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Mary Davis
  1. Mary Tudur1673 - 1726
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Name Mary Davis
Alt Name Mary Davies
Alt Name Moll Davis
Gender Female
Birth[2] ABT 1648 Westminster, Middlesex, England
Marriage Cohabitation?
to Charles II , of England
Death[2] 1708
Reference Number? Q440398?
Other? Speculative parents?: Thomas Howard and Unknown Davis (1) 

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Mary "Moll" Davis (also Davies or Davys; ca. 1648 – 1708) was a seventeenth-century entertainer and courtesan, singer and actress who became one of the many mistresses of King Charles II of England.

Mary Davies (F) b. before 1657, #105040 Last Edited=26 Feb 2003 Mary Davies was born before 1657. Mary Davies also went by the nick-name of Moll.1 She was an actress.1 She and Charles II Stuart, King of Great Britain <p10139.htm> were associated circa 1672. Child of Mary Davies and Charles II Stuart, King of Great Britain <p10139.htm>: Mary Tudor+ b. 16 Oct 1673, d. 1726 Citations [S11 <s1.htm>] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 257. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.

Mary "Moll" DAVIS b: Abt 1648 in Westminster,Middlesex,Eng

Charles was not fussy about the status of his women. A pretty face and a comely figure were enough for a mistress to be taken on the strength, and he was particularly prone to actresses. . The stage provided a handy hunting- ground for the regular royal theatregoer, and it was here that Charles encountered Moll Davis in about 1667. Moll was a popular singer-dancer- comedienne, but she had her dark side. Mrs. Pepys, wife of Samuel Pepys the diarist, called her 'the most impertinent slut in the world' and she was grasping and vulgar with it. Moll flaunted her success as a royal mistress, showing off her 'mighty pretty fine coach' and a ring worth the then vast sum of ?600. Moll , who gave up the stage in 1668, had a daughter by Charles the following year but soon fell foul of Nell Gwynne, one of the King's concurrent mistresses, who had a wicked sense of humour. Hearing that Moll was due to sleep with the king on a night early in 1668, Nell invited her to eat some sweetmeats she had prepared. Unknown to Moll, her rival had mixed in a hefty dose of the laxative jalap. After that, the night in the royal bed did not exactly go as planned. Charles, too, had a sharp sense of humour, but this time, he was not amused and Moll was summarily dismissed. Being a generous man, though, Charles sent Moll packing with a pension of ?1,000 a year.

Mary "Moll" DAVIS _AKA: Moll Davis Sex: F Birth: Abt 1648 in Westminster,Middlesex,Eng Death: 1687 _PRIMARY: Y Note: BIOGRAPHY: Mary davis wa a noted beauty and actress. Her stage name was Moll davis.BIOGRAPHY: LADY MARY TUDOR Married EDWARD RADCLYFFE on Aug. 18, 1687. Lady Mary was age 14, and Edward was age 32. Lady Mary was born about 1673, died on Nov. 5, 1726, in Paris, France, about age 53, natural daughter of King Charles II and Mary Davis, who was the natural daughter of Colonel Thomas Howard, Earl of Berkshire. Mary Davis was a noted beauty and actress, her stage name was Moll DavisBIOGRAPHY: Excerpt from: Royalty Restored or London under Charles II. by J. Fitzgerald Molloy--------------------------------------------------------------------Though the subject of the royal divorce was no longer mentioned,the disturbances springing from it were far from ended; for theDuke of Buckingham, incensed at Lady Castlemaine's interference,openly quarrelled with her, abused her roundly, and swore hewould remove the king from her power. To this end he thereforeemployed his talents, and with such tact and assiduity that heultimately fulfilled his menaces. The first step he took towardsaccomplishing his desires, was to introduce two players to hismajesty, named respectively Moll Davis and Nell Gwynn.The former, a member of the Duke of York's troupe of performers,could boast of goodly lineage, though not of legitimate birth,her father being Thomas Howard, first Earl of Berkshire. Shehad, early in the year 1667, made her first appearance at theplayhouse, and had by her comely face and shapely figurechallenged the admiration of the town. Her winsome ways,pleasant voice, and graceful dancing soon made her a favouritewith the courtiers, who voted her an excellent wench; though someof her own sex, judging harshly of her, as is their wont towardseach other, declared her "the most impertinent slut in theworld."Now the Duke of Buckingham knowing her well, it seemed to him nowoman was more suited to fulfil his purpose of thwarting thecountess; for if he succeeded in awaking the king's passion forthe comedian, such a proceeding would not only arouse my lady'sjealousy, but likewise humble her pride. Therefore, when thiscourt Mephistopheles accompanied his majesty to the playhouse, hewas careful to dwell on Moll Davis's various charms, theexcellency of her figure, the beauty of her face, the piquancy ofher manner. So impressed was the monarch by Buckingham'sdescriptions, that he soon became susceptible to herfascinations. The amour once begun was speedily pursued; and shewas soon enabled to boast, in presence of the players, that theking--whose generosity was great to fallen women--had given her aring valued at seven hundred pounds, and was about to take, andfurnish most richly, a house in Suffolk Street for her benefitand abode. Pepys heard this news in the first month of the year1668; and soon afterwards a further rumour reached him that shewas veritably the king's mistress, "even to the scorn of theworld."This intrigue affected Lady Castlemaine in a manner which theDuke of Buckingham had not expected. Whilst sitting besideCharles in the playhouse, she noticed his attention was rivetedupon her rival, when she became melancholy and out of humour, inwhich condition she remained some days. But presently rallyingher spirits, she soon found means to divert her mind and avengeher wrongs, of which more shall be recorded hereafter.Meanwhile, the poor queen, whose feelings neither the king norhis courtiers took into consideration, bore this fresh insultwith such patience as she could summon to her aid, on oneoccasion only protesting against her husband's connection withthe player. This happened when the Duke of York's troupeperformed in Whitehall the tragedy of "Horace," "written by thevirtuous Mrs. Phillips." The courtiers assembled on thisoccasion presented a brilliant and goodly sight. Evelyn tells us"the excessive gallantry of the ladies was infinite, those jewelsespecially on Lady Castlemaine esteemed at forty thousand poundsand more, far outshining ye queene." Between each act of thetradgedy a masque and antique dance was performed. When MollDavis appeared, her majesty, turning pale from sickness of heart,and trembling from indignation at the glaring insult thrust uponher, arose and left the apartment boisterous with revelry, whereshe had sat a solitary sad figure in its midst. As a result ofher intimacy with the king, Moll Davis bore him a daughter, whosubsequently became Lady Derwentwater. But the Duke ofBuckingham's revenge upon my Lady Castlemaine was yet but halfcomplete; and therefore whilst the monarch carried on hisintrigue with Moll Davis, his grace, enlarging upon the wit andexcellency of Nell Gwynn, besought his majesty to send for her.This request the king complied with readily enough, and she wasaccordingly soon added to the list of his mistresses. NellGwynn, who was at this period in her eighteenth year, had joinedthe company of players at the king's house, about the same timeas Moll Davis had united her fortunes with the Duke of York'scomedians. Her time upon the stage was, however, but of briefduration; for my Lord Buckhurst, afterwards Earl of Dorset, awitty and licentious man, falling in love with her, induced herto become his mistress, quit the theatre, and forsake the societyof her lover, Charles Hart, a famous actor and great-nephew ofWilliam Shakespeare. And she complying with his desires in thesematters, he made her an allowance of one hundred pounds a year,on which she returned her parts to the manager, and declared shewould act no more.DEATH: MARY DAVIS--Mistress of the King. Left stage about 1668; died 1687. Change Date: 19 MAY 2004 at 19:28:48Father: Thomas HOWARD < b: 1587 Mother: Unknown DAVIS Marriage 1 Charles TUDOR b: 29 MAY 1630 Children Mary TUDOR b: 16 OCT 1673

