Saturday, May 16, 2009

Question from Sarah - Margaret Bryan's title of baroness

Wikipedia says that Margaret Bryan, governess to Mary and Elizabeth, 'claimed' to have been made a baroness in her own right. This seems a strange statement; Starkey says that Bryan was made a baroness in her own right (as her husband had died). What is the truth?


Lara said...

The entry that includes her in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (she's in Francis Bryan's entry) refers to her as "suo jure" Baroness Bryan, meaning she held the title in her own right.

Sarah said...

The person who added the 'claimed' to the article told me that she is not listed in the peerage of England (he is a peerage expert, rather than a straughtforward historian.)