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Re: English Nationals

Postby Charles Rex » Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:41 pm


Full Name: Christopher Wren
Title: Baronet
Nationality: English
Age: 45 (b. 1632)
Gender: Male
Eye Color: Hazel
Hair Color: Dark Brown

Physical Attributes and Personality
Wren is a studious, intelligent, and yet charming man. It is perhaps his creative imagination that sets him apart from others.

Background
Born in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, to Christopher Wren Sr, he was the second but only surviving son of that name. He was a sickly child. He attended Wadham College, Oxford University, where he became an associate of several distinguished mathematicians and philosophers. He completed a BA and then an MA, and was involved with what would become the Royal Society. His studies included architecture, astronomy, optics, finding longitude at sea, cosmology, mechanics, microscopy, surveying, medicine, and meteorology.

He became a prime mover in the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire of '66. Charles II knighted Wren on 14 November, 1673, for his service to the Crown.

Wren married Faith Coghill, daughter of Sir John and Lady Coghill, in 1669. The couple had two children: Gilbert, born in October, 1672, but died in spring of 1674; and Christopher, born in February, 1675. Faith died on 3 September, 1675 of small pox. The baby now lives with Wren's mother-in-law, Lady Coghill, in Oxfordshire.

==April 1676==
Wren met and became besotted with Lady Rebecca, though his character kept him in check of making his attraction strongly known to her upon account of the fact that there were so many others around. Oh how he then lamented when they parted with the note of mere friendship between them. Then at the ball, the King announced that Rebecca would choose a husband that very evening. Wren's name was spoken publicly, a surprise to the very private man. And yet he hoped that she would choose him. At the end of the evening he was disappointed, as she chose instead the Sergeant William Hale of the lifeguard.

Examples of Architecture by Wren to 1675
* Monument to the Great Fire of London, in progress (in front of the Royal Exchange)
* Royal Observatory, Greenwich
* Temple Bar rebuilding
* Windsor Castle renovations
* Theater Royal in Drury Lane
* 32 London Churches in various stages of planning/construction
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Re: English Nationals

Postby Samuel Greyson » Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:06 pm

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Re: English Nationals

Postby George Hardwick III » Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:00 pm



Full Name: George Hardwick the Third
Nationality: English
Title: Earl
Estate Name: Chichester
Age: 29 (b.10th October 1648)
Gender: Male
Height: 6'
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Marital Status: Batchelor

RESIDENCE
London Town: Half Moon House, Pall Mall
Country: Hardwick House in Dulwich, south of London

ENDEAVOURS
Dulwich: Wilhelmina Boyle Academy of Arts

Physical Attributes

George is a lean fellow, with angular features, and large dark brown eyes, his hair is darker still. His fingers are fine and long, with fingernails buffed to a muted sheen. His knees are on the knobbly side, in fact he could perhaps do well with a bit of fattening up all over.

First Impressions

George pays meticulous attention to his costume, but he does not obsess. His wardrobe is filled with fine textiles in muted shades, plainly expensive, but not so flashy as when he first arrived at court. One indulgence he still maintains is his penchant for numerous jeweled fingers; that through the lace of his cuff the glint of ruby, emerald and sapphire rings glint upon his hand.

His preferences are influenced by the continent

Outwardly he has a reserved but generous manner, he likes to think of himself as a man of the people. He endeavors to be considerate to those less fortunate (the common class), would be the champion of their cause given a chance. He enjoys the thrill of gambling & other fashionable vices. He owns impeccable manners, and is conversant with fulsomely flattering speech.



Background
On October the 13th George was born first child to Mary Christabel and George Hardwick II. The birth was not easy upon his Mother and for many years it was said that there would be no further branches added to the Hardwick family tree. This suited George well enough, he was spoilt by his mother, and his father praised him for the very least achievement.

Nine carefree summers rolled by, when George noticed a change within the household. Everyone fussed about his Mother, and his father asked after her health so often it seemed ridiculous. But then the reason for this appeared one morning; a little baby girl bundled up in sheets in his governesses arms. He never saw his mother again, he barely remembered the funeral, though from others he later heard of a temper shown where he insisted upon wearing her pearls that day.

As his sister grew older, George discovered the fun in having a sibling. Mirtel Christabel admired him above all else, and he cared after her as a benevolent deity never failing to surprise her with the most charming items. George had a knack for finding the best presents, and as she grew older still, he would take her upon the most enjoyable day trips into town.

It was one such day when he was about 18, that he wandered off to to have a few hands of a card game. Just how the time disappeared he refused to say, but that when he returned to where he'd left Mirtel she was gone, as was the family carriage. With anxiety striking to his heart, he commandeered a horse (though he hated to ride), and made haste towards home fearing he'd not find her, that she might have been abducted. In the dark he saw it; the tumbled carriage and then he heard her exhausted cries.

While the doctor looked after her injuries, George's II and III argued loudly into the night, both upset over Mirtels accident. He should never have told what he'd been up to, for that was the final straw, words were said that could not be forgotten a rift that would never been mended divided the men that night, and George packed his trunks and left the next day setting his sights upon Italy. He took his mothers pearls with him.

He wrote to Mirtel often, and kept up his habit of sending presents, and a though never once did he ask after his father, Mirtel naively kept him informed of their lives progress. Years passed by, George found he particularly enjoyed Rome he had ever enjoyed art as a child, and now came to spend balmy afternoons making studies of the masters, while spending the evenings in red wine and excess. His generous allowance (which is father continued to pay him just to ensure the lad did not return) financed his various obsessions.

In April of his 25th year, Mirtel's letters took a new tune of concern for the father; who had taken to death bed. George farewelled his current fair-weather friends, and returned to England immediately to care for his sister at this time.

It was well past time that Mirtel ought to be debuts at court, and so it was that he declared one day that they were to travel to London together he with the intention of purchasing a townhouse, and she to consider her options for a future husband.

George first attended The House of Lords in Season 4 ~ April-May 1676

Family
Parents
* George Hardwick II, Earl of Chichester - deceased
* Mary Christabel Hardwick - deceased

Siblings
*Mirtel Christabel Hardwick
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Re: English Nationals

Postby Jane Mary Digby » Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:46 pm

Short Stats
Character Name: Jane Mary Digby
Title: Baroness of Hardy
Estate Name: Hardy
Nationality: English
Age: 21 (b. 1654)
Gender: Female
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Blond

Physical Attributes
Jane took after her father's side of the family, with the classical straight nose, and blond curls with large startling blue eyes. She wore her clothes with pride, showing of the fine details of her porcelain skin, and delicate curves. She was a courty beauty and she knew it with an arrogant toss of her curls.

The first impression
Jane is a confident lady, always ready with a laugh, enticing men to talk. Pleasant company, the kind that makes a man feel good. A bit of tease, with rumours following her that she's easy because her honor was once compromised. Jane seems to dismiss such gossip however, holding up her head high.

Background
Due to her family's background at Court , always in and out favour but nothing short of spectacular and romantic, Jane had learned politics from the cradle. As was tradition in the family, she was well educated, with the finest tutors. Her mother was worried Jane prefered studying. She tried to interest Jane in more feminine pursuits like fashion, with only meager results though at least she instilled some kind of dress sense in the girl, who turned out to be an incredible beauty.

Her father, cousin to George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, and Earl of Hardy in his own right, was a most unremarkable man, prefering to keep to himself and his estate. He had never understood the urge of some of the peerage to be in the public eye. No, for John Digby it was the quiet life, especially since as a Catholic he did not want to draw too much attention to himself and had no hope for public office.

Due to her beauty, as soon as Jane was old enough, her fathers second cousin Lady Anne Spencer, Countess Sunderland, insisted on introducing the girl to Court. She was introduced among other things to the Spanish faction, her family carrying a long standing bond with that country. Under her aunt's tutelage Jane was taken to all the the grand parties, mingling with courtiers. Though like her father, fond of the shadows, Jane was no shy wallflower, enjoying conversations with the very diverse kind of lords, officers and ambassadors, who on account of her beauty panted after her. She wrapped them all around her finger.

Then there was the incident with the handsome James Salvile, 2nd Baron of Sussex upon Avon, enemy to the Digby family and he himself nephew and heir to the Earl of Sussex of the same name. Rumors hold it the girl lost her honor. It was the worst kept secret in London and she was forced to take a holiday on the Continent while things simmered down.

On the continent Jane spend most of her time in Spain, where her family held contacts that were almost a century old. She was introduced at Court despite her reputation. Her blond hair, so uncommon in Spain helped her gain he reputation of beauty. It is said that is how she gained the favour of Don Pedro Ronquillo. When both were back in London, lady Jane was a kept mistress to the man for over a year. Why she left him is unknown, but it was just weeks before her father was murdered in cold blood at Windsor. Rumour has it that the Earl of Hardy, a famous Catholic, had run afoul of Catholic fanatics for not supporting the cause.

