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Frances Talbot (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Tyrconnel (formerly Lady Hamilton) (circa 1648-1731), Famous beauty; former wife of Sir George Hamilton, Comte Hamilton, and later wife of 1st Duke of Tyrconnel

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Famous beauty ;'La Belle Jennings' was an elder sister of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough and one of the reigning beauties at the court of Charles II, where it was said 'she gained the admiration of everyone and was almost alone among her competitors there in maintaining a reputation of chastity'. A contemporary biographer wrote of her that her features 'shoot a thousand arrows straight into the centre of the heart'. Jennings became the second wife of Richard Talbot de Malahide, Duke of Tyrconnel in 1681.