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Mary Say

Female 1485 - 1535  (50 years)


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  • Name Mary Say 
    Born 1485  Broxbourne, Hertfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Name Mary Saye 
    Died 5 Jun 1535 
    Person ID I359  Bourchiers
    Last Modified 1 Jun 2018 

    Father Sir William Say,   b. Broxbourne, Hertfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Elizabeth Fray 
    Family ID F603  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Henry Bourchier, 2nd Earl of Essex,   b. 1472,   d. 13 Mar 1539, Baas, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 12 Mar 1497 
    Children 
    +1. Anne Bourchier, Viscountess Bourchier, 7th Baroness Bourchier,   b. 1517,   d. 28 Jan 1571, Benington, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Last Modified 3 May 2018 
    Family ID F207  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Mary Say was the daughter of Sir William Say of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire (1450- December 4, 1529) and Elizabeth Fray and the sister of Elizabeth Say, first wife of William Blount, 4th baron Mountjoy. Because of this connection, she is often misidentified as Blount’s sister.
      She married Henry Bourchier, earl of Essex (1471-March 30, 1540). The marriage settlement was dated March 12, 1497. Elizabeth married Mountjoy in 1499. By mid-1505, Essex and Mountjoy were engaged in litigation over the sisters’ dowries. The matter was not settled until 1515. Meanwhile, in 1501, Mary was in attendance on Catherine of Aragon after her marriage to Prince Arthur. In 1529, she was one of those to give testimony about whether or not Catherine’s marriage had been consummated. In 1506, the Essex household included both Charles Brandon, who was Essex’s master of horse, and Anne Browne, former maid of honor to Elizabeth of York and Brandon’s on again, off again wife. The household, in Knightriders Street, London and Stanstead Hall in Halstead, became a center for young courtiers including Brandon, Walter, Lord Ferrers, Richard, earl of Kent, Sir John Hussey, and Hussey’s eldest son, William. Mary was one of Catherine of Aragon’s ladies in waiting in 1509. She had only one child, a daughter, Anne (1517-January 28, 1571). from http://www.tudorwomen.com/?page_id=707