Isabella FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton

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Her Grace
The Duchess of Grafton, suo jure Countess of Arlington
2nd Countess Arlington & 2nd Duke of Grafton.JPG
The countess and her son
Personal details
Born Isabella Bennet
c. 1668
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[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

Titles and styles[edit]

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
    • 28 July 1685–: The Countess of Arlington (suo jure)[4]
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Henry Bennet
Countess of Arlington
1685–1723
Succeeded by
Charles FitzRoy

Other[edit]

Isabella is one of the Hampton Court Beauties painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller for Queen Mary II.

Isabella walked at the coronation of Queen Anne.

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