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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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.
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.
Queen Elizabeth 1-never married or had children. She was known as the Virgin Queen.
Lettice Knollys, great-niece of Anne Boleyn, Granddaughter of Mary Boleyn Laetitia Knollys, Countess of Essex and Leicester (November 1543 - 25 December 1634), normally referred to as Lettice Knollys, was born in Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire. She was the mother of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, Queen Elizabeth I's famous courtier. In her second marriage, Lettice Knollys was wife to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester Elizabeth I's favorite. Elizabeth hated her for it.
Portrait Miniature of Frances Walsingham (1567-1633), Countess of Essex, daughter of Sir Francis Walsingham, and widow of 1st) Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex (ex.1601), and 2nd) Sir Philip Sidney (d.1586). Portrait by Isaac Oliver.
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.