Mary (Moll) DAVIS Actress was born about 1648 in Of, Westminster, Middlesex, England. She married Charles II King Of ENGLAND in Not Md. They had the following children: F i Mary TUDOR was born on 16 Oct 1673. She died on 5 Nov 1726.

Charles II King Of ENGLAND [Parents <pafg30.htm>] was born on 29 May 1630 in St. James Palace, Westminster, Middlesex, England. He was christened on 29 May 1630 in St. James Palace, Westminster, Middlesex, England. He died on 6 Feb 1685 in Whitehall, Westminster, Middlesex, England. He was buried on 14 Feb 1685 in Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Middlesex, England. He married Eleanor NEEDHAM in Unmarried. Other marriages: PORTUGAL, Catharina Henriette Princess Of <pafg37.htm> WALTERS, Lucy <pafg37.htm> KILLIGREW, Elizabeth <pafg37.htm> PEGGE, Catherine <pafg37.htm> GWYN, Eleanor (Nell) <pafg37.htm> PENANCOET, Louise Renée De <pafg38.htm> DAVIS, Mary (Moll) Actress <pafg38.htm> MANCINI, Ortensia <pafg38.htm> STUARDO, Maria <pafg38.htm> VILLIERS, Barbara Duchess of Cleveland <pafg38.htm> "The Kings of Scotland", which appeared in volume I [1904] of *The Scots Peerage*, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, states on pp. 29-30: CHARLES 11. was born 29 May 1630, succeeded his father on 30 January 1648-49, but the kingdom being then in the hands of the 'Republicans' under Oliver Cromwell, who governed with the title of Protector, his early years were spent in exile. The Scottish Presbyterians distrusting Cromwell and the English Independents, had invited Charles to assume the Crown of Scotland, and though their army was defeated by Cromwell at Dunbar, 3 September 1650, he was duly crowned King of Scots at Scone I January 1650-51. Invading England, however, his army was defeated by Cromwell at Worcester on 3 September 1631, and the Young king had to seek safety abroad. Soon After the death of Cromwell, Charles was restored to his kingdom, and entered London on his thirtieth birthday, 29 MAY 1660. He married, 31 May 1662, Donna Catherine Infanta of Portugal, born 25 November 1638, daughter of John iv., King of Portugal, sister of Alphonso vi and Pedro ii., successively kings of Portugal. King Charles died 6 February 1685 leaving no issue by his queen, who retired to Lisbon, where she died 31 December 1705. He had, however, many illegitimate children

Mary Davies (F) b. before 1657, #105040 Last Edited=26 Feb 2003 Mary Davies was born before 1657. Mary Davies also went by the nick-name of Moll.1 She was an actress.1 She and Charles II Stuart, King of Great Britain <p10139.htm> were associated circa 1672. Child of Mary Davies and Charles II Stuart, King of Great Britain <p10139.htm>: Mary Tudor+ b. 16 Oct 1673, d. 1726 Citations [S11 <s1.htm>] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 257. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.

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