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Anne Seymour, Countess of Warwick

Birthplace: Northumberland,England
Death: Died in Faringdon, Berkshire, England
Place of Burial: Faringdon, Berkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset and Anne Seymour, Duchess of Somerset
Wife of John Plympton Avent, II; Sir Edward Unton, KB, MP and John Dudley, 2nd Earl of Warwick
Mother of Joan Coffin; Sir Edward Unton, MP; Cecilia Unton; Sir Henry Unton, MP, Ambassador to France and Anne Knightley
Sister of Mary Peyton; Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford; Lord Henry Seymour; Jane Seymour; Margaret Seymour and 5 others
Half sister of John Seymour; John Seymour and Sir Edward Seymour

Occupation: Maid of Honour
Managed by: Hannelore Caulk Scheu
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About Anne Seymour, Countess of Warwick

Oldest daughter, together with her sisters, Margaret and Jane, she was educated in a manner similar to the way Sir Thomas More’s daughters were taught. Thomas Cranmer was their tutor for three years, followed by Nicholas Denisot, who encouraged them to write a poem in honor of his former mistress, the Queen of Navarre. When he returned to France, he took the result wit him and it was published in 1550 as “Annae, Margaritae, Janae, Sonorum Virginum, heroidum Anglasum in mortem Margaritae Valesiae Navarrouim Reginae Hedadistichon”. The work inspired French poets to like efforts. Anne was also known for her religious studies and corresponded with John Calvin. She was married to John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, son of the Duke of Northumberland, in an effort to reconcile their fathers, but Anne’s father, the Duke of Somerset, was executed by Northumberland in 1552 and Northumberland himself was executed in 1553. Anne’s husband was in the Tower and condemned to death at the same time and died ten days after his release the following year. On Apr 28, 1555, Anne married Sir Edward Unton of Wadley, near Faringdon, Berkshire. Her son, Sir Henry Unton, was an important member of the elizabethan government, acted as an Ambassador in France. Anne, had at least one child, Edward, before Henry was born. She had three other sons, Alexander, Edmund and Francis; Francis, and was probably older than Henry. Her two daughters, Anne and Cecily, outlived their brothers. A famous picture about Sir Henry Unton (who show lady Anne on the right, representing Sir Henry birth) suggests that he was born at Ascott under Wychwood, but there is no evidence of this, and some people think he was born at Wadley. Edward and Anne may have lived at Langley near Shipton under Wychwood, as Anne and Cecily were baptised there. In Jul, 1574, Queen Elizabeth visited the Untons at Wadley. Throughout the period from 1566 to 1588, Anne was said to suffer periodic bouts of insanity. In Oct 1582, she was declared of unsound mind but the sermon preached at her funeral mourned her as a “noble lady, a faithful wife, a virtuous woman, and a godly widow”.

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Anne Seymour, Countess of Warwick's Timeline

April 15, 1555
Age 17
Berks, England
Age 18
Age 20
Age 22
Brixton, Butlers Parish, Devon, England
Age 23
Wadley, Berkshire, England
January 1587
Age 49
Faringdon, Berkshire, England
February 17, 1587
Age 49
Faringdon, Berkshire, England