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Bertie, Peregrine, thirteenth Baron Willoughby of Willoughby, Beck, and Eresby (1555–1601), nobleman and soldier, was born on 12 October 1555 in Wesel, Cleves, the only son of Richard Bertie (1517–1582), landowner and religious evangelical, and his wife, Katherine [see Bertie, Katherine, duchess of Suffolk (1519–1580)...

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Bourchier, William, third earl of Bath (1557–1623), nobleman and administrator, was the only son of John Bourchier, Lord Fitzwarren or Fitzwarine (1529–1557), and his wife, Frances (d. 1586), third daughter of Sir Thomas Kitson of Hengrave (1485–1540). He was probably born at ...

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Brooke, William, tenth Baron Cobham (1527–1597), nobleman and diplomat, was born on 1 November 1527, the eldest of seven surviving sons (there were also four daughters) of George Brooke, ninth Baron Cobham (c. 1497–1558), soldier and landowner, and his wife, Anne (c...

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Butler, Thomas, tenth earl of Ormond and third earl of Ossory (1531–1614), nobleman, was born about February 1531, the eldest of seven sons and heir of James Butler, ninth earl of Ormond and second earl of Ossory (b. in or after 1496, d. 1546)...

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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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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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Cavendish, William, fifth duke of Devonshire (1748–1811), nobleman, was born on 14 December 1748, the eldest of the four children of William Cavendish, fourth duke of Devonshire (bap. 1720, d. 1764), politician, and his wife, Charlotte Elizabeth Boyle, Baroness Clifford (1731–1754), daughter and heir of ...

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Cavendish, William, first earl of Devonshire (1551–1626), nobleman, was born on 27 December 1551, the second son of Sir William Cavendish (1508–1557), administrator, of Chatsworth, Derbyshire, and his third wife, Elizabeth [see Talbot, Elizabeth, countess of Shrewsbury (1527–1608)], noblewoman, daughter and coheir of ...

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Cecil, James, fourth earl of Salisbury (1666–1694), nobleman, was born at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, and baptized there on 25 September 1666, the second of ten children and eldest son of James Cecil, third earl of Salisbury (d. 1683), and Margaret (d. 1682)...

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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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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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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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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, ...

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Devereux, Walter, first earl of Essex (1539–1576), nobleman and adventurer, was born on 16 September 1539 at Chartley, Staffordshire, the eldest son of Sir Richard Devereux and his wife, Dorothy, daughter of George Hastings, first earl of Huntingdon. Sir Richard, who was created a knight of the Order of the Garter on 20 February 1548, died the same year, in the lifetime of his father, ...

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Douglas, William, seventh earl of Morton (1582–1648), politician and nobleman, was the son of Robert Douglas of Lochleven (d. 1585) and Jean Lyon (d. 1608×10), daughter of John Lyon, eighth Lord Glamis (c. 1544–1578). Following his father's death in March 1585 his mother married ...

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Dudley [née Knollys; other married name Devereux], Lettice, countess of Essex and countess of Leicester (1543–1634), noblewoman, was the eldest of the sixteen children of Sir Francis Knollys (1511/12–1596), politician, and his wife, Katherine (c.1523–1569) [see Knollys, Katherine, Lady Knollys...

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Fairfax [née Vere], Anne, Lady Fairfax (1617/18–1665), noblewoman, was the fourth of the five daughters of Horace Vere, Baron Vere of Tilbury (1565–1635), military commander, and Mary Vere, Lady Vere (1581–1671), youngest daughter of Sir John Tracy of Toddington, Gloucester. She spent her early life in the ...

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Fox, (Georgiana) Caroline [née Lady (Georgiana) Caroline Lennox], suo jure Baroness Holland of Holland (1723–1774), noblewoman, was born on 27 March 1723 at Richmond House in Whitehall, London, the eldest child of Charles Lennox, second duke of Richmond and Lennox (1701–1750), and his wife, ...

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Hastings, Henry, third earl of Huntingdon (1536?–1595), nobleman, was the eldest son of Francis Hastings, second earl of Huntingdon (1513/14–1560), and his wife, Katherine Pole (d. 1576). His grandfather George Hastings, first earl of Huntingdon, a personal friend of Henry VIII...

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Hastings [née Davies], Lucy, countess of Huntingdon (1613–1679), noblewoman, born on 20 January 1613 in Dublin, was the daughter of Sir John Davies (bap. 1569, d. 1626), attorney-general of Ireland, and his wife, Eleanor Davies (1590–1652), daughter of George Touchet, Baron Audley...