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August 27 – Lady Anne Bacon (née Cooke)

A portrait of Anne Bacon attributed to George GowerOn this day in history, 27th August 1610, Lady Anne Bacon (née Cooke), mother of Sir Francis Bacon, was laid to rest at St Michael's Church, near St Albans. She was in her early eighties when she died.

Anne was the second daughter of the humanist scholar Sir Anthony Cooke, and the wife of Sir Nicholas Bacon, who served Elizabeth I as Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. The couple had two children together, Tudor spy Anthony Bacon and politician, philosopher, author and scientist Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban.

Anne was known for her translation of John Jewel's "Apologie of the Church of England", her education, piety and letter writing.

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Image: Portrait of Lady Anne Bacon, attributed to George Gower

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August 27 – Lady Anne Bacon (née Cooke)