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  • Harriett Wilson (1786 - 1845)
    Harriett Wilson (Dubochet) Father was a Swiss Clock Maker in Mayfair, London of Swiss Nationality who took the name Wilson in 1801. Her parents had 15 children. Lovers included: William Craven,...
  • Gieva de Tracy, concubine #12 of Henry I of England (1068 - c.1100)
    The Medlands site has no record of a name for the mother of William de Tracy. WILLIAM de Tracy (-after Dec 1135). Guillaume de Jumièges names "Guillaume de Tracy" as illegitimate son of King...
  • Hawise FitzWarin, Mistress of John "Lackland" (c.1167 - c.1217)
    according to, these are her children: Hawise de Tracy F, #104921 Last Edited=20 Feb 2002 Children of Hawise de Tracy and John I 'Lackland', King of England Oliver (?)1 d. 129...
  • mistress of King James ll of Scotland (c.1430 - d.)
    Mother of Sir John Stewart, Lord of Sticks,   b. Abt 1455, of, Ballechin, Perthshire, Scotland ,   d. 11 Sep 1523. He was named in a Charter by Patrick Cardney of Stwyks to John Stewart, ...

Royal mistress

A royal mistress is the historical position of a mistress to a monarch or an heir apparent. Some mistresses have had considerable power. These powerful mistresses have been commonly referred to as the "power behind the throne". The prevalence of the institution can be attributed to the fact that royal marriages were until recent times conducted solely on the basis of political and dynastic considerations, leaving little space for the monarch's personal preferences in the choice of a mate.

In European history the children of mistresses were not normally included in the line of succession, except perhaps when secret marriages were alleged. Hence the Monmouth Rebellion when James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth claimed the thrones of England and Scotland on the grounds that his mother had been the wife, rather than a mistress of Charles II.

Lists of Royal mistresses