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man, commanded the troops in the island, but he was gained
over by the Parliamentarians, whom he allowed to land, and
Lady Derby and her children were given up to the Com-
missioners. After being virtually a prisoner there for two
months she was allowed to go to London, where she followed
her husband's last directions.

Although, as she wrote to her sister, " all her joy was in
the grave," she occupied herself with the advancement of her
family, and shortly after we find her arranging matrimonial
alliances for her three daughters, Catherine, Mary, and Amelia,
who married respectively the Marquis of Dorchester, the Earl
of Strafford, and the Earl of Athol.

At the Restoration Lady Derby was once again much to
the fore, and her letters at this time abound with news concerning
the Court and its entourage. She saw much of the Dowager-
Queen Henrietta-Maria, her former mistress, whom she says
charmed all who saw her ; and she joined in her grief at the
death of her eldest daughter, the Princess of Orange, who died
in London either of measles or small-pox — the doctors could
not decide which it was — but bled her until she had no strength
left. By her death the fascinating Henrietta became " Princess-
Royal." Lady Derby, who calls her " our adorable Princess,"

writes about her marriage with " Monsieur." Lady Derby


''The Queen of Man"

was also much in the company of the Queen of Bohemia, of
whom she remarks that, notwithstanding all she had gone
through, was of as youthful a disposition as if she were a
girl of twenty.

But above all Lady Derby was interested in the (newly
restored) King, and fell completely under his charm. Writing
in 1 66 1 she says : "Imagine the surprise I had last night; I
had only my daughter Strafford with me, when suddenly they
told me the King was on the stairs attended only by the
Marquis of Ormond." She goes on to expatiate on his kind-
ness, and finishes by saying : " It must be owned that he is
the most charming Prince in the world." The fascination ex-
tended even to his looks, for in another letter, describing the
coronation, she says: "His good looks and his courtesy are
beyond description." Lady Derby was much excited about all
the different marriages suggested for him, and notwithstanding
the difference of religion, her hopes were in the direction of
" La grande Mademoiselle," whom, however, Lady Derby
tells us. King Charles refused to consider as she had snubbed
him so much when he was very young and a wanderer.

Another marriage in which she was much interested was
that of Mademoiselle de la Tremoille, her niece, who was now
thirty, and had hitherto refused all the suitors for her hand.
Lady Derby writes to her sister-in-law to suggest the Duke of
Richmond, whom she describes as the fourth person in Eng-
land and related to the King.^ Mademoiselle de la Tremoille,
however, married Bernard de Saxe Weimar.

All this time poor Lady Derby was in vain trying to get
monies paid to her and her children which apparently were

' Charles Stuart, sixth Duke of Lennox and third Duke of Richmond. At
his death without issue in 1672, King Charles II. was served his Grace's heir.


''The Queen of Man"

their due. The demands upon King Charles II. 's exchequer
were more than could possibly be considered ; no sooner had
he entered upon his kingdom than all who had any claim on
him, however slight, and hundreds who had none, hastened
to put forward their demands. From those who desired to
be made peers down to the meanest hind, all swarmed round
Secretary Nicholas with petitions ; some of these were actually
dated the 29th May, so they had lost no time! King Charles
said that, if he were to ennoble every one who expected it,
the House of Lords would have to meet on Salisbury Plain ;
and to have satisfied all who put forward claims, would, it
has been said, have required the wealth of a Lydian monarch
and the patronage of an American President ! As it was, many
of those whom King Charles wished to oblige had to be kept
waiting for their pensions for years. This was the case with
Lady Derby, though the King tried to make amends for her
and her family by all that was in his power. Her eldest son
was reinstated in his estates ; her second son was given a post
about the King ; the third was appointed Gentleman-of-the-
Bedchamber to the Duke of York ; and Lady Derby herself
was promised the position of governess to the Queen's children
— children which never made their appearance ! — but she did
not live long enough to regret this.

Early in 1663 Lady Derby's correspondence with her
sister-in-law ceased; and on the 31st of March 1664 she died
at Knowsley, aged sixty-three, the whilom " Queen of Man,"



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