Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex(1631-1683), Soldier; son of 1st Baron Capel
Sitter in 12 portraits
Essex was one of the ablest statesmen under Charles II, serving as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1672-77, and First Lord of the Treasury, 1679. Fearing the prospect of a Catholic monarch, he became involved with attempts to exclude James, Duke of York from the succession and, more dangerously, with the schemes of the Duke of Monmouth. Betrayed and imprisoned in the Tower, he was found with his throat cut. Although his death was recorded as suicide, he was probably murdered.
by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1655-1660
after Francis Barlow
line engraving, 1683 or after
- Mary, Duchess of Beaufort (sister)
- Arthur Capel, 1st Baron Capel (father)
- Henry Capel, Baron Capel of Tewkesbury (brother)
- Elizabeth, Lady Capel (mother)
- Charles Capel (brother)
- Anne Howard (née Capel), Countess of Carlisle (daughter)
- Elizabeth Dormer (née Capel), Countess of Carnarvon (sister)
- Elizabeth, Countess of Essex (wife)
- Algernon Capel, 2nd Earl of Essex (son)
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