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15 August – Mary Scudamore and the hot-tempered Elizabeth I

On this day in Tudor history, 15th August 1603, Lady Mary Scudamore (née Shelton), a member of Elizabeth I's Privy Chamber and one of her favourite sleeping companions, was buried at Holme Lacy in Herefordshire.

Mary was very close to the queen but suffered the queen's wrath at one point. I explain all in today's "on this day" talk.

Also on this day in history:

  • 1544 – Birth of Sir Peter Young, Scottish diplomat and tutor to the young James VI of Scotland, at Dundee.
  • 1551 – Robert Dudley, the future Earl of Leicester, and his friend Barnaby Fitzpatrick, 2nd Baron Upper Ossory, were appointed as Gentlemen of Edward VI's Privy Chamber.
  • 1552 – Death of Sir Anthony Wingfield, soldier and administrator, in Bethnal Green. He was buried at Stepney. Henry VIII named Wingfield as an Assistant Counsellor of his will and Wingfield served Henry's son, Edward VI, as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household, Comptroller of the Household and Exchequer Chamberlain.
  • 1563 – Death of Thomas Argall, administrator in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, at his house in Ivy Lane, London. He was buried in St Faith's under St Paul's. Argall is described by his biographer J.D. Alsop as being “one of the most prominent royal administrators of clerical revenue and accounts” between 1540 and his death in 1563.
  • 1588 - Catholics Robert Wilcox, Edward Campion, Christopher Buxton and Robert Widmerpool were examined. Campion, Wilcox and Buxton were found guilty of being Roman Catholic priests and Widmerpole was charged with giving aid to a priest. They were executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered at Oaten Hill in Canterbury on 1st October 1588.
  • 1594 – Burial of Thomas Kyd, playwright, at St Mary Colechurch in London. Kyd is known for his play “The Spanish Tragedy” (c1587), and some scholars believe that he wrote a “Hamlet” play before that of William Shakespeare.
  • 1610 – Death of Peter Lowe, surgeon and founder of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, as it is now known, in Glasgow. He was buried at Glasgow Cathedral.
  • 1612 – Death of administrator Sir Michael Hickes at Ruckholt in Essex from a “burning ague”. He was buried at Leyton Church in Essex. Hickes served William Cecil, Lord Burghley, as one of his principal secretaries and was close friends with Burghley's son, Robert Cecil.

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  1. R

    I know it wasn’t done to marry without the consent of the King or Queen but Elizabeth I really takes the biscuit for wild Tudor red hair reactions.
    Locked up in the Tower, banishment being the lesser of the things which could happen, especially if the alternative was the Queen chasing you around with a knife or scissors. I knew she stabbed someone in the hand with them but wow. She was one jealous and nutty lady.

  2. C

    What a strange coincidence! I’ve just watched the video and I have been visiting Croft Castle near Leominster today, the home of the Sir John Croft mentioned in this talk. It’s a lovely house, well worth a visit, and there is a large portrait of Elizabeth in the entrance Hall, besides a picture of Sir John and other Croft family members.

    1. R

      Hi Ceri, yes Croft Castle is really beautiful and for me, the connection to the Wars of the Roses and then the Tudors from the family and the lovely Church in the grounds was oh happy day time when we visited. I loved the trail of the ancient oaks as well, so fairy tale. Croft was so beautiful.

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15 August – Mary Scudamore and the hot-tempered Elizabeth I