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Henrietta Maria Stuart [de Bourbon], Princesse de France, daughter of Henry IV de Bourbon, Roi de France and Mary de Bourbon [de Medici] Printer friendly version

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Henrietta Maria, the French wife of Charles I and daughter of Henry IV, Roi de France, was the first of the royal family to honour Tunbridge Wells with their preference. According to Thomas Benge Burr's History of Tunbridge Wells published in 1766 :

"The queen continued about six weeks at the Wells, and dwelt in tents the whole time. Her camp was pitched upon Bishops-down-common, and certainly diffused a splendor and magnificence over this wild country, to which it had hitherto been an absolute stranger; … The curiosity of this gay young queen induced her one day to walk from the Well a little way into the county of Sussex, where she wandered about till, at length growing weary, she sat down on a bank beneath the shade of a spreading birch for refreshment; and, when she had sufficiently rested herself, she arose, and ordered a stone to be placed there, as a memorial of her travels in that county. … The Queen's-stone, an alehouse in the road to Frant, is built where this monument was placed, and the sign which hung there till within these few years, was drawn from a view of the stone itself. It is now the sign of the Blue-bell"

Date Type Information Source
 
26th Nov 1609BornAt Hotel du Louvre, Paris in the Country of FrancePublic records
 
13th Jun 1625MarriedCharles I Stuart at St Augustines Church in the Parish of Canterbury, KentPublic records
 
13th May 1629Birth of a sonCharles James at Greenwich Palace in the Parish of Greenwich, KentPublic records
 
1630HistoryColbran's Tunbridge Wells
 

It is stated that in one of her pedestrian excursions in the neighbourhood, Her Majesty [Queen Henrietta Maria] strolled up the Frant Road, and finding herself fatigued, rested upon a bank beneath a birch tree - upon quitting which, with that gaieté de coeur which was natural to her, she gave orders for a stone to be placed on the spot "as a memorial of her travels into Sussex." The gallantry of the courtiers suggested a complimentary latin inscription to be engraven upon it, but no vestige of the stone or inscription now remains, although in the year 1766, a Public House, called "The Blue Bell", formerly "The Queen's Stone" and afterwards "The Black Dog" stood upon the spot where the stone had been originally placed. Since then the house has undergone another change, being now a private residence, called "Mount Nevill." It is about quarter of a mile from the Springs, on the right of the road to Frant.

 
1630HistoryBurr's Tunbridge Wells
 

Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, who was sent here by her physicians, for the re-establishment of her health, after the birth of Prince Charles

The queen continued about six weeks at the Wells, and dwelt in tents the whole time. Her camp was pitched upon Bishops-down-common, and certainly diffused a splendor and magnificence over this wild country, to which it had hitherto been an absolute stranger; … The curiosity of this gay young queen induced her one day to walk from the Well a little way into the county of Sussex, where she wandered about till, at length growing weary, she sat down on a bank beneath the shade of a spreading birch for refreshment; and, when she had sufficiently rested herself, she arose, and ordered a stone to be placed there, as a memorial of her travels in that county. … The Queen's-stone, an alehouse in the road to Frant, is built where this monument was placed, and the sign which hung there till within these few years, was drawn from a view of the stone itself. It is now the sign of the Blue-bell

 
29th May 1630Birth of a sonCharles II at St. James Palace in the Parish of St. James, LondonPublic records
 
4th Nov 1631Birth of a daughterMary Henrietta at St. James Palace in the Parish of St. James, LondonPublic records
 
14th Oct 1633Birth of a sonJames II at St. James Palace in the Parish of St. James, LondonPublic records
 
29th Dec 1635Birth of a daughterElizabeth at St. James Palace in the Parish of St. James, LondonPublic records
 
17th Mar 1637Birth of a daughterAnne at St. James Palace in the Parish of St. James, LondonPublic records
 
29th Jun 1639Birth of a daughterCatherine at Whitehall Palace, Whitehall, in LondonPublic records
 
8th Jul 1640Birth of a sonHenry at Oatlands Park, Weybridge in the County of SurreyPublic records
 
16th Jun 1644Birth of a daughterHenrietta Anne at Beford House, Exeter in the County of DevonPublic records
 
21st Aug 1669DiedAt Château de St Colombes, Ile de France in the Country of FrancePublic records
 
after 21st Aug 1669BuriedAt Cathedral of St Denis, Ile de France in the Country of FrancePublic records
 
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The ancestral pedigree of Henrietta Maria Stuart [de Bourbon], Princesse de France
 
