Name: Peregrine Bertie 13th Baron Willoughby of ERESBY
Birth: 12 OCT 1555 in Wesel, Rheinland, Preussen, Germany
Baptism: 14 OCT 1555 St Willibrord, Wesel, Rheinland
NATU: 02 AUG 1559 Formally became English
Death: 1601 in Berwick upn Tweed
In 1582, he was commissioned to escort the Duke of Anjou from Canterbury to Antwerp. The French royal duke had arrived as a suitor of the un-married Elizabeth. In the same year he was sent to Denmark to invest Frederick II with the Order of the Garter. Lord
Willoughby de Eresby arrived at Elsinore on 22 July and left on 27 September 1582. His ulterior purpose was to obtain an understanding whereby English merchant ships would not be molested while in Danish waters. In 1585, he returned to Denmark on behalf of Elizabeth in support of Henry III of Navarre and to obtain Danish help for England's efforts on behalf of the independent Netherlands.
These journeys were made at Bertie's expense as his correspondence with Francis Walsingham made clear; he was becoming desperate to be paid or to escape from the diplomatic duties. After two and a half months of working on the Danish king, Bertie got him to offer to try to persuade the Spanish king to retire from the Low Countries. Frederick also agreed to send 2,000 horse to back up the English force already in the Netherlands. On achieving this much, Peregrine set off for England by way of Hamburg, Emden and Amsterdam.
From March 1586 Bertie served in the Netherlands as governor of Bergen-op-Zoom under Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, who was Governor-General of the United Provinces. After Leicester's departure for England in December 1586, he was made general of
the English forces. He suffered defeat at the Battle of Zutphen. Subsequently, he fought for the Huguenots under Henry of Navarre.
Bertie's final appointment was Governor of Berwick upon Tweed on the Scottish border and Warden of the East March in 1598, displacing Robert Carey. At the request of Robert Cecil he organised the kidnapping of Edmund Ashfield, an Englishman visiting James VI of Scotland.
It was on Peregrine's estate at Willoughby, Lincolnshire that the parents of John Smith of Jamestown rented a farm which was site of John's birth. (This John Smith was the one said to have married Pocahontas.
Father: Richard BERTIE b: 25 DEC 1516 in Hurst Castle, Hampshire
Mother: Catherine Willoughby Duchess of SUFFOLK b: 22 MAR 1519 in Parham, Suffolk
Mary DE VERE b: ABT 1555 in Castle Hedingham, Essex
Marriage Ending Status
- Anbrose BERTIE
- Peregrine BERTIE b: 1575 in Belleau, Lincolnshire
- Henry BERTIE b: 1577 in Berwick, Hampshire
- Catherine BERTIE b: 1579 in Berwick, Hampshire
- Vere BERTIE b: 1581
- Robert Bertie 1st Earl of LINDSEY b: 16 DEC 1582 in Oyford, Bulbeck, Sandford
- Roger BERTIE b: 1584