Lot 202
  • 202

Burghley, Lord, Russell, Lady Elizabeth, and other Elizabethan courtiers

1,500 - 2,000 GBP
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  • A group of eight legal documents
all but one concerning the settlement of Eyford in Gloucestershire (six indentures and one lease), including two indentures dated 20 January 1592, one with six wax seals appended and a second with five wax seals appended, signatures including those of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, Lady Elizabeth Russell (“Elizabeth Russell Douager”) (4), her sons Edward Hoby and Thomas Posthumous Hoby (3), the courtier and Queen's Champion Sir Henry Lee (2), the Earl of Huntington, Lord Hundson, his son George Carey, Michael Hickes, and Anthony Cooke, 18 January 1592 to 21 March 1608, the final unrelated document signed by the ambassador Sir Henry Unton, 1587, all of the documents with contemporary endorsements and vellum seal tags, 18 red wax seals still appended, dust staining, some of the seals chipped, one or two with significant loss, occasional rodent damage at edges, slight smudging to Burghley's signature

Catalogue Note

A remarkable collection of signatures of Elizabethan courtiers. Eyford was a small parish in Gloucestershire given over to sheep farming that belonged to one of the most powerful women at the Elizabethan court, the twice-widowed Elizabeth Russell (1528-1609). She was one of the celebrated and learned daughters of Sir Anthony Cooke; Lord Burghley and Sir Nicholas Bacon were her brothers-in-law, and she was an aunt to both Sir Francis Bacon and Robert Cecil, later Earl of Salisbury.