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Lady Anne Butler Brayne Spotswood of Virginia

Lady Anne Butler Brayne Spotswood (1686-1758) wife of Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood. According to sources Lady Anne was the daughter of Richard Bryan of Westminster and the God daughter of James Butler, the Duke of Ormond.

Anne's second husband was Rev. John Thompson of Culpepper, Virginia.

Sources: "Burke's Landed Gentry."

Note from Colonial Virginia Portraits:

Anne Butler Brayne married Alexander Spotswood in England in 1724 and immigrated to Virginia in 1729. The couple settled at Germanna. Her husband was painted by Charles Bridges in 1736. It is unclear if Anne was painted in England or in Virginia but if she was painted in Virginia, it is possible that the original portrait was also painted by Bridges in 1736. Emma M. Whitfield painted this copy of an original destroyed by the 1926 fire at the Virginia Governor’s Mansion. The original portrait descended with portraits of Alexander Spotswood and his brother, Roger Elliott. They were recorded at Nottingham, home of Alexander Spotswood’s grandson, Alexander Spotswood (1751-1818) in the nineteenth century. Where the portrait hung between Alexander Spotswood’s death and his grandson’s purchase of Nottingham is unknown.

Peter Lely (1618-1680) (style of) - James Butler (1611–1688), 1st Duke of Ormonde, in Garter Robes - 1171123 - National Trust Courtesy of Wikipedia,_1st_Duke_of_Ormond

I found this in the Richmond Dispatch Newspaper archive at with some information on the genealogy and the surname Butler in reference to James Butler, the Duke of Ormond

Richmond times-dispatch. Sunday, Apr 08, 1917 Richmond, VA Page: 39

This will link to my Genealogybank blog on the Spotswood family line soon.

Grave Marker for Col John Spotswood eldest son of Gov.Alexander Spotswood and Ann Butler Brayne. He served in the French and Indian War. Married Mary West Dandridge, daughter of Nathaniel West and Unity West. Descend from Mary Boleyn. Located Germanna Memorial Garden Locust Grove, Orange County, Virginia. Courtesy of VAGenealogist.


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