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Elizabeth Page (Bourchier)

Birthplace: Probably Braunton, Devon, England
Death: August 8, 1557
Place of Burial: Borough of Islington, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Fulk Bourchier, 10th Lord FitzWarin and Elizabeth Bourchier
Wife of Henry Beaumont; (Unknown) Verney; Sir Edward Stanhope, of Rampton & Houghton, Kt. and Sir Richard Page, Kt.
Mother of Katherine Verney; Lady Anne Seymour, Duchess of Somerset; Anne Seymour and Elizabeth Skipwith
Sister of John Bourchier, 1st Earl of Bath; Joan Bourchier and Maurice Bourchier
Half sister of Dorothy Durrant; Richard Sapcote; Joan Pomeroy and Henrye Brandon

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About Elizabeth Page

From her Wikipedia article:


Elizabeth Bourchier (before 1473 – 8 August 1557) was a descendant of King Edward III. By her third husband, Sir Edward Stanhope, she was the mother of Anne Stanhope, wife of the Protector Somerset. Her fourth husband was the courtier Sir Richard Page. She died in 1557, and was buried at Clerkenwell.


Elizabeth Bourchier (before 1473 – 8 August 1557)[1] was a descendant of King Edward III. Her father, Fulk Bourchier, 10th Baron FitzWarin (25 October 1445 – 18 September 1479),[2] was the eldest son of William Bourchier, 9th Baron FitzWarin (died c. 1469),[3] and the grandson of William Bourchier, 1st Count of Eu (d. 28 May 1420) by Anne of Gloucester (d. 16 October 1438), elder daughter of Thomas of Woodstock, King Edward III's youngest son.[4]

Elizabeth Bourchier's mother was Elizabeth Dynham (d. 19 October 1516).[5] She was the daughter of Sir John Dynham (d. 25 January 1458) by Joan Arches (d.1497), and the sister and coheir of John Dynham, 1st Baron Dynham (d. 1501). After the death of her first husband, Fulk Bourchier, she married Sir John Sapcotes (d.1501) of Elton, Huntingdonshire, and after his death, Sir Thomas Brandon (d. 27 January 1510) of Duddington, Northamptonshire.[6] There were no issue of Elizabeth Dynham's marriage to Thomas Brandon, and according to Gunn, after his death she took a vow of celibacy before Bishop Fisher on 21 April 1510.[7] She died 19 October 1516, and was buried in the Greyfriars, London.[5][8]

By her mother's first marriage, Elizabeth Bourchier had a brother and sister:

  • John Bourchier, 1st Earl of Bath (d. 30 April 1539),[9]
  • Joan Bourchier (d. 3 March 1532), second wife of James Tuchet, 7th Baron Audley, who was beheaded 28 June 1497 on Tower Hill for his part in the Cornish rebellion, and buried at the Blackfriars, London.[10] Audley's younger brother, John Audley, was married to Isabel Mylbery, an illegitimate daughter of King Edward IV, by whom he had no issue. He too took part in the Cornish rebellion in 1497, as well as the Warbeck conspiracy in 1499, but was pardoned in 1505.[11][12]


Elizabeth Bourchier

  • married firstly Henry Beaumont, and
  • secondly a husband surnamed Verney,
    • by whom she had a daughter, Katherine Verney.[13]
  • Her third husband was Sir Edward Stanhope (d. 6 June 1511)[14] of Rampton, Nottinghamshire. Stanhope had earlier been married to Adelina Clifton, the daughter of Sir Gervase Clifton, of Clifton, Nottinghamshire,[15] by whom he had two sons, Richard Stanhope (d. 21 January 1529),[16] who married Anne Strelley (d. 12 October 1554),[17] and Sir Michael Stanhope, who married Anne Rawson. Sir Edward Stanhope fought in 1487 at the Battle of Stoke and in 1497 at the Battle of Blackheath, where he was knighted on the field for his valour. He was a Knight of the Body and Constable of Sandal Castle.[18][19] Elizabeth Bourchier's stepson, Sir Michael Stanhope, was beheaded on Tower Hill on 26 February 1552.[20]
    • By Sir Edward Stanhope Elizabeth Bourchier had a daughter, Anne Stanhope, who married, as his second wife, Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset.[21] Elizabeth Bourchier's son-in-law, Somerset, was beheaded on Tower Hill on 22 January 1552.[22]
  • After the death of Sir Edward Stanhope, Elizabeth Bourchier married her fourth husband, the courtier Sir Richard Page,[23]
    • by whom she had a daughter, Elizabeth Page, who married Sir William Skipwith.[14] In the month of June 1537, Lady Page's servant is recorded as having received two shillings as a reward for bringing strawberries and cream to the future Queen Mary.[24][25]

