British and English royal favourites

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  1. Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough
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    Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough

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    Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns, spelt Jennings in most modern references), Duchess of Marlborough (5 June 1660 (old style) – 18 October 1744) rose to be one of the most influential women in British history as a result of her close friendship with Queen Anne of Great Britain.


  2. Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex
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    Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

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    Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, KG (10 November 1565 – 25 February 1601) was an English nobleman and a favourite of Elizabeth I. Politically ambitious, and a committed general, he was placed under house arrest following a poor campaign in Ireland during the Nine Years' War in 1599. In 1601 he led an abortive coup d'état against the government and was executed for treason.


  3. Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester
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    Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

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    Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, KG (24 June 1532 – 4 September 1588) was an English nobleman and the favourite and close friend of Elizabeth I from her first year on the throne until his death. For many years he was a suitor for the Queen's hand; she giving him reason to hope.


  4. Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex
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    Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex

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    Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex, (b. in or before 1485, executed 28 July 1540), was an English statesman who served as chief minister of King Henry VIII of England from 1532 to 1540.


  5. Robert Walpole
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    Robert Walpole

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    Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, KG, KB, PC (26 August 1676 – 18 March 1745), known before 1742 as Sir Robert Walpole, was a British statesman who is generally regarded as having been the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. Although the position of "Prime Minister" had no recognition in law or official use at the time, Walpole is nevertheless acknowledged as having held the office de facto because of his influence within the Cabinet.


  6. Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset
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    Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset

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    Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset, (c. 1587; 17 July 1645), was a politician, and favourite of King James I of England.


  7. George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham
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    George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

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    George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham KG (28 August 1592 – 23 August 1628) was the favourite, claimed by some to be the lover, of King James I of England. Despite a very patchy political and military record, he remained at the height of royal favour for the first two years of the reign of Charles I, until he was assassinated. He was one of the most rewarded royal courtiers in all history.


  8. Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March
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    Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March

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    Roger de Mortimer, 3rd Baron Mortimer, 1st Earl of March (25 April 1287 – 29 November 1330), was an English nobleman and powerful Marcher lord, who had gained many estates in the Welsh Marches and Ireland following his advantageous marriage to the wealthy heiress Joan de Geneville, 2nd Baroness Geneville. In November 1316, he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1322 for having led the Marcher lords in a revolt against King Edward II in what became known as the Despenser War. He later escaped to France, where he was joined by Edward's queen consort Isabella, whom he took as his mistress.


  9. Thomas Wolsey
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    Thomas Wolsey

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    Thomas Wolsey (c.march 1473 – 29 November 1530; sometimes spelled Woolsey) was an English political figure and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. When Henry VIII became king of England in 1509, Wolsey became the King's almoner. Wolsey's affairs prospered and by 1514 he had become the controlling figure in virtually all matters of state and was extremely powerful within the Church. The highest political position he attained was Lord Chancellor, the King's chief adviser, enjoying great freedom and often depicted as an alter rex (other king). Within the Church he became Archbishop of York, the second most important seat in England, and then was made a cardinal in 1515, giving him precedence over even the Archbishop of Canterbury. His main legacy is from his interest in architecture, in particular his old home of Hampton Court Palace, which stands today.


  10. Elizabeth Herbert, Countess of Pembroke and Montgomery
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    Elizabeth Herbert, Countess of Pembroke and Montgomery

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    Elizabeth Herbert, Countess of Pembroke and Montgomery (January/March 1737 – 30 April 1831) was the daughter of Charles Spencer and Elizabeth Trevor.


  11. John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute
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    John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute

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    John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute KG, PC (25 May 1713 – 10 March 1792), styled Lord Mount Stuart before 1723, was a Scottish nobleman who served as Prime Minister of Great Britain (1762–1763) under George III, and was arguably the last important favourite in British politics. He was the first Prime Minister from Scotland following the Acts of Union in 1707.


  12. Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham
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    Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham

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  13. Sir James Scudamore
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    Sir James Scudamore

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    Sir James Scudamore (also spelled Skidmore, Skidmur or Skidmuer) was a gentleman usher at the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Born at Holme Lacy, Herefordshire, he was the eldest son of Sir John Scudamore, Custos Rotulorum of Herefordshire and his first wife Eleanor Croft, daughter of former Lord Deputy of Ireland James Croft. He would assume that title in 1616, and remained Custos Rotulorum for two years until his own death in 1619. Scudamore was respected for his tilting skill and his embodiment of the ideals of chivalry.


