Paris, August 18. 1649

A brief Account of Lucy, Lady Walter (alias Mrs Barlow) and Charles Stuart in Paris, in August ’49 in response to other witnesses

From Mr Evelyn’s Diary, Paris August 18, ’49.

I went to St. Germain, to kiss his Majesty’s hand; in the coach, which was my Lord Wilmot’s, went Mrs Barlow, the King’s mistress and mother to the Duke of Monmouth, a brown, beautiful, bold but ‘insipid’ creature. 

My lord,

Mr Evelyn is correct that my Lucy, Lady Walter, together with her young baby where in Paris in August ’49 as she had stopped in Paris whilst travelling to Jersey, with Charles Stuart. This was to visit his mother, the Queen Dowager, Henrietta Maria, who was in residence at the palace of St Germain in Paris. It was here that the baby James, was introduced to his mother.

It may have been on August 18, that Charles was once again presented to Mademoiselle de Montpensier, at Compiegne. For this is where the King of France had his Summer palace. This was cold encounter between two former royal suitors, as they had parted last year on bad terms. The Mademoiselle was the Queen Dowagers niece and cousin to King Louis XIV. Some in the Dowagers party saw great opportunities, in once more of a proposing a marriage between these two houses, relighting hopes of French support against the Commonwealth. Yet, for obvious reasons, Charles never truly entertained such an idea but played along to maintain his mother’s financial support.

Before Charles left for Jersey, the Mademoiselle visited her Aunt and cousin at St Germain. This time the meeting was more cordial, and the Mademoiselle wrote in her memoirs how her Aunt, took her to one side and said, “My son is too poor, and too unfortunate for you.” Then assuming a milder tone, the Queen then pointed out to her an English lady [Lucy Walter], of whom her son was enamoured; saying, “He is very apprehensive lest you should discover it: see, how ashamed he looks at her while you are present; he fears that I shall tell you of it.” Then when Charles went away, the Queen took to her cabinet and having shut the door, observed, “The King, my son, has begged of me to ask your pardon, if the proposal made was displeasing to you. Such is the idea that possesses him; he cannot get rid of it – he is quite in despair about it.” After which her Aunt introduced her to the Kings younger brother Prince James, Duke of York.

So, the Lucy, alias Mrs Barlow was indeed in Paris, and was a brown, beautiful and bold creature. Whilst, her ‘insipid’ nature was due to the marriage plans and having been on rough road for six weeks after birthing in April, I have no doubt the unwanted attentions of Mr Evelyn add to her mood. Or perhaps the word ‘insipid’ was added as Mr Evelyn’s master was and still is James, Duke of York. For the entry has been edited as the title Duke of Monmouth was not given to the baby James until November 1662.

Sadly, I never had time to ask her of the event. Yours in the cause.

William Savage

Of Birth & Marriage
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The following account contains Letters received from Lucy Walter regarding her marriage to King Charles II and then birth of Prince James, later Duke of Monmouth

The following account contains Letters received from Lucy Walter regarding her marriage to King Charles II and then birth of Prince James, later Duke of Monmouth

The following account contains Letters received from Lucy Walter regarding her marriage to King Charles II and then birth of Prince James, later Duke of Monmouth

Paris, August 18. 1649
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I went to St. Germain, to kiss his Majesty’s hand; in the coach,went Mrs Barlow, the King’s mistress, a brown, beautiful, bold but 'insipid' creature.

I went to St. Germain, to kiss his Majesty’s hand; in the coach,went Mrs Barlow, the King’s mistress, a brown, beautiful, bold but 'insipid' creature.

I went to St. Germain, to kiss his Majesty’s hand; in the coach,went Mrs Barlow, the King’s mistress, a brown, beautiful, bold but 'insipid' creature.

Of False Accounts
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An account regarding the birth of Prince James, Duke of Monmouth and secret marriage between Lucy Walter and King Charles II later covered up, now forgotten.

An account regarding the birth of Prince James, Duke of Monmouth and secret marriage between Lucy Walter and King Charles II later covered up, now forgotten.

An account regarding the birth of Prince James, Duke of Monmouth and secret marriage between Lucy Walter and King Charles II later covered up, now forgotten.

