Robert Devereux KG
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Robert Devereux KG (1566 - 1601)

Sir Robert "2nd Earl of Essex" Devereux KG
Born in Netherwood, Herefordshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1589 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at age 34 in London, Middlesex, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Nov 2008
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Sir Robert Devereux was a member of the aristocracy in British Isles.


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Robert Devereux KG is Notable.

Father Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex

Mother Lettice Knollys

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, was born 19 Nov 1566 at Netherwood, Hertfordshire, England. He was the son of Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex and Lettice Knollys.[1]

He married Frances Walsingham, daughter of Sir Francis Walsingham and Ursula St. Barbe, between 1583 and 1601.[2]

He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.[3]


  • 3rd Viscount Hereford on 22 February 1576.
  • 2nd Earl of Essex [E., 1572] on 22 September 1576.
  • 9th Lord Bourchier [E., 1348] on 22 September 1576.
  • Knight, Order of the Bath (K.B.) in 1586.
  • Master of the Horse between 1587 and 1601.
  • Knight, Order of the Garter (K.G.) in 1588.
  • Privy Counsellor (P.C.) in 1592/93.
  • Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire between 1594 and 1601.
  • Joint Lieutenant-General of the Azores Expedition and taking of Cadiz in 1596.
  • Master-General of Ordnance between 1597 and 1601.
  • Earl Marshal from 1597 to February 1600/1.
  • Lord Deputy of Ireland between March 1599 and November 1599.[5]

May 1599: Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, launched the siege of Cahir Castle, held by Thomas Butler, 2nd Baron Cahir. Butler's kinsman The White Knight (Edmund FitzGibbon) came to Butler's aid.

Devereux died on 25 February 1601 at age 34 at Tower of London, The City, London, England, beheaded for treason.


  • Frances Walsingham


  • Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex b. 22 Jan 1591, d. 14 Sep 1646
  • Lady Frances Devereux b. 20 Sep 1599, d. 23 Nov 1679


  1. G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 250. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  2. Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume III, page 231.
  3. Burkes Peerage 2003 volume 2, page 1876
  4. The Peerage
  5. Matthew H.C.G., editor, Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1995)

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