Bessie (Blount) Clinton
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Elizabeth (Blount) Clinton (abt. 1502 - aft. 1539)

Elizabeth (Bessie) "Baroness Clinton, Dowager Baroness Tailboys" Clinton formerly Blount
Born about in Kinlet, Shropshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 1519 [location unknown]
Wife of — married about 1531 in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Nov 2008
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Elizabeth Blount, better known as "Bessie," was a mistress of Henry VIII and mother of his illegitimate son, Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset.

Father: Sir John Blount of Kinlet
Mother: Catherine Pershall

Baroness Tailboys of Kyme Born c. 1498 Kinlet, Shropshire Baroness Clinton Died c. January 1540 (aged 42)


Gilbert Tailboys, 1st Baron Tailboys of Kyme
Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln

Blount's relationship with Henry VIII lasted for some length of time, compared to his other affairs, which were generally short-lived and unacknowledged. On 15 June 1519, Blount bore the King an illegitimate son who was named Henry FitzRoy, later created Duke of Richmond and Somerset and Earl of Nottingham. He was the only illegitimate son of Henry VIII whom the King acknowledged as his own.[6] After the child's birth, the affair ended for unknown reasons. For proving that King Henry was capable of fathering healthy sons, Elizabeth Blount prompted a popular saying, "Bless 'ee, Bessie Blount", often heard during and after this period.


From King Henry VIII

  1. Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset

From Gilbert Tailboys, 1st Baron Tailboys of Kyme

  1. Elizabeth Tailboys, 4th Baroness Tailboys of Kyme
  2. George Tailboys, 2nd Baron Tailboys of Kyme
  3. Robert Tailboys, 3rd Baron Tailboys of Kyme

From her 2nd marriage to Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln

  1. Bridget Clinton, Lady Dymoke
  2. Catherine Clinton, Baroness Burgh
  3. Margaret Clinton, Baroness Willoughby of Parham


(c. 1500–1539x41) Beverley A. Murphy]


  • WikiTree profile Blount-317 created through the import of OliveMinverva.ged on Aug 5, 2011 by Ryan Davis. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Ryan and others.

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Blount-317 and Blount-13 appear to represent the same person because: Dup of Baroness Clinton; premerged. Everything in -317 is wrong.
posted by Kirk Hess
My 15th GrGrandmother!
posted by Linda Kendrick
Elizabeth was married to Gilbert Tailboys and Edward de Clinton but was not MARRIED to Henry VIII. The Nickname box should contain Baroness Clinton, Dowager Baroness Tailboys and Mistress of Henry VIII, not Bessie
posted by John Akard III
edited by John Akard III
Elizabeth's nickname was Bessie, and it was as Bessie that she was best known in life. Countess of Lincoln is a title. Baroness Tailboys, dowager or otherwise, is a title. Mistress of Henry VIII is a statement of fact. These things do not belong in the nickname field.
posted by Dianne Hood

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