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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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(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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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 ...