Elizabeth Bacon (b. - c.1595)

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Elizabeth Bacon was the daughter of Sir Nicholas Bacon (1509-October 11,1579) and Jane Fernley (d.1552). She married three times, first to Sir Robert D’Oyley (c.1539-1577), then to Sir Henry Neville of Billingbere, Berkshire (1520-January 13, 1593) as his second wife, and third to William Periam (c.1534-October 9, 1604), as his third wife. She gave birth to three sons, all of whom died young. As Lady Neville, she received the dedication of Thomas Morley’s two part canzonets in 1595 but is more famous in musical circles as the Lady Neville of “My Lady Neville’s Book,” a manuscript containing forty-two keyboard compositions by William Byrd. It was presented to her in 1591, probably because she was a skilled performer on the virginals and admired the collection, obliging the copyist (John Baldwin) to present it to her as a gift. Later the manuscript was given to Queen Elizabeth, according to a note made in 1668, “by Lord Edward Abergavenny, called the Deaf.” This was probably Edward Neville, 6th baron (c.1550-December 1, 1622). He was Sir Henry Neville’s nephew. Other possibilities suggested as “Lady Neville” have been the 6th baron’s stepmother, Grisold Hughes, which does not make sense (see her entry), and his wife, Rachel Lennard (c.1556-1616), but the heraldic designs on the flyleaf argue for Sir Henry Neville’s wife as the correct choice.