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The Painted Closet of Lady Anne Bacon Drury By H. L. Meakin page 21

"... Francis Wyndham, the husband of one of the Bacon's daughters named Elizabeth (confusingly but not uncommonly, there were two), who wears ...."

Page 29

"In 1552 at age 22, Anne Cooke became stepmother to Nicholas Baon's six children by Jane Farley. His oldest chld by Jane, Elizabeth, was about 11, and the youngest, also named Elizabeth, was only a year old."


Elizabeth Bacon (d. c.1604?)

  • youngest daughter (and the second to be named Elizabeth) of Sir Nicholas Bacon of Redgrave Suffolk and Gorhambury, Hertfordshire (1510-1579), Lord Keeper, and his first wife, Jane Ferneley (d. 1552).

She is incorrectly called Jane and the daughter of Bacon's second wife in some genealogies, but the second Lady Bacon's daughters died young.

See Her sister from the same source


Elizabeth Bacon was the eldest daughter of Sir Nicholas Bacon of Redgrave, Suffolk (1509-October 11, 1579) and Jane Fernley (d.1552). She married three times, first to Sir Robert D'Oyley of Greenlands, Buckinghamshire (c.1539-1577), then in May 1578 to Sir Henry Neville of Billingbear, Berkshire (1520-January 13, 1593) as his third wife, and third to William Periam (c.1534-October 9, 1604), as his third wife. She gave birth to three sons, all of whom died young. David C. Price in Patrons and Musicians of the English Renaissance identifies her third husband as Sir Francis Periam (d.1621) and suggests she is the "Lady Periam" to whom Thomas Morley dedicated "The firste booke of canzonets" (1595). She is also famous in musical circles as the Lady Neville of “My Lady Neville’s Book,” a manuscript containing forty-two keyboard compositions by William Byrd. It was presented to her in 1591, probably because she was a skilled performer on the virginals and admired the collection, obliging the copyist (John Baldwin) to present it to her as a gift. Later the manuscript was given to Queen Elizabeth, according to a note made in 1668, “by Lord Edward Abergavenny, called the Deaf.” This was probably Edward Neville, 6th baron (c.1550-December 1, 1622). He was Sir Henry Neville’s nephew. Other possibilities suggested as “Lady Neville” have been the 6th baron’s stepmother, Grisold Hughes, which does not make sense (see her entry), and his wife, Rachel Lennard (c.1556-1616), but the heraldic designs on the flyleaf argue for Sir Henry Neville’s wife as the correct choice.

"In 1570, Elizabeth married Francis Wyndham of Norwich and Beeston, Norfolk (d. June 18, 1592). Letters written by her father concerning this marriage are extant, along with several documents relating to the payment of dowries. On November 9, 1569, Sir Nicholas wrote from court to his son Nicholas concerning the matter. On May 27, 1571, a payment of £400 was apparently made, the last in the 1300 marks for Wyndham's marriage to Sir Nicholas's youngest daughter Elizabeth. A similar document, dated May 9, 1571, concerns the payment of 1000 marks for the marriage of Sir Nicholas's eldest daughter Elizabeth on her marriage to Robert D’Oyly of Greneland, Buckinghamshire. During his marriage to Elizabeth, Wyndham acquired property at Stiffkey, Ashwood, Pentney, and West Bilney, as well as a large dwelling house called the Committee House, near St. Giles Gate, Norwich. They had no children. He left Elizabeth all his Norfolk property, including the site of the dissolved monastery at Pentney. The Norwich house was to be sold to pay his debts. When the will was proved on July 8, 1592, the executors disputed a nuncupative codicil leaving additional property to the widow. The codicil was declared valid in November 1594. A monument to Wyndham, with his effigy in his robes as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas, was erected in St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich.

In about 1593, Elizabeth married Robert Mansell (or Mansfield) of Penrice, Glamorganshire (c.1569-1656). They settled at Pentney, about eight miles from King's Lynn and also leased a house in Chapel Fields, Norwich. He was a naval commander and often absent from home. He was knighted on the Cadiz voyage in 1596 and served as treasurer of the navy from 1604-1618. Elizabeth had no children from this marriage, either. His entry in the History of Parliament indicates that it was after her death that he returned to Wales and became a knight of the shire but exactly when this was is not clear. He first represented a Welsh county in Parliament in 1604. Elizabeth died at some point before her husband made a second marriage on March 11, 1617 to Elizabeth Roper (d.1658)."


Reference Francis Wyndham (d. 1592)
"2nd s. of Sir Edmund Wyndham of Felbrigg by Susan, da. of Sir Roger Townshend† of Raynham. educ. Camb. prob. Corpus Christi; L. Inn by 1554, called 1560. m. 1570, Elizabeth, da. of Sir Nicholas Bacon†, s.p."


Reference Sir Robert Mansell (c.1569-1656) "b. c.1569, 4th s. of (Sir) Edward Mansell† of Margam, Glam. by Lady Jane Somerset, da. of Henry, 2nd Earl of Worcester; bro. of Sir Thomas. educ. Brasenose, Oxf. 1587. m. (1) c.1593, Elizabeth, da. of (Sir) Nicholas Bacon†, wid. of Francis Wyndham, s.p.; (2) 1617, Anne, da. of Sir John Roper, s.p. Kntd. on Cadiz voyage 1596."

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