Edward Lee, 1st Earl of Lichfield

Edward Lee, 1st Earl Of Lichfield

Edward Lee, 1st Earl of Lichfield

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Sir Edward Henry Lee, 5th Baronet, of Ditchley and of Quarendon, created 1st Earl of Lichfield (4 February 1663 – 14 July 1716) was an English peer. He was a staunch tory and followed James II to Rochester, Kent after the king's escape from Whitehall in December 1688. His subsidiary titles were Viscount Quarendon and Baron Spelsbury.

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Lee was the son of Sir Francis Henry Lee, 4th Baronet of Quarendon and his wife Lady Elizabeth Pope, daughter of Thomas Pope, 2nd Earl of Downe, who was later third wife of Robert Bertie, 3rd Earl of Lindsey. His great grandfather, Henry Lee, was the cousin and heir of Henry Lee of Ditchley. His father's half-brother was the libertine-poet the Earl of Rochester.

Lee was created Earl of Lichfield in 1674 at the age of ten, a result of his betrothal to the daughter of King Charles II. The Lady Charlotte Fitzroy was the fourth of six children born to the king's infamous mistress, the Duchess of Cleveland. Sweet-natured and strikingly beautiful, Charlotte was adored by her father the king despite the fact that she was a bastard. She was contracted at the age of ten to Lee, who was one year older than his bride-to-be. Three years later, having reached puberty, twelve- and thirteen-year-olds were married on 6 February 1677. He died two years before his wife, aged...
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