Person:Barbara Villiers (3)

Barbara Villiers
b.22 May 1641
d.9 Oct 1709
  1. Barbara Villiers1641 - 1709
m. 1660
Facts and Events
Name Barbara Villiers
Married Name Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland
Gender Female
Birth[1] 22 May 1641
Marriage 1660 to Roger Palmer, 1st Earl of Castlemaine
Marriage Cohabitation?
to Charles II , of England
Marriage Cohabitation?
to Philip Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Chesterfield
Other  Speculative child?: Anne Palmer (6) 
with Philip Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Chesterfield
Death[1] 9 Oct 1709
Reference Number? Q235092?

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Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland, Countess of Castlemaine, also known as Lady Castlemaine ( – 9 October 1709) was an English courtesan from the Villiers family and perhaps the most notorious of the many mistresses of King Charles II of England, by whom she had five children, all of whom were acknowledged and subsequently ennobled. Her influence was so great that she has been referred to as "The Uncrowned Queen." Her immediate contemporary was Madame de Montespan, mistress of King Louis XIV of France.

Barbara was the subject of many portraits, in particular by court painter Sir Peter Lely. Her extravagance, foul temper and promiscuity provoked diarist John Evelyn into describing her as the "curse of the nation", whereas Samuel Pepys often noted seeing her, admiringly.

Barbara's 1st cousin Elizabeth Villiers (later 1st Countess of Orkney 1657–1733) was the only acknowledged mistress of King William III.

She converted to Roman Catholicism from Anglicanism in 1663.

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