Biography of Arbella Stewart

Timeline

In 1575 Arbella Stewart was born to Charles Stewart 5th Earl Lennox and Elizabeth Cavendish Countess Lennox.

Main and Bye Plot

In Jul 1603 the Main and Bye Plot led by Henry Brooke 11th Baron Cobham and Thomas Grey 15th Baron Grey Wilton sought to replace James VI King Scotland, I King England, Scotland and Ireland with Arbella Stewart
Thomas Grey 15th Baron Grey Wilton was sentenced to death, attainted, and imprisoned in the Tower of London.

In 1605 Robert "The Elder" Peake. Portrait of Arbella Stewart.

In 1605 Robert "The Elder" Peake 1551-1619. Portrait of Arbella Stewart 1575-1615.

Christening of Princess Mary Stuart

On 05 May 1605 Princess Mary Stewart was christened at the Palace of Placentia. Elizabeth Vere Countess Derby carried the child. The infant's clothing, a train of purple velvet, embroidered with gold and furred with ermines, was supported by two countesses, being so long that it fell to the ground. Richard Bancroft Archibishop Canterbury performed the christening. The Queen's brother King's first cousin Arbella Stewart and Dorothy Devereux Countess Northumberland were godparents. The King presented Queen Anne (who was not present) with new jewelry. .

On 07 Jul 1606 William Larkin became a Freeman of Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers under the patronage of Arbella Stewart and Edward Seymour 1st Earl Hertford.

On 10 Jan 1608 the Ben Johnson Masque of Beauty was performed at the Banqueting House to celebrate the completion of its refurburbishment. James VI King Scotland, I King England, Scotland and Ireland attended.
The performers included:
Anne of Denmark Queen Consort Scotland, England and Ireland
Alethea Talbot Countess Arundel, Countess Surrey, 1st Countess Norfolk
Catherine Brydges Countess Bedford
Elizabeth Vere Countess Derby
Susan Vere Countess Montgomery
Lettice Perrot Baroness Chichester
Audrey Shelton
Catherine Somerset Baroness Windsor
Anne Clifford Countess Dorset, Countess Pembroke
Elizabeth Barkham Baronetess Garrard
Elizabeth Somerset
Elizabeth Cecil
Mary Neville 7th Baroness Bergavenny, 3rd Baroness Despencer
Catherine Somerset Baroness Windsor
Arbella Stewart.

Tethy's Festival Masque

On 05 Jun 1610 the Tethy's Festival Masque was performed at Whitehall Palace to celebrate the the investiture of Prince Frederick as Prince of Wales. The script was written by Samuel Daniel at the request of the Queen, who appeared in person as Tethys a goddess of the sea. Inigo Jones designed the staging and scenery.
Prince Charles took the part of Zephyrus,
Elizabeth Stewart Queen Bohemia appeared as the companion or daughter of Tethys, the "Nymph of Thames",
Arbella Stewart took the part of the "Nymph of Trent",
Alethea Talbot Countess Arundel, Countess Surrey, 1st Countess Norfolk as "Nymph of Arun"
Elizabeth Vere Countess Derby as "Nymph of Derwent",
Frances Howard Countess Essex, Countess Somerset as "Nymph of Lee",
Anne Clifford Countess Dorset, Countess Pembroke as "Nymph of Air",
Susan Vere Countess Montgomery as "Nymph of Severn",
Elizabeth Radclyffe as "Nymph of Rother",
Elizabeth Talbot Countess Kent as "Nymph of Medway",
Four sisters, daughters of Edward Somerset 4th Earl Worcester and Elizabeth Hastings Countess Worcester, danced as the rivers of Monmouthshire:
Catherine Somerset Baroness Windsor the "Nymph of Usk"
Katherine Somerset Baroness Petre the "Nymph of Olwy"
Elizabeth Somerset the "Nymph of Dulesse" (Dulas), and
Mary Wintour the "Nymph of Wye".

On 22 Jun 1610 William Seymour 2nd Duke Somerset and Arbella Stewart were married.

Before 25 Sep 1615 Arbella Stewart was imprisoned at Tower of London.

On 25 Sep 1615 Arbella Stewart died at Tower of London.

