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Davis [Davies; married name Paisible], Mary [Moll] (c. 1651–1708), actress and royal mistress  

Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

Davis [Davies; married name Paisible], Mary [Moll] (c. 1651–1708), actress and royal mistress, was said to be 'a bastard of Collonell Howard, my Lord Barkeshire' (Pepys, 9.24), a phrase which is more likely to refer to Thomas Howard (...

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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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Gwyn, Eleanor (1651?–1687)  

Maker: Gerard Valck

Eleanor Gwyn (1651?–1687) by Gerard Valck, c. 1673 (after Sir Peter Lely, c. 1670) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Palmer, Barbara, countess of Castlemaine and suo jure duchess of Cleveland (bap. 1640, d. 1709)  

Maker: Sir Peter Lely

Barbara Palmer, countess of Castlemaine and suo jure duchess of Cleveland (bap. 1640, d. 1709) studio of Sir Peter Lely, c. 1665–75 [as the Madonna] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stuart, Lady Arabella (1575–1615)  

Maker: John Whittakers senior

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Lady Arabella Stuart (1575–1615) by John Whittakers senior, 1619 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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, ...