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Re: English Nationals

Postby Heather O`Roarke » Mon Aug 17, 2015 5:40 pm

Short Stats
Character Name: Heather Abigail Thompson (nee Hamilton)
Title: Countess
Estate Name: Atherstone (Warwickshire)
Nationality: English
Age: 20
Gender: female
Religion: Anglican

Physical Attributes:
Heather has porcelain white skin, blemished by many redbrown freckles. Her hair is a golden red that sparkles in the light. The thick curls have a tendency to be frizzy and strawlike. Her eyes are light green, changing to yellow or blue depending on the color of her gowns or her earrings. She is every inch the Hamilton. All her brothers have the same hair and skin.

Because Heather is taller than average she looks most men into the eye. Her body is well shaped with the fashionable plumbness of the time.

The first impression:
Heather is not a shy girl, graced with an open smile that betrays a curiousity to the world around her. The lady has an air of sensuality, but is also well known for implish delight in mischief.

Background:
Heather, named after her two grandmothers, is the sixth child of the seven Hamilton children that still live. Five brothers arrived before Heather did (Henry jr, Edmund, Adrian, Darren, Clarence) Her mother Catherine Hamilton (nee Forthingale) died while giving birth to a second (dead) sister when Heather was three. She does not have many memories of her mother. It was a happy childhood with Heather having the freedom to pursue her own interests which included a lot of outdoors activity, or listening in on her brothers tutors. It was not one of great wealth, and Heather in time would not have an impressive dowry.

Her father Henry Edmund Hamilton, viscount of Elmdon (Cambridgeshire) remarried when she was eight with widow Rosana Appelbee (nee Thompson).

Until Rosana joined the Hamilton Household the children were more or less allowed the free roam of the estate, which became the source of gossip in the small community. Realizing that his children were becoming an uncontrollable wild bunch and needed a firmer hand Henry remarried a lady who was improvised after her husbands death, yet was known for her female graces. She took the education of the children, Heather especially, at hand, arranging a tutor for the older boys. Being a kind but firm lady she managed to bring back some measure of civility. Henceforth Heather was no longer allowed to play outside like one of the boys.

The reputation of a wild child continued to haunt the girl, and upon Rosana's recommendation she was married off to a cousin of Rosana, a considerable older man, a widower called Lloyd Charlton Thompson, Earl of Atherstone, who had two older children (Lloyd Charlton jr and Cedric Matthew) who already left the house with no female relatives. Lloyd was in his infirmity (far in his sixties) and needed a woman to take care of him. Heather was 17 when she married him.

It was the perfect marriage as far as Rosana was concerned. Having to take care of her husband there was less time for Heather to get into trouble, and she gained a respected title despite her somewhat small dowry. They lived in quiet harmony, with Heather spending her days between her husband and her horse.

Princeton was a gift from her husband upon their marriage. He bought it to breed horses with, after Princeton retired as a racing horse with some acclaim. While slightly inappropriate for a lady to ride a stallion, it was just what the willfull Heather needed to get rid of her energy.

Lloyd died in the winter of 1675, after her father passed away the summer before that, making it a sad year all around. The newly minted Earl of Atherstone demanded that his father's widow remarry, to which she took exception and fled to court to be away from his and her brother's influence.

The Countess of Atherstone arrived at court quite poorly, but soon managed to attract the attention of several men. She ended up with the moneylender Caleb O'Roarke who died upon her, and afterwards was briefly married to this brother. The marriage as annulled in favour of recognizing hte secret marriage to O'Roarke, who eventually was recognized as having been the true Earl of O'Roarke. Thus her son, Caleb junior was now an Earl.

Heather kept a string of lovers, including the Duke of Buckingham, and finally ended up brièfly as King's Mistress. Rumour has it that the lady in a fit of pique dumped the monarch, and they briefly engaged in a silent war of revenge till all was forgiven as was CR's style. To the surprise of many she has become and actually stayed the main mistress of the Duke of York, just returned from her confinment from their first child.

The Countess is more than her lovers however. As an independent and rich widow, she entertains a career as a writer and poetess, fancing herself a patroness of the arts.






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Re: English Nationals

Postby Cordelia Lucas » Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:52 am

Name: Cordelia Lucas (nee Granger)
Title: Lady Lucas
Estate Name: Longview Manor (Hertfordshire)
Age: 48 (Born June 1629)
Status: Widow
Sex: Female
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Once a Honey Blonde now Grey

First Impressions & Physical Appearance
Upon meeting you will be quite taken with Lady Lucas and wish to become better acquainted. It takes but no time at all before she has managed to acquire knowledge of your children, your relatives, your friends .... Indeed it might even be felt that she had ever been a presence in your lives! And that is what she will cultivate.

Her countenance is one that invites confidences - especially to younger girls in need of advice or those more mature and without husbands.

A woman that retains her looks with hints still of the prettiness that once was. Time has been kind to Cordelia Lucas and whilst there is no hiding her age her skin is smooth still; her mouth and lips still firm and not dropping as so many of her age seemed to do; an aquiline nose and eyes well spaced beneath brows she shapes. Her face is rounded and some might call it 'plump'. Her neck she thinks is unfortunately short and just a bit too thick.

Her hair was a honey blonde for many years but since the death of her husband it had been gradually turning to grey and now, eighteen years' later, she is resigned to it. Her figure is within keeping of a woman of her great height - all of 5'4"! Her body cannot hide the signs of childbirth but her well placed taste in fashion and knowing exactly what suits her create a most favorable impression of a Woman of Taste.

Personality -
Quiet and charming. She gives the impression of being soft hearted and filled with kindness. An easy way with words and speech. An approachable and likable woman.

Origin/Background
The Grangers were of the Gentry. Sir Raymond Granger being a Landed Gentleman and in possession of monies that kept his family well fed, housed, and clothed. Named Cordelia as she was a late-born daughter she was quickly assimilated into the lives of those above her - one sister and three brothers.

A childhood of normalcy with little to dishearten or give grief. When she was ten a contract was arranged with the Lucas Family - Sir John Lucas was a prominent Royalist and land owner with three sons. But the age difference was considered too great and a second name was offered. Still a Lucas but a cousin from a cadet branch. Humphrey Lucas. He was ten years her elder so in her eyes a man grown. By the time she was fifteen he was five and twenty and eager to wed.

And so it was done. There was nothing between them. She but an untried girl/woman and he well schooled in ways of the body and at least one bastard child. He was careful and treated her with courtesy for he was a "Gentleman" and she was grateful for that kindness and soon there developed a pattern that held them for the next fifteen years. Three children were conceived but only one lived past their first year and she was glad it was a son.

Times changed and with it came the news that Civil War was to come. Royalist against Parliament. Father against Son. Brother against Brother. It was the same all across the Land. By its end The King was dead, her once proposed husbands - one dead on a battlefield the other hanged as a traitor and the third already wed long before - and her own husband wounded but alive.They moved to Hertfordshire where he had lands and rebuilt.

The death of his father made him Sir Humphrey Lucas and their fortunes rose. Money is a wondrous Drug. And with that Cordelia flourished. Her manner and easy grace won over many and she was looked to for advice upon many things but it was her keen 'knowledge' of the families and how marriages should be arranged that her true talent emerged.

But Fate has a way of interfering and her last two attempts at Matchmaking had gone bad. The last had the young bride running off with another man simply because Lady Lucas had thought him 'pleasing on the eye and life with him would no doubt be one of pleasure.' And as the Groom was older and more sober and of a 'religious mind' how could the outcome have been anything else?

And so she has come to London. It has been many a year since she was last there. The only real relative from her husbands side had been Margaret Lucas who had married William Cavindish as his second wife in '45 when he was Marquess of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. She was thirty-one years his junior and Cordelia and Humphrey had spent time in visits. When they had become the Duke and Duchess in '65 they had attended the Ball to mark the occasion.

But she had died suddenly in '73 and the Duke just last year. His son Henry, the Earl of Ogle, had inherited but it would be possible that he retained some memory of her from those visits. He was but a year younger than she and now married with five daughters and one son. Of the girls only one was married and so there night be something there with the others'.

Her introduction back into that Family must be carefully crafted she knows and once it is then many doors will be opened to her. Until then, she will begin to make herself quietly know and if she needs must play up her own Social Connections then so be it.
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Re: English Nationals

Postby Caroline Despanay » Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:08 pm

Character Name: Caroline Despanay
Title: Baroness Kendishall (widow)
Estate Name: Glandon House
Nationality: French by birth
Age: 19
Gender: Female
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Light brown

Physical Attributes
No one would ever call Caroline beautiful in the classical sense but she has a vibrancy about her that more than makes up for it. The sparkle of her deep blue eyes, that smile which can light up a room. Standing at 5'3" and of average build, she carries herself with confidence and grace in public. She has been blessed with smooth unblemished skin, quite pale as she does not spend time in the outside sun.

