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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Daughter of the 2nd Earl of Westmoreland, and widow of John Bill, the King's printer (d. 1630. Her husband built Kenwood in Highgate. (L&M Companion)

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Why on earth would the daughter of Mildmay Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland marry a printer? I can see why John Bill wanted a noble wife for prestige and representation at Court (and presumably a nice dowry).

In my efforts to unravel this story, I found this fascinating site about the history of the King's Printing House and the publishing of original King James Bible and how it landed the three printers involved (one being said John Bill) in 30 years of law suits, debtors prison and bankruptcy.


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