Roger Palmer
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Roger Palmer (1634 - 1705)

Rt Hon Roger "1st Earl of Castlemaine" Palmer
Born in Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half], [half] and [half]
Husband of — married 14 Apr 1659 in London, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 70 in Oswestry, Shropshire, Englandmap
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Preceded by
New creation
1st Earl of Castlemaine
1662 - 1705
Succeeded by
Title extinct
Preceded by
New creation
1st Baron Palmer of Limerick
1662 - 1705
Succeeded by
Title extinct


Roger Palmer, Earl of Castlemaine, was born September 3, 1634 in Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire, England. He was the son of Sir James Palmer and Catherine Herbert. Roger married Barbara Villiers (Duchess of Cleveland), April 14, 1659 in London, England. Roger Palmer passed away 1705 in Oswestry, Shopshire, England.

History of Parliament  writes:

Although low of stature, unprepossessing in appearance, and of modest wealth, Palmer was accepted in marriage by the most beautiful nymphomaniac of her day, who, in consequence of a teen-age affair with the 2nd Earl of Chesterfield, required a complaisant or gullible husband. On the eve of the Restoration Charles II was told of his ‘gay wife, great expenses and slender fortune’, and, anxious to improve his acquaintance with the first of these handicaps, wrote to thank him for his signal services to the royalist cause, though it is not known what they were.

It seems unlikely that he was the father of any of his wife's numerous children.

Sir Roger was created Earl of Castlemaine and Baron of Limerick on 11 December 1661 by King Charles II. The succession of the titles depended on him having male heirs with his wife Barbara, and not any other wife, indicating the honour was created for her. As he had no sons with Barabara, his honours died with him. [1]

He moved to Ireland with a grant of Castle Lackin plus significant land in Co. Mayo during 1684. [2]


  1. The Complete Peerage Cokayne G.E. Second Series, Volume 3 page 90 Internet Archive accessed 23 July 2023

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