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Cecilia Knollys (abt. 1560)

Cecilia Knollys
Born about [location unknown]
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Daughter of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
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There is no documentary evidence for a daughter named Cecilia. She seems to have been invented in the nineteenth century when a portrait listed in an inventory of Knollys family belongings at Fernhill Park is recorded as ‘Cecilia Knollys, daughter to the Lord treasurer, afterwards Lady Leighton, 1580’ [1] The author of the list, General Sir William Knollys, is reported to have qualified his identification claiming the paintings were hung too high for him to accurately read their identifications.

Elizabeth, Lady Leighton, has since then sometimes mistakenly been referred to as "Cecilia". A list of the Knollys children with their birth dates,written in Francis Knollys' own hand and discovered in one of his books, does not list a Cecilia. His last two children are named as Catherine and Dudley. [2]Greet-49 08:51, 1 March 2020 (UTC)


  1. Bundesen, Kristin & Lawson, Jane. (2018). Dudley Knollys: Elizabethan Gender Identification. Notes and Queries. 65. 110-118. 10.1093/notesj/gjx184. PDF
  2. Varlow, Sally Sir Francis Knollys's Latin dictionary: new evidence for Katherine Carey Historical Research, Volume 80, Issue 209, August 2007, Pages 315–323,Oxford Academic

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If there is no documentary evidence for this Cecilia being the daughter of Francis Knollys, Sr. and Catherine Carey Knollys, then shouldn't the word 'uncertain' come after each of the parents who are listed?

My ancestress Christiana de Mowbray (last husband was William Plumpton) has parentage uncertain. Though there is circumstantial evidence for her parentage.

posted by Linda (Alcott) Maples

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