Isabella FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton
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The Duchess of Grafton, suo jure Countess of Arlington
The countess and her son
|Died||7 February 1723|
|Spouse(s)||Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton|
|Children||Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton|
|Parents||Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington
Isabella de Nassau
Isabella Bennet FitzRoy, 2nd Countess of Arlington and Duchess of Grafton (c. 1668–7 February 1723) was a British peer and heiress.
Family and marriage
Isabella was the daughter of Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington, a Royalist commander, by his wife, Isabella de Nassau (1633–1718). (Her mother was a daughter of Louis of Nassau-Beverweerd and thus a granddaughter of Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange, and a great-granddaughter of William the Silent). Henry was created Baron Arlington for his loyalty to the crown. Lord Arlington was later further raised in the peerage to the titles of Earl of Arlington and Viscount Thetford, all of which were created with special remainder to allow women to inherit.
Isabella was married at the age of four to Henry FitzRoy, Earl of Euston (later created Duke of Grafton), the nine-year-old illegitimate son of King Charles II. The wedding ceremony was repeated on 7 November 1679 and they lived at Euston Hall. Isabella and her husband had one son, Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, who succeeded both his parents as 2nd Duke of Grafton and 3rd Earl of Arlington. After her first husband's death in 1690 from a wound received at the storming of Cork while leading the forces of William of Orange, the Duchess of Grafton remarried on 14 October 1698 to Sir Thomas Hanmer.
Titles and styles
On the death of her father in 1685, Isabella succeeded to his titles suo jure.
- 1668–22 April 1672: The Honourable Isabella Bennet
- 22 April 1672 – 1 August 1672: The Lady Isabella Bennet
- 1 August 1672 – 1675: The Right Honourable The Countess of Euston
- 1675–7 February 1723: Her Grace The Duchess of Grafton
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|Countess of Arlington
- "Isabella Fitzroy (née Bennet), Duchess of Grafton ", FitzWilliam Museum
- "Isabella Fitzroy (née Bennet), Duchess of Grafton", National Portrait Gallery
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