Mary Anne

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First US edition (publ. Doubleday)

Daphne du Maurier's novel Mary Anne (1954) is a fictionalised account of the real-life story of her great-grandmother, Mary Anne Clarke née Thompson (1776-1852).

Mary Anne Clarke from 1803 to 1808 was mistress of Frederick Augustus, the Duke of York and Albany (1763-1827).

He was "The Grand Old Duke of York" of the nursery rhyme, a son of King George III and brother of the later King George IV.