Beatrice ap Rice (Unknown) (c.1500 - 1558) MP

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About Beatrice ap Rice (Unknown)

Beatrice ap Rice or Rhys (d. after 1558) (maiden name unknown). Beatrice was the wife of David ap Rice/Rhys (d.1540+), a groom or yeoman of the chamber in Princess Mary’s household prior to 1525. Beatrice became Mary’s laundress in 1519 and was still with her when her household was dissolved in October 1533. She also held this post when Mary was queen.

"Among the members of Mary's growing household were two who would be in her service for decades, Beatrice ap Rice, her 'lavender' or laundress and David ap Rice, who was at first a page but soon became a yeoman of the chamber." (Erickson, 41)

"To the children of her longtime servants Beatrice and David ap Rice Mary became a patron. She paid the girl's board in London and the boy's at Windsor, where he served in some capacity at court, and she continued this support until both children were able to make their way in the world." (Erickson, 190-1)

See also: Privy purse expenses of the Princess Mary, daughter of King Henry the Eighth, afterwards Queen Mary, Frederic Madden, editor (1831).