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Jane Seymour (abt. 1545 - 1561)

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Jane Seymour
Born about in Berry Pomeroy Castle, Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, Devonshire, Englandmap
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Jane Seymour was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.

This is not the Jane Seymour who married the King.


Jane Seymour was born circa 1541.[1]

Jane was the daughter of Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, and his wife, Anne Stanhope, the daughter of Sir Edward Stanhope and his wife, Elizabeth the daughter of Sir Foulke Bourghchier Lord Fitzwarin. Jane was the cousin of King Edward VI of England through her father's sister, Jane Seymour, who was the third wife of King Henry VIII.[1]

Jane's father had previously been married to Katherine, the daughter and coheir of Sir William Fillot of Fillot, co Essex, Kt.[2] and through this marriage, Jane was the half-sister of:

  1. John Seymour, oldest son of the Duke of Somerset, who was buried on 19 December 1552 at the "hospetall of Savoy";[3]
  2. Lord Edward Seymour of Berry Pomeroy, co Devon;[2]

Jane was the sister of:

  1. Edward, Earl of Hertford, Baron Beauchamp;[1]
  2. Henry Seymour;[1]
  3. Edward Seymour, the younger;[1]
  4. Anne, Countess of Warwick;[1]
  5. Margaret Seymour;[1]
  6. Mary Seymour;[1]
  7. Katherine Seymour;[1]
  8. Elizabeth Seymour;[1]

Jane was maid-of-honour to Queen Elizabeth.

Lady Jane Seymour died on 19 March 1560 (1561), aged 19, and was buried in the chapel of St Edmund, Westminster Abbey, where there is a mural monument to her, erected by Lord Hertford (her brother), with the inscription:[1]

"The noble Lady Jane Seymour, daughter to the renowned prince Edward Duke of Somerset, Earl of Hertforde, Vicounte Beauchampe and Baron Seymour, and to the right noble Lady, Anne Duchess of Somerset his wyfe; departed this lyfe in her virginite at ye age of XIX yeares, the XIX daie of Marche A.D. M.CCCCC.LX, in the seconde yeare of the moste happie raigne of Queene Elizabeth, and was honorablie buryed in the floore of this chappel. To whose memorie, Edward Earle of Hertforde and Baron Beauchampe, her deare brother, hathe caused this monument to be made"

Her funeral was on 26 March 1561:[4]
at after-none at Westmynster [was brought] from the quen('s) armere a my lade Jane Semer, with [all the quire] of the abbay, with ijC. of (the) quen('s) cowrt, the wyche she was [one] of the quen('s) mayd(s) and in grett faver, and a iiijxx morners of [men and] women, of lordes and lades, and gentylmen and gentyllwomen, all in blake, besyd odur b of the quen('s) preve chambur, and she [had] a grett baner of armes bornne, and master Clarenshux was the harold, and master Skameler the nuw byshope of Peterborow dyd pryche. [She was] bered in the sam chapell wher my lade of SufFoke was.


Born 1541 Berry Pomeroy Castle, Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, Devonshire, England. [5]

Died Mar 19 1561. Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England. [6]

Buried Westminster, London, England. [7]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 The Dean and Chapter of Westminster, "History : People : Anne (Stanhope), Duchess of Somerset & Jane Seymour", Westminster Abbey Founded 960, 2016,,-duchess-of-somerset : accessed 20 February 2016. Note Machyn's diary confirms that the date given here is Old Style, so 1560/1, which was actually in the 3rd year of the reign, not the 2nd as stated.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lieutenant-Colonel J L Vivian, The Visitations of the County of Devon, (Exeter: For the author by H S Eland, 1895), 702-3, HathiTrust Digital Library ( : accessed 20 February 2016).
  3. "The Diary of Henry Machyn Citizen and Merchant-Taylor of London (1550-1563)", The Camden Society, Series I, 42:27, (London: Camden Society, 1848), Internet Archive, : accessed 20 February 2016).
  4. "The Diary of Henry Machyn Citizen and Merchant-Taylor of London (1550-1563)", The Camden Society, Series I, 42, 254, (London: Camden Society, 1848), Internet Archive ( : accessed 20 February 2016).
  5. Source: #S25683997
  6. Source: #S25683997
  7. Source: #S25683997
  • Source: S25683997 UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current Publication: Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;

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