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Isabell Radcliffe (Harvey)

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Elstow, Bedfordshire, England
Death: May 8, 1594 (84)
Edgworth, Lancashire, , England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edmund Harvey and Margaret Wentworth
Wife of Edward Hill and Sir Humphrey Radcliffe
Mother of John Hill; Thomas Hill; Eleanor Helena Whitebread; Edward Hill; Lawrence Hill and 9 others
Half sister of John Berney, IV

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About Isabell Radcliffe

  • A Who's Who of Tudor Women
  • ISABEL HERVEY or HARVEY (d. May 8, 1594)
  • Isabel Hervey was the daughter of Edmund Hervey (b.1492) and Margaret Wentworth (c.1492-1511). Her father was a wealthy London merchant with a house in Cheapside. According to the legend, Isabel and her father were visiting friends in the village of Kensington when the earl of Sussex and his retinue rode past. In her eagerness to see the cavalcade, Isabel leaned too far out a window and dropped her glove. Sir Humphrey Radcliffe (c.1509-August 13,1566), third son of the earl, dipped his lance, impaled the glove, and returned it to its owner. Struck by her beauty, he left his father’s company and offered his services to Hervey to escort him and his daughter back to London. Humphrey represented himself as one of the earl’s men, but did not tell them he was Sussex’s son until, some versions of the tale insist, he and Isabel had been married for some time. They lived at Elstow in Bedfordshire and Edgworth, Lancashire. They were the parents of four daughters and two sons, including Mary (d.1616/17), a maid of honor to Queen Elizabeth, Edward (1552-1643), Martha, and Frances (b.1545). Portrait: the Hans Holbein the Younger drawing at Windsor inscribed “The Lady Ratclif” may be Isabel Hervey, although neither the date of her marriage nor the date of the drawing are known. Other likely candidates (Elizabeth Howard, Lady Fitzwalter; Margaret Stanley, countess of Sussex; Mary Arundell, countess of Sussex) would not have been called Lady Radcliffe.
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  • 'Humphrey RADCLIFFE (Sir)
  • Born: ABT 1509, probably Edgworth, Lancashire, England
  • Died: 13 Aug 1566
  • 'Notes: During the reign of Henry VIII, the Earl of Sussex and his son and a party of friends rode out of London to take part in a tournament. In the village of Kensigton, a girl, Isabel Harvey, who with her father, a wealthy London merchant, happened to be visiting some friends, leaned out so far in her eagerness to see the gay cavalcade that she droped her glove. Sir Humphrey dipped his lance, impaled the glove, and returned it to her owner. Isabel beauty had cast such a spell upon Sir Humphrey that he contrived to leave his companions. Edmund Harvey and his daughter were about to set off for London, and as the road thence bore an evil reputation, the merchant readily acquiesced in the knight´s (represented himself as a squire in service with Earl of Sussex) suggestion that he should bear them company, and so agreeable did he make himself that when they reached Harvey´s house in Cheapside he received an invitation to come in to supper. Friendship with Isabel soon ripened into love, nor did her father raise any objection when asked to give his consent to their marriage. Isabel Harvey came to her husband a richly dowered bride, but they have been married some time before she learned the fact that her husband was the son, not the servant, of Robert of Sussex, Lord High Chamberlain of England. They settled at Elstow, in Bedfordshire and Edgworth, Lancashire.
  • Father: Robert RADCLIFFE (1° E. Sussex)
  • Mother: Elizabeth STAFFORD (C. Sussex)
  • 'Married: Isabel HARVEY (b. ABT 1510 - d. 8 May 1594) (dau. of Edmund Harvey and Margaret Wentworth) ABT 1530
  • Children:
    • 1. Mary RADCLIFFE (Maid of Honour)
    • 2. Thomas RADCLIFFE (d. 10 Sep 1624)
    • 3. Edward RADCLIFFE (6° E. Sussex)
    • 4. Frances RADCLIFFE
    • 5. Martha RADCLIFFE
    • 6. Dau. RADCLIFFE
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  • 'Isabel Harvey
  • F, b. circa 1508, d. 8 May 1594
  • ' Isabel Harvey was born circa 1508 at of Ellenstow, Bedfordshire, England. She married Humphrey Radcliffe circa 1529. Isabel Harvey died on 8 May 1594.
  • 'Family Humphrey Radcliffe b. c 1509, d. 13 Aug 1566
  • Child
  • ◦Edward Radcliffe+ b. c 1530
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  • 'Isabel Harvey1
  • F, #410245
  • Last Edited=7 Sep 2010
  • ' Isabel Harvey is the daughter of Edmond Harvey.1 She married Sir Humphrey Radcliffe, son of Robert Radcliffe, 1st Earl of Sussex and Lady Elizabeth Stafford.1
  • ' Her married name became Radcliffe.
  • 'Child of Isabel Harvey and Sir Humphrey Radcliffe
  • 1.Edward Radcliffe, 6th Earl of Sussex2 b. b 10 Nov 1559, d. bt Jul 1643 - Aug 1643
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1442. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 2.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
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Elstow, Bedfordshire, England
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Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire, England
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Silveshoo, Flitton Parish, Bedfordshire
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Attleborough, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
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Stringston, Somerset, UK
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Elstow, Bedfordshire, England
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Todmorden,England Todmorden,Lancashire,England