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About Lady Catherine Fane

Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland, KB (February 1580 – 23 March 1629) was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1601 and 1624 and then was raised to the Peerage as Earl of Westmorland. ....

On 15 February 1598/99 Fane married Mary Mildmay (d. 9 April 1640), daughter and eventually sole heir of sometime Ambassador to Paris Sir Anthony Mildmay (d. 1617), of Apethorpe Hall, Northamptonshire, by his wife Grace (1552–1620) daughter and co-heir of Sir Henry Sherington (Sharington) (c. 1518-1581) of Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire.[6][7]

Westmorland and Mary had seven boys (six of whom survived him) and six daughters:[8]

  • 1.Mildmay Fane (24 January 1602 – 12 February 1666), the second Earl, poet and a Member of Parliament.
  • 2.Thomas died in infancy
  • 3.Sir Francis Fane of Fulbeck (c. 1611–1681?) (third but second surviving son), Royalist governor of Doncaster, and afterwards of Lincoln Castle. He was the great-grandfather of Thomas, the 8th Earl of Westmorland.
  • 4.Anthony (1613–1643) officer in the Parliamentary army, was killed at taking of Farnham Castle.
  • 5.Colonel the hon. George Fane(c. 1616 – April 1663) (fifth but fourth surviving son), Royalist officer and later Member of Parliament.
  • 6.William
  • 7.Robert

Daughters were Grace, Mary, Elizabeth, Rachael, Frances, 'Catherine'. ....


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Conyers Darcy, 2nd Earl of Holderness (1622 – 13 December 1692) was an English nobleman and Member of Parliament. Conyers Darcy was the eldest son of Conyers Darcy, 8th Lord Darcy of Knayth and 5th Lord Conyers, who was created Earl of Holderness in 1682. .....

'Lord Darcy married four times; firstly to Lady Catherine Fane, daughter of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland. She thus became Lady Catherine Darcy.

His second marriage took place on 8 February 1650 to Lady Frances Howard (c. 1627-1670), daughter of Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Berkshire. She thus became Lady Frances Darcy.

Darcy's third marriage took place in 1676 to Lady Frances Seymour, daughter of William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset. She thus became Lady Frances Darcy.

His fourth and final marriage was on 8 January 1685 to The Hon. Elizabeth Frescheville (1635–1690), daughter of John Frescheville, 1st Baron Frescheville. She thus became Lady Elizabeth Darcy, but would have been known as Lady Darcy and Conyers due to her husband holding a subsidiary title of his father. She became The Countess of Holderness upon Darcy's inheritance of the Earldom in 1689; a title she only held for approximately a year as she died in 1690. ....


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  • 'Lady Catherine Fane1
  • 'F, #28261, d. circa 1649
  • Last Edited=3 Apr 2011
  • ' Lady Catherine Fane was the daughter of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland and Mary Mildmay.1 She married Conyers Darcy, 2nd Earl of Holderness, son of Conyers Darcy, 1st Earl of Holderness and Grace Rokeby.1 She died circa 1649. She was buried on 30 August 1649.
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  • 1.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1028. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
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August 30, 1649
Age 32
Age 32