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Lady Eleanor Douglas





English prophetess,English prophetess, Lady Eleanor (1590 – 1652) was the daughter of George Tuchet (1551 – 1617), first Earl of Castlehaven, and his wife Lucy, the daughter of Sir John Mervyn, of Fonthill Giffard, Wiltshire. She was married firstly (1609) to Sir John Davies (1569 – 1626), the attorney-general of Ireland, and noted poet.


Lady Davies became convinced of her own prophetic calling in 1625, when she discovered that her name, Eleanor Audley, was an anagram of ‘Reveale O Daniel,’ though her husabnd burned her written works, as did her second husband, Sir Archibald Douglas, whom she married in 1626. Despite this, Lady Douglas was highly regarded as a prophet in court circles, and she was even consulted by Queen Henrietta Maria, but her successful prediction of the assasination of the royal favourite, the Duke of Buckingham (1628) earned her the disfavour of Charles I, who caused her to be brought before the court of the High commission (1633), which ordered her to suffer several periods of imprisonment and was also confined to the Bethlehem Hospital for a time.
Lady Douglas publicly and sacreligiously opposed the episcopacy of the William Laud and was confined for a period to Bedlam.


Over the period of a decade (1641 – 1652) Lady Douglas produced over thirty fragmentary works, written in an obscure, rhapsodical style, such as Stay of the Wise (1643), The Restitution of Property …. By the Lady Eleanor, which related to events mentioned in the Bible, and Tobit’s Book (1652). She addressed a favourable ‘Benediction’ to Oliver Cromwell (1651), who had received her politely though he had little faith in her supposed mystic abilities.






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