Isabella (Bennet) Hanmer
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Isabella (Bennet) Hanmer (abt. 1668 - 1723)

Isabella "Countess of Arlington" Hanmer formerly Bennet aka Fitzroy
Born about in Suffolk, Englandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 6 Nov 1679 in London, Middlesex, Englandmap
Wife of — married 14 Oct 1698 [location unknown]
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Died at about age 55 in London, Englandmap
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Preceded by
Henry Bennet
Countess of Arlington
Succeeded by
Charles Fitzroy

Isabella Bennet, Countess of Arlington was born circa 1668. She was the daughter and only child of Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington and Isabella de Nassau.[1] She married, firstly, Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Grafton, son of Charles II Stuart, King of Great Britain and Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland, on 1 August 1672. She married, secondly, Sir Thomas Hanmer, 4th Bt., son of William Hanmer and Peregrine North, on 14 October 1698.1 Isabella and Henry were also married in a religious ceremony on 6 November 1679. She died on 7 February 1722/23.

She was actually married off to the Duke of Grafton when she was only 5 years old on 1 August 1672. They then had another marriage ceremony on 6 Nov 1679 when she was 12, according to Bishop Evelyns diary.[2]

Child of Isabella Bennet, Countess of Arlington and Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Grafton

  1. Charles Fitzroy, 2nd Duke of Grafton+1 b. 25 Oct 1683, d. 6 May 1757

Isabel was one of the Hampton Court Beauties painted in the 1690s by Sir Godfrey Kneller for Queen Mary. There were eight portraits, Isabella Bennet, Duchess of Grafton, Margaret Cecil, Countess of Ranelagh, Carey Fraser, Countess of Peterborough, Frances Whitmore, Lady Middleton, Mary Scrope, later Mrs Pitt, Diana De Vere, Duchess of St Albans, Lady Mary Bentinck, Countess of Essex, and Mary Compton, Countess of Dorset. All eight portraits hang in Hampton Court Palace. [3]


  1. Crofts Family, Suffolk Green Books (George Booth, Woodbridge, 1901) No. 5, Page 176. She first married at the age of 12.
  3. Wikipedia: Hampton Court Beauties
  • Wikipedia Isabella FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton.

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Bennet-1 and Bennet-631 appear to represent the same person because: could you please merge, thank you
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