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  • Gieva de Tracy (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 De Tracy, 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, ...
  • Elizabeth Bryce (b. - c.1542)
    Elizabeth Bryce , died before 1542, was the granddaughter of a London goldsmith, Sir Hugh Bryce (d. September 22, 1496) and his wife, Elizabeth Chester (d.1504). It is not certain when her father, Ja...
  • Anne Basset (1521 - 1558)
    Anne Bassett was an English courtier of the Tudor period, whose charms attracted the attention of King Henry VIII. Family background Anne was born in 1521, the fourth child of Sir John Bassett an...

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