Bottesford: St Mary





Edward, 3rd Earl of Rutland and Isabel Manners

Recumbent peer and lady

Alabaster by Garret Johnson

1587:1591: Erected in 1591

Edward is depicted lying on a rolled up mat dressed in a ruff, full plate armour and the robes of the Order of the Garter. The Garter is on the left knee, while a bull, with a coronet round its neck, lies at the feet. The coronet that the earl was wearing is now missing and all that is left are the holes in the head into which the fixing pins would have been inserted.

Isabel is depicted in ermine robes, a high toupee, ruff, highly embroidered sleeves and close puckered wristbands. Her head, bedecked with a cap and jewelled circlet, is resting on a double cushion. In the year of her father's death, the couple's twelve-year old daughter, Elizabeth, who is depicted kneeling on a cushion at their feet, married William Cecil. She died four years later and a monument to her memory was raised in Westminster Abbey.

The inscription, beneath two arches, on two tablets, reads as follows:

The right honourable and noble Lord Edwarde, Erle of Rutland, Lord Rossie of Hamelac, Trusbote, and Belvoyre, lieth here buried. In the yeare 1569 he was sent into the North parts in the tyme of those civill troubles; there made lieutenante to Thomas Erle of Sussex (then Lord general of Her / Masties armie), and also colonell of the footemen, and one of the counsell in that service, he then being but 20 years of age, and ward to her mastie. He travelled into Fraunce 1570. He was made Lieutennent of the county of Lincolne 1582. He was made Knight of the Garter 1584. On the 5th day of July 1586, as chief comissioner for her majestie he concluded with the scottishe King's comissioners at Barwicke Upon Tweed a league of amitye betweene the two realmes. On the 14th of April following, being Good Friday 1587, he departed this life near Puddle Wharfe in London, from whence his corps was hither brought, and burried the 15th day of May next followinge. He left issue by his honourable wife Isabel Holcroft, daughter to Sir Thomas Holcroft, knight, one daughter, named Elizabeth, then of the age of elevene yeares and almost four monythes, which daughter was married in January 1588 to William Cicell, esquire, eldest sonne to Sir Thomas Cicell, knight, eldest sonne to the Lord Burghley, then and now Lord High Treasoror of Englande; by whom she left yssue one sonne named William, and died at London in April 1591.

The whole is surmounted by a coat of arms: Manners with quarterings and impalments Qly. 1st and 4th Argent, a cross and border engrailed sable (Holcroft) 2nd Argent, a squirrel sejant cracking a nut gules 3rd Argent, an eagle sable taking up a child gules (Kilchech).

Edward, born in 1549, was the son of Henry, the second earl. In 1585 it is recorded that he had as many as 41 servants including a trumpeter. The following year he was one of the commission arrayed to try Mary Queen of the Scots. On 12 April 1587 Elizabeth appointed him Lord Chancellor, a post he only briefly held, for he died two days later.

Sepulchral Effigies of Leicestershire and Rutland
Text copyright 2002 Max Matthews.
Images copyright Bob Trubshaw or Max Matthews 2002.
No copying or reproduction without prior written permission.
Published by Heart of Albion Press