Lady of the Bedchamber

Lady of the Bedchamber is in Ladies.

After 1486 Elizabeth Tilney Countess of Surrey (age 42) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Elizabeth York Queen Consort England (age 19).

After 1549 Lettice Knollys Countess Essex (age 5) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (age 15).

Around 1567 Bess of Hardwick (age 40) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (age 33).

In 1580 Anne Vavasour (age 20) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth (age 46).

Around 1589 Margaret Radclyffe of Ordsall Hall (age 16) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (age 55). Elizabeth (age 55) had become enamoured of her when she and her twin brother Alexander Radclyffe of Ordsall Hall (age 16) were arrived at Court. The arrival of the two young Person so wondrously alike in their striking physical beauty created something of a mild sensation. She soon became chief among Elizabeth's ladies.

In 1603 Anne Keilway Baroness Harington (age 49) and her daughter Lucy Harrington Countess Bedford (age 23) travelled to Scotland to gain favour with the new Queen Anne of Denmark Queen Consort Scotland England and Ireland (age 28). She was subsequently appointed Lady of the Bedchamber and governess to Princess Elizabeth Stewart Queen Bohemia (age 6).

In 1660 Barbara Villiers Countess Suffolk (age 37) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Catherine of Braganza Queen Consort England (age 42) which position she held until 1681.

Around 1660 Elizabeth Trentham Viscountess Cullen (age 20) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Catherine of Braganza Queen Consort England (age 21).

Pepy's Diary. 26 Jul 1662. Thence to Mrs. Sarah, and there looked over my Lord's lodgings, which are very pretty; and White Hall garden and the Bowling-ally (where lords and ladies are now at bowles), in brave condition. Mrs. Sarah told me how the falling out between my Baroness Castlemaine's (age 21) and her Lord was about christening of the child lately1, which he would have, and had done by a priest: and, some days after, she had it again christened by a minister; the King (age 32), and Lord of Oxford, and Duchesse of Suffolk, being witnesses: and christened with a proviso, that it had not already been christened. Since that she left her Lord, carrying away every thing in the house; so much as every dish, and cloth, and servant but the porter. He is gone discontented into France, they say, to enter a monastery; and now she is coming back again to her house in Kingstreet. But I hear that the Queen (age 23) did prick her out of the list presented her by the King (age 32);2 desiring that she might have that favour done her, or that he would send her from whence she come: and that the King (age 32) was angry and the Queen (age 23) discontented a whole day and night upon it; but that the King (age 32) hath promised to have nothing to do with her hereafter. But I cannot believe that the King (age 32) can fling her off so, he loving her too well: and so I writ this night to my Lady to be my opinion; she calling her my lady, and the lady I admire. Here I find that my Lord hath lost the garden to his lodgings, and that it is turning into a tennis-court. Hence by water to the Wardrobe to see how all do there, and so home to supper and to bed.

Note 1. The boy was born in June at Baroness Castlemaine's (age 21) house in King Street. By the direction of Lord Castlemaine, who had become a Roman Catholic, the child was baptized by a priest, and this led to a final separation between husband and wife. Some days afterwards the child was again baptized by the rector of St. Margaret's, Westminster [Map], in presence of the godparents, the King (age 32), Aubrey De Vere (age 35), Earl of Oxford, and Barbara, Countess of Suffolk (age 40), first Lady of the Bedchamber to the Queen (age 23) and Baroness Castlemaine's (age 21) aunt. The entry in the register of St. Margaret's [Map] is as follows: "1662 June 18 Charles Palmer Ld Limbricke, s. to ye right honorble Roger Earl of Castlemaine by Barbara" (Steinman's "Memoir of Barbara, Duchess of Cleveland", 1871, p. 33). The child was afterwards called Charles Fitzroy, and was created Duke of Southampton in 1674. He succeeded his mother in the dukedom of Cleveland in 1709, and died 1730.

Note 2. By the King's command Lord Clarendon (age 53), much against his inclination, had twice visited his royal mistress with a view of inducing her, by persuasions which he could not justify, to give way to the King's determination to have Baroness Castlemaine's (age 21) of her household.... Lord Clarendon (age 53) has given a full account of all that transpired between himself, the King (age 32) and the Queen (age 23), on this very unpleasant business ('Continuation of Life of Clarendon,' 1759, ff. 168-178). Steinman's Memoir of Duchess of Cleveland, p. 35. The day at length arrived when Baroness Castlemaine's (age 21) was to be formally admitted a Lady of the Bedchamber. The royal warrant, addressed to the Lord Chamberlain (age 60), bears date June 1, 1663, and includes with that of her ladyship, the names of the Duchess of Buckingham (age 23), the Countesses of Chesterfield and Bath (age 22), and the Countess Mareshall. A separate warrant of the same day directs his lordship to admit the Countess of Suffolk as Groom of the Stole and first Lady of the Bedchamber, to which undividable offices she had, with the additional ones of Mistress of the Robes and Keeper of the Privy Purse, been nominated by a warrant dated April 2, 1662, wherein the reception of her oath is expressly deferred until the Queen's (age 23) household shall be established. We here are furnished with the evidence that Charles would not sign the warrants for the five until Catherine had withdrawn her objection to his favourite one. Addenda to Steinman's Memoir of Duchess of Cleveland (privately printed), 1874, p. i.

