1589 Lady Elizabeth Walshe by ? (York Museum - York, Yorkshire and the Humber, UK)

According to her Wikipedia article, she was born Elizabeth Chamber and “married successively, Sir Walter Stonor, Reginald Conyers, Edward Griffin and Oliver St John, 1st Baron St John of Bletso. She is remembered as the wife of Sir Walter Stonor, and was one of the women chosen to serve Anne Boleyn, the king's second wife, during her imprisonment in 1536.” She died after 1602, with the implication that she was quite young in 1536. The article continues, "In May 1536, five women were appointed to serve Anne Boleyn while she was imprisoned in the Tower and to report to Sir William Kingston, the Lieutenant of the Tower, and through him to the King's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, all that the Queen said. These women included Elizabeth Stonor; Anne Boleyn's aunt, Anne Shelton; Elizabeth Boleyn, the Queen's aunt by marriage; Mary Kingston, the wife of Sir William Kingston, the Lieutenant of the Tower; and Margaret Coffin, the wife of Anne Boleyn's Master of the Horse. Sir William Kingston described the five as "honest and good women", but Anne Boleyn said that it was 'a great unkindness in the King to set such about me as I have never loved’.” Her article in thepeerage is here.

According to Sir Walter Stonor’s article in thepeerage, Lady Elizabeth was his second wife after Anne Foliot. According to Walter Stonor’s Wikipedia article, Anne and Walter had a child, not acknowledged in thepeerage, named Elizabeth who married Sir Philip Hoby and was portrayed by Hans Holbein the Younger.

Reassessed 23 September 2018 when the original image with a new title showing York’s county name, Yorkshire and the Humber, was reposted.


1589 Lady Elizabeth Walshe by ? (York Museum - York, Yorkshire and the Humber, UK)

Lady Elizabeth Walshe appears to be wearing a black surcote that becomes very narrow at the shoulders.

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