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Bulstrode, Cecily (bap. 1584, d. 1609), courtier and subject of poetry  

John Considine

Bulstrode, Cecily (bap. 1584, d. 1609), courtier and subject of poetry, was baptized on 12 February 1584 at Beaconsfield, one of the ten children of Edward Bulstrode (d. 1595), landowner, and his wife, Cecily (fl. 1575–1608), daughter of Sir John Croke...

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Cheyne [née Cavendish], Lady Jane (1620/21–1669), poet and royalist noblewoman  

Jennett Humphreys

revised by Sean Kelsey

Cheyne [née Cavendish], Lady Jane (1620/21–1669), poet and royalist noblewoman, was the eldest daughter of William Cavendish, first duke of Newcastle upon Tyne (bap. 1593, d. 1676), and his first wife, Elizabeth (1599–1643), widow of Henry Howard, son of Theophilus, second earl of Suffolk...

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Clifford, Anne [known as Lady Anne Clifford], countess of Pembroke, Dorset, and Montgomery (1590–1676), noblewoman and diarist  

Richard T. Spence

Clifford, Anne [known as Lady Anne Clifford], countess of Pembroke, Dorset, and Montgomery (1590–1676), noblewoman and diarist, was born at Skipton Castle in Craven in the West Riding of Yorkshire on 30 January 1590, the only surviving child of George Clifford, third earl of Cumberland...

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Clifford, Anne, countess of Pembroke, Dorset, and Montgomery (1590–1676)  

Maker: William Larkin

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Anne Clifford, countess of Pembroke, Dorset, and Montgomery (1590–1676) by William Larkin, 1618 National Trust Photographic Library / Geoffrey Shakerley

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Coke [née Campbell], Lady Mary (1727–1811), letter writer and noblewoman  

Jill Rubenstein

Coke [née Campbell], Lady Mary (1727–1811), letter writer and noblewoman, was born on 6 February 1727, either at Sudbrook, Surrey, or at 27 Bruton Street, London, the fifth and youngest daughter of the soldier and politician John Campbell, second duke of Argyll and duke of Greenwich...

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Coke, Lady Mary (1727–1811)  

Maker: Allan Ramsay

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Lady Mary Coke (1727–1811) by Allan Ramsay, 1762 private collection

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Cowper [née Clavering], Mary, Countess Cowper (1685–1724), courtier and diarist  

Anne Kugler

Cowper [née Clavering], Mary, Countess Cowper (1685–1724), courtier and diarist, was the elder of the two surviving children of John Clavering (bap. 1655, d. in or after 1702), landowner and mine owner, of Chopwell, co. Durham, and his first wife, Anne Thompson...

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Cowper, Mary, Countess Cowper (1685–1724)  

Maker: Sir Godfrey Kneller

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Mary Cowper, Countess Cowper (1685–1724) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1709 private collection. Photograph: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Hamilton [married name Dickenson], Mary (1756–1816), courtier and diarist  

Anne Pimlott Baker

Hamilton [married name Dickenson], Mary (1756–1816), courtier and diarist, was the only child of Charles Hamilton (1721–1771), soldier, son of Lord Archibald Hamilton and grandson of the third duke of Hamilton, and his wife, Mary Catherine (d. 1778), daughter of Colonel Dufresne...

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Knight, (Ellis) Cornelia (1757–1837)  

Maker: Angelica Kauffman

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(Ellis) Cornelia Knight (1757–1837) by Angelica Kauffman, 1793 © Manchester City Art Galleries

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Knight, (Ellis) Cornelia (1757–1837), author and courtier  

Richard Garnett

revised by S. J. Skedd

Knight, (Ellis) Cornelia (1757–1837), author and courtier, was the only child of Sir Joseph Knight (d. 1775), rear-admiral of the white, and his second wife, Phillipina Deane (1726–1799). From the age of five she was educated for three days a week as a day pupil at the boarding-school kept by four Swiss sisters, the ...

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Madan [née Cowper], Judith (1702–1781), gentlewoman and poet  

Valerie Rumbold

Madan [née Cowper], Judith (1702–1781), gentlewoman and poet, was born on 26 August 1702, probably at the family estate, Hertingfordbury Park, Hertfordshire, the only daughter of Spencer Cowper (1670–1728), lawyer, judge, and MP, and his wife, Pennington, née Goodere (bap. 1665, ...

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Mancini, Hortense (Ortensia), duchess of Mazarin (1646–1699), literary hostess, memoirist, and royal mistress  

Annalisa Nicholson

Mancini, Hortense (Ortensia), duchess of Mazarin (1646–1699), literary hostess, memoirist, and royal mistress, was born on 6 June 1646 and baptized at Santa Maria on via Lata in Rome on 8 June, the seventh of eight surviving children of Baron Lorenzo Mancini...

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Murray, Amelia Matilda (1795–1884), writer and courtier  

K. D. Reynolds

Murray, Amelia Matilda (1795–1884), writer and courtier, the fourth daughter of Lord George Murray (1761–1803), bishop of St David's, and Anne Charlotte (1765–1844), second daughter of Lieutenant-General Francis Ludovic Grant, was born on 30 April 1795 at Hunton, Kent. An elder brother, George Murray...

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Newdigate [née Fitton], Anne, Lady Newdigate (1574–1618), gentlewoman and letter writer  

Vivienne Larminie

Newdigate [née Fitton], Anne, Lady Newdigate (1574–1618), gentlewoman and letter writer, was born in October 1574 and baptized at Gawsworth, Cheshire, on 6 October, the elder daughter of Sir Edward Fitton (1548/9–1606) and his wife, Alice (d. 1627), daughter of Sir John Holcroft...

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Ogilvy [née Gore], Mabell Frances Elizabeth, countess of Airlie (1866–1956), courtier and literary editor  

Charlotte Zeepvat

Ogilvy [née Gore], Mabell Frances Elizabeth, countess of Airlie (1866–1956), courtier and literary editor, was born in Charles Street, London, on 10 March 1866, the eldest of the four children of Arthur Gore (1839–1901), who was at that time Lord Sudley and who succeeded as ...

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Ogilvy, Mabell Frances Elizabeth, countess of Airlie (1866–1956)  

Maker: John Singer Sargent

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Mabell Frances Elizabeth Ogilvy, countess of Airlie (1866–1956) by John Singer Sargent, 1923 in a private Scottish collection

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Percy, Elizabeth [née Lady Elizabeth Seymour], duchess of Northumberland and suo jure Baroness Percy (1716–1776), courtier and diarist  

Harriet Blodgett

Percy, Elizabeth [née Lady Elizabeth Seymour], duchess of Northumberland and suo jure Baroness Percy (1716–1776), courtier and diarist, was born on 26 November 1716, the daughter of Algernon Seymour, earl of Hertford and later seventh duke of Somerset (1684–1750) [see under...

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Percy, Elizabeth, duchess of Northumberland and suo jure Baroness Percy (1716–1776)  

Maker: Sir Joshua Reynolds

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Elizabeth Percy, duchess of Northumberland and suo jure Baroness Percy (1716–1776) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1757–9 Collection of the Duke of Northumberland. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Russell [née Harington], Lucy, countess of Bedford (bap. 1581, d. 1627), courtier and patron of the arts  

Helen Payne

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...