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.
Baroness Tailboys of Kyme Born c. 1498 Kinlet, Shropshire Baroness Clinton Died c. January 1540 (aged 42)
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. 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
From Gilbert Tailboys, 1st Baron Tailboys of Kyme
From her 2nd marriage to Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln
(c. 1500–1539x41) Beverley A. Murphy]
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