Lady Margaret Douglas

Lady Margaret Douglas

Harbottle, Northumberland Unitary Authority, Northumberland, England
Death 7 Mar 1578 (aged 62)
Hackney, London Borough of Hackney, Greater London, England
Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Plot South aisle of the Henry VII Chapel, next to Mary, Queen of Scots
Memorial ID 9562 · View Source
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Scottish nobility, Countess of Lennox. She was the daughter of Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus and Margaret Tudor, who was the daughter of Henry VII and widow of James IV King of Scots. Though she was a favorite of her uncle Henry VIII, Margaret twice disgraced herself at his court by her affairs with Lord Thomas Howard and Sir Charles Howard. She later married Scottish exile Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox, in 1544. During the reign of Queen Mary, the countess was active at court and kept rooms at Westminster Palace. But with the accession of the protestant Elizabeth I she retired to Yorkshire, where her home became a hotbed of Catholic plotting and intrigue. She succeeded in marrying her son Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley to Mary, Queen of Scots. Margaret was twice imprisoned by Elizabeth for various affronts, but was pardoned both times. Due in large part to the countess's diplomacy, her grandson James was named Elizabeth's heir, and ruled England as James VI. Margaret died at Hackney at the age of 62. She was entombed beside her daughter-in-law.

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