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Katharine, Duchess of Buckingham (died 1649), Wife of 1st Duke of Buckingham

Sitter in 5 portraits
Born around 1603, Katharine Manners was the only surviving child of Francis Manners, 6th Earl of Rutland and his wife, Frances Knyvet, the daughter and heir of a rich Wiltshire gentleman. She inherited both her parents' fortunes and estates as well as the Barony of Ros. Wealthy and attractive, in 1620 she married George Villiers, Marquess (and later 1st Duke) of Buckingham. They had four children before Buckingham was assassinated in 1628, and a further child was born after he died. On his death she inherited an enormous fortune.

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The Duke of Buckingham and his Family

after Gerrit van Honthorst
oil on canvas, (1628)
On display in Room 5 at Montacute House
NPG 711

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Katharine, Duchess of Buckingham

by Magdalena de Passe
line engraving, circa 1620-1623
NPG D16671

D16672

Katharine, Duchess of Buckingham

by Magdalena de Passe
line engraving, circa 1620-1623
NPG D16672

D16673

Katharine, Duchess of Buckingham

by Magdalena de Passe
line engraving, circa 1620-1623
NPG D16673

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Katharine, Duchess of Buckingham

by Charles Hall, after Magdalena de Passe
line engraving, 18th century (1620-1623)
NPG D16674