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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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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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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 ...

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Christian Cavendish, countess of Devonshire (1595–1675) by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, c. 1632 Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio: Museum Purchase, Derby Fund

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Cavendish [née Bruce], Christian [Christiana], countess of Devonshire (1595–1675), royalist noblewoman, was born on 25 December 1595, the daughter of Edward Bruce, first Lord Bruce of Kinloss (1548/9–1611), master of the rolls, and his wife, Magdalen Clerk, daughter of Alexander Clerk of ...

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Cecil [née Lake; other married name Rodney], Anne, Lady Ros (1599x1601–1630), noblewoman, was the daughter of the courtier and administrator Sir Thomas Lake (bap. 1561, d. 1630) and his wife, Mary (bap. 1575, d. 1643), daughter of Sir William Ryder, alderman and former lord mayor of ...

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Cecil [née Brydges; other married name Smith], Frances, countess of Exeter (1580–1663), noblewoman, was the daughter of William Brydges, fourth Baron Chandos (d. 1602), and his wife, Mary (d. 1624), daughter of Sir Owen Hopton. Some time before 1604, she married ...

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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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See Carey [Carew], Elizabeth, Lady Hunsdon [née Elizabeth Spencer; other married name Elizabeth Eure, Lady Eure]

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Cheyne [née Cavendish], Lady Jane (1620/21–1669), poet and royalist noblewoman, was the eldest daughter of William Cavendish, first duke of Newcastle upon Tyne (bap. 1593, d. 1676), and his first wife, Elizabeth (1599–1643), widow of Henry Howard, son of Theophilus, second earl of Suffolk...

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Clifford, Anne [known as Lady Anne Clifford], countess of Pembroke, Dorset, and Montgomery (1590–1676), noblewoman and diarist, was born at Skipton Castle in Craven in the West Riding of Yorkshire on 30 January 1590, the only surviving child of George Clifford, third earl of Cumberland...

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Anne Clifford, countess of Pembroke, Dorset, and Montgomery (1590–1676) by William Larkin, 1618 National Trust Photographic Library / Geoffrey Shakerley

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Clifford [née Russell], Margaret, countess of Cumberland (1560–1616), noblewoman, was born at Bedford House, Exeter, on 7 July 1560, the youngest child of Francis Russell, second earl of Bedford (1526/7–1585), and Margaret (d. 1562), daughter of Sir John St John of ...

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Margaret Clifford, countess of Cumberland (1560–1616) by unknown artist, 1585 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lady Louisa Augusta Conolly (1743–1821) by Allan Ramsay, 1759 © reserved

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Conolly [née Lennox], Lady Louisa Augusta (1743–1821), noblewoman and philanthropist, was born on 24 November 1743, the fifth of the seven surviving children of Charles Lennox, second duke of Richmond and Lennox (1701–1750), and his wife, Sarah (1706–1751), daughter of William Cadogan, ...