely that Mary Zouche is the subject of the Holbein sketch at Windsor.