Eleanor Finch, Baroness of Marley

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Eleanor Finch, Baroness of Marley

Also Known As: "Morton", "Wotton"
Birthplace: Netherfield, East Sussex, England, England
Death: August 17, 1564 (31)
Malherbe, Kent, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir William Finch, of Burmarshe and Catherine Finch
Wife of Robert Morton and Sir Thomas Wotton, MP
Mother of George Morton, MP
Sister of Erasmus Finch; Elizabeth Finche and Vincent Finche
Half sister of Richard Finch; Laurence Finch and Sir Thomas Finch

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About Eleanor Finch, Baroness of Marley

From The Life of Sir Henry Wotton by Izaak Walton

This being premised, I proceed to tell the reader, that the Father of Sir Henry Wotton was twice married; first to Elizabeth, the daughter of Sir John Rudstone, Knight; after whose death, though his inclination was averse to all contentions, yet necessitated he was to several suits in Law; in the prosecution whereof,—which took up much of his time, and were the occasion of many discontents,—he was by divers of his friends earnestly persuaded to a remarriage; to whom he has often answered, "That if ever he did put on a resolution to marry, he was seriously resolved to avoid three sorts of persons: namely

  • *Those that had children;
    • Those that had Law-suits;
      • And those that were of his kindred.

And yet, following his own Law-suits, he met in Westminster Hall with Mrs. Eleonora Morton, Widow to Robert Morton, of Kent, Esquire, who was also engaged in several suits in Law: and he observing her comportment at the time of hearing one of her causes before the Judges, could not but at the same time both compassionate her condition, and affect her person; for the tears of lovers, or beauty dressed in sadness, are observed to have in them a charming eloquence, and to become very often too strong to be resisted: which I mention, because it proved so with this Thomas Wotton; for although there were in her a concurrence of all those accidents, against which he had so seriously resolved, yet his affection to her grew then so strong, that he resolved to solicit her for a wife, and did, and obtained her.

By her—who was the daughter of Sir William Finch, of Eastwell, in Kent,—he had only Henry his youngest son. His Mother undertook to be tutoress unto him during much of his childhood; for whose care and pains he paid her each day with such visible signs of future perfection in Learning, as turned her employment into a pleasing trouble; which she was content to continue, till his Father took him into his own particular care, and disposed of him to a Tutor in his own house at Bocton. ....

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Netherfield, East Sussex, England, England
Age 17
August 17, 1564
Age 31
Kent, England