John Smith died on June 21, 1631. His burial place
is in the south aisle of Saint Sepulchre-without-Newgate
Church, Holborn Viaduct, London. The church is the largest parish church in the
City of London, dating from 1137.
Captain John Smith's life is memorialized by a fine stained- glass window in the
south wall of the church.
ordered his burial? Who commanded the memorial window?
Frances kept the title Duchess of Richmond until her death on October 8, 1639.
She is buried in Westminster
Abbey next to her third husband, in the
tomb she had designed in his memory.
Portrait of Lady Frances, Countess of Hertford, in 1611.
well did she know John Smith?
husband, Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford, was Smith’s “best friend.” The Earl died
at age 81 on April 6, 1621. Lady Frances was then 43 years old. John Smith was 41.
A wealthy widow, Frances nonetheless wasted no time in attaching herself to a
new husband:Just two months after
Edward died, Frances married a 47-year-old Scottish nobleman, Ludovic Stewart, 2nd
Duke of Lennox. He was a cousin of King James I. A member of the Privy Council,
he was also Steward of the Royal Household. Steward became Earl of Newcastle
upon Tyne and Duke of Richmond on August 17, 1623, but did not enjoy those
titles very long. He died at age 50 in his bed (of a heart attack?) at
Whitehall on the morning of February 16, 1624. As his widow, Lady Frances, now
wealthier than ever, became known as the “Double Duchess.”
July 12, 1624 John Smith’s monumental Generall
Historie of Virginia, New-England and the Summer Isles was published. It
was dedicated To the Illustrious and Most
Noble Princesse, the Lady Francis, Duchesse of Richmond and Lenox. A 1623 engraving of her image was bound
into the original edition.