Elizabeth Stuart

Elizabeth Stuart

St James, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Death 8 Sep 1650 (aged 14)
Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight Unitary Authority, Isle of Wight, England
Burial Newport, Isle of Wight Unitary Authority, Isle of Wight, England
Plot small vault near the communion table
Memorial ID 17950850 · View Source
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British Royalty. Born Elizabeth Stuart at St. James's Palace, London, the daughter of Charles I, King of Great Britain and Henriette Marie de Bourbon Princesse de France. As an infant, there was talk of betrothing her to William II of Orange, eventually it was her sister Mary who would marry the prince. When she was seven, the outbreak of the Civil War saw her placed in Parliament's care along with her brother, Charles. When Parliament moved to dismiss the children's royal household, the princess wrote a letter of appeal against the decision, which was than overturned on the condition that the royal children be brought up strict Protestants. In 1643 the royal children were moved to Chelsea. A year there under the tutelage of Bathsua Makin saw the princess reading and writing Hebrew, Greek, Italian, Latin, and French. It would not be until 1647 that she and her brother were permitted to again meet with the King, with whom the were allowed to spend two days. After the king's flight and final capture in 1649, Elizabeth wrote to parliament requesting permission to join her sister Mary in Holland. Her request was refused. She was allowed to see her father for the last time on the night before his execution. With the king's death, the children became pariahs with no permanent home. She and her brother were place in the care of Sir Edward Harrington, followed by the Earl and Countess of Leicester. In 1650, the two children split up, Charles traveled to Scotland, Elizabeth was taken to the Isle of Wight and placed in the custody of Anthony Mildmay, despite the fact that she complained of illness. A cold developed into pneumonia, probably as a direct result of the rigors of her journey. She died at the age of fourteen at Carisbrooke Castle and was buried at St. Thomas Church under a stone marked only with her initials. In the 19th century, Queen Victoria who kept a home on the Isle, ordered that a suitable monument be erected to Elizabeth's memory.

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To the memory of The Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Charles I, who died at Carisbrooke Castle on 8 September 1650, and is interred beneath the chancel of this church, this monument is erected as a token of respect for her virtues and of sympathy for her misfortunes, by Victoria R., 1856.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Stuart (29 Dec 1635–8 Sep 1650), Find a Grave Memorial no. 17950850, citing St Thomas Church, Newport, Isle of Wight Unitary Authority, Isle of Wight, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .