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Canning [née Stuart], Charlotte Elizabeth, Countess Canning (1817–1861), courtier and vicereine of India, was born at the British embassy in Paris on 31 March 1817, the elder of the two daughters of Sir Charles Stuart, later Baron Stuart de Rothesay (1779–1845), diplomatist, and his wife, ...

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Charlotte Elizabeth Canning, Countess Canning (1817–1861) by unknown photographer Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)

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Churchill [née Jenyns], Sarah, duchess of Marlborough (1660–1744), politician and courtier, was born on 5 June 1660, probably at Holywell, St Albans, Hertfordshire, the fourth and youngest daughter of Richard Jenyns (c.1618–1668), whose name is often spelt Jennings by later writers, and his wife, ...

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Winifred Maxwell, countess of Nithsdale (1672–1749) by Sir John Baptiste de Medina, before 1710 Traquair House Charitable Trust

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Maxwell [née Herbert], Winifred, countess of Nithsdale (1672–1749), Jacobite courtier, was the last of the six children of William Herbert, marquess and Jacobite duke of Powis (c. 1626–1696), and Lady Elizabeth Somerset (c.1634–1691), daughter of Edward, second marquess of Worcester...

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Seymour [née Percy], Elizabeth, duchess of Somerset (1667–1722), courtier and politician, was born on 26 January 1667 at Petworth, Sussex, and baptized there on 29 January. She was the only surviving daughter and heir of Joceline Percy, eleventh earl of Northumberland (1644–1670)...

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Elizabeth Seymour, duchess of Somerset (1667–1722) by Michael Dahl The Lord Egremont. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Strickland [née Trentham], Winifred, Lady Strickland (1645–1725), Jacobite courtier, was born at Rocester Priory, Staffordshire, in May 1645 and baptized at Rocester on 19 May. She was the daughter of Sir Christopher Trentham (d. c.1649×51), of Rocester Priory, and Winifred...