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Margaret Bryan (Bourchier)

Also Known As: "Margaret Bourgchier"
Birthplace: Benningborough, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Cheddington, Buckinghamshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Humphrey Bourchier and Ellizabeth BOURCHIER
Wife of Sir Thomas Bryan, II, Kt. and David Zouche
Fiancée of John Sands
Mother of Sir Francis Bryan I "The Vicar of Hell", Lord Chief Justice of Ireland; Elizabeth Bryan, Lady Carew; John Bryan; Thomas Bryan; Margaret Guildford and 1 other
Half sister of John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Berners and Anne Bourchier

Occupation: Baroness Lady Bryan, Governess to Henry VIII children including young Elizabeth I after Anne Bolyn beheaded., Governess to Henry iii Children Princess Mary, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Edward.
Managed by: Bianca May Evelyn Brennan
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About Lady Margaret Bryan

Margaret, Lady Bryan born 1468, died c. 1551/52)

Margaret, Lady Bryan was Lady Governess to Henry VIII's children: Princess Mary, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Edward. The position of Lady Governess in her day resembled less that of the popular modern idea of a governess, more that of a nanny.

She was born Margaret Bourchier in about 1468 in Beningbrough, Yorkshire, England. Her mother was Elizabeth Tilney and her father was Sir Humphrey Bourchier, who was killed at the Battle of Barnet on 14 April 1471 during the series of dynastic civil wars known as the Wars of the Roses. Humphrey Bourchier was heir to the title Baron Berners but having predeceased his father, Margaret's brother John instead succeeded to the title as second Baron Berners. Humphrey Bourchier and Elizabeth Tilney had one further daughter who survived to adulthood. Margaret's younger sister was Anne Bourchier (1470–1530) who married Thomas Fiennes, 8th Lord Dacre in 1492. Their son, also Thomas, was the 9th Lord Dacre who was executed for murder in 1541.

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Lady Margaret Bryan's Timeline

June 1, 1468
Benningborough, Yorkshire, England
Age 18
Yorkshire, England
June 1, 1490
Age 22
Cheddington, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 26
Beddington, Surrey, , England
Age 32
Whichford, Warwick, England
Age 32
Beningborough, Yorkshire, England
Age 39
Cheddington, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 48
June 1, 1551
Age 83
Cheddington, Buckinghamshire, England
July 7, 1992
Age 83