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Frances Brandon

  • Birth 16 Jul 1517 Hatfield, Welwyn Hatfield District, Hertfordshire, England
  • Death 21 Nov 1559 Greater London, England
  • Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
  • Memorial ID 10666432

English nobility, Duchess of Suffolk. The daughter of Princess Mary Rose Tudor, Dowager Queen of France and her second husband, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. She married Henry Grey, marquis of Dorset, in 1535. Frances was a ceaseless political schemer who used the advantage of her royal blood to the best of her ability. Both she and her husband were active in the schemes of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, to prevent Princess Mary from taking the throne. When Frances' hopes of seeing her daughter, Lady Jane, married to Edward VI were dashed by the King's rapidly failing health, they instead married her to Dudley's son and convinced Edward to name Frances as his heir. Frances, as planned, refused in favor of Jane. Their schemes failed, and Queen Mary imprisoned and executed both Lady Jane and Henry Grey. Frances never attempted to visit her daughter during her imprisonment. After the executions, Frances quickly made friends with Queen Mary, again using her familial connection, guaranteeing a safe life at court for her and her two remaing daughters, Catherine and Mary. Only three weeks after the death of her husband, on March 9, 1554, Frances married Adrian Stokes, her master of horse. He was 15 years her junior. She had three more daughters by Stokes before falling ill. She died at Sheen at the age of 42.

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  • Originally Created by: Kristen Conrad
  • Added: 24 Mar 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10666432
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frances Brandon (16 Jul 1517–21 Nov 1559), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10666432, citing Westminster Abbey, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .