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 Elizabeth <I>Cromwell</I> Claypoole

Elizabeth Cromwell Claypoole

Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Death 6 Aug 1658 (aged 29)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Plot Henry VII Chapel
Memorial ID 9561 · View Source
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English Political Figure. Born at Huntingdon, England, the second daughter of Elizabeth Bourchier and Oliver Cromwell, and reportedly her father's favorite child. In January 1646, she married an officer in the Parliamentarian army, John Claypole at Ely. He served as master of the horse to his father-in-law, the Lord Protector, and was created Lord Claypole. The couple had at least four children Cromwell, Henry, Oliver and Martha. Her rivals called her insolent and thought, according to one contemporary source, to “hinder Mrs. Claypole from being a princess,” whereas others remarked on her civility, and that she was not above interceding with her father on occasion. After the death of her youngest son in June 1658, she fell ill, and succumbed within two months. Her body was conveyed to Westminster by barge and was interred in the Abbey. The inscription plate on her coffin read: "The body of the most illustrious Lady Elizabeth late wife of the Rt. Hon. Lord John Claypole, Master of the Horse, and second daughter of the most serene & mighty prince Oliver by the grace of God of England Scotland & Ireland etc. Protector. She died at Hampton Court on the sixth day of August in the 28th year of her age and in the year of our Lord 1658." After the restoration, hers was reportedly one of the few Cromwellian graves left undisturbed by the Royalists. Her name is often recorded as Claypole.

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