countess of Lennox, Margaret Stewart

(1515—1578) noblewoman

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The daughter of Lady Margaret Tudor by her second husband Archibald, earl of Angus, Lady Margaret was niece to Henry VIII. If Elizabeth was bastardized, the countess was near the throne. In 1544, at St James's, Westminster, she married Matthew, earl of Lennox, a great‐grandson of James II of Scotland. During Mary's reign, as a catholic, the countess was in high favour and given precedence over Elizabeth. In 1565, when her son married Mary, queen of Scots, she was sent to the Tower. Lady Lennox played for high stakes and, in the shape of her grandson James VI and I, gained a posthumous victory.

Subjects: British History.

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