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Mary Seymour

Birthplace: Sudeley Castle, Gloucertershire, England
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of 1st Baron Of Sudeley Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron Sudeley and Catherine Parr, Queen consort of England and Ireland

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About Mary Seymour

WIKIPEDIA: Mary Seymour (30 August 1548 - after 1550??) was the only daughter of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, and Catherine Parr, widow of Henry VIII of England. Complications from Mary's birth would claim the life of her mother on 5 September 1548, and her father was executed less than a year later for treason against Edward VI.

In 1549, Parliament passed an Act (3 & 4 Edw. 6 C A P. XIV) removing the attainder placed on her father from Mary, but his lands remained property of the Crown.

As her mother's wealth was left entirely to her father and later confiscated by the Crown, little Mary was left a destitute orphan in the care of Katherine Willoughby Duchess of Suffolk. After 1550 Mary disappears from historical record completely, leading to the conclusion that she did not live past the age of two.

SPECULATIONS OF AN ADULT LIFE: Victorian author Agnes Strickland claims in her biography of Catherine Parr that Mary Seymour did survive to adulthood, and in fact married Edward Bushel, a member of the household of Queen Anne of Denmark, but there is no contemporary evidence to support this claim.

Mary was also believed to have been removed to Wexford, Ireland and raised under the care of a Protestant family there, the Harts, who had been engaged in piracy off the Irish coast under the protection of a profit sharing arrangement with Thomas Seymour.

A lozenge-shaped ring inscribed "What I have I hold" reputed to have been an early gift to Thomas by his brother Edward passed down through her descendants the Seymour-Harts up to at least 1927.

The fictional story, The Red Queen's Daughter, by Jacqueline Kolosov, centres around Mary Seymour, and speculates a life in which she never marries, and becomes lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth I.

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Born: 29 Aug 1548

Died: 5 Sep 1548 (MAYBE)

Notes: her governess was Elizabeth Aglionby, formerly one of Catherine Parr’s ladies, and looked after her, first at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, where she was born, then at her uncle’s residence, Syon House, and finally, after her father’s execution, at Grimsthorpe in Lincolnshire, where Catherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk, was her guardian. There she had, in addition to her governess, two maids and several other servants. Money for her care, however, was lacking. She had an income from the Court of Wards of just under F500 a year, but this income was not transferred to the Duchess. According to the Duchess, Mary’s mother’s family, the Parrs, refused to take her. Mary Seymour was restored in blood on 22 Jan 1550, but after that disappears from the records. Historian John Strype (b. 1643 - d. 1737) concluded that Mary must have died in childhood Strype seems to be the source later writers, including Edmund Lodge (b. 1756 - d. 1839), used for the information that Mary died as a child. Lodge says she died at thirteen. This would be consistent with Mrs. Aglionby’s reappearance at court in 1562 as mother of maids under Queen Elizabeth, but that is hardly proof of anything. Historian Agnes Strickland believes she lived to become a wife and mother, marrying a Sir Edward Bushel, by who she had a daughter through whom her fortune and pedigree eventually descended to the Lawson family who originally came from Westmorland and Cumberland. There is yet to be any documented proof of this, the evidence is only from the 18th C.

Father: Thomas SEYMOUR (1° B. Seymour of Sudeley)

Mother: Catherine PARR (Queen of England)

¿Married: Edward BUSHEL (Sir)?

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August 30, 1548
Sudeley Castle, Gloucertershire, England
September 5, 1548