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Nicknames: "Bessy Throckmorton", "Lady Elizabeth Raleigh"
Birthplace: Coughton,,Warwickshire,England
Death: Died in England
Managed by: Doug Robinson
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About Elizabeth Raleigh (Throckmorton)

  • 'Elizabeth Throckmorton1
  • 'F, #146601, b. 1565, d. 1647
  • Last Edited=20 Oct 2009
  • 'Elizabeth Throckmorton was born in 1565.2 She married Sir Walter Raleigh in 1593.1 She died in 1647.2
  • ' She was the daughter of Sir Nicholas Throckmorton and Anne Carew.1 From 1593, her married name became Raleigh.1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S1281] Dr. Andrew Gray, "re: Sir Robert George Maxwell Throckmorton, 11th Bt.," e-mail message to Darryl Lundy, 28 February 2005. Hereinafter cited as "re: Robert George Maxwell Throckmorton."
  • 2.[S3409] Caroline Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family."
  • http://thepeerage.com/p14661.htm#i146601
  • ______________
  • 'Elizabeth THROCKMORTON
  • 'Born: 16 Apr 1565
  • 'Died: 1618
  • 'Notes: Bess was nineteen when she first appeared at Court. She was the daughter of Sir Nicholas Trhockmorton, Queen Elizabeth's first Ambassador to Paris, and her brother was also a courtier. Both their parents were dead and they relied on the Court for their livelihood. Bess was intelligent, forthright, passionate and courageous. Though Raleigh was in his early forties, the two fell madly in love. In the summer of 1591, Bess discovered she was pregnant and they secretly married. They were together, but catastrophe loomed. Raleigh's young wife, however, could no longer keep her pregnancy secret. Bess gave birth to a baby boy who was quickly put out to a wet nurse so she could resume her place as Lady-in-Waiting. When Sir Walter returned from the sea, he arranged for the baby and nurse to go to Durham House. However, on 31st May 1592, his marriage was discovered. The Queen had not granted permission for such a match and Raleigh was promptly arrested. Elizabeth expected Walter and Bess to sue for a pardon and, while their fate lay in the balance, she even confirmed the lease of Sherborne.
  • 'However, the couple refused such a humiliating course of action and by 7 Aug, that same year, the Queen's favourite had fallen into five long years of disgrace. The couple's first child must have died, but Bess was soon pregnant again and their son, Wat, was born in 1593.
  • 'Said to have carried the shriveled head of her husband in a red leather bag until the end of her days.
  • Father: Nicholas THROCKMORTON (Sir)
  • Mother: Anne CAREW
  • 'Married: Walter RALEIGH (Sir)
  • Children:
    • 1. Walter RALEIGH
    • 2. Carew RALEIGH
  • http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/THROCKMORTON1.htm#Elizabeth THROCKMORTON1
  • _________
  • 'Elizabeth, Lady Raleigh (16 April 1565 – c. 1647), née Throckmorton, was Sir Walter Raleigh's wife, and a Lady of the Privy Chamber to Queen Elizabeth I of England. Their secret marriage precipitated a long period of royal disfavour for Raleigh.
  • Biography
  • 'Elizabeth was the daughter of the diplomat Sir Nicholas Throckmorton and Anne Carew. She and her brother Arthur were courtiers to Elizabeth I, and Elizabeth is said to have been intelligent, forthright, passionate and courageous. In due course she and Raleigh, at least twelve years her senior, fell in love. Her pregnancy in the summer of 1591 led to their secret marriage; she gave birth to a baby boy named Damerei, after Sir Walter's claimed ancestors, and immediately returned to court. The child died aged six months old in October 1591 of plague.
  • 'The marriage was discovered on 31 May 1592, and the Queen, who required ladies-in-waiting to get her permission to marry, had Raleigh arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London and Elizabeth expelled from court. She obtained quarters near her husband at the Tower, where their child probably died. Elizabeth expected the couple to sue for pardon, but they refused and Raleigh fell into disgrace for five years.[dubious – discuss]
  • 'The couple remained devoted to each other, however. Their son Walter was born in 1593. They also had a son named Carew (which was both Elizabeth's mother's maiden name and the name of one of Walter's brothers) whose birthdate is unclear. During Raleigh's absences and imprisonments, Elizabeth capably managed the family business. After Raleigh's execution in 1618, she worked to re-establish his reputation.
  • 'It is said that Elizabeth had her husband's head embalmed and carried it around with her for the rest of her life. Carew inherited the relic and when he died it was buried with him.[citation needed]
  • 'Through both her parents, Elizabeth Throckmorton had connections to Henry VIII. Her father, Nicholas Throckmorton, was the cousin of Henry's sixth wife, Queen Catherine Parr. Anne Carew, Elizabeth' mother, was the daughter of Nicholas Carew and Elizabeth Carew née Bryan. Nicholas had been a close friend of Henry's, from childhood until his execution in 1539. Alison Weir alleges that Elizabeth Carew had earlier been the mistress of Henry VIII[citation needed], and that he had even given her jewels that should technically have belonged to the queen when she gave birth to her son. However, there are no contemporary references to a possibility of any of Elizabeth's children being fathered by Henry.
  • Fictional Depiction
  • 'Elizabeth Throckmorton is the subject of Rosemary Sutcliff's novel Lady in Waiting (1956). Sutcliff usually refers to her as "Bess".
  • 'Elizabeth Throckmorton was a featured character in the film Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), and was played by Abbie Cornish. The movie has Raleigh and her marrying prior to the Spanish Armada (1588), when in fact they married in 1591.
  • 'In the film The Virgin Queen (1955) Elizabeth Throckmorton (referred to as Beth Throgmorton in the film) is portrayed by Joan Collins. Bette Davis portrays Queen Elizabeth.
  • 'In the episode "Four Great Women and a Manicure" of The Simpsons, Marge plays her.
  • 'She appears briefly in A Dead Man In Deptford, Anthony Burgess's speculative fictional account of the life of playwright Christopher Marlowe.
  • Ancestry
    • Ancestors of Elizabeth Raleigh
  • References
  • My Just Desire : The Life of Bess Raleigh, Wife to Sir Walter (ISBN 0-345-45290-9), by Anna Beer
  • Raleigh biography at U.S. National Park Service
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Raleigh
  • _________

