Note: Local and Family Histories: New England, 1600-1900s
Robert Dudley, after his wife's decease, remained single many years. Under Queen Mary he was made Master of the Ordnance, and he carried messages between Philip and Mary. Probably he also carried communications between Philip and Mary and Elizabeth in her captivity, at which time the intimacy of Princess Elizabeth and Dudley began; because in the first year of her reign, he was entertained at Court as one of the Queen's principal favorites, and promoted to high offices.
Queen Elizabeth was averse to Dudley's marrying, as appears by her conduct, except that she proposed him to Mary Queen of Scots, who, she knew, would refuse the offer. The Queen sometimes kept Dudley from acting as he ought in regard to his wives. She wanted to marry him herself, but some of her ministers of State opposed it.
Inscrpition on his tomb at
Sacred To the God of the Living. In certain hope of a Resurrection in Christ, here lieth the most illustrious Robert Dudley, fifth son of John, Duke of Northumberland, Earl of Warwick, Viscount Lisle, &c. He was Earl of Leicester, Baron of Denbigh, Knight both of the Order of the Garter and St. Michael, Master of the Horse to Queen Elizabeth (who distinguished him by particular Favor), soon after Steward of the Queen's Household, Privy Counsellor, Justice in Eyre of the Forests, Parks, Chases, &c., on this Side Trent, from the Year 1585 to the Year 1587. Lieutenant and Captain General of the English Army sent by the said Queen Elizabeth to the Netherlands; Governor General and Commander of the Provinces united in that Place; Lieutenant Governor of England against Philip the Second of Spain, in the Year 1588, when he was preparing paring to invade England with a numerous Fleet and Army.-- He gave up his Soul to God his Saviour, on the 4th Day of September, in the Year of Salvation 1588.
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