First Impressions
Caroline would never be called shy, she delights in engaging people in conversation. She can be witty or even blunt and confrontational depending upon her moods. Her laugh is infectious, genuine. There is probably no subject she is not willing to engage in discussions about and does not shy from controversy, to the shock of some. She is trying to learn to control those urges though. She is a bundle of energy and can be counted on to be among the very last to leave an event or especially, a private party. She loves to flirt with any willing male and, on occasion, an uncomfortable unwilling one too. Her ability to drink heavily and show little effect is something which surprises many.

Personality
Caroline is much like her mother, whom she adored until her sudden tragic death. She neither accepts nor believes in male superiority. She wants to live her life exactly how she feels like whether society approves or not. She is a fighter, both physically brave and mentally strong. She is not very religious and sets her own moral code, not some domineering clergy with their so called sacred scriptures and threatened damnations. That said, her beloved mother was Catholic and if she subscribes to any faith at all it is Catholic, not that disgusting King's creation of Anglicism. More in the memory of her mother than any real devotion, she does attend services on occasion. However she is careful to not openly admit to any Catholic leanings. In the end, Caroline is not afraid of failure, she is afraid of dying without ever living life to the fullest.

Background
That many people find the young woman to be a complex mix of moods and actions both engaging and then startling might not be so surprising if they knew her whole story. Caroline has never been shy about telling of her background but the reality is she usually paints that canvas with a grand splash of lies. Like most though, she is a product of her upbringing and her parents history was filled with mystery liberally mixed in with deliberate falsehoods.

Caroline's father, Jean-Marie Claude Despanay Sieur de Naronne, is French by birth at least though he spent very little of his life in that country. He is a Hugenot though hardly devout and took up the sword early in life to become a professional soldier. Causes never meant much to him, he fought for who paid him. In 1658 he served in the Swedish army, campaigning in Poland. There he met a Polish woman, Marie Walescwa, daughter of a minor impoverished noble. Since neither had anything in the line of money or property, the marriage was actually a romantic one. In 1659 Marie gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Katrina, whose name they conveniently changed to Caroline as the couple left Poland under a cloud in 1661. Even Caroline knows nothing about why her family fled only that they had to do so quickly.

There was a short stopover in Denmark where Claude served Sweden's traditional enemy but he soon grew bored with a garrison command. All the while both parents concentrated their efforts on teaching their child to speak French for Marie also was fluent in it. From there it was a several month stay in northern France before ending up in England. As was usual, Claude hoped to take up the soldier's trade in England but, much to his chagrin, found out foreigners were not allowed to serve in the royal army. Reluctantly he settled down to the life of a country gentleman.

Caroline grew up in England, being so young she picked up the language easily enough but still speaks French too if she needs to, such as talking with her father, not that they do that much as they are no longer close. Caroline was her mother's girl, Marie lavished all her attention upon her only child and of course the girl reciprocated with something close to adoration. It was Marie who also filled Caroline with her own rather radical ideas on so many things about being a woman in this male dominated world. Claude and Marie had never had a traditional sort of marriage. Unlike many men of his age, he took no interest in other women and readily conceded a sort of co-equal status to his wife, a woman of strong personality. And both of them lied about almost everything about their past. Marie was passed off to others as French, Claude, though in truth a competent soldier, made up grand tales about former campaigns he took part in and his heroic roles in them. The girl learned to twist the truth was seemingly the norm.

The girl was provided with a tutor so she did learn to read and write. Though intelligent enough, Caroline did not take much to books and learning. She was encouraged by her mother to cultivate an interest in music and learned to play the cello. It came easily to her and, more importantly, it pleased her mother to hear her play so she took it seriously enough to become quite proficient at it. There was however one incident involving it when she was fourteen. They had visitors and she had played for them but afterwards one of the company, a boy only a year older than her, became a bit too forward with her and she broke the bow of the instrument slapping it across his face, drawing blood. That company never crossed their threshold again to visit. Despite that unpleasantry, Caroline soon became fascinated with boys and even Marie had all she could do to tamp down the girl's rather wild inclinations even back then. It did not help things that Caroline caught her mother rolling in the hay with a common stablehand. Caroline kept that secret though from her father.

