Lady Blanche Arundell
Lady Blanche Arundell (née Somerset) (1583 or c. 1584 – 28 October 1649) was an English noble, known as the defender of Wardour Castle.
From 2 May 1643, during the absence of her husband, she defended Wardour Castle, near Tisbury, Wiltshire, for nine days with only herself, her children, a few maid-servants, and twenty-five men against the Parliamentary forces of thirteen hundred men and artillery commanded by two Parliamentary officers, Sir Edward Hungerford and Colonel Edmund Ludlow. She finally was forced to surrender on honourable terms. However the terms were not honoured, with the castle being sacked, and she was removed as a prisoner to Dorchester. But on her husband's return the parliament forces were soon dislodged.
- Cooper, p. 86
- Goddard, p. 21
- Thompson Cooper (1873). A New Biographical Dictionary: Containing Concise Notices of Eminent Persons of All Ages and Countries: and More Particularly of ... Great Britain and Ireland. Bell. p. 86.
- Edward Hungerford Goddard (1881). The Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine. Devizes: Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society. p. 41.