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Posted on 01/20/2014

Photo taken on November  2, 2012

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Holyrood Abbey and Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland

Next to the Royal Vault is the burial place of the family of Roxburghe in which is interred Jane countess of Roxburghe.

Born Jean (Jane) Drummond in 1585 the daughter of Patrick Drummond, 3rd Lord Drummond and his wife Elizabeth.
In 1603, on the accession of James I, she accompanied Queen Anne of Denmark to Stirling Castle to take custody of their son, the Duke of Rothesay, before continuing on to London where she served Queen Anne as Mistress of the Robes.
1607/8 a marraige was arranged for her with Archaibald Campbell, 7th Earl of Argyll, which in the end came to nothing. Instead she became the second wife of Robert Ker, 1st Lord Roxburghe on 3 February 1614.
The wedding was celebrated at Somerset House and was attended by the King and Queen.
1617 Jane was forced to retire from her position of Mistress of the Robes, because it had been discovered her husband was trying to have himself appointed Lord Chamberlain to Prince Charles without consulting the King or Queen. The dismissal of Jane alarmed the Spanish and Venetian ambassadors as they had relied upon the Catholic Countess as a confidante of the Queen.
In 1630, Charles I wanted Jane to become Governess for the Prince of Wales, but this notion was rejected because of her Catholic sympathies and the position was given to the Countess of Dorset.
1631 she was appointed Governess to Princess Mary, later to Prince Henry and in 1641 to Princess Elizabeth.
1642 she accompanied Princes Mary to the Hague for her marriage to William Prince of Orange. She was releaved of her post by Lady Stanhope so she could return to England to continue her governance of Henry and Elizabeth.
She died on the 7th October 1643 and was interred in the family vault