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Baroness Margaret Spencer (Willoughby)

Birthdate: (30)
Birthplace: Abt. 1571 Of, Wollaton, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Brington, Northamptonshire, England
Place of Burial: Brington, Northamptonshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Francis Willoughby, of Wollaton and Elizabeth Lyttelton
Wife of Robert Spencer, 1st Baron Spencer of Wormleighton
Mother of Mary Spencer; Elizabeth Spencer; John Spencer; William Spencer, 2nd Baron Spencer of Wormleighton; Richard Spencer and 2 others
Sister of Dorothy Hastings and Bridget Willoughby

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About Baroness Margaret Spencer

Margaret was the daughter of Sir Francis Willoughby and Elizabeth Lyttelton. On Feb. 15, 1587/88 in Brington, Northamptonshire, England, she married Sir Robert Spencer, 1st Baron Spencer of Wormleighton. He was the son of Sir John Spencer and Mary Catlin. Margaret died during childbirth.

Children: Mary, Elizabeth, John, William Spencer, 2nd Baron Spencer of Wormleighton, Richard, Edward, Margaret.

Margaret's pedigree is interesting. Her father was Sir Francis Willoughby, the son of Henry Willoughby and Anne, the daughter of the second Marquess of Dorset. Dorset was a landowner in the vicinity of Althorp, who had conveyed the manor or Newbottle (now Nobottle) to the first John Spencer in 1511. Dorset's son, the third Marquess, was Lady Jane Grey's father and Margaret's uncle. Lady Jane was the cousin of Margaret Spencer once removed. The only known portrait painted of Lady Jane Grey is at Althorp.

During 1586 and 1587 Margaret was being courted by her childhood friend Griffin Markham (a soldier and conspirator). This was during the same time that Thomas Markham (father of Griffin) was trying to arrange a marriage between his daughter Margaret Markham and Robert Spencer.

Margaret was buried Oct. 19, 1597 in Brington, Northamptonshire, England.

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Baroness Margaret Spencer's Timeline

October 21, 1566
Abt. 1571 Of, Wollaton, Nottinghamshire, England
August 24, 1588
Age 21
Althorp, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 22
December 6, 1590
Age 24
December 1591
Age 25
Althorp, Northamptonshire, England
Age 26
Age 27
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
August 17, 1597
Age 30
Brington, Northamptonshire, England
October 19, 1597
Age 30
Brington, Northamptonshire, England