Lady Barbara FitzRoy
Lady Barbara FitzRoy
Lady Barbara FitzRoy was the sixth and youngest child of Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland, a mistress of Charles II of England. Although Charles publicly acknowledged her as his child, he was probably not the father. She became a Benedictine nun, known as Benedite.
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    FIFTIES
  • 1731
    Age 58
    Died in 1731.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1721
    Age 48
    Right after giving birth, she became a nun in the English Priory of St. Nicholas, at Pontoise in Normandy, France, taking the name Sister Benedicta, where she later became prioress in 1721.
    More Details Hide Details Her son Charles was raised by her mother, the Duchess of Cleveland, who supposedly disowned her. An autograph of the Prioress is as follows:
  • TEENAGE
  • 1691
    Age 18
    Mon nom du monde est Barbe Fitz Roy est en Religion Benedite fille Du Roy De La grande Bretagne Charles 2dc j'ay fait profession dans Le Couuent des Benedictines Angloiscs De Pontoise L'annee 1691 Le 2* D'auril c'est maison est mittige.
    More Details Hide Details Roughly translated as: My name in the world is Barbe Fitz Roy, in Religion it is Benedicta, daughter of the King of Great Britain, Charles II. I made profession at the Convent of the English Benedictines in Pontoise, the year 1691, the 2nd of April. It is my place of penance. The Lady Barbara died there in monastery on 6 May 1737, and lies buried in the church of the Priory.
    In March 1691, eighteen-year-old Barbara gave birth to an illegitimate son of the Earl of Arran, whom she named Charles Hamilton (1691-1754).
    More Details Hide Details Arran's parents bitterly opposed his relationship with Barbara.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1677
    Age 4
    She and her mother were painted by Thomas Pooley in 1677.
    More Details Hide Details They are seen holding a basket of flowers; Barbara Fitzroy is portrayed as a smiling, round-faced five-year-old with blonde curls. The king died in 1685.
  • 1672
    Born
    Born in 1672.
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