Name: Robert Devereux
Suffix: 2nd Earl of Essex
Birth: 10 JAN 1566 in Netherwood, Herefordshire
Death: 25 FEB 1601 in Tower Green, Tower of London, Middlesex
Burial: St. Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London
PCTS: Miniature probably of him as young man, by Hilliard, in Met Museum. Portrait c 1597 after Gheeraerts the Younger, in NPG.
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Change Date: 26 JUL 2012
The last favourite of Elizabeth I. Essex was described as a man with ?a nature not to be ruled?. Succeeded his stepfather the Earl of Leicester as Master of the Horse. He was confirmed as a popular hero when he took Cadiz in 1596. He lost his place at court as a result of his activities in Irleand in 1599, and in 1601 he tried to raise a rebellion against the Queen?s ministers. The plan failed disastrously and a year later he was executed.
Four portraits in NPG, including a miniature but not the one on this file.
One of only two men executed in private on Tower Green (see notes for Robert?s ggg grandfather Lord Hastings d 1483, the other man). Devereux lay full length on the platform and placed his neck on the low block with his arms outstretched. It is recorded that three strokes of the axe were required to decapitate him.
A portrait of him by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger was at Ditchley in 1913.
Portrait at Ettington Park in 1869, attr. Zucchero.
Portrait at The Vyne, by unknown artist, on www.ntprints.com
Father: Walter Devereux b: 16 SEP 1539 in Carmarthen Castle, Wales
Mother: Lettice Knollys b: JUL 1539
Frances Walsingham b: 1569
- Dorothy Devereux b: 1600 in Essex House, London
- Type: Web Site
Title: National Portrait Gallery, London
- Type: Book
Periodical: Lower Eatington; its Manor house and Church
Author: Evelyn Philip Shirley