Saturday, March 16, 2013

My Tudor Redheaded Relative

                    Margaret of Lovelace by John de Critz the Elder (private collection)

Isn't Margaret of Lovelace pretty?   And her clothes? Amazing! 
Notes from Wiki state-Margaret wears a high vee neckline with a fichu-like insert. The neckline is the origin for a vee-shaped ruff.

Her husband-she was his second wife.
Richard Lovelace, 1st Baron Lovelace (1564 – 22 April 1634) was an English politician who sat in the House Of Commons at various times between 1601 and 1622. He was raised to the peerage as Baron Lovelace in 1627.

Lovelace became a soldier and commanded a force under the Lord Lieutenant in Ireland, after which he was knighted by the Earl of Essex (Dublin, 1579). His association with the earl led to a brief period of imprisonment on charges of plotting against Queen Elizabeth I but he was released without charge. In 1621 he was elected MP for Berkshire again. 

In 1627 he was created Baron Lovelace of Hurley by Charles I.
Lovelace died in Hurley in 1634. 
He had married twice: firstly, Katherine, daughter of Sir George Gyll and widow of William Hyde of  Berkshire  (no children) and, secondly, Margaret, daughter and co-heir of a rich merchant, William Dodworth, with whom he had four sons and five daughters. The eldest son was his heir John Lovelace, 2nd Baron, and a daughter Elizabeth married the regicide Henry Marten. His son Francis should not be confused with the person of the same name who became the second Governor of the New York colony but who was however the grandfather of the John Lovelace who was a later Governor.

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