On 29 Sep 1615 Arbella Stewart was buried at Westminster Abbey.

Family Trees

Paternal Family Tree: Stewart

Descendants Family Trees:

Henry VII King England and Ireland

Edward IV King England

Descent

Kings Wessex: Great x 21 Grand Daughter of Aethelwulf King Wessex

Kings Gwynedd: Great x 13 Grand Daughter of Gruffudd ap Cynan King Gwynedd

Kings Seisyllwg: Great x 18 Grand Daughter of Hywel "Dda aka Good" King Seisyllwg, King Deheubarth

Kings Powys: Great x 13 Grand Daughter of Maredudd ap Bleddyn King Powys

Kings England: Great x 2 Grand Daughter of Henry VII King England and Ireland

Kings Scotland: Great x 4 Grand Daughter of James II King Scotland

Kings Franks: Great x 12 Grand Daughter of Louis VII King Franks

Kings France: Great x 5 Grand Daughter of Charles "Beloved, Mad" VI King France

Ancestry

Father: Charles Stewart 5th Earl Lennox Great Grandson Henry VII King England and Ireland

GrandFather: Matthew Stewart 4th Earl Lennox Great x 4 Grandson Edward III King England

Great GrandFather: John Stewart 3rd Earl Lennox Great x 5 Grandson Edward III King England

Great x 2 GrandFather: Matthew Stewart 2nd Earl Lennox Great x 10 Grandson Edward III King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: John Stewart 1st Earl Lennox Great x 9 Grandson Edward III King England

Great x 3 GrandMother: Margaret Montgomerie Countess Lennox

Great x 2 GrandMother: Elizabeth Hamilton Countess Lennox Great x 4 Granddaughter Edward III King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: James Hamilton 1st Lord Hamilton

Great x 3 GrandMother: Mary Stewart Countess Arran Great x 3 Granddaughter Edward III King England

Great GrandMother: Isabel or Elizabeth Stewart Countess Lennox Great x 3 Granddaughter Edward III King England

Great x 2 GrandFather: John Stewart 1st Earl Atholl Great x 2 Grandson Edward III King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: James "Black Knight of Lorn" Stewart

Great x 3 GrandMother: Joan Beaufort Queen Consort Scotland Great Granddaughter Edward III King England

Great x 2 GrandMother: Eleanor Sinclair Countess Atholl

GrandMother: Margaret Douglas Countess Lennox Granddaughter Henry VII King England and Ireland

Great GrandFather: Archibald Douglas 6th Earl Angus Great x 10 Grandson John "Lackland" I King England

Great x 2 GrandFather: George Douglas Great x 9 Grandson John "Lackland" I King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: Archibald "Bell the Cat" Douglas 5th Earl Angus Great x 8 Grandson John "Lackland" I King England

Great x 3 GrandMother: Elizabeth Boyd Countess Angus

Great x 2 GrandMother: Elizabeth Drummond

Great GrandMother: Margaret Tudor Queen Scotland Daughter Henry VII King England and Ireland

Great x 2 GrandFather: Henry VII King England and Ireland Great x 3 Grandson Edward III King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: Edmund Tudor 1st Earl Richmond Great x 6 Grandson Henry III King England

Great x 3 GrandMother: Margaret Beaufort Countess Richmond Great x 2 Granddaughter Edward III King England

Great x 2 GrandMother: Elizabeth York Queen Consort England Daughter Edward IV King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: Edward IV King England Great x 2 Grandson Edward III King England

Great x 3 GrandMother: Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England Great x 6 Granddaughter Henry III King England

Mother: Elizabeth Cavendish Countess Lennox

GrandFather: William Cavendish

Great GrandFather: Thomas Cavendish

Great x 2 GrandFather: Thomas Cavendish

Great x 3 GrandFather: William Cavendish

Great x 3 GrandMother: Joan Staventon

Great x 2 GrandMother: Catherine Scudamore

Great GrandMother: Alice Smith

GrandMother: Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury, Countess Waterford

Great GrandFather: John Hardwick

Great GrandMother: Elizabeth Leeke

Great x 2 GrandFather: Thomas Leeke