Frances Walsingham (1567-1633) Daughter of Elizabeth's spymaster, Sir Francis. Married Sir Philip Sidney, and after his death in battle, married the Earl of Essex (a cousin of the queen). After the earl's execution, she married the Earl of St. Albans and Clanricarde. One of her daughters by Essex married the duke of Somerset, a descendant of Mary Rose Tudor through the Grey family.
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Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, son of Lettice Knollys, great-grandson of Mary Boleyn Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (10 November 1565 – 25 February 1601), is the best-known of the many holders of the title "Earl of Essex." He was a military hero and royal favourite of Elizabeth I, but following a poor campaign against Irish rebels during the Nine Years' War in 1599, he failed in a coup d'état against the queen and was executed for treason.
A portrait of Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex by Marcus Gheeraerts, 1596 . Robert, stepson of the Earl of Leicester, was the last favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. He was related to the Walsingham family by marriage, his wife being Frances Walsingham, daughter of Sir Francis, Elizabeth I's spymaster. He was executed for treason in 1601.
Frances Walsingham, countess of Essex, daughter to Sir Francis Walsingham, and wife to Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, and her son Robert, later the third Earl of Essex, by Robert Peake the elder, 1594.
Sir Philip Sidney held an influential position at the Elizabethan court and was supported by his uncle, the Earl of Leicester. The young man became a leading advocate of ‘militant’ Protestantism. In January of 1583, Philip Sidney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I, and later that year he finally got married. He married Frances, daughter of the queen's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham.
Jeanette "Jennie" Jerome (1854-1921) was one of three pretty daughters of financier Leonard Jerome and his wife Clara. She married Lord Randolph Churchill, second son of the Duke of Marlborough. She had two children, Winston Churchill, the future prime minister, and John. She had many affairs during her marriage, including with King Edward VII. After her husband died, she married a man as young as her sons, which was very shocking for the time. She subsequently married an even younger man.