As Caroline passed into her late adolescent years, her family was sundered apart forever. Both her parents were heavy drinkers, in fact Claude's bouts with alcohol grew worse once he no longer was an active soldier, peaceful life in the countryside bored him. His lack of income and his drinking were double blows to their financial status, but even worse a sudden incident was pure tragedy and scarred Caroline for life. Marie drowned in a pond next to their rural home. She had been drinking that night and apparently wandered out of the house. By the time she was found, in the water, it was too late.
So accustomed to death all his martial life, Claude took it stoically but not so Caroline who was inconsolable for months.

Then came the cause of a bitter split between father and daughter. Claude was running out of money when he was suddenly approached by a nobleman he knew from service. That man stunned him by offering to arrange a marriage between his son and Claude's daughter. It did not seem to make sense, that this baron's son could not find someone of better station than the likes of Caroline especially as there wasn't even a chance of any dowry given Claude's poverty. Caroline was against it of course, she did not even know the man she was supposed to be marrying and he was too old for her, in her view. Actually he was seven years her senior which was not at all unusual.

The marriage happened though and Caroline found herself out of her comfortable family home and packed off to the far nicer country estate at Glandon. Baron Kendishall's son, Henry, proved to be a disastrous match with her and even she soon realized the Kendishalls knew that would happen from the very start. Henry did not like women, he liked men, well boys actually. The marriage was to throw off suspicion of his sometimes questionable public behavior. The older Kendishall soon died, he had been failing and thus another reason he had been so desperate to get his son married.

Henry and Caroline really didn't even try to make much of an effort to get along, she hated him almost from the first introduction even before she found out his dark proclivities. He only wanted her as a front, more like an object of proof that indeed he was a normal man. Otherwise he ignored her. She was unhappy, furious at her father for condemning her to this, and, recalling her mother's independent ways, determined not to waste her life tied to Henry.

All that seething anger exploded one night. She caught him in the stables with the very handsome young stable boy he had recently hired but something had gone very very wrong. The boy was dead and Henry was distraught. He was also shocked at her sudden presence to see it all. She accused him of murder and he denied it, said it had been an accident. The argument got physical and Caroline, despite her size no weakling, fought back hard. She got her hands on an axe handle and when it was over, Henry lay sprawled out with a broken skull. Fighting off temporary panic, Caroline came up with a plan which she proceeded to execute. She got the animals out but then set the stables on fire. As she watched the flames consume the structure and collapse the roof upon both bodies she realized she was now free again and a Baroness at that. She might not have been quite so smugly satisfied if she had only known there was someone else who knew this secret, an eyewitness peering thru a knothole who viewed the entire bitter struggle.

Deadly fires were a fact of life and no one questioned the tragedy when the incinerated remains were found within. Caroline feigned grief and put on an actress worthy performance, playing up the poor young wife now an early widow, left alone by this act of God. After a period of mourning all properly acted out for the locals' sake, Caroline then decided to go to London and see what life would be like in the royal capital.

She was young, financially solvent, and determined never again to live her life according to the whims of others.
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Postby Blackguard » Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:11 pm

Charles Sedley

Full name: Sir Charles Sedley
Title: 5th Baronet Aylesford
Nationality: English
Age: 38 (!639)
Hair Color: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Marital Status: Married

Background

Charles Sedley was the son of Sir John Sedley, 2nd Baronet, of Aylesford in Kent, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Henry Savile. The Sedleys (also sometimes spelled Sidley) had been prominent in Kent since at least 1337. Charles Sedley inherited the title (5th baronet) in 1656 when his brother William died. By his first wife Lady Katherine Savage, daughter of John, 2nd Earl Rivers he had only one legitimate child, Catherine. After his first wife had been sent to a convent in Ghent on account of a serious mental condition, Sedley in vain tried to obtain a divorce. He met Ann Ayscough, probably around 1670, by whom he had two illegitimate sons.

