Friday, 24 August 2018

605) Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox (1515 – 1578). Daughter of the Scottish queen dowager Margaret Tudor and her second husband Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus. In her youth she was high in the favour of her uncle, Henry VIII of England, but twice incurred the King's anger, first for her unauthorised engagement to Lord Thomas Howard, who died in the Tower of London in 1537 because of his misalliance with her, and again in 1540 for an affair with Thomas Howard's nephew Sir Charles Howard, the brother of Henry's wife Catherine Howard. On 6 July 1544, she married Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox, one of Scotland's leading noblemen. Her son Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, married Mary, Queen of Scots, and was the father of James VI and I.

- "She did reach England eventually, with her red-haired baby girl to whom Henry VIII took an instant liking..."…/lady-margaret-douglas-the…

- "The small red-headed baby survived to travel to England with her mother to the court of her uncle, King Henry VIII."…/margaret-douglas-the-o…/

This painting in the collection of the Earl of Normanton has been called Lady Jane Grey. It is, however, thought that it might be Margaret, Countess of Lennox.

Possibly a young Margaret Douglas

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