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Armitstead [née Cane; married name Fox], Elizabeth Bridget (1750–1842), courtesan, was, according to an entry in her journal, born on 11 July 1750. Her parentage, place of birth, and reason for changing her maiden name to Armitstead are unknown, as are the circumstances surrounding her emergence as a prominent courtesan. About 1774 she became the mistress of ...

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Elizabeth Bridget Armitstead (1750–1842) by unknown artist © reserved

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Cuyler [married name Rice], Margaret (1758–1814), actress and courtesan, was allegedly the daughter of an army officer who rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in an Irish regiment and died in 1790, leaving his fortune to his mistress. For this information, and for details about her early life which may have owed more to ...

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Dawes [married name de Feuchères], Sophie, Baroness de Feuchères in the French nobility (1792–1840), adventuress and courtesan, was the daughter of Richard Daw or Dawes, a drunken fisherman and smuggler of St Helens, Isle of Wight, and Jane Callaway. Her parents were probably not married, her mother being recorded as a spinster on her death certificate. ...

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Elliot, Ann (1743–1769), courtesan and actress, was born on 16 November 1743 in Tonbridge, Kent, the daughter of Richard Elliot (1706?–1771), the sexton of Tonbridge parish church, and his wife, Mary (1716–1748). She moved to London as a lady's servant, but was soon a high-class prostitute, using the name ...

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Grace Elliott (1754?–1823) by Thomas Gainsborough, 1782? © The Frick Collection, New York

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Elliott [Eliot; née Dalrymple], Grace [nicknamed Dally the Tall] (1754?–1823), courtesan and writer, was probably born in Edinburgh, the youngest daughter of Hew or Hugh Dalrymple (d. 1774), lawyer, and his wife, Grisel Craw (d. c.1765). She had at least one sister, ...

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Fischer [married name Norris], Catherine Maria [known as Kitty Fisher] (1741?–1767), courtesan, was probably the Catharine Fischer born on 1 June 1741 in London, the daughter of John Henry Fischer (d. in or before 1766) and his wife, Ann...

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Catherine Maria Fischer [Kitty Fisher] (1741?–1767) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, c. 1759 [Cleopatra Dissolving the Pearl] Kenwood, Iveagh Bequest / © English Heritage Photo Library (photographer Jeremy Edwards)

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Haryett [married name Trelawny], Elizabeth Ann [known as Lizzie Howard], countess of Beauregard in the French nobility (bap. 1823?, d. 1865), courtesan, was, like most of her kind, of obscure origins, but she has been tentatively identified with the Elizabeth Ann Haryett...