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17th Earl of Oxford



17th Earl of Oxford, age 25 (1575).
Portrait in Paris, by unknown.
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From Wikipedia and Tudor Place.




Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (see here and here),
wit and poet at court of Elizabeth I,
born 12th Apr 1550, at family seat of Castle Hedingham, Colne, N of Halstead, Essex,
succ 1562,
made a ward of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, whose dau he went on to marry,
educ Cambridge and Oxford,
mar 1stly, 19th Dec 1571 [her age 15, him age 21] to Anne Cecil [born 5th Dec 1556, descendant of King John],
see his poetry and his letters,
unhappy marriage, including a separation of 5 years,
see his bisexual sexual exploits in Italy, 1575-76,
[Dangerous Talk, David Cressy, 2010] tells the amusing story of two Dutchmen who were gaoled at Colchester in 1577 for speaking "lewd words of the Earl of Oxford", they were released when they said they were sorry, "that they mistook him for the Earl of Westmorland",
famous quarrel with Sir Philip Sidney over the rights to a tennis court, late 1579,
Anne died 5th June 1588, age 31 yrs, at Greenwich Palace (now gone), near London,
bur in Cecil tomb at Westminster Abbey, her mother died the following year and was buried with Anne,
de Vere had issue by 1st wife:


  1. Elizabeth de Vere, born 1575.

  2. Bridget de Vere, born 1584.

  3. Susan de Vere (see here),
    or Susannah, written "Susanna" in the Latin on the Cecil tomb at Westminster Abbey,
    born 26th May 1587,
    mother died when she was age 1,
    mar 27th Dec 1604 [her age 17, spectacular wedding at Whitehall, her father had just died, James I gave her away]
    to Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke and had issue.


de Vere mar 2ndly, 1591, to Elizabeth Trentham and had issue,
had an estate, Bilton Hall, in Warwickshire,
country home at King's Place (later Brooke House) in Hackney village, nr London (now part of London),
King's Place was demolished 1955, the site is where Brooke Rd and Kenninghall Rd meet Clapton Rd (see map),
de Vere died 24th June 1604, age 54 yrs, at King's Place,
bur 6th July 1604, St. Augustine's church, Mare St, Hackney (church demolished, grave gone, but a tower of the church survives, it is Hackney's oldest building, see street view).
See resources and articles and biography.




Birth of Susan de Vere in 1587, on Cecil tomb at Westminster Abbey.



Death of Anne Cecil in 1588 at Greenwich, on Cecil tomb at Westminster Abbey.



Effigy of Anne Cecil (in background).
Cecil tomb at Westminster Abbey.
Effigy of her mother Mildred Cooke in foreground.
Photo 2012. See full size and wider shot.




17th Earl of Oxford



Apparently 17th Earl of Oxford, think 1588.
Apparently by Nicholas Hilliard.
See full size. From Tudor Place.



17th Earl of Oxford.
By Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger. Possession of The Duke of St. Albans.
This scan from Oxford Authorship Site .





"The Earl of Oxford, making of his low obeisance to Queen Elizabeth happened to let a Fart, at which he was so abashed and ashamed that he went to travel, seven years. On his return the Queen welcomed him home and said, 'My Lord, I had forgot the Fart'"
- [Aubrey's "Brief Lives"]






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