When her daughter, Anne Seymour, Duchess of Somerset, was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1552, her mother Elizabeth, then styled Lady Page, was granted permission to visit her.[14]

Elizabeth Bourchier died 8 August 1557, and was buried at Clerkenwell, as noted in Machyn's diary.[14][26]


  • 1. ^ Nichols 1857, p. xxxi; Warnicke 2004.
  • 2. ^ Cokayne 1926, pp. 508–9.
  • 3. ^ Cokayne 1926, p. 508.
  • 4. ^ Burke 1831, p. 73; Richardson I 2011, pp. 277–82.
  • 5. ^ a b Cokayne 1926, p. 510.
  • 6. ^ Cokayne 1926, pp. 509–510; Richardson I 2011, p. 87; Gunn 2004.
  • 7. ^ Gunn 2004.
  • 8. ^ Gunn states that she was buried in the priory of St Mary Overie, Southwark.
  • 9. ^ Cokayne 1912, p. 16; Cokayne 1926, pp. 510–11.
  • 10. ^ Burke 1831, p. 73; Cokayne 1910, p. 342; Arthurson 2004.
  • 11. ^ Richardson IV 2011, pp. 220, 421; Arthurson 2004.
  • 12. ^ Coat of Arms of John Awdeley marshalled with that of his wife Isabella Mylberry, illegitimate daughter of Edward IV, Audley Family History website Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  • 13. ^ Marshall 1871, p. 7.
  • 14. ^ Nichols 1857, p. xxxi.
  • 15. ^ Pollard 1898, p. 22.
  • 16. ^ Stanhope 1855, p. 6.
  • 17. ^ Markham, Sir John (by 1486-1559), History of Parliament Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  • 18. ^ Noble 1829, p. 163.
  • 19. ^ Stanhope, Michael (by 1508–1552), History of Parliament Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  • 20. ^ Pollard 1898, p. 22.
  • 21. ^ Marshall 1871, pp. 7–8; Stanhope 1855, p. 9; Warnicke 2004.
  • 22. ^ Beer 2004.
  • 23. ^ Davies 2004.
  • 24. ^ Madden 1831, pp. 31, 254.
  • 25. ^ 'The Fortunate Sir Richard Page', History Refreshed by Susan Higginbotham, 5 May 2012 Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  • 26. ^ Burial of Lady Page, A London Provisioner's Chronicle, 1550-1563, by Henry Machyn: Manuscript, Transcription, and Modernization Retrieved 4 April 2013.


External links

From http://stanhopefamilyhistory.webs.com/

His second wife, Elizabeth Bourchier, was daughter of Foulk Bourchier, Lord Fitz-Waren, and great-great granddaughter of King Edward III. Elizabeth Bourchier married (2) Sir Richard Page of Beechwood, Hertfordshire, who 'shared with Sir Michael Stanhope the supervision of the King'  (Stephen Alford, Kingship and Politics in the Reign of Edward VI., p. 89, 2002) By his second wife, Elizabeth Bourchier, Sir Edward Stanhope was father of Anne Stanhope, Duchess of Somerset, 1497-1587, the wife of Protector Somerset, 1500-1552. (Foulk Bourchier's wife, Anne, was sole heir of Thomas Plantagenet of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester, younger son of Edward III.).

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Elizabeth Page's Timeline

Probably Braunton, Devon, England
Age 24
Age 37
Sudbury, Suffolk, England
Age 42
Beechwood, Hertfordshire, England
August 8, 1557
Age 84