Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Margaret St John, Abbess of Shaftesbury

Margaret Beaufort had a half sister who was a nun. From Status, Scandal and Subterfuge:
So far there has been no evidence of impropriety to stain the reputation of Margaret St John, elected Abbess at Shaftesbury on March 9, 1460.

Shortly before her death in 1492 Margaret established a chantry, an endowment to fund either a chapel or a priest to pray for the souls of her royal relations and her parents.

Following the dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 by Margaret's great nephew, Henry VIII, the fabric of the Abbey was plundered for building projects in the town. (Read entire post.)

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