Mary Browne, countess of Southampton

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Mary Wriothesley (Browne)

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Место рождения: Cowdray
Смерть: Умер
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Дочь Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu и Jane Browne
Жена Henry Wriothesley, 2nd Earl of Southampton; Sir Thomas Heneage и Sir William Hervey, 1st (and last) Baron Hervey of Kidbrooke
Мать Mary Arundell (Wriothesley) и Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton
Сестра Sir Anthony Browne
Полукровная сестра Anthony Browne; Phillip Brown Browne; George Browne; Anthony Bowne; Sir Henry Browne и ещё 4

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About Mary Browne, countess of Southampton

Mary Browne, July 22,1552-April, 1607, was the daughter of Anthony Browne, viscount Montagu (November 29,1528-October 19,1592) and Jane Radcliffe (1533-July 22,1552). She was brought up at Cowdray by her stepmother, Magdalen Dacre, as a devout Catholic. She married a Catholic neighbor, Henry Wriothesley, earl of Southampton (April 29,1545-October 9, 1581) on February 19,1566. Two opposing views of Mary’s life and character can be found in biographies of her son, Henry (October 6, 1573-November 10,1634). A. L. Rowse’s Shakespeare’s Southampton finds her sympathetic while G.P.V. Akrigg’s Shakespeare and the Earl of Southampton does not. In 1577, Mary’s husband suspected her of adultery with one Donesame and sought to deprive her of her children. After Southampton’s death, her daughter, Mary (1572-1607) was returned to her. In 1592, it was revealed that one of the countess’s gentlemen in waiting, Mr. Harrington, and a priest named Butler, had lived in Southampton House in London, Lady Southampton’s principal residence, in 1584, in the next chamber to her cousin, Robert Gage, one of the conspirators in the Babington Plot. At least in part to obtain protection for herself and her family, the countess remarried on May 2, 1594, choosing as her husband Sir Thomas Heneage (d. October 1595), an influential courtier. Their wedding may have been the occasion for the first performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Upon Heneage's death, Mary inherited Copt Hall, Essex. Her stepdaughter, Elizabeth Heneage, Lady Finch, guaranteed that Mary would have an annual income of £600 if Mary would pay off Heneage’s debts to the Crown, a total of some £13,000. This Mary agreed to and sold one of her own manors to raise the money. In January 1599, she married a third time, to Sir William Hervey (d.1642). When James I became king, Mary was granted a free gift of £600 from the Exchequer and her son, who had been imprisoned for his part in the Essex Rebellion, was released from the Tower of London. A. L. Rowse suggests that her estate included Shakespeare’s sonnets, written to Mary’s son, and that William Hervey was the “Mr. W.H.” who provided them to the printer in 1609. Mary was buried at Titchfield with her first husband.

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Хронология Mary Browne, countess of Southampton

22 июля 1552
Возраст 10
Wriothesley, Staffordshire, England, (Present UK)
6 октября 1573
Возраст 21
4 ноября 1607
Возраст 55