Elizabeth Clerke / Vane (Brydges)
|Death:||Died in Greater London, UK|
|Place of Burial:||City of London, Greater London, UK|
|Managed by:||Ric Dickinson|
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ELIZABETH BRYDGES (c.1510-1568) Elizabeth Brydges was the daughter of Rowland Brydges (Brugge; Bruges; Bridges) of Clerkenwell, Middlesex and Ley Weobley, Herefordshire (d. before December 22, 1544) and Margaret or Margery Kellom. Rowland was also known as Rowland Gosnell and for a time headed the religious house at Much Wenlock. Elizabeth was her parents' heir and fairly wealthy before her marriages. Her first husband was Valentine Clerke, by whom she had three children: Rowland (b.1532), Anne (b.1534) and Amy (b.c.1540) Widowed by the end of 1540, she took Sir Ralph Fane or Vane of Hadlow (x. February 1552) for her second husband. Elizabeth translated psalms and proverbs and received dedications from poet Robert Crowley and others of the radical protestant persuasion. When her husband was executed, charged with conspiracy to murder the duke of Northumberland, Elizabeth lost their home at Penshurst, Kent and the contents of their house in Westminster. Under Queen Mary, Elizabeth offered aid to co-religionists imprisoned by the queen and as a result was eventually forced to go into hiding. She was concealed near Reading for twenty-one weeks in 1556. She died peacefully in Holborn and was buried at St. Andrews on June 11, 1568. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under "Fane [Vane; née Brydges], Elizabeth."