George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland(1558-1605), Naval commander
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Cumberland was a courtier, gambler and prodigious privateer who became a founding member of the East India Company. Queen Elizabeth's 'rogue', he was a loyal courtier but did not hold political or military office. In 1590 Cumberland succeeded Sir Henry Lee as the queen's champion at court tournaments.
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by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, circa 1590