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Lady Elizabeth Howard Howard, Maid of Honour to Queen Elizabeth I

Birthplace: Effingham, Surrey, England
Death: before circa March 31, 1646
Greenwich, London, Greater London, England
Place of Burial: Greenwich, Greater London, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham and Katherine Howard, Countess of Nottingham
Wife of John Steward, Earl of Carrick and Sir Robert Southwell
Mother of Lady Margaret Stewart; Elizabeth Dudley; Lady Frances Rodney; Catherine Verney; Sir Thomas Southwell, of Woodrising and 2 others
Sister of Frances Howard; William Howard, 3rd Baron Howard of Effingham; Charles Howard, 2nd Earl of Nottingham and Lady Margaret Howard
Half sister of Sir Charles Howard, and Anne Howard

Occupation: Maid of honour to Elizabeth I of England., Maid of Honour to Queen Elizabeth I
Managed by: Ric Dickinson
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About Lady Elizabeth Howard

Maid of honour to Queen Elizabeth I of England.


  • Lady Elizabeth Howard1
  • F, #25206, b. 1564, d. circa January 1646
  • Last Edited=24 Sep 2011
  • Consanguinity Index=0.79%
  • Lady Elizabeth Howard was born in 1564.2 She was the daughter of Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham and Katherine Carey.1 She married, firstly, Sir Robert Southwell, son of Francis Southwell and Dorothy Tendring, before 1604.1 She married, secondly, John Stewart, 1st and last Earl of Carrick, son of Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney and Lady Janet Kennedy, on 26 October 1604 at Chelsea, London, England.1 She died circa January 1646.1 She was buried on 31 January 1645/46 at Greenwich, Kent, England.1 She died intestate and her estate was administered to Sir Matthew Mennes, on behalf of his daughter Margaret on 3 March 1645/46.1
  • She held the office of Maid of Honour to Queen Elizabeth I between 1576 and 1583.2 From before 1604, her married name became Southwell.1 From 26 October 1604, her married name became Stewart.1
  • Child of Lady Elizabeth Howard and Sir Robert Southwell
    • 1.Sir Richard Southwell+3
  • Child of Lady Elizabeth Howard and John Stewart, 1st and last Earl of Carrick
    • 1.Lady Margaret Stuart+4
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume III, page 60. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S3409] Caroline Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family."
  • 3.[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 3, page 3689. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 4.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume III, page 59.
  • From: _______________________
  • Elizabeth HOWARD (C. Carrick)
  • Died: Jan 1645/6
  • Buried: 31 Mar 1646, Greenwich, Kent, England
  • Notes: Maid of Honour to Elizabeth I. On 10 Jun 1605, she had an annuity granted of £200 per ann on the decease of Elizabeth Leighton.
  • Father: Charles HOWARD (1° E. Nottingham)
  • Mother: Catherine CAREY (C. Nottingham)
  • Married 1: Robert SOUTHWELL (Sir) 1583
  • Children:
    • 1. Elizabeth SOUTHWELL
    • 2. Catherine SOUTHWELL
    • 3. Thomas SOUTHWELL (Sir)
  • Married 2: John STEWART (E. Carrick) 26 Oct 1604 Chelsea, Middlesex, England
  • Children:
    • 4. Margaret STEWART
  • From: HOWARD (C. Carrick) _____________________
  • Elizabeth Howard (buried 31 March 1646). Maid of honour to Elizabeth I of England. She was married first to Sir Robert Southwell. One of their daughters, Elizabeth, was a lover and eventually a third wife of Robert Dudley (explorer). Another daughter, Frances, married Edward Rodney. Elizabeth Howard was secondly married to John Stewart, 1st Earl of Carrick.
  • From:,_1st_Earl_of_Nottingham __________________
  • SOUTHWELL, Sir Robert (1563-98), of Wood Rising, Norf.
  • b. 1563, o.s. of Thomas Southwell of Wood Rising by his 2nd w. Mary, da. of Sir Richard Mansell. educ. travelled abroad; G. Inn 1580. m. 17 Apr. 1583, Elizabeth, da. of Charles Howard I, 1st Earl of Nottingham, 4s. 4da. suc. fa. 1567. Kntd. 1585.1
  • .... etc.
  • From: _____________________

ir Robert's wife Lady Elizabeth outlived him by almost fifty years and was buried at Greenwich on 31st March, 1646. After Sir Robert's death she married John Stewart, 1st Earl of Carrick, and had a daughter Lady Margaret Stewart. Lady Elizabeth was a lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth I and is recorded in the 1588-9 New Year's gifts to the Queen as giving "a dooblet of lawne cuttwork, florished with squares of silver owes" and in 1599-1600 "one loose gowne of tyffany, florished with Venyce silver and small tuftes of golde, with spangles att the ende." During her time as a lady in waiting, Lady Elizabeth kept a diary in which she describes events especially around the time of Queen Elizabeth's death. She writes that at one time Lady Guildford having left the Queen sleeping in her Privy Chamber, went to take a little air, and met Her Majesty, as she thought, three or four chambers away. She returned terrified to the Queen's room and found she had seen an apparition, as the Queen was still sleeping as she had left her. Lady Elizabeth also writes that during her final weeks, "the Queen kept her bed for fifteen days, besides the three days she sat upon a stool; and one day, when being pulled up by force, she obstinately stood on her feet for fifteen hours." Lady Elizabeth was one of the ladies who helped attend the Queen's corpse. Her diary also records a bizarre event two days after the Queen's death on 24th March, 1603. "Last night whilst the ladies were in their places watching about the Queen's corpse which was fast nailed up in a board coffin, with leaves of lead covered with velvet, her body burst with such a crack that it splitted the wood, lead and cerecloth, so that today she was fain to be new trimmed up."

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Lady Elizabeth Howard's Timeline

March 3, 1564
Effingham, Surrey, England
March 3, 1583
Norfolk, England
Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Isle of Orkney, Scotland (United Kingdom)
January 31, 1645
Age 80
St. Alfege Churchyard, Greenwich, Greater London, England (United Kingdom)
March 31, 1646
Age 82
Greenwich, London, Greater London, England