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Bacon [née Cooke], Anne, Lady Bacon (c. 1528–1610), gentlewoman and scholar  

Lynne Magnusson

Bacon [née Cooke], Anne, Lady Bacon (c. 1528–1610), gentlewoman and scholar, was probably born at Gidea Hall, Essex. She was third of the nine children of Sir Anthony Cooke (1505/6–1576), one of the humanist educators who tutored Edward VI, and Anne (...

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Bankes [née Hawtrey], Mary, Lady Bankes (d. 1661), royalist landholder  

Barbara Donagan

Bankes [née Hawtrey], Mary, Lady Bankes (d. 1661), royalist landholder, was the only daughter and an heir of Ralph Hawtrey (1570–1638) and his wife, Mary Altham (1578–1647). The Hawtreys claimed Norman descent and established themselves in Ruislip, Middlesex, in the sixteenth century. In 1618 she married ...

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Blount, Martha (1690–1763), Roman Catholic gentlewoman  

Valerie Rumbold

Blount, Martha (1690–1763), Roman Catholic gentlewoman, was born on 15 June 1690 at the family estate of Mapledurham, Berkshire, the third child (but second eldest surviving) of six born to Lister Blount (1654–1710) and his wife, Martha (d. 1743), daughter of Anthony Englefield...

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Bryene [Brian, Bryan; née Bures], Alice (c. 1360–1435), landowner  

ffiona von Westhoven Peregrinor

Bryene [Brian, Bryan; née Bures], Alice (c. 1360–1435), landowner, was probably born at Acton, near Sudbury, Suffolk, the only child of Sir Robert Bures (d. 1361) and his wife, Joan, née Sutton. Her great-grandfather Sir Robert Bures (d. 1331) was a member of ...

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Chichester, Rosalie Caroline (1865–1949), landowner  

Jan Marsh

Chichester, Rosalie Caroline (1865–1949), landowner, was born on 29 November 1865 at Arlington Court, Devon, the only child of Sir Alexander Palmer Bruce Chichester (1842–1881), baronet, and his wife, Rosalie Amelia (1842/3–1908), daughter of Thomas Chamberlayne of Cranbury Park, Hampshire. Both parents came from long-established, well-connected ‘county’ families. Her paternal grandfather, ...

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Digby [née Stanley], Venetia, Lady Digby (1600–1633), gentlewoman and celebrated beauty  

Sara H. Mendelson

Digby [née Stanley], Venetia, Lady Digby (1600–1633), gentlewoman and celebrated beauty, was born on 19 December 1600 at Tong Castle, Shropshire, the daughter of Sir Edward Stanley (d. 1629?), from a younger branch of the family of the earls of Derby...

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Katheryn of Berain [called Mam Cymru] (c. 1540–1591), gentlewoman  

Enid Roberts

Katheryn of Berain [called Mam Cymru] (c. 1540–1591), gentlewoman, was born at Berain, Llanefydd, Denbighshire, the only child of the soldier and courtier Tudur ap Robert Fychan (d. 1564) and his wife, Jane, daughter of Sir Roland de Veleville (d...

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St Pol, Mary de, countess of Pembroke (c. 1304–1377), magnate and founder of Pembroke College, Cambridge  

Jennifer C. Ward

St Pol, Mary de, countess of Pembroke (c. 1304–1377), magnate and founder of Pembroke College, Cambridge, was the fourth daughter of Guy de Châtillon, count of St Pol (d. 1317), and of Mary of Brittany, granddaughter of Henry III. She had five sisters and two brothers, but nothing is known of her childhood. Both ...

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Tennant [née Collier], Gertrude Barbara Rich (1819–1918), society hostess  

David Waller

Tennant [née Collier], Gertrude Barbara Rich (1819–1918), society hostess, was born on 9 November 1819 at Newcastle Lodge, Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. She was the eldest daughter of the four daughters and three sons of Henry Theodosius Browne Collier (1791–1872)...

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Thynne [née Hayward], Joan, Lady Thynne (bap. 1558, d. 1612), gentlewoman  

Alison Wall

Thynne [née Hayward], Joan, Lady Thynne (bap. 1558, d. 1612), gentlewoman, was baptized on 28 August 1558 in London, the third daughter of Sir Rowland Hayward (c. 1520–1593), alderman and lord mayor of London, and his first wife, Joan Tillesworth (d...

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Townshend [née Campbell], Caroline, suo jure Baroness Greenwich [other married name Caroline Scott, countess of Dalkeith] (1717–1794), landowner  

Rosalind K. Marshall

Townshend [née Campbell], Caroline, suo jure Baroness Greenwich [other married name Caroline Scott, countess of Dalkeith] (1717–1794), landowner, was born on 17 November 1717, the first of the five children of John Campbell, second duke of Argyll and first duke of Greenwich...