  
 Charles IV de Bourbon
Duc de Vendôme
m: 18th May 1513Francoise d'Alençon 
 b: 2nd Jun 1489
d: 25th Mar 1537
  b: 1490/91
d: 14th Sep 1550
  
       
 Margaret de Vendôme Antoine François Charles Jean Louis I 
 b: 1516
d: 1589
 b: 22nd Apr 1518
d: 17th Nov 1562
 b: 1519
d: 1546
 b: 1523
d: 1590
 b: 1528
d: 1557
 b: 1530
d: 1569
 
              
Great-
Grandfather record
  
  
 
   
 Antoine de Bourbon
Rey de Navarre
m: 20th Oct 1548Jeanne III
Reina de Navarre
 
 b: 22nd Apr 1518
d: 17th Nov 1562
  b: 7th Jan 1528
d: 9th Jun 1572
  
   
 Henry IV Catalina 
 b: 13th Dec 1553
d: 14th May 1610
 b: 1559
d: 1604
 
      
Grandfather record
   
   
 
   
2nd marriage Henry IV de Bourbon
Roi de France
m: 27th Dec 1600 Lyon, FranceMary de Medici 
 b: 13th Dec 1553
d: 14th May 1610
  b: 26th Apr 1573
d: 3rd Jul 1642
  
       
 Louis XIII Elisabeth Isabel Marie Christine Nicholas Jean-Baptiste Gaston Henrietta Maria 
 b: 27th Sep 1601
d: 14th May 1643
 b: 22nd Nov 1602
d: 6th Oct 1644
 b: 10th Feb 1606
d: 27th Dec 1663
 b: 16th Apr 1607
d: 17th Nov 1611
 b: 25th Apr 1608
d: 2nd Feb 1660
 b: 26th Nov 1609 Hotel du Louvre, Paris, France
d: 21st Aug 1669 Château de St Colombes, Ile de France, France
bur: after 21st Aug 1669 Cathedral of St Denis, Ile de France, France
 
              
Parental record
   
   
 
    
 Charles I Stuartm: 13th Jun 1625 St Augustines Church, Canterbury, KentHenrietta Maria de Bourbon
Princesse de France
 
 b: 19th Nov 1600 Dunfermline Palace, Fife, Scotland
d: 30th Jan 1649 Whitehall Palace, Whitehall, London, Public beheading
bur: 7th Feb 1649 Henry VIII vault, Windsor, Berkshire
  b: 26th Nov 1609 Hotel du Louvre, Paris, France
d: 21st Aug 1669 Château de St Colombes, Ile de France, France
bur: after 21st Aug 1669 Cathedral of St Denis, Ile de France, France
  
          
Charles James  Mary Henrietta James II Elizabeth Anne Catherine Henry Henrietta Anne 
b: 13th May 1629 Greenwich Palace, Greenwich, Kent
d: 13th May 1629 Greenwich Palace, Greenwich, Kent
  b: 4th Nov 1631 St. James Palace, St. James, London
d: 24th Dec 1660 Whitehall Palace, Whitehall, London, Died from smallpox
bur: after 24th Dec 1660 Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London
 b: 14th Oct 1633 St. James Palace, St. James, London
ch: 24th Nov 1633 St. James Palace
d: 16th Sep 1701 Château of St Germain-en-Laye, Ile de France, France
bur: after 16th Sep 1701 Chapel of St Edmund, Paris, France
 b: 29th Dec 1635 St. James Palace, St. James, London
d: 8th Sep 1650 Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
bur: after 8th Sep 1650 St Thomas Church, Newport, Isle of Wight
 b: 17th Mar 1637 St. James Palace, St. James, London
d: 5th Nov 1640 Richmond Palace, Richmond, London
bur: after 5th Nov 1640 Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London
 b: 29th Jun 1639 Whitehall Palace, Whitehall, London
d: 29th Jun 1639 Whitehall Palace, Whitehall, London
bur: after 29th Jun 1639 Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London
 b: 8th Jul 1640 Oatlands Park, Weybridge, Surrey
d: 13th Sep 1660 Whitehall Palace, Whitehall, London
bur: after 13th Sep 1660 Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London
 b: 16th Jun 1644 Beford House, Exeter, Devon
d: 30th Jun 1670 Palace of St Cloud, Ile de France, France
bur: after 30th Jun 1670 Cathedral of St Denis, Ile de France, France
 
  Charles II                
  b: 29th May 1630 St. James Palace, St. James, London
d: 6th Feb 1685 Whitehall Palace, Whitehall, London
bur: 14th Feb 1685 Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London
                
                   
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