Barbara (Villiers) Palmer
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Barbara (Villiers) Palmer (bef. 1640 - 1709)

Barbara "1st Duchess of Cleveland" Palmer formerly Villiers
Born before in Westminster, London, Englandmap
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Wife of — married 14 Apr 1659 in London, Englandmap
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Died at about age 68 in Chiswick Mall, London, Middlesex, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Nov 2008
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Barbara Villiers was a member of the aristocracy in British Isles.

Barbara became King Charles' mistress in 1660, while still married to Palmer, and whilst Charles was still in exile at The Hague. The Palmers had joined the ambitious group of supplicants who sailed for Brussels at the end of 1659.[8] As a reward for her services, the King created her husband Baron Limerick and Earl of Castlemaine in 1661. In many contemporary accounts, including Pepys's Diary, she is referred to as "Lady Castlemaine".[1]


  1. The Diary of Samuel Pepys

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Hello Josephine, the England Project would like to co-manage this profile with you due to the historical importance of the Duchess of Cleveland. Please reply to this comment with your agreement or any questions you may have, and the England Project can do the rest of the set-up.

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posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
Villiers-1 and Villiers-76 appear to represent the same person because: they are the same person.

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