Elizabeth Bessie Blount was born to John and Katherine Blount at Kinlet, Shropshire.
Bessie’s mother was dismissed from her post as lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon after Prince Arthur
died and the court at Ludlow was disbanded.
1509 (21st April)
1509 (11th June)
Henry VIII married his brother’s widow, Catherine of Aragon.
Bessie Blount was appointed maid of honour to Catherine of Aragon.
Bessie was noticed by King Henry VIII during a masked ball.
Bessie’s father was given a gift of £146 by the King, evidence of the King’s interest in his daughter.
1519 (15th June)
A son, Henry
, was born to Bessie Blount and Henry VIII at the Priory of Lawrence, Blackmore, Essex. He was given the surname Fitzroy, son of the king.
1519 (15th June)
Bessie’s son, Henry, was raised by a nanny, Agnes Partridge and Thomas Wolsey
was put in charge of his overall care.
1519 (after 15th June)
Bessie’s son was christened Henry Fitzroy (King’s son) and Thomas Wolsey was one of his godparents.
Henry VIII spent time at Havering-atte-Bowe which was close to where Henry Fitzroy was housed. It is known that he spent time with his son but not known whether he saw Bessie during the visits.
Henry VIII moved to Beaulieu but was still fairly close to Henry Fitzroy.
Bessie, gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth. It is not known whether or not Henry VIII was the father.
Bessie Blount married Gilbert Tailboys. King Henry VIII gave Bessie property worth £200 per year.
A son, George, was born to Bessie and Gilbert Tailboys.
A son, Robert, was born to Bessie and Gilbert Tailboys.
1530 (15th April)
Bessie’s husband, Gilbert Tailboys, died.
1535 (12th February)
Bessie married Edward Fiennes de Clinton.
A daughter, Bridget, was born to Bessie and Edward Clinton.
1536 (early July)
Bessie’s son, Henry was taken ill with chest pains and a cough.
1536 (23rd July)
Bessie’s son, Henry, Duke of Richmond died at St James’s Palace, London. It is thought he died either of tuberculosis or of sweating sickness.
A daughter, Katherine, was born to Bessie and Edward Clinton.
A daughter, Margaret, was born to Bessie and Edward Clinton.