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Mary Campbell of Mamore (bap. 1685, d. 1736) by J. Heath, pubd 1798 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell [née Bellenden], Mary, of Mamore (bap. 1685, d. 1736), courtier, was baptized in Edinburgh on 4 May 1685, the third daughter of John Bellenden (formerly Ker), second Lord Bellenden (c.1660–1706), and Mary, dowager countess of Dalhousie (c.1669–1726)...

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Erskine, Thomas, first earl of Kellie (1566–1639), courtier, was the second son of Sir Alexander Erskine of Gogar (c.1521–1588×92) and Margaret, daughter of George Home, fourth Lord Home; George Erskine was his younger brother. Erskine was educated with James VI, and became a gentleman of the bedchamber in 1585. He was confirmed in royal favour when at the time of the ...

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Hamilton, James, second marquess of Hamilton (1589–1625), courtier, was the son of John Hamilton, first marquess of Hamilton (1539/40–1604), and Margaret (c.1545–1625), daughter of John Lyon, seventh Lord Glamis, and widow of Gilbert Kennedy, fourth earl of Cassillis. All that is known of his education is that he was brought up with ...

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See Scott, Walter Francis Montagu-Douglas-, fifth duke of Buccleuch and seventh duke of Queensberry

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Lady Augusta Elizabeth Frederica Stanley (1822–1876) by George Richmond, 1872 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stanley [née Bruce], Lady Augusta Elizabeth Frederica (1822–1876), courtier, was born on 3 April 1822, the daughter of Thomas Bruce, seventh earl of Elgin and eleventh earl of Kincardine (1766–1841), diplomatist, and his second wife, Elizabeth Oswald (1790–1860). She had four brothers and two sisters as well as a half-brother and three half-sisters, and on the death of their father the large family was left impoverished. The earl and his family had been living for some time in ...