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Lucy Walter

Lucy WalterBorn: c. 1630
Died: 1658
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Relative

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Mistress of English king Charles II

Mistress of the English king Charles II and reputed mother of the duke of Monmouth, is believed to have been born in 1630, or a little later, at Roch Castle, near Haverfordwest. The Walters were a Welsh family of good standing, who declared for the king during the Civil War. Roch Castle having been captured and burned by the parliamentary forces in 1644, Lucy Walter found shelter first in London and then at the Hague. There, in 1648, she met the future king, possibly renewing an earlier acquaintance. There is little reason for believing the story that she was his first mistress; it is certain that he was not her first lover. The intimacy between him and this "brown, beautiful, bold but insipid creature", as John Evelyn calls her, who chose to be known as Mrs. Barlow (Barlo) lasted with intervals until the autumn of 1651, and Charles claimed the paternity of a child born in 1649, whom he subsequently created duke of Monmouth. A daughter, Mary (b. 1651), of whom the reputed father was Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington, married William Sarsfield, brother of Patrick Sarsfield, earl of Lucan. On the termination of her connection with Charles II, Lucy Walter abandoned herself to a life of promiscuous immorality, which resulted in her premature death, at Paris in 1658. Her name is often wrongly written Walters or Waters.

Boyfriend: Charles II (one son)
Son: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth (b. 1649, with Charles II)
Boyfriend: Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington (one daughter)
Daughter: Mary (b. 1651, with Henry Bennet)


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