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Mervyn Tuchet (sometimes Mervin Touchet), 2nd Earl of Castlehaven (1593 – 14 May 1631), was an English nobleman who was convicted of rape and sodomy and subsequently executed. A son of George Tuchet, 1st Earl of Castlehaven and 11th Baron Audley, and his wife, Lucy Mervyn, he was known as Lord Audley in his father's lifetime, and succeeded his father on 20 February 1616/7 as the 2nd Earl of Castlehaven and 12th Baron Audley. He left seven children upon his death.
Sometime before 1612 (the historical record is unclear), Lord Audley married Elizabeth Barnham, a sister-in-law of the philosopher and scientist Francis Bacon, with whom he had six children. By all accounts the marriage was a loving and successful one, ending with her death in 1622. His second marriage, on 22 July 1624, at Harefield, Middlesex, was to the former Lady Anne Stanley (1580–1647), elder daughter and co-heiress of Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby (by his wife, Alice Spencer), and widow of Grey Brydges, 5th Baron Chandos. They had a daughter, Anne Touchet, who died young. Lady Anne was significantly older than Castlehaven. Their marriage was not a success but in 1628 his heir was married to her thirteen-year-old daughter Elizabeth.