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8 APRIL 1608: THE DEATH of Hon. Magdalen Dacre

Coat of arms of the Barons of Dacre showing their heraldic charges, the Bull. European Heraldry.

Coat of arms of the Barons of Dacre showing their heraldic charges, the Bull. European Heraldry.

Hon. Magdalen Dacre, Viscountess Montagu (January 1538 – 8 April 1608) was an English noblewoman. She was the daughter of William Dacre, 3rd Baron Dacre of Gilsland, and the second wife of Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu. Magdalen, a fervent Roman Catholic, was a Maid of Honour at the wedding of Mary I of England to Philip II of Spain in Winchester Cathedral. Dacre, despite being a Catholic, managed to remain in high regard with the Protestant Tudor Queen who succeeded Mary, Elizabeth I. Dacre was, according to biographer Lady Antonia Fraser in her historical biography, The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605, a fine example of “how the most pious Catholic could survive if he (or she) did not challenge the accepted order”.

Effigy of Hon. Magdalen, Viscountess Montague.

Effigy of Hon. Magdalen, Viscountess Montague.

Magdalen Dacre died at Battle Abbey, Sussex on 8 April 1608 at the age of seventy. She was originally buried in Midhurst Church, where a splendid tomb with her effigy was erected. The tomb was moved in 1851 to Easebourne Church.

Magdalen Dacre was a cousin to Queen Katherine Parr via several common ancestors. Her closest connection to Queen Katherine was her paternal great-grandmother, Mabel Parr, Lady Dacre (great-aunt of Queen Katherine) and maternal great-grandmother, Lady Katherine Neville (great-great-aunt of Queen Katherine as sister to Lady Alice, great-grandmother of Queen Katherine).

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I have been studying the genealogy and the history of the Parr family since 2007. I studied Women's Studies with an emphasis on English Women's History at the University of Maryland. My goal is to educate those who love Tudor History and to push aside the never ending myth that Queen Katherine Parr was nothing more than a nursemaid to King Henry VIII. I am planning on writing a book specifically on the family genealogy and relations which made Queen Katherine an important woman in her own right -- even before her own birth.

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