  14. Hugh Despenser the Younger
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    Hugh Despenser the Younger

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    Hugh Despenser, 1st Lord Despenser (c. 1286 – 24 November 1326), also referred to as "the younger Despenser", was the son and heir of Hugh le Despenser, Earl of Winchester (the elder Despenser), and Isabella daughter of William, 9th Earl of Warwick.


  15. Christopher Hatton
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    Christopher Hatton

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    Sir Christopher Hatton (1540 – 20 November 1591) was an English politician, lord chancellor of England and a favourite of Elizabeth I of England.


  16. George Edward Anson
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    George Edward Anson

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    George Edward Anson (1812 – 1849) was a courtier and British politician from the Anson family.


  17. Roger d'Amory
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    Roger d'Amory

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    Sir Roger d'Amory, Lord d'Amory, Baron of Armoy in Ireland, (b. ca. 1290 – d. bef. 14 March 1321/1322) was a nobleman and Constable of Corfe Castle.


  18. Pierre de Bocosel de Chastelard
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    Pierre de Bocosel de Chastelard

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    Pierre de Bocosel de Chastelard (1540–1562), French poet, was born in Dauphiné; a scion of the house of Bayard, grandson of Chevalier de Bayard. His name is inseparably connected with Mary, Queen of Scots, for whom he conceived an insane passion.


  19. John Brown (servant)
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    John Brown (servant)

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    John Brown (8 December 1826 – 27 March 1883) was a Scottish personal servant and favourite of Queen Victoria for many years. He was appreciated by many (including the Queen) for his competence and companionship, and resented by others for his influence and informal manner. The exact nature of his relationship with Victoria was the subject of great speculation by contemporaries, and continues to be controversial today.


  20. Sir Henry Firebrace
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    Sir Henry Firebrace

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    Sir Henry Firebrace (c. 1619 - 1691) was a courtier to Charles I, serving during his conflicts with Parliament throughout the era of the English Civil Wars. He later served Charles II as a Clerk of the Green Cloth and was knighted about 1685.


  21. Mrs. Pack
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    Mrs. Pack

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    Mrs. Pack (died 1694) was a wet nurse to the child William, Duke of Gloucester (1689 – 1700); she was believed indispensable to the boy's health, and because of that, came to exercise considerable control over the household of his mother, the future Anne of the United Kingdom. She has been called a forerunner of the British Nanny.


  22. Thomas Gargrave
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    Thomas Gargrave

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    Sir Thomas Gargrave (1495–1579) was a Yorkshire Knight who served as High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1565 and 1569. His principal residence was at Nostell Priory, one of many grants of land that Gargrave secured during his lifetime. He was Speaker of the House of Commons and vice president of the Council of the North. Gargrave was the son of Thomas Gargrave of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, and Elizabeth, daughter of William Levett of Hooton Levitt and Normanton, West Yorkshire.


  23. Baptist May
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    Baptist May

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    Baptist May (1628–1698) was a Royal courtier during the reign of Charles II of England. He is said to have been Charles's closest and most trusted servant, largely as a result of his knowledge that the king did not like to be approached on matters of business.


  24. William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland
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    William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland

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    Hans William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland, Baron Bentinck of Diepenheim and Schoonheten, KG, PC (20 July 1649, Diepenheim, Overijssel – 23 November 1709) was a Dutch and English nobleman who became in an early stage the favourite of William, Prince of Orange, Stadtholder in the Netherlands, and future King of England. He was steady, sensible, modest and usually moderate. The friendship and cooperation stopped in 1699.


  25. Charles Jenkinson, 1st Earl of Liverpool
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    Charles Jenkinson, 1st Earl of Liverpool

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    Charles Jenkinson, 1st Earl of Liverpool PC (26 April 1729 – 17 December 1808), known as Lord Hawkesbury between 1786 and 1796, was a British statesman. He was the father of Prime Minister Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool.


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