Edward Fiennes de Clinton

(1512—1585) military commander

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(b 1512; d London, 16 Jan 1585). English patron. He was Lord High Admiral to both Edward VI (1550–54) and Elizabeth I (1558–85). In 1539 he was granted the suppressed Gilbertine priory of Sempringham, Lincs. There he constructed a large three-sided house (?c. 1550–70; destr.), alongside the priory ruins. Defoe noted ‘two pieces of decay'd magnificence’ in the early 1720s and commented on the surviving plasterwork in the house as being equal to that at Henry VIII's palace of Nonsuch, Surrey, which was dismantled in the late 17th century. Nothing remains above ground of Sempringham, though the site has been excavated. Lincoln, however, lived mainly at West Horsley Place, Surrey, the property of his third wife, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, widow of Sir Anthony Browne. It was she who was responsible for the commissioning of Lincoln's splendid alabaster tomb (Windsor Castle, St George's Chapel).


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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