Margaret à Barrow (1500 - c.1560)

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Nicknames: "Margaret à Barrow", "Margaret Barrow", "Margaret Arbarrow", "Margaret Aborough", "Margaret Abarowe", "Margaret d'Abarow", "Margaret Barough"
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About Margaret à Barrow

Margaret à Barrow, 1500-1560, was the daughter of Sir Maurice of North Barrow, Somerset. The surname is variously spelled as à Barrow, Barrow, Arbarrow, Aborough, Abarowe, d'Abarow, and Barough. Margaret may have been part of Sir Thomas More's household in 1510/11 and have studied with his daughters. She was renowned for her learning. At about that same time, although it may have been as late as 1522, she married Sir Thomas Elyot (c.1490-March 26, 1546). In his will, he left his property to Margaret for her lifetime but instructed that his library be sold and the proceeds go to poor scholars. She married her second husband, James Dyer of Wincanton, Somerset (1510-March 24, 1582) on February 9, 1546/7. He was knighted in 1553. Their London house was in Cow Lane, near Smithfield. She had no children by either husband. The Oxford DNB entry for Sir James Dyer gives her date of death as 1569. The entry for Sir Thomas Elyot says 1560. Another record says she was buried August 26, 1560 at Great Staughton, Huntingdonshire, where her husband was later buried beside her. Their effigies were not added until early in the next century.

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Margaret à Barrow's Timeline

1500
1500
1537
1537
Age 37
1546
February 9, 1546
Age 46
1560
August 26, 1560
Age 60
August 26, 1560
Age 60
St Neots, Cambridgeshire, UK
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