Frances Howard

Frances Howard

Birth
Death 27 Aug 1632 (aged 41)
Burial Saffron Walden, Uttlesford District, Essex, England
Plot Howard Vault, churchyard: sealed entrance and grilles can be found below east window of church
Memorial ID 14866834 · View Source
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English nobility, subject of a great scandal during the reign of James I. Daughter of Thomas Howard 1st Earl of Suffolk, she was married to the Earl of Essex at the age of 13 (he was a year older). Later she took on a lover, Robert Carr the 1st Earl of Somerset, and sought an annulment from Essex citing his impotence. As Somerset was a great favourite of the King, the annulment went through with no trouble. However, a friend of Somerset named Sir Thomas Overbury (qv) was horrified by this and begged his friend to end the relationship. Frances used the connections of her powerful Howard kin to have Overbury imprisoned in the Tower, and she later had him poisoned through her agent, Anne Turner. When the murder was eventually revealed, Turner was hanged and both Frances and Somerset were banished from court. Frances Howard, Countess of Essex and Somerset, spent the remainder of her life at the Howard mansion at Audley End, Essex, and died of ovarian cancer.


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  • Created by: Mark McManus
  • Added: 9 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14866834
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frances Howard (31 May 1591–27 Aug 1632), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14866834, citing Walden Abbey, Saffron Walden, Uttlesford District, Essex, England ; Maintained by Mark McManus (contributor 46593855) .