Of Marriage Contracts
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Account looking at 17th Century Marriage Contracts 1644 to 1699 particularly between King Charles II and Lucy Walter parents of James, Duke of Monmouth

Account looking at 17th Century Marriage Contracts 1644 to 1699 particularly between King Charles II and Lucy Walter parents of James, Duke of Monmouth

Account looking at 17th Century Marriage Contracts 1644 to 1699 particularly between King Charles II and Lucy Walter parents of James, Duke of Monmouth

Of Mean Creatures
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This is an account of the family of Lucy Walter which details relationships, parents and siblings plus their homes in Exeter, Pembrokeshire and Covent Garden, London. This counters Diarist John Eveyln's description of Lucy's family as 'mean creatures.

This is an account of the family of Lucy Walter which details relationships, parents and siblings plus their homes in Exeter, Pembrokeshire and Covent Garden, London. This counters Diarist John Eveyln's description of Lucy's family as 'mean creatures.

This is an account of the family of Lucy Walter which details relationships, parents and siblings plus their homes in Exeter, Pembrokeshire and Covent Garden, London. This counters Diarist John Eveyln's description of Lucy's family as 'mean creatures.

Of Sir Gilbert Gerard
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This is an account of the witness Sir Gilbert Gerard and his appearance at the Black Box enquiry 26th April 1680 in front of King Charles II in relational to his marriage to Lucy Walter

This is an account of the witness Sir Gilbert Gerard and his appearance at the Black Box enquiry 26th April 1680 in front of King Charles II in relational to his marriage to Lucy Walter

This is an account of the witness Sir Gilbert Gerard and his appearance at the Black Box enquiry 26th April 1680 in front of King Charles II in relational to his marriage to Lucy Walter

Of the Black Box
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This is an account of the Black Box enquiry by King Charles II on 26th April 1680 into existence of a 'Box' containing a marriage contract between himself and Lucy Walter

This is an account of the Black Box enquiry by King Charles II on 26th April 1680 into existence of a 'Box' containing a marriage contract between himself and Lucy Walter

This is an account of the Black Box enquiry by King Charles II on 26th April 1680 into existence of a 'Box' containing a marriage contract between himself and Lucy Walter

Of a Kings’ Birth
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A fictional account of the Birth of James, Duke of Monmouth, 9th April 1649 in Peter & Margaret Gosfright house in Rotterdam. Hints at the secret marriage between Lucy Walter and Charles Stuart.

A fictional account of the Birth of James, Duke of Monmouth, 9th April 1649 in Peter & Margaret Gosfright house in Rotterdam. Hints at the secret marriage between Lucy Walter and Charles Stuart.

A fictional account of the Birth of James, Duke of Monmouth, 9th April 1649 in Peter & Margaret Gosfright house in Rotterdam. Hints at the secret marriage between Lucy Walter and Charles Stuart.

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Paris, July 2. 1685

Whilst out hunting, Louis XIV is overheard telling his ambassador Barillon.

‘As the Duke of Monmouth has already lost his vessels and has no considerable city to retire to, there is every appearance that he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll, and that his attempt will have served to render the King of England much more absolute in his kingdom than any of his predecessors.’

Edinburgh, June 1. 1685
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News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

Edinburgh, June 6. 1685
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An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

Edinburgh, June 9. 1685
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Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Edinburgh, June 11. 1685
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News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

Whitehall, June 13. 1685
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The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

Westminster, June 16. 1685
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Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Whitehall, June 17. 1685
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News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

Edinburgh, June 18. 1685
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New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

Edinburgh, June 19. 1685
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The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

Edinburgh, June 21. 1685
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News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

Whitehall, June 21. 1865
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News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

London, June 22. 1685
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The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

Whitehall, June 23. 1685
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The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

Edinburgh, June 24. 1685
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The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

Southwark, June 25. 1685
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The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

Bristol, June 25. 1685
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The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

Edinburgh, June 26. 1685
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The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

Whitehall, June 27. 1685
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His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

Whitehall, June 28. 1685
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The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

Whitehall, June 29. 1685
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The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

Whitehall, June 30. 1685
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Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Westminster, July 1. 1685
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It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

Edinburgh, July 1. 1685
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The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

Whitehall, July 1. 1685
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The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

Paris, July 2. 1685
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Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Whitehall, July 4. 1685
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The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

Whitehall, July 8. 1685
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The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

Ringwod, July 8. 1685
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This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

London, July 8. 1685
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His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

Whitehall, July 11. 1685
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As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

Whitehall, July 12. 1685
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The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

Whitehall, July 13. 1685
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This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

Whitehall, July 15. 1685
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This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

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