Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (Biographical details)

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (British; Male; 1567 - 1601)

Also known as

Devereux, Robert; Essex


The last favourite of Elizabeth I. Step-son of the 1st Earl of Leicester (q.v.), half-brother to Sir Robert Dudley (q.v.); graduated MA at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1581; received the Garter 1588; one of the military commanders who took Cadiz in 1596; became Chancellor of Cambridge University 1598; sent to Ireland as Lord Lieutenant 1599. After his fall from favour he tried to raise a rebellion in London and was executed in 1601.


Turner 2000, p.226.