Bessy Throckmorton,

Elizabeth, born 1565, to Sir Nicholas Throckmorton and Anne Carew,

in 1584 she became a Lady of the Privy Chamber to Queen Elizabeth I [born 1533, reigned 1558-1603],

she mar secretly 1591 to Sir Walter Raleigh [born 1552] and had issue,

he was sent to the Tower 1592 for this secret affair and marriage,

she was expelled from court, but was NOT sent to the Tower, rather she obtained quarters so she could be near her husband at the Tower,

he was excluded from the Queen's presence for more than 4 years after.

Bessy died 1647, age 82 yrs.

In 1591, Raleigh was secretly married to Elizabeth "Bess" Throckmorton (or Throgmorton). She was one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting, eleven years his junior, and was pregnant at the time of their marriage. She gave birth to a son, believed to be named Damerei, who was given to a wet nurse at Durham House; the infant does not seem to have survived, and Bess resumed her duties. The following year, the unauthorized marriage was discovered and the Queen ordered Raleigh imprisoned and Bess dismissed from court. He was released from prison to divide the spoils from the captured Spanish ship Madre de Dios ("Mother of God").

It would be several years before Raleigh returned to favour. The couple remained devoted to each other. During Raleigh's absences, Bess proved a capable manager of the family's fortunes and reputation. They had two more sons, Walter (known as Wat) and Carew.

-------------------- Elizabeth Raleigh From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert Peake the Elder (ca. 1551-1619): Elizabeth Raleigh. ca. 1600 Elizabeth, Lady Raleigh (16 April 1565 – c. 1647), née Throckmorton, was Sir Walter Raleigh's wife, and a Lady of the Privy Chamber to Queen Elizabeth I of England. Their secret marriage precipitated a long period of royal disfavour for Raleigh. [edit] Biography Elizabeth was the daughter of the diplomat Sir Nicholas Throckmorton and Anne Carew. She and her brother Arthur were courtiers to Elizabeth I, and Elizabeth is said to have been intelligent, forthright, passionate and courageous. In due course she and Raleigh, at least twelve years her senior, fell in love. Her pregnancy in the summer of 1591 led to their secret marriage; she gave birth to a baby boy named Damerei, after Sir Walter's claimed ancestors, and immediately returned to court. The child died aged six months old in October 1591 of plague. The marriage was discovered on 31 May 1592, and the Queen, who required ladies-in-waiting to get her permission to marry, had Raleigh arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London and Elizabeth expelled from court. She obtained quarters near her husband at the Tower, where their child probably died. Elizabeth expected the couple to sue for pardon, but they refused and Raleigh fell into disgrace for five years.[dubious – discuss] The couple remained devoted to each other, however. Their son Walter was born in 1593. They also had a son named Carew (which was both Elizabeth's mother's maiden name and the name of one of Walter's brothers) whose birthdate is unclear. During Raleigh's absences and imprisonments, Elizabeth capably managed the family business. After Raleigh's execution in 1618, she worked to re-establish his reputation. It is said that Elizabeth had her husband's head embalmed and carried it around with her for the rest of her life. Carew inherited the relic and when he died it was buried with him.[citation needed] Through both her parents, Elizabeth Throckmorton had connections to Henry VIII. Her father, Nicholas Throckmorton, was the cousin of Henry's sixth wife, Queen Catherine Parr. Anne Carew, Elizabeth' mother, was the daughter of Nicholas Carew and Elizabeth Carew née Bryan. Nicholas had been a close friend of Henry's, from childhood until his execution in 1539. Alison Weir alleges that Elizabeth Carew had earlier been the mistress of Henry VIII[citation needed], and that he had even given her jewels that should technically have belonged to the queen when she gave birth to her son. However, there are no contemporary references to a possibility of any of Elizabeth's children being fathered by Henry. [edit] Fictional Depiction Elizabeth Throckmorton is the subject of Rosemary Sutcliff's novel Lady in Waiting (1956). Sutcliff usually refers to her as "Bess". Elizabeth Throckmorton was a featured character in the film Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), and was played by Abbie Cornish. In the film The Virgin Queen (1955) Elizabeth Throckmorton (referred to as Beth Throgmorton in the film) is portrayed by Joan Collins. Bette Davis portrays Queen Elizabeth in the episode "Four Great Women and a Manicure" of The Simpsons, Marge plays her

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Elizabeth Raleigh's Timeline

1565
April 16, 1565
Coughton,,Warwickshire,England
1591
May, 1591
Age 26
November 19, 1591
Age 26
England
1593
1593
Age 27
1600
1600
Age 34
Bideford, Devon, England
1605
February 15, 1605
Age 39
London, London, England, UK.
1615
1615
Age 49
Bideford, Devon, England, United Kingdom
1647
1647
Age 81
England