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Biography

Penelope Devereux was born January 1563 to Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex (1539-1576) and Lettice Knollys (1543-1634) and died 7 July 1607 of unspecified causes. She married Robert Rich, 1st Earl of Warwick (1559-1619) 1581 JL . She married Charles Blount, 1st Earl of Devonshire (c1562-1606) 26 December 1605 . Charlemagne (747-814)/s, Hugh Capet (c940-996)/s.



Children


Offspring of Robert Rich, 1st Earl of Warwick and Penelope Devereux (c1562-1607)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick (1587-1658) 1587 19 April 1658 Frances Hatton (1590-1624) Susan Rowe (1582-1646) Frances Hatton (1590-1624) Susan Rowe (1582-1646) Eleanor Wortley (-1667)
Essex Rich (c1589-) 1589 Thomas Cheeke (c1589-)
Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland (1590-1649)
Isabel Rich (-)
Lettice Rich (-1619)

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Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
₪ Wedding
  • In 1605 Lord Rich sued for and was granted a divorce from his wife, who admitted adultery with Charles Blount, Baron Mountjoy.
2 Wedding 2
  • The divorce was granted, but the requests to remarry and legitimise her children were refused. She married Blount in a private ceremony conducted by his chaplain, William Laud, afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury, on 26 December 1605 at Wanstead House in London. This proceeding, carried out in defiance of canon law, was followed by the disgrace of both parties, who were banished from court by King James.
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