Mary, Countess of Falmouth and Dorset

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Mary Bagot, Countess of Falmouth and Dorset, ca. 1664-65, by Sir Peter Lely

Mary, Countess of Falmouth and Dorset (1645 – 1679) was a British courtier and mistress of King Charles II.

The King rewarded her with grants of land, including Somerset House, in the Strand [1], and a state pension.

She was one of the Windsor Beauties painted by Sir Peter Lely. Her portrait by Lely was erroneously named "Elizabeth, Countess of Falmouth" and also as "Countess of Ossory" in some portrait prints and books in the 18th and 19th centuries, many of which were later reprinted, compounding the error.

Family[edit]

Her parents were Colonel Henry Bagot and his wife Dorothea Arden, of Pipe Hall, Warwickshire.

She married firstly Charles Berkeley, 1st Earl of Falmouth in 1663. He died at the Battle of Lowestoft in 1665. She married secondly Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset in June 1674 (his first marriage).

Mary died on 12 September 1679.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Everett Green, Mary Anne. "Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1665-6. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1864". British History Online. Retrieved 7 August 2020.

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