Mary Sackville, Countess of Dorset (1669–1691)
|Countess of Dorset|
by Sir Godfrey Kneller
|Spouse||Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset|
|Father||James Compton, 3rd Earl of Northampton|
|Died||6 August 1691|
Lady Mary Compton (1669 – 6 August 1691), later Mary Sackville, Countess of Dorset, was a member of Queen Mary II's court. She was one of the Hampton Court Beauties painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller for Queen Mary. She was Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Mary II.
Her father was James Compton, 3rd Earl of Northampton (1622–1681), and her mother was Hon. Mary Noel (died 1719), daughter of Baptist Noel, 3rd Viscount Campden. In 1685 she married Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset (1637–1705), KG.
She and her husband had two children:
- Lionel Cranfield Sackville, 7th Earl of Dorset (1688–1765) (created Duke of Dorset in 1720)
- Lady Mary Sackville (died 1705; first wife of Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort)
Mary Sackville, Countess of Dorset died of smallpox in 1691, aged 22 years.
- The New Monthly magazine. 1826.
- Profile of Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, cracroftspeerage.co.uk; accessed 25 March 2014.[dead link]
- Clare Jerrold (1911). The fair ladies of Hampton Court. Little, Brown, and Co.
- Profile of Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, cracroftspeerage.co.uk; accessed 25 March 2014.[dead link]
- "Portrait of Mary Compton, Countess of Dorset (1669-1691)", Circle of Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723) Christie's
- "Mary (née Compton), Countess of Dorset", National Portrait Gallery
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