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Mary (Walter) Fanshawe (1651 - 1693)

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Mary Fanshawe formerly Walter aka Sarsfield
Born in The Hague, Netherlandsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married 9 Sep 1675 in St Mary Marylebone, Londonmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Barking, Essexmap
Profile last modified 10 Sep 2019 | Created 23 Nov 2008
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Mary was the illegitimate daughter of Lucy Walter. Her father is uncertain.

Mary married firstly William Sarsfield esq. of Lucan, Co. Dublin.

She married secondly William Fanshaw on 09 Sep 1675 at St Mary Marylebone, London[1].

She died in 1693 and was buried at Barking, Essex[2].

Notes on the Father of Mary

Mary Walter was alleged to be the "natural daughter of Charles II" and Lucy Walter.

Alternatively: "In June 1650 Charles left her [Lucy Walter] at The Hague upon embarkation for Scotland. During his absence Lucy had an affair with Theobald, 2nd Viscount Taaffe, with whom she had a daughter, Mary (born 1651)[3][4]

In 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica thought her father might have been Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington. [5]


  1. Family Search.
  2. Visitation of England and Wales. Notes. Howard JJ and Crisp F A (Eds). Vol 6 1906.
  3. Wikipedia. Lucy Walter.
  4. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Walter, Lucy (1630?–1658)
  5. Encyclopædia Britannica 1911: Lucy Walter


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On 24 Sep 2017 at 19:08 GMT Steve Hunt wrote:

Crofts-68 and Walter-2 appear to represent the same person because: They are both profiles of Mary, an illegitimate daughter of Lucy Walter. Lucy was a mistress of Charles II and was the mother of his illegitimate son, James, Duke of Monmouth. Mary was also an illegitimate daughter of Lucy Walter but her father is uncertain. Some have suggested that the father was also Charles II, but others indicate that this is not possible.

Mary is therefore the half brother of James Duke of Monmouth.

Mary married firstly William Sarsfield esq. and secondly William Fanshawe. As you can see. Crofts-68 was married to Sarsfield and Walter-2 was married to Fanshawe.

My suggestion is that Crofts-68 is merged into Walter-2. Why so? We know that her mother was Lucy Walter but her father is uncertain.

NB The link with the surname Crofts name comes from her half-brother, James Duke of Monmouth. He took on the name of Crofts from the people he was brought up by. However, Mary has no link with Crofts as far as I am aware.

On 26 Feb 2017 at 15:44 GMT Nan (Lambert) Starjak wrote:

Crofts-68 and Walter-2 do not represent the same person because: Different LNAB, born in different countries.

On 19 Jan 2017 at 17:56 GMT Steve Hunt wrote:

Crofts-68 and Walter-2 appear to represent the same person because: Same dates. It is difficult to determine which surname at birth to use. She was the illegitimate daughter of Lucy Walter, hence Walter may be the appropriate surname. Her brother/half brother took on the name Crofts from a family he was living with as he grew up.

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