Sedley was reputed as a notorious rake and libertine, part of the "Merry Gang" gang of courtiers which included the Earl of Rochester and Lord Buckhurst. In 1663 an indecent frolic in Bow Street, for which he was fined 2000 marks, made Sedley notorious. From the balcony of Oxford Kate's Tavern he, Lord Buckhurst and Sir Thomas Ogle shocked and delighted a crowd of onlookers with their blasphemous and obscene antics. According to Samuel Pepys, Sedley `showed his nakedness - acting all the postures of lust and buggery that could he imagined, and abusing of scripture ... preaching a Mountebank sermon from that pulpit ... that being done, he took a glass of wine and washed his prick in it and then drank it off; and then took another and drank the King's health'. This behaviour provoked a riot amongst the onlookers and condemnation in the courts, where the Lord Chief Justice gave his opinion that it was because of wretches like him "that God's anger and judgement hang over us"

Sedley is famous as a patron of literature and a playwright. However, it was Sedley's wit that his contemporaries admired. By this time he has completed three plays:

Pompey the Great (1664); adaptation and translation of Corneille's La mort de Pompée (1644); together with Charles Sackville (now Earl of Dorset).
The Mulberry-Garden (1668); party modelled on Molière's L'École des Maris (1661).
Antony and Cleopatra (1677)

In politics Sedley is member of parliament for New Romney in Kent, and is active in politics. Since his daughter became the mistress of the Duke of York, he has been joining the Whig faction in Parliament.
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Postby Blackguard » Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:27 pm

Catherine Sedley

Full Name: Catherine Sedley
Nationality: English
Age: 20 (1657)
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Marital Status: Single

Background

Daughter of Sir Charles Sedley. Her mother was Lady Catherine Savage, daughter of John Savage, 2nd Earl Rivers. She grew up "notoriously plain" (brunette and thin rather than plump and fair). While her father roistered around England, her mother spiraled into insanity until she entered a convent in Ghent during Catherine's early teens. At this low point in her life, Sir Charles introduced a common-law wife, Anne Ayscough.

Catherine was noted not for beauty but for her celebrated wittiness and sharp tongue. In the past year she became a mistress of the Duke of York and gave birth to a daughter named Caroline. The Duke of York has acknowledged the daughter as his, but has taken up with another mistress, Heather O'Roarke. Coincident with the start of the Christmas season 1677, word has it that she has taken up with the widowed Earl of Langdon instead.

Her portrait was painted by famed artist Peter Lely in 1675.

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Postby Blackguard » Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:20 pm

Alexander Merriweather

Name: Alexander Merriweather
Title: Master
Nationality: English
Age: 51 (1636)
Hair color: Blond
Eye Color: Blue
Marital Status: Single

Background

Not much is known about the family of this man. He is said to come from Northumberland but has spent the majority of his adult life abroad. Fluent in many languages, the man has obtained a great deal of wealth, which he spends liberally with his friends and love interests. He is a member of Merry Gang, known to be the most licentious of them all. Rarely taking the lead, he is often the benefactor of any project the gang undertakes.

His past is shady and dark. It is said that he acquired wealth in shady business operations abroad and a series of convenient marriages to elderly widows. He is said to be a fornicator, sodomite, pedophile, and rapist, some of which he denies.

He has fallen out of favor in recent years due to scandals coming to light about his rapes of innocent, and not so innocent, ladies at court, some of whom were connected at the highest levels of court. He had gained royal favor early in his life for the generous contributions made to the King while in exile.
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Re: English Nationals

Postby Blackguard » Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:38 pm

John Manners

Name: John Manners
Title: Lord Roos
Age: 39 (1638)
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Marital Status: Married

Background

He is the son of John Manners, 8th Earl of Rutland and Frances Montagu. His father is old and frail, leading Lord Roos to succeed his father as Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire in 1677. When his father passes, Lord Roos will become the 9th Earl of Rutland.

He married, firstly, Lady Anne Pierrepont, daughter of Henry Pierrepont, 1st Marquess of Dorchester, on 15 July 1658. The failure of their marriage attracted considerable attention, as divorce was not generally available at the time. He obtained a "separation from bed and board" in 1663 on grounds of her adultery, and private Acts of Parliament in 1667 bastardizing her issue since 1659 and granting him permission to remarry in 1670. This process required considerable expenditure and trouble.

The divorce proceedings aroused enormous public interest and had some political significance since among the regular attenders in the House of Lords was King Charles himself. By his own account he was only there for the entertainment, finding the debates "as good as a play"; but there was a rumor that the King intended to use the divorce as a precedent for divorcing his own childless Queen, Catherine of Braganza.

He married, secondly, Lady Diana Bruce, daughter of Robert Bruce, 2nd Earl of Elgin, on 10 November 1671. She died on 15 July 1672 in childbed. He married, thirdly, Catherine Wriothesley Noel, daughter of Baptist Noel, 3rd Viscount Campden, on 8 January 1673 They have two children: John (1676) and Catherine (1675).

