Arabella stuart portait dating 1610
It is more likely, however, that they are the remaining portion of a word like ‘TECUM.’ The sitter was the daughter of Charles Stuart, Earl of Lennox (1555-1576) and Elizabeth Cavendish (1554-1582).
In the year 1610, without consent of the king, the Lady Arbella became engaged in marriage to William Seymour, second son of Lord Beauchamp and grandson of Earl of Hertford.
Was placed under the care of Bishop of Durham, and left London for the North. Started in boat for the Continent, but was caught, brought back, and lodged in the Tower, never again to know freedom.
Lingered there four years, till her mind became unhinged. Her history is a sad one, and her end will ever remain an indelible blot on the cold, unfeeling character of James I." In inventory of the contents of Hardwick Hall made in 1601 and attached to the will of Elizabeth Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury (c.1520-1608) as "In the Gallerie...
The daughter of James’s uncle Charles Stewart, Earl of Lennox, and great-granddaughter of King Henry VIII’s sister Margaret Tudor, Arabella was recognized during the last years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I as second, after James VI, in line of succession to the English throne.
Some Englishmen felt that she was better qualified than James to rule the country because she was English by birth and upbringing.