Countess Worcester

Elizabeth Browne

(1506-Oct 23 1565)

The daughter of Lucy Neville and Sir Anthony Browne , a trusted courtier at the court of Henry VIII.

She married Sir Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester before 1526.

They had eight children who survived to adulthood;

William Somerset, 3rd earl of Worcester,

Francis Somerset

Charles Somerset

Thomas Somerset

Lady Anne Somerset, Countess of Northumberland

Lady Eleanor Somerset

Lady Joan Somerset

Lady Lucy Somerset.

Elizabeth was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn and, in 1536, was the main informant against her mistress. In some reports of this time, Elizabeth is described as a 'former mistress of the King's. She was a lady with considerable force of personality; on one occasion one of the ambassadors to Henry's court described a rather public altercation between herself and her brother. Apparently taking her to task over her behavior at court he scolded her for being a public scandal and "entering too freely into the entertainments in her majesty's chamber" which were of questionable virtue. In reply she told him that her husband was well able to mind his business and she suggested that her brother do likewise.