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See Breteuil, Robert de, fourth earl of Leicester

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Anne of Woodstock, countess of Stafford (c. 1382–1438), noblewoman, was the daughter and eventual coheir of Thomas of Woodstock, duke of Gloucester (d. 1397), and his wife, Eleanor de Bohun. From the outset, her wealth and lineage made her a valuable commodity in the marriage market. She was not yet ten when, in June 1391, her wedding to ...

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See Holland, Henry, second duke of Exeter

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Arundell, Blanche [née Lady Blanche Somerset], Lady Arundell of Wardour (1583/4–1649), royalist noblewoman, was the sixth daughter of Edward Somerset, fourth earl of Worcester (c. 1550–1628), and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Hastings (d. 1621), daughter of Francis Hastings, second earl of Huntingdon...

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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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See Beauchamp, William, first Baron Bergavenny

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Bertie [née Willoughby; other married name Brandon], Katherine, duchess of Suffolk (1519–1580), noblewoman and protestant patron, was the daughter of William Willoughby, eleventh Baron Willoughby de Eresby, a baron whose holdings ran to some thirty manors in Lincolnshire (and almost as many in ...

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See John [John of Gaunt], duke of Aquitaine and duke of Lancaster, styled king of Castile and León

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See Talbot, John, first earl of Shrewsbury and first earl of Waterford

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Briouze, Loretta de, countess of Leicester (d. in or after 1266), noblewoman and recluse, was one of the children of William (III) de Briouze (d. 1211) and Matilda de St Valéry (d. 1210). Her father was a great man in the Anglo-Welsh marches, and four of her five sisters who survived into adulthood married Welsh or marcher lords; notably ...

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Bruce, Christian (d. 1356), noblewoman, was one of the many daughters of Robert (VI) de Brus, earl of Carrick (1243–1304), and his wife, Marjorie; Robert I was her brother. She is supposed to have married Gartnait, earl of Mar, in the 1290s, but a number of objections have been raised against this. In the first place, she is never described as ...

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See Stewart family

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Brydges [née Stanley], Anne, Lady Chandos [other married name Anne Touchet, countess of Castlehaven] (1580–1647), noblewoman, was born in May 1580, the first of three daughters of Ferdinando Stanley, Lord Strange, later fifth earl of Derby (1559?–1594), and his wife, Alice (1559–1637)...

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Butler [née Preston], Elizabeth, duchess of Ormond and suo jure Lady Dingwall (1615–1684), noblewoman, was born on 25 July 1615, the only child and heir of Richard Preston, Lord Dingwall (d. 1628), one of James I's gentlemen of the bedchamber, and ...

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Butler [née Fitzgerald], Margaret, countess of Ossory and Ormond (d. 1542), noblewoman, was the second daughter of Gerald Fitzgerald, eighth earl of Kildare (1456?–1513), lord deputy of Ireland, and his first wife, Alison (d. 1495), daughter and coheir to Roland Eustace, ...

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Campbell, Lady Agnes (d. in or after 1590), noblewoman, was the second daughter and fifth child of Colin Campbell, third earl of Argyll (d. 1529), landowner and administrator, and his wife, Janet Gordon. She was educated at the Scottish court, learning English and French. In 1545 she married ...

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Campbell, Katherine, countess of Crawford (d. 1578), noblewoman, was the eldest daughter of Sir John Campbell (d. 1546), first knight of Calder [see under Campbell family of Cawdor], and Muriel (1498/9–1573×5), heir of Cawdor. She married first, before 1 October 1539, ...

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See Cary, Anne [name in religion Clementia]

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Lettice Cary, Viscountess Falkland (c. 1612–1647) by William Marshall, pubd 1648 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cary [née Morison], Lettice, Viscountess Falkland (c. 1612–1647), noblewoman and benefactor, was the daughter of Sir Richard Moryson (c. 1571–1628) [see under Moryson, Fynes], vice-president of Munster, and Mary (d. 1654), daughter of Sir Henry Harington, sometime resident of ...