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Anne [née Anne Hyde], duchess of York (1637–1671), first wife of James II  

John Miller

Anne [née Anne Hyde], duchess of York (1637–1671), first wife of James II, was born on 12 March 1637 at Cranbourne Lodge, Windsor Park, the eldest daughter of Sir Edward Hyde (1609–1674), created earl of Clarendon in 1661, and Frances, daughter of ...

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Elizabeth, Princess [Elizabeth Stuart] (1596–1662), queen of Bohemia and electress palatine, consort of Frederick V  

Ronald G. Asch

Elizabeth, Princess [Elizabeth Stuart] (1596–1662), queen of Bohemia and electress palatine, consort of Frederick V, eldest and only surviving daughter of James VI of Scotland (James I of England) (1566–1625) and his wife, Anne of Denmark (1574–1619), was born at Falkland Palace, Cupar...

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Gwyn, Eleanor [Nell] (1651?–1687), actress and royal mistress  

S. M. Wynne

Gwyn, Eleanor [Nell] (1651?–1687), actress and royal mistress, was born, according to a contemporary horoscope, on 2 February 1651. Her parentage remains obscure, as does her place of birth. Nell had a sister named Rose and her mother was Helena (d...

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Henriette Anne [formerly Henrietta], Princess, duchess of Orléans (1644–1670)  

John Miller

Henriette Anne [formerly Henrietta], Princess, duchess of Orléans (1644–1670), was born at Bedford House, Exeter, on 16 June 1644, the sixth and youngest of the children of Charles I (1600–1649) and Queen Henrietta Maria (1609–1669) to survive infancy and the eighth in all. By her father's command she was baptized into the ...

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Kéroualle, Louise Renée de Penancoët de, suo jure duchess of Portsmouth and suo jure duchess of Aubigny in the French nobility (1649–1734), royal mistress  

S. M. Wynne

Kéroualle, Louise Renée de Penancoët de, suo jure duchess of Portsmouth and suo jure duchess of Aubigny in the French nobility (1649–1734), royal mistress, was born in September 1649 at the Manoir de Kéroualle, the family home near Brest, Brittany, France, the second of three children of ...

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Mary, princess royal (1631–1660), princess of Orange, consort of William II  

Marika Keblusek

Mary, princess royal (1631–1660), princess of Orange, consort of William II, was born at St James's Palace on 4 November 1631, the eldest daughter of King Charles I (1600–1649) and his queen, Henrietta Maria (1609–1669). Since at first it seemed unlikely she would survive, she was baptized in a sober ceremony by ...

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Palmer [née Villiers], Barbara, countess of Castlemaine and suo jure duchess of Cleveland (bap. 1640, d. 1709), royal mistress  

S. M. Wynne

Palmer [née Villiers], Barbara, countess of Castlemaine and suo jure duchess of Cleveland (bap. 1640, d. 1709), royal mistress, was baptized at St Margaret's, Westminster, on 27 November 1640, the only child of William Villiers, second Viscount Grandison (1614–1643), and his wife, ...

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Sedley, Catharine, suo jure countess of Dorchester, and countess of Portmore (1657–1717), royal mistress  

Andrew Barclay

Sedley, Catharine, suo jure countess of Dorchester, and countess of Portmore (1657–1717), royal mistress, born on 21 December 1657 at Great Queen Street, London, and baptized eight days later at St Giles-in-the-Fields, was the only child of Sir Charles Sedley (bap. 1639, d. 1701)...

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Stuart [married name Seymour], Lady Arabella [Arbella] (1575–1615), noblewoman and royal kinswoman  

Rosalind K. Marshall

Stuart [married name Seymour], Lady Arabella [Arbella] (1575–1615), noblewoman and royal kinswoman, was the daughter of Charles Stuart, earl of Lennox (1555/6–1576), and his wife, Elizabeth (1554?–1582), daughter of Sir William Cavendish and his third wife, Elizabeth, née Hardwick (from 1567 or 1568, by her fourth marriage, ...

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Villiers [married name Hamilton], Elizabeth, countess of Orkney (c. 1657–1733), presumed mistress of William III  

Rachel Weil

Villiers [married name Hamilton], Elizabeth, countess of Orkney (c. 1657–1733), presumed mistress of William III, was the eldest daughter of Sir Edward Villiers (1620–1689) of Richmond, Surrey, knight marshal of England. Her mother, Frances (1630–1677), was the daughter of Theophilus Howard, second earl of Suffolk...