Court Masques: Jacobean and Caroline Entertainments, 1605-1640

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INDEX OF PERFORMERS
This list represents no more than a very basic identification of most of the masquers and performers. Where biographical data have not been found names are not included.
Abercrombie ( Abraham): Chamberlain called him 'a Scottish dancing courtier'. (LRest, PlRec)
Andover, Lady: see Savage, Dorothy.
Arabella, Lady ( 1575-1615): only daughter of 1st Duke of Lennox, cousin of the King; married William Seymour, July 1610, in contravention of restrictions placed on her, and was imprisoned in the Tower until her death. (Teth)
Arundel, Countess of ( Alathea Talbot, d. 1654): third daughter of 7th Earl of Shrewsbury; married Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel, 1606. (Qu, Teth)
Astley (Ashley), Sir John (d. 1639): Master of Queen Elizabeth's Jewels; Master of the Revels to James and Charles I. ( Hay)
Auchmouty, John: Scot who came to England with James, and profited by it; Groom of the Bedchamber. (PlRec)
Badger, Sir Thomas (d. 1638): Master of the Harriers for life, 1605; said to have the finest breed of bulldogs in England. (Bar, Hay)
Beaumont, Elizabeth: Sir Thomas of Coleorton's wife, who outlived him. (Cole)
Beaumont, Katherine(?): the wife of Sir Thomas Beaumont of Stoughton, uncle to the Coleorton Sir Thomas (d. 1621). (Cole)
Beaumont, Sir Thomas: of Coleorton (d. 1625); MP for Leicestershire; mine-owner; created Viscount Beaumont of Swords, 1622. (Cole)
Bedford, Countess ( Lucy Harrington, 1581-1627): married 3rd Earl of Bedford in 1594; patron of writers and collector of pictures; Jonson, Donne, Daniel, and Drayton were all patronized by her. Lady of the Bedchamber and close friend of Queen Anne, she largely left the court after a serious illness in 1612. (Bla, Qu)
Berkshire, Countess of ( Elizabeth Cecil, d. 1672): daughter of William, 2nd Earl of Exeter; married Thomas Howard, Earl of Berkshire, 1614. (Chlo)
Bevill, Lady ( Frances Knevyt, d. 1605): widow of Sir William Bevill; married Francis Manners, 6th Earl of Rutland, 1602. (Bla)
Bowyer, Sir Henry (d. 1613/14): according to Chamberlain this excellent dancer died after overheating himself practising to dance at the wedding of Frances Howard. (LRest)

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