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Biography of Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608

Ancestry

Around 1527 Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 was born to [her father] John Hardwick -1528 and [her mother] Elizabeth Leeke 1497-1556 (30).

On 29 Jan 1528 [her father] John Hardwick -1528 died.

On 28 Apr 1539 [her future husband] George Talbot 6th Earl Shrewsbury 6th Earl Waterford 1528-1590 (11) and Gertrude Manners Countess Shrewsbury Countess Waterford 1525-1567 (14) were married (he was her fourth cousin).

Before 1540 [her future husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 and Margaret Bostock 1487-1540 were married.

In 1542 [her future husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (37) and Elizabeth Parker -1546 were married.

In 1543 [her husband] Robert Barlow -1544 (14) and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (16) were married.

On 24 Dec 1544 [her husband] Robert Barlow -1544 (15) died.

On 20 Aug 1547 [her husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (42) and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (20) were married.

On 18 Jun 1548 [her daughter] Frances Cavendish 1548-1632 was born to [her husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (43) and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (21).

In 1549 the Leche family sold Chatsworth House to [her husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (44). His wife Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (22) had persuraded him to sell his ancestral lands around Cavendish and buy land around her ancestral lands.

On 10 Jun 1549 [her daughter] Temperance Cavendish 1549-1550 was born to [her husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (44) and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (22).

On 17 Dec 1550 [her son] Henry Cavendish 1550-1616 was born to [her husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (45) and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (23).

On 27 Dec 1552 [her son] William Cavendish 1st Earl Devonshire 1552-1626 was born to [her husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (47) and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (25).

In 1553 [her husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (48)[her husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (48) and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (26) commissioned the building of a new house. She selected a site near the river, which was drained by digging a series of reservoirs, which doubled as fish ponds.

On 28 Nov 1553 [her son] Charles Cavendish 1553-1617 was born to [her husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (48) and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (26).

On 31 Mar 1555 [her daughter] Elizabeth Cavendish Countess Lennox 1555-1582 was born to [her husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (50) and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (28) at Chatsworth House.

Around 1556 [her mother] Elizabeth Leeke 1497-1556 (59) died.

In Jan 1556 [her daughter] Lawrence Cavendish 1556- was born to [her husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (51) and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (29).

In Jan 1556 [her daughter] Mary Cavendish Countess Shrewsbury Countess Waterford 1556-1632 was born to [her husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (51) and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (29).

On 25 Oct 1557 [her husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 (52) died.

Around 27 Aug 1559 [her husband] William St Lo 1518-1565 (41) and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (32) were married.

In 1560 Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (33) was poisoned. Both [her husband] William St Lo 1518-1565 (42) and his mother Margaret Kingston believed William's younger brother Edward St Lo 1519-1578 (41) to be guility. Edward St Lo 1519-1578 (41) feared he would lose his inheritance if William (42) and Bess (33) had a child.

On 25 Sep 1560 Francis Talbot 5th Earl Shrewsbury 5th Earl Waterford 1500-1560 (60) died. His son [her future husband] George Talbot 6th Earl Shrewsbury 6th Earl Waterford 1528-1590 (32) succeeded 6th Earl Shrewsbury 2C 1442, 6th Earl Waterford, 11th Baron Furnivall 1C 1295, 15th Baron Strange Blackmere 1C 1309, 12th Baron Talbot 1C 1331. Gertrude Manners Countess Shrewsbury Countess Waterford 1525-1567 (35) by marriage Countess Shrewsbury 2C 1442 Countess Waterford.

In Jan 1565 [her husband] William St Lo 1518-1565 (47) died suddenly in the company of his brother Edward St Lo 1519-1578 (46). He was buried in St Helen's Church Bishopsgate.

Around 1567 Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (40) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (33).

After 1585 Unknown Painter. Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland.

In 1568 [her husband] George Talbot 6th Earl Shrewsbury 6th Earl Waterford 1528-1590 (40) and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (41) were married. Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (41) by marriage Countess Shrewsbury 2C 1442 Countess Waterford.

