Lord Lisle’s Plate
While we found a number of pewter plates featuring the initials GC, relating to Admiral George Carew, the commander of the Mary Rose on her final day, we also found some plates with the mark of Viscount Lisle, also known as John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. We know he wasn’t on the Mary Rose, as a) he was the Admiral of the Fleet, on the Henry Grace à Dieu, and b) he was executed in 1553, rather than drowning in 1545.
So, why were his plates on the Mary Rose? Were they a gift to the recently promoted Admiral Carew, or where they used to transport food across from the meal they had the night before, due to be returned after the battle? We may never know.