Huntingdon, Henry Hastings, 3d earl of

Huntingdon, Henry Hastings, 3d earl of,

1535–95, English nobleman. Through his mother, Catherine Pole, a great-granddaughter of the duke of Clarence (brother of Edward IV and Richard III), Hastings claimed the right to succeed Elizabeth I to the English throne. He received some support from the Protestant party. Hastings was custodian of the rival claimant, Mary Queen of ScotsMary Queen of Scots
(Mary Stuart), 1542–87, only child of James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise. Through her grandmother Margaret Tudor, Mary had the strongest claim to the throne of England after the children of Henry VIII.
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, for a brief period in 1569. In 1572 he was president of the council of the north.

Bibliography

See biography by C. Cross (1966).

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