Jane Fisher (Lane) (c.1626 - 1689)

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Death: Died in between Birmingham and Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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About Jane Fisher (Lane)

Third daughter of Thomas Lane and Anne Bagot. Helped Charles II escape to France.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Lane,_Lady_Fisher

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However Jane heard on 14 October that the Council of State had been told she had helped with the escape. Before Bentley Hall was searched, she left, walking to Yarmouth posing as a "country wench" and travelled to France. She arrived in Paris in December 1651 and was welcomed by the Court in exile. She developed a strong friendship with the King and with Queen Henrietta Maria. The King held her in great esteem. So much so that John Fisher reported a scurrillous rumour had circulated that she was the King's mistress. Even the King's sister, Mary, in a letter from Holland jokingly referred to Jane as the King's 'wife'.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Lane,_Lady_Fisher

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King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1649 to 1685 may never have worn the Crown but for the loyal, self sacrificing and clever services of Lady Jane Lane, daughter of Col. John Lane, who had the future monarch pose as her servant in 1651 when Lt. General Oliver Cromwell put a high ransom on the head of the former Prince of Wales. One of the greatest manhunts ever conducted in England was foiled because Jane Lane, with the guidance of her father and others loyal to King Charles I, changed the young King's appearance to that of a poverty stricken farm lad and servant. As a result Charles II was gotten safely out of England.

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bowers/lane/charles2.htm

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Helped Charles II escaped England during the abolishment of the monarchy and was rewarded greatly when the monarchy was restored. See Wikipedia entry on Jane Lane, Lady Fisher

Notes

From THE LANES AND CHARLES II

In a book called "The Romance of Heraldry", pg. 186 we find:

"The most remarkable heraldic is that granted to the family of LANE for the assistance given to Charles by Mistress Jane Lane, for many years after a Royalist toast. Mistress Jane aided the Prince's escape from his foes by agreeing that he should pose as her servant, in which guise he rode before her on a strawberry roan horse to Bristol, where he hoped to take ship for France.

"Mistress Lane's courages layality earned for her family one of the most notable augmentations known to heraldry, none other than the three lions of England. They were added as a canton to the Lane arms-a sheild divided horizontally gold and blue, with a red chevron, and three stars counter-coloured. The accompanying crest is the faithful strawberry roan, holding a crown in token that he once carried its owner, and the motto is "Garde le Roy".

Citations

  1.  John Sutton, ‘Lane, Jane, Lady Fisher (d. 1689)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/15992, accessed 18 July 2013]
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Jane Fisher's Timeline

1626
1626
1663
December 8, 1663
Age 37
1675
1675
Age 49
1689
September 9, 1689
Age 63
between Birmingham and Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom