Elizabeth Kitson (Cornwallis)
|Birthplace:||Broome, Suffolk, England|
|Death:||(Date and location unknown)|
Daughter of Sir Thomas Cornwallis, Kt., MP and Anne Cornwallis
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About Elizabeth Kitson
ELIZABETH CORNWALLIS (1547-August 12,1628) Elizabeth Cornwallis was the daughter of Sir Thomas Cornwallis of Brome Hall, Norfolk (c.1519-December 24, 1604) and Anne Jerningham (June 28, 1516-before May 28, 1581). Her mother was a lady of the privy chamber to Queen Mary and her father had been in the service of the duke of Norfolk before he, too, joined the royal household. Elizabeth entered the service of the duchess of Norfolk (Margaret Audley) before her marriage in 1561. Her husband was Sir Thomas Kytson or Kitson of Hengrave Hall, Suffolk (October 9, 1540-January 28, 1603). They also had a London house in Austin Friars. In 1571, Elizabeth Codington (see ELIZABETH JENOUR) left Elizabeth Kytson "one hundred hops of my own growing" in her will. In 1578, Queen Elizabeth stayed three nights at Hengrave Hall (August 27-29). Thomas Kytson had been knighted by the queen earlier that month at Bury St. Edmunds. Hengrave was a large, luxurious house where each family member had a pair of rooms and there was a bathing chamber near those occupied by Lady Kytson. There was also a music room. In 1602, Hengrave had more than forty instruments and over fifty music books. Robert Johnson, a musician, was part of the household in the 1570s and from the mid-1590s until Elizabeth died, the madrigal singer and composer, John Wilbye (1574-1638) was part of the household. Her daughter Mary (1566-June 28, 1644) took over as his patron after her death. Elizabeth's elder daughter, Margaret (1563-1582), had predeceased her, as had a son, John, who died as an infant. In 1581, Elizabeth persuaded friends from court to intercede on behalf of her father, who was imprisoned for recusancy. She may be the Madam Kitson who visited Simon Forman the astrologer twice in January 1598. In 1599, she was facing a charge of recusancy herself and again called upon influential friends who were able to keep her from being presented at the Bury St. Edmunds petty sessions. As a widow, Elizabeth spent part of her time at Hengrave Hall and the rest at a new house her husband had built in Clerkenwell. Portraits: by George Gower, 1573; miniature.