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Bacon [née Cooke], Anne, Lady Bacon (c. 1528–1610), gentlewoman and scholar, was probably born at Gidea Hall, Essex. She was third of the nine children of Sir Anthony Cooke (1505/6–1576), one of the humanist educators who tutored Edward VI, and Anne (...

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Anne Bacon, Lady Bacon (c. 1528–1610) by unknown artist reproduced by permission of the Earl of Verulam. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Balliol, Dervorguilla de, lady of Galloway (d. 1290), noblewoman and benefactor, was a daughter of Alan, lord of Galloway (b. before 1199, d. 1234), and his second wife, Margaret, eldest daughter of David, earl of Huntingdon (d. 1219). Born some time after 1209, the date of her parents' marriage, her distinctive Gaelic name, ...

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Mildred Cecil, Lady Burghley (1526–1589) attrib. Hans Eworth, c. 1563 The Marquess of Salisbury

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Cecil [née Cooke], Mildred, Lady Burghley (1526–1589), noblewoman and scholar, was born in 1526, the eldest of five daughters and four sons of Sir Anthony Cooke (1505/6–1576), Edward VI's tutor, of Gidea Hall in Essex, and Anne (d. 1553), daughter of ...

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Clare, Elizabeth de [Elizabeth de Burgh; known as lady of Clare] (1294/5–1360), magnate and founder of Clare College, Cambridge, was usually known as Elizabeth de Burgh, and was described by herself and others as lady of Clare. She was the youngest daughter of ...

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Crawford [married name Buthlay], Marion Kirk [called Crawfie] (1909–1988), royal governess and author, was born on 5 June 1909 at Woodside Cottage, near Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, the daughter of John Inglis Crawford of Earlston, Ayrshire, and his wife, Margaret (later Mrs Robert Kirk)...

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Lady Charlotte Finch (1725–1813) by William Hopkins, 1787 © Crown copyright in photograph: UK Government Art Collection

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Finch [née Fermor], Lady Charlotte (1725–1813), royal governess, was born on 14 February 1725, the second daughter in the family of ten children of Thomas Fermor, first earl of Pomfret (1698–1753), courtier, of Easton Neston, Northamptonshire, and Henrietta Louisa Jeffreys (1698–1761), letter writer and diarist [...

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Killigrew [née Cooke], Katherine (c. 1542–1583), gentlewoman and scholar, was the fifth daughter of Sir Anthony Cooke (1505/6–1576), Edward VI's tutor, of Gidea Hall in Essex, and Anne (d. 1553), daughter of Sir William Fitzwilliam, and widow of Sir John Hawes...

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(Johanna Clara) Louise Lehzen, Baroness Lehzen in the Hanoverian nobility (1784–1870) by Princess Victoria, 1833 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Lehzen, (Johanna Clara) Louise, Baroness Lehzen in the Hanoverian nobility (1784–1870), royal governess, was born on 3 October 1784 in Hanover, among the younger of the seven daughters and two sons of Joachim Friedrich Lehzen, a Lutheran pastor, and his wife, Melusine Palm...

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Livingstone [née Hay], Helen, countess of Linlithgow (d. 1627), royal tutor, was the only daughter of Andrew Hay, eighth earl of Erroll, and Jean, his first wife. Helen and her brother's financial and marital interests were represented by the king (to whom they were said to be 'of kyn'; ...

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Russell [née Cooke], Elizabeth, Lady Russell [other married name Elizabeth Hoby, Lady Hoby] (1528–1609), linguist and courtier, was the third of five learned daughters of Sir Anthony Cooke (1505/6–1576) of Gidea Hall, Essex, tutor to Edward VI, and his wife, Anne...

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Russell [née Harington], Lucy, countess of Bedford (bap. 1581, d. 1627), courtier and patron of the arts, was baptized on 25 January 1581 at St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, Middlesex, the elder daughter of John Harington, first Baron Harington of Exton...

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Lucy Russell, countess of Bedford (bap. 1581, d. 1627) attrib. William Larkin, c. 1615 National Museum of Fine Arts, Sweden

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Sackville [née Curzon], Mary, countess of Dorset (bap. 1586, d. 1645), royal governess, was baptized at Trentham, Staffordshire, on 11 December 1586, the daughter and heir of Sir George Curzon of Croxhall, Derbyshire, and Mary Leveson. On 20 May 1606 her father transacted a marriage agreement with ...

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Mary de St Pol, countess of Pembroke (c. 1304–1377) workshop of Jean Pucelle, c. 1320 [kneeling, left, before St Cecilia] by permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library

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St Pol, Mary de, countess of Pembroke (c. 1304–1377), magnate and founder of Pembroke College, Cambridge, was the fourth daughter of Guy de Châtillon, count of St Pol (d. 1317), and of Mary of Brittany, granddaughter of Henry III. She had five sisters and two brothers, but nothing is known of her childhood. Both ...