Margaret <I>Blagge</I> Godolphin

Margaret Blagge Godolphin

Suffolk, England
Death 9 Sep 1678 (aged 26)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Breage, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
Plot Godolphin Family Vault
Memorial ID 14975151 · View Source
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Lady Margaret was born in Horningsheath, Suffolk, England and passed away in Whitehall, Westminster, London, Middlesex, England. She is buried at Breage, Cornwall, England. She married Earl Sidney Godolphin I of Godolphin the son of Sir Francis GODOLPHIN and Dorothy BERKELEY on May 26, 1675 in Temple Church, London, Middlesex, England. Children were Earl Francis Godolphin II of Godolphin and Lady Dorothy.

Margaret had a passionate, complex, and platonic friendship with writer and diarist John Evelyn. He was over thirty years older than her and married. She first met John Evelyn in 1669 when she was a maid of honor at court to Queen Catherine. However it was not until 1672 that they entered into a pact of 'inviolable' friendship whereby Evelyn was to become her spiritual guide and to act as a guardian of her interests. They met regularly on Tuesdays to eat and pray together and they signed a pact of eternal friendship. For a while she acted as tutor to Evelyn's son, who described her as "my pretty, pearly, pious governess". Evelyn discouraged her relationship with Sidney Godolphin, whom she secretly married in 1675 without telling Evelyn, thus breaking their pact of eternal friendship.

Margaret died in childbirth bearing her only son and child, Francis, in 1678. Both her husband and Evelyn were shattered by her sudden death. Sidney never married again, and Evelyn wrote in his diary: "For witt, beauty, good nature, fideltie, discretion and all accomplishments, the most choice and agreeable person that ever I was acquainted with."

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  • Created by: KRW
  • Added: 18 Jul 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 14975151
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Blagge Godolphin (2 Aug 1652–9 Sep 1678), Find a Grave Memorial no. 14975151, citing St Breaca Churchyard, Breage, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England ; Maintained by KRW (contributor 46517473) .