In 1663 Mary Fairfax Duchess Buckingham (age 24) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Catherine of Braganza Queen Consort England (age 54) which position she held until 1693.

Pepy's Diary. 06 Jul 1668. Thence I to the playhouse, and saw a piece of the play, and glad to see Betterton (age 32); and so with wife and Deb. to Spring-garden, and eat a lobster, and so home in the evening and to bed. Great doings at Paris, I hear, with their triumphs for their late conquests! The Duchesse of Richmond (age 20) sworn last week of the Queen's (age 29) Bedchamber, and the King (age 38) minding little else but what he used to do-about his women.

Before 16 Jun 1685 Elizabeth Sands was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland.

In 1714 Henrietta Hobart Countess Suffolk (age 25) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Caroline Hohenzollern Queen Consort England (age 30).

Before 1715 Camilla Colville Countess Tankerville (age 18) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Caroline of Brunswick Queen Consort England.

In 1761 Elizabeth Gunning Duchess Hamilton and Argyll (age 27) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Charlotte Mecklenburg Strelitz Queen Consort England (age 16).

Before 1813 Mary Taylour (age 31) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Princess Augusta Charlotte Hanover (age 75).

Before Sep 1823 Elizabeth Boughton Baroness Templetown (age 70) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Princess Amelia Hanover.

In 1837 Pyne Crosbie Lady of the Bedchamber (age 57) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (age 17).

In 1854 Jane Conyngham Baroness Churchill (age 27) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (age 34).

In 1863 Charlotte Knollys (age 27) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Alexandra Princess Wales (age 18).

The Times. 24 Dec 1895. The Duke of Leeds (deceased) died at Hornby Castle [Map], yesterday morning at 5 o'clock. He recently contracted a severe chill, which led to an attack of bronchitis. He took to his bed about a week ago and gradually sank. George Godolphin Osborne, ninth Duke of Leeds (deceased) in the peerage of England, Marquis of Carmarthen, Earl of Danby, Viscount Latimer, and Baron Osbome of Kiveton, all in the peerage of England; Viscount Osbome and Viscount Dunblane in the peerage of Scotland; and Baron Godolphin of Paraham Royal, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, a baronet, and a Prince or the Holy Roman Empire, was born in Paris in 1828, the eldest son of the eighth duke. He married, in 1861, the Hon. Fanny Georgiana Pitt (age 58), daughter of the fourth Baron Rivers, who was born in 1836 and was Lady of the Bedchamber to the Princess of Wales from 1863 to 1873. He was appointed captain in the North Yorks Militia in 1852, and resigued in 1859, but was reappoined in 1861. He succeeded to the family honours in 1872, and has issue living three sons and five daughters. The family descends from Sir Edward Osborne, knight, who was Vice-President of the Council of the North in 1629 and Lieutenant-General of the forces raised there against the Parliamentary Army in 1841. His son was Treasurer of the Navy and Lord High Chancellor, and as Earl of Danby was impeeched by the Commons in 1679. The fifth duke married Amelia, in her own right Baroness Conyers, but this title left the main line in 1859 on the death of the seventh duke. The late duke was nephew of the late Rev. Lord Sydney Godolphin Osborne, who wrote much over the familiar signature "S.G.O.," and brother of Lord Francis George Godolphin Osborne (age 65), who was rector of Great Elm, but joined the Church of Rome in 1875. The Duke of Leeds is succeeded by his eldest surviving son (age 33), the Marquis of Carmarthen, who was born in 1862, was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, and was formerly a lieutenant in the Yorkshire Hussars. Lord Carmarthen unsuccessfully contested the Newmarket Division of Cambridgeshire as a Conservative in 1886, and has sat since July, 1887, for the Brixton Division of Lambeth, in which constituency his sucoession to the peerage now creates a vacancy. Lord Carmarthen was an assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary for the Colonies (Lord Knutsford) from 1886 to 1888. He was appointed Treasurer of the Household on the formation of the present Ministry. He married, in 1884, Lady Katherine Frances Lambton (age 33), daughter of the second Earl of Durham, and has issue four daughters.

In 1901 Alice Maude Olivia Montagu Countess Derby (age 38) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Alexandra Glücksburg Queen Consort England (age 56).

In 1953 Rose Gwendolen Louisa McDonnell (age 43) was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (age 26).

Agnes Launcekrona Duchess Ireland was appointed Lady of the Bedchamber to Anne of Bohemia Queen Consort England.