Charlotte FitzRoy, Countess of Yarmouth

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Charlotte Jemima Henrietta Maria FitzRoy, Countess of Yarmouth (c. 1650 – 28 July 1684) was one of the many acknowledged illegitimate children of Charles II of England.

Her mother, Elizabeth Killigrew Boyle,[1] wife of Francis Boyle (afterwards Viscount Shannon in Ireland), had been a maid of honour to Charles II's mother, Queen Henrietta Maria.

Charlotte married firstly James Howard, with whom she had a daughter, Stuarta. In 1672 she married William Paston, later the second Earl of Yarmouth, a member of the Paston family, and had issue. Both William and his father were in high favour with the Stuarts.[citation needed]

Charlotte FitzRoy died on 28 July 1684 in London and was buried at Westminster Abbey on 4 August 1684.


With her first husband, James Howard (d. 1669), Lady Charlotte had a daughter:

  • Stuarta Werburge Howard (d. 1706); died unmarried

Charlotte FitzRoy had at least four more children by her second husband, William Paston, 2nd Earl of Yarmouth:

  • Lord Charles Paston (29 May 1673 – 15 December 1718), of Oxnead Hall, Norfolk
    • Lord Paston was married to Elizabeth Pitt and had a daughter, Hon. Elizabeth Paston.
  • Lady Charlotte Paston (1675–1736)
    • She married Thomas Herne of Haveringland Hall, Norfolk, and had a son, Paston Herne, whose illegitimate daughter Anne Herne married Sir Everard Buckworth (later Buckworth-Herne), 5th Baronet, and was the mother of Sir Buckworth Buckworth-Herne-Soame, 6th Baronet. Lady Charlotte was also married to a Major Weldron.
  • Lady Rebecca Paston (14 January 1680/1681–1726)
  • Hon. William Paston (1682–1711), a Captain in the Royal Navy; died unmarried

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Hilliam, Monarchs, Murders and Mistresses, p. 239[ISBN missing]