On 26 Jan 1569 Mary Queen of Scots 1542-1587 (26) moved to in the custody of [her husband] George Talbot 6th Earl Shrewsbury 6th Earl Waterford 1528-1590 (41) and his wife Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (42) at Tutbury Castle.

Around 1576 Unknown Painter. Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots 1542-1587 (33).

In 1574 Charles Stewart 5th Earl Lennox 1557-1576 (16) and [her daughter] Elizabeth Cavendish Countess Lennox 1555-1582 (18) were married. [her daughter] Elizabeth Cavendish Countess Lennox 1555-1582 (18) by marriage Countess Lennox 2C 1488.

Around 21 Mar 1580 [her son] William Cavendish 1st Earl Devonshire 1552-1626 (27) and Anne Keighley 1563-1625 (17) were married.

On 21 Jan 1582 [her daughter] Elizabeth Cavendish Countess Lennox 1555-1582 (26) died.

In 1583 [her step-son] Edward Talbot 8th Earl Shrewsbury 8th Earl Waterford 1561-1617 (21) and Joane Ogle Countess Shrewsbury Countess Waterford 1566-1626 (17) were married. Joane Ogle Countess Shrewsbury Countess Waterford 1566-1626 (17) by marriage Countess Shrewsbury 2C 1442 Countess Waterford.

On 18 Nov 1590 [her husband] George Talbot 6th Earl Shrewsbury 6th Earl Waterford 1528-1590 (62) died. He was buried at Sheffield Cathedral. His son [her step-son] Gilbert Talbot 7th Earl Shrewsbury 7th Earl Waterford 1552-1616 (37) succeeded 7th Earl Shrewsbury 2C 1442, 7th Earl Waterford, 12th Baron Furnivall 1C 1295, 16th Baron Strange Blackmere 1C 1309, 13th Baron Talbot 1C 1331.

1592. Rowland Lockey Painter 1565-1616 (27). Portrait of Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (65).

After 1603 [her son] William Cavendish 1st Earl Devonshire 1552-1626 and Elizabeth Boughton Countess Devonshire 1568-1642 were married.

In 1605 [her son] William Cavendish 1st Earl Devonshire 1552-1626 (52) was created 1st Baron Cavendish Hardwick. Elizabeth Boughton Countess Devonshire 1568-1642 (37) by marriage Baroness Cavendish Hardwick.

Death of Bess of Hardwick

On 13 Feb 1608 Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608 (81) died. She was buried in Derby Cathedral Derby. [her son] Henry Cavendish 1550-1616 (57) inherited Chatsworth House.

On 19 Mar 1616 Henry Pierrepoint 1546-1616 (70) died. Church of St Edmund Holme Pierrepoint. Carved by John Smythson. Armorials:.
Top left  - he was married to [her daughter] Frances Cavendish 1548-1632 (67) daughter of [her former husband] William Cavendish 1505-1557 and Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 1527-1608.
Top right .
Cetre Bottom: Quartered 1&4  2&3 Unknown Arms impaled Quartered 1&4  2&3 Unknown Arms.

[her step-son] Gilbert Talbot 7th Earl Shrewsbury 7th Earl Waterford 1552-1616 and [her daughter] Mary Cavendish Countess Shrewsbury Countess Waterford 1556-1632 were married. [her daughter] Mary Cavendish Countess Shrewsbury Countess Waterford 1556-1632 by marriage Countess Shrewsbury 2C 1442 Countess Waterford.

[her father] John Hardwick -1528 and [her mother] Elizabeth Leeke 1497-1556 were married.

[her former husband] William St Lo 1518-1565 and Jane Baynton 1520- were married.

Ancestry

Father: John Hardwick -1528

Mother: Elizabeth Leeke 1497-1556

GrandFather: Thomas Leeke of Hasland 1458-1523

Great GrandFather: William Leeke of Lakeford 1418-1456

Great x 2 GrandFather: John Leeke of Cotham

Great x 3 GrandFather: Simon Leeke 1345-1428

GrandMother: Margaret Vaux 1465-

Great GrandFather: William Vaux of Harrowden 1436-1471

Great x 2 GrandFather: William Vaux 1405-1460

Great x 3 GrandFather: William Vaux 1379-1405