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1st Duke of Northumberland



John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, 1545.
From here.



John Dudley, 1st (only) Duke of Northumberland and 1st Earl of Warwick (see here and here),
born 1502,
mar 1520 (him age 18) to Jane Guildford [dau of Sir Edward Guildford],
cr 1st Earl of Warwick think 1547,
Lord Protector (Lord President of the Council, effective ruler) Oct 1549 under the boy king Edward VI (reigned 1547-53),
cr 1st Duke of Northumberland 1551,
strong Protestant, main mover behind the plan to make the teenage Lady Jane Grey (his daughter-in-law) Queen (and hence to effectively rule himself), persuaded the dying Edward VI to name her as successor June 1553,
after her fall he tried to escape execution by renouncing Protestantism, saying "A living dog is better than a dead lion",
Lady Jane, though, was disgusted with him: "I pray God I, nor no friend of mine die so",
he was executed Mon 23rd Aug 1553, age 51 yrs,
bur in the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London, no monument,
see short biography,
see images at [NPG],
had issue:


  1. John Dudley, 2nd Earl of Warwick, died 1554.

  2. Ambrose Dudley, 3rd Earl of Warwick, born poss.1528,
    died 1590, age poss.62 yrs.

  3. Henry Dudley

  4. Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, born 1532, favourite of Elizabeth I.

  5. Lord Guildford Dudley (see here), born 1536,
    mar 21st May 1553 [him age 17, her age 15] to Lady Jane Grey,
    executed 12th Feb 1554, age 18 yrs,
    bur in the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London, no monument.

  6. Jane Dudley

  7. Lady Mary Dudley,
    mar Sir Henry Sidney, K.G. and had issue.

  8. Catherine Dudley,
    mar Henry Hastings, Earl of Huntingdon,
    guardian of her brother's step-daughter Penelope Devereux.




John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland.
From Tudor Place.



John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland.
From NPG. See terms of use.




Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London



Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London (burial place of John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, and others executed there).
Photo 2003. See full size.
From Lara Eakins. See terms of use.
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Plaque on wall of Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London, listing some of those buried there with no monument (after their execution).
Image courtesy of The Anne Boleyn Files.
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