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“ The Earl of Essex received in his familiar house Barn“ Elms, a rabble of foreign diplomatists and spies.”
“Sir Christopher Blount returned from Drayton Bassett to “Barn-Elms, which had passed into the possession of Essex “ with his wife.”
Essex, knowing that he had sinned against hope, and "maddened by the cold response from Dublin, began to crowd “ Barn-Elms and Essex House with his more desperate “ followers, who proposed to do without an army what Queen
« Elizabeth had failed to do with one." From an entry in the parish register, it appears that Robert Beale, Chancellor of the North and Clerk of Privy Council, brother-in-law to Lady Walsingham, also died at Barn Elms, March 25th, 1601. This time-serving courtier acquired for himself an unenviable notoriety through his having been frequently employed by Queen Elizabeth in her negotiations with Mary, Queen of Scotland. He accompanied Lord Buckhurst when the latter went to announce to her that the sentence of death had been passed upon her ; he was also dispatched to Fotheringay Castle with the warrant for the beheading of the ill-fated Queen, which warrant he read on the scaffold, and remained to witness its execution.
Camden describes him as being a man of impetuous and morose disposition, therefore all the more qualified to carry out the inhuman orders of his tyrannical and jealous mistress. He was employed on an embassy to 1 “Mr. Egerton, the Ladie Marie's gentleman usher, buried Aug. 6th, 1603.”
“The Ladie Marie's chambermaid buried Sept. 19th, 1603."
2 “ The Ladie Marie died at Lord Kivrett's, at Stanwell, in 1607, "and the Lady Elizabeth was educated at Lord Harrington's."
* Baker's Chronicle, pt. iv. p. 123. If Stow's account of the death of Sir Francis Walsingham's widow be accurate, I apprehend this Lady Walsingham must have been the wife of Sir Thomas, who died in 1670. King James granted a pension of £400 per annum to Lady Walsingham in the beginning of his reign. (MS. of Sir Julius Cæsar, Brit. Mus., 4160, Ayscough's Cat.) Rowland White, writing to Sir Robert Sydney, an. 1591, says, “My Lady Walsingham, I mean the old lady," by which it appears that there were two ladies of that name contemporaries. (Sydney State Papers, vii. p. 131.) Sir Thomas Walsingham, who died in 1630, was son of another Sir Thomas, first cousin of Sir Francis.
Zealand with Sir William Winter, in 1576, and the year
By two entries ? in the register it would seem that
The occupants of Barn Elms in 1620 were a Sir John and Lady Kennedy. Sir John, like many others of his countrymen, was a
“ Penniless lad wi' a lang pedigree,"
and so bethought him of the high road to England,
Unable to satisfy her creditors, they attacked Sir John.
way to get rid of his wife.