Eleanor Smith, also called Ellen and other variations
Very little of Eleanor's origins are known. She was not of the same social class as her husband, Captain Thomas Gwyn. Maybe they married for love. When Thomas was imprisoned as a royalist during the English Civil War, Eleanor took the two young girls to London instead of staying with family. Maybe his family withheld their approval of the marriage, but to leave the girls to the streets of London, the notorious Drury no less, seems especially cruel. Eleanor ended up an alcoholic prostitute, and her girls raised money as they could.
Eleanor and Thomas had two daughters:
Eleanor died when she fell drunk in a ditch and drowned (no date given). Eleanor's daughter, Nell, had one surviving son of King Charles II. This grandson of Eleanor, Charles Beauclerk, was conferred with titles and property, married to Lady Diana de Vere, and raised a large family at Burford House.
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