✹ About Elizabeth Pearse Sjoerd22 on 5 May 2019 • Link An Elisabet Pearse, "washer woman to the Queen" was recorded as a witness at the birth of James Francis Edward Stuart, 1688. But not in the "official" list of witnesses that James, "the old Pretender" published years later to prove that he had NOT been switched at birth, but in a protestant pamphlet that tried to show that he had. "This servant to the Queen, that used to receive a yearly sum of 2500 guilder, tells us the following: 1. That she had heard the Queen crying loudly.2. That this went on until the (so called) Prince of Wales was handed to mrs Labadie3. That the midwife held up the afterbirth4. That she with her servant carried away the soiled bed linnen while it was still warm5. That from looking at the bedlinnen handed to her from time to time she could see that her majesty had been in the same circumstances as women are apt to be.and 6. That her majesty at that time had had milk in her breasts, as shown by the shirts. The pamphlet goes on to argue that all of this was secondary evidence and could easily have been falsely constructed to switch a stillborn baby with a healthy changeling. "De onwettelyke getuygen, George Jeffreys cancelier en Robert grave van Sunderland, president van de geheyme raad van Jacobus de II. coning van Groot Britanje, en secretaris van Staat: Nevens andere getuygen tegens malkanderen, in hunne gegeven attestatien, over de geboorte van den genaamden prince van Wales: Geconfronteert en ongegrond bevonden."