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William Herbert, third earl of Pembroke (1580–1630) by Sir Anthony Van Dyck Collection of the Earl of Pembroke and Trustees of Wilton House Trust, Wilton House, Salisbury, UK

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Herbert, William, third earl of Pembroke (1580–1630), courtier and patron of the arts, was the son of Henry Herbert, second earl of Pembroke (b. in or after 1538, d. 1601), and his third wife, Mary Sidney (1561–1621) [see Herbert, Mary, countess of Pembroke...

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Lowther, William, first earl of Lonsdale (1757–1844), landowner and literary patron, was born on 29 December 1757 at Little Preston Hall, near Leeds, the elder son of the Revd Sir William Lowther, baronet (1707–1788), rector of Swillington, and Anne Zouch (1723–1759), daughter of the ...

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Russell [née Harington], Lucy, countess of Bedford (bap. 1581, d. 1627), courtier and patron of the arts, was baptized on 25 January 1581 at St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, Middlesex, the elder daughter of John Harington, first Baron Harington of Exton...

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Lucy Russell, countess of Bedford (bap. 1581, d. 1627) attrib. William Larkin, c. 1615 National Museum of Fine Arts, Sweden

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Seymour [née Stanhope], Anne, duchess of Somerset (c. 1510–1587), noblewoman and literary patron, was the only child of Sir Edward Stanhope (d. 1511) of Rampton, Nottinghamshire, by his second wife, Elizabeth (b. before 1473, d. 1557), daughter of Fulk Bourchier, ...

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Henry Wriothesley, third earl of Southampton (1573–1624) by unknown artist in the collection of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KT; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wriothesley, Henry, third earl of Southampton (1573–1624), courtier and literary patron, was born at Cowdray House near Midhurst in Sussex on 6 October 1573. He was the third child and only surviving son of Henry Wriothesley, second earl of Southampton (bap. 1545, d. 1581)...