Frances Walsingham,Countess of Essex and Countess of Clanricarde (1567–17 February 1633) was an English noblewoman.Daughter of Francis Walsingham,Elizabeth I's Secretary of State and Ursula St. Barbe.She became the wife of Sir Philip Sidney at age 16.Her second husband was Robert Devereux,2nd Earl of Essex,Queen Elizabeth l's favourite,with whom she had five children.Shortly after his execution in 1601 she married her lover,Richard Burke,4th Earl of Clanricarde and went to live in Ireland…
Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster & man who saved Elizabeth's regime & the country's independence. Elizabeth I came to the throne at a time of insecurity & unrest. Rivals threatened her reign; England was a Protestant island, isolated in a sea of Catholic countries. Spain plotted an invasion, but Walsingham, was prepared to do whatever it took to protect her. He ran a network of agents in England & Europe who provided him with information about invasions or assassination plots.
Sir Francis Walsingham-Born: 1530, Scadbury Park, Chislehurst, Kent, England-Died: 6 Apr 1590, Seething Lane, London, Middlesex, England Principal Secretary to Elizabeth I of England from 1573 until 1590, and is popularly remembered as her "spymaster". Elizabeth I. nicknamed him her 'Moor'.
1594 - Frances Walsingham, Countess of Essex, and her son Robert, later the third Earl of Essex, by Robert Peake the elder. Inscribed top right "1594 AEte 36", over the child's head "AEte 5" Attributed to Robert Peake
__________________________ __________________________ Sir Francis Walsingham and the Marranos By Ann Swinfen __________________________ The first well organised secret service in England was the lifelong achievement of Sir Francis Walsingham. During the early part of his career, he worked for William Cecil – Lord Burghley – Queen Elizabeth’s chief advisor, undertaking a number of roles in the ...read more