Margaret Cecil, Countess of Ranelagh

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Margaret Cecil, Countess of Ranelagh (1672/1673 – 21 February 1728) was a British courtier.[1] The Countess was one of the "Hampton Court Beauties" painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller for Queen Mary II.

Family[edit]

Lady Margaret was the daughter of James Cecil, 3rd Earl of Salisbury and his wife Margaret, a daughter of the Earl of Rutland. She first married John Stawell, 2nd Baron Stawell; he died in 1692 without their having any issue, although Crofts Peerage states they had one daughter, Anne. She later married Richard Jones, 1st Earl of Ranelagh on 9 January, either 1695 or 1696;[2] Crofts states they had no issue. Her third husband was George Thomas Downing; the couple had a daughter Sarah Isabell Downing, and a son, George Downing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henning, Basil Duke (1983). The House of Commons, 1660-1690. Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 978-0-436-19274-6. 
  2. ^ Profile Archived 2010-07-27 at the Wayback Machine., cracroftspeerage.co.uk.

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