Frances de Vere, Countess of Surrey

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Frances Howard, by Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1535

Frances Howard, (née de Vere), Countess of Surrey (c. 1517[1] – 30 June 1577) was the daughter of John de Vere, 15th Earl of Oxford, and Elizabeth Trussell. She married firstly, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey,[1] son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and his wife Elizabeth Stafford, by whom she had two sons and three daughters:

Late in 1546, while Frances was expecting her fifth child, her husband was accused of treason and he was subsequently executed in January 1547.[2]

She married secondly Thomas Staynings, by whom she had one child.


  1. ^ a b David M. Head (1 January 1995). The Ebbs and Flows of Fortune: The Life of Thomas Howard, Third Duke of Norfolk. University of Georgia Press. pp. 249–. ISBN 978-0-8203-1683-3. 
  2. ^ William A. Sessions (2003). Henry Howard, the Poet Earl of Surrey: A Life. Oxford University Press. pp. 202–. ISBN 978-0-19-818625-0. 

Further reading[edit]

  • DeVere Family Accessed February 16, 2008
  • Accessed May 23, 2008
  • Brenan, Gerald, and Edward Phillips Statham. The House of Howard. London: Hutchinson & co, 1907. googlebooks Retrieved February 16, 2008