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Robert 
Dudley
1533 - 1588


Robert 
Dudley
, 5th son. English courtier. Sentenced to death with his father for supporting Lady Jane Grey (1554), but pardoned; served in France with his brother Ambrose (1557); advanced, as Queen Elizabeth's favorite, to privy council (1559); rumored to have killed wife (1560) in order to be free to marry Elizabeth, but she refused his suit; intrigued with queen's consent, but unsuccessfully, to gain Spanish and Catholic support for projected marriage with Elizabeth (1561); offended queen and court by presumptuousness (1563); suggested by Elizabeth as husband for Mary, Queen of Scots (1564); failed to displace Cecil; entertained queen in great magnificence, with masques, at Kenilworth castle (1575); commanded expedition into Low Countries to aid United Provinces against Spaniards (1585), in which campaign his nephew Sir Philip Sidney was killed; recalled (1587) after an incompetent campaign; restored to favour and appointed lieutenant general in command of armies to resist Spanish Armada.

Born: 24th Jun 1533Baptised:
Died: Sep 1588Buried:
Family:
Dudley

Titles:

Ancestors
[ Patrilineage | Matrilineage | Earliest Ancestors | Force | Force2 | Options ]

1.
Robert 
Dudley
(
Robsart
,
Knollys
) 1533 - 1588
2.
John 
Dudley
(
Guildford
) 1502 - 1553
4.
Sir Edmund 
Dudley
(
Grey
,
?
) + 1510
5.
Elizabeth 
Grey
(
Dudley
) + post 1502
3.
Jane 
Guildford
(
Dudley
) 1504 - 1555
6.
Sir Edward 
Guildford
(
West
) * 1474
7.
Eleanor 
West
(
Guildford
)

Siblings


1.
Sir Henry 
Dudley
1525 - 1544
2.
John 
Dudley
(
Seymour
) 1530 - 1554
3.
Ambrose 
Dudley
(
Whorwood
,
Talboys
) 1531 - 1590
4.
Mary 
Dudley
(
Sidney
) ante 1536 - 1586
5.
Lord Guildford 
Dudley
(
Grey
) 1536 - 1554
6.
Katherine 
Dudley
* ante 1538

Spouses



1. c. 1550
2. 1578
Lettice 
Knollys
(
Devereux
,
Dudley
,
Blount
) 1539 - 1634

Descendants
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a. ?
1.
Sir Robert 
Dudley
1574 - 1649
Sources

Timeline


24th Jun 1533Born
c. 1550Married
29th Sep 1564
Robert 
Dudley
(
Robsart
,
Knollys
) 1533 - 1588 inherited the title
Leicester
  [E] 1564-88
1578Married
Lettice 
Knollys
(
Devereux
,
Dudley
,
Blount
) 1539 - 1634
Sep 1588Died
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