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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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Mary Cowper, Countess Cowper (1685–1724) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1709 private collection. Photograph: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Cowper [née Clavering], Mary, Countess Cowper (1685–1724), courtier and diarist, was the elder of the two surviving children of John Clavering (bap. 1655, d. in or after 1702), landowner and mine owner, of Chopwell, co. Durham, and his first wife, Anne Thompson...

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Hamilton [married name Dickenson], Mary (1756–1816), courtier and diarist, was the only child of Charles Hamilton (1721–1771), soldier, son of Lord Archibald Hamilton and grandson of the third duke of Hamilton, and his wife, Mary Catherine (d. 1778), daughter of Colonel Dufresne...

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Elizabeth Percy, duchess of Northumberland and suo jure Baroness Percy (1716–1776) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1757–9 Collection of the Duke of Northumberland. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Percy, Elizabeth [née Lady Elizabeth Seymour], duchess of Northumberland and suo jure Baroness Percy (1716–1776), courtier and diarist, was born on 26 November 1716, the daughter of Algernon Seymour, earl of Hertford and later seventh duke of Somerset (1684–1750) [see under...