He is known to associate with the Merry Gang, having many dalliances with those not his wife. In politics, he associates with the Country Party (Whigs).
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Re: English Nationals

Postby Blackguard » Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:33 pm

Maureen Walker nee Lloyd

Name: Mistress Maureen Walker
Age: 19
Hair: blond
Eyes: brown
Marital Status: married to Martin Walker


Maureen is bright and exuberant, adores fashion and gossip. Her best friend is Evelyn Williamson, who is abroad after her husband's arrest.

Her father is Jaspar Lloyd, a business man doing very well as a wool merchant. He is prominent in the House of Commons, a well respected and honorable man. Jaspar is his mid forties tall enough to be 6 foot, and his thinning hair was a dark blonde, his eyes warm brown.

Her Brother: Edward Lloyd, runs Lloyd's coffeehouse
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Re: English Nationals

Postby Blackguard » Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:21 am

Frances Stuart

Name: Frances Teresa Stuart
Title: Duchess of Richmond and Lennox
Age: 30 (1647)
Hair: Dark
Eyes: Blue
Marital Status: widow

Background

Frances is the daughter of Walter Stuart, a physician in Queen Henrietta Maria's court, and a distant relative of the royal family. She was born on 8 July 1647 in exile in Paris, but was sent to England in 1663 to act as maid of honor at Charles II's wedding and subsequently as lady-in-waiting to his new bride, Catherine of Braganza.

Probably the most renown beauty at court during her youth, she was also known for her childish silliness and carefree manner. She caught the eye of the King, who fell in love with her. The king's infatuation was so great that it was reported that he intended to divorce the Queen and marry Frances, because she had refused to become his mistress.

She eventually married the Duke of Richmond and Lennox, also a Stuart, in March 1667. It is whispered that she had to elope to do so, after being discovered with him by Lady Castlemaine.

The now Duchess of Richmond, however, soon returned to court, where she remains despite being disfigured by smallpox in 1669, still in the king's affections. Her husband was sent to Scotland and then to Denmark as ambassador, where he died in 1672.

She has now turned 30, still maintaining her impish ways. Having no plans to remarry, she prefers to enjoy court life, known to be particularly prone to court gossip.

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Re: English Nationals

Postby Blackguard » Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:38 am

Margaret Hughes

Name: Margaret ("Peg") Hughes
Age: 47 (1630)
Hair: Dark
Eyes: Dark
Marital Status: Morganic wife to Prince Rupert

Background

Once the King proclaimed that female roles in plays should be played by female characters, Hughes may have been the first professional actress in England. The occasion of her first performance was on 8 December 1660, in a production of Shakespeare's play Othello, when she played the role of Desdemona in a production by Thomas Killigrew's new King's Company.

Hughes is famous for her charm and beauty. It has been whispered that she was a lover of Sir Charles Sedley, in the 1660s; and she was reportedly also involved with the King himself, if only briefly. Hughes is also believed to have had an illegitimate son, Arthur.

Most famously, however, Hughes became associated with Prince Rupert, Duke of Cumberland as his lover. She became a member of the King's Company by 1669, and has joined the Duke's Company with the new Dorset Theater. She lives extravagantly with expensive jewelry and enjoys gambling.

Rupert has not formally marry Hughes, but acknowledged their daughter, Ruperta, born in 1673. Her portrait was painted by Lely.

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Re: English Nationals

Postby Blackguard » Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:37 am

Anne Scott

Name: Anne Scott
Title: 1st Duchess of Buccleuch
Age: 26 (1651)
Hair: Dark
Eyes: Dark
Marital Status: Married to James Scott, Duke of Monmouth.


Background

Anne is the daughter of Francis Scott, 2nd Earl of Buccleuch. In 1661, she succeeded to her sister Mary Scott's titles as 4th Countess of Buccleuch, 5th Baroness Scott of Buccleuch and 5th Baroness Scott of Whitchester and Eskdaill. On 20 April 1663 she married James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth (the illegitimate son of Charles II by his mistress, Lucy Walter), and she and her husband were created Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch on that day.

They have had the following children:

Lady Isabella Scott (1670)
Charles Scott, Earl of Doncaster (1672–1674), died in infancy.
James Scott, Earl of Dalkeith (1674)
Lady Anne Scott (1675).
Henry Scott, 1st Earl of Deloraine (1676)

Anne's marriage to Monmouth has been a poor one without love. The Duke has taken many mistresses over the years and is currently in love with the Baroness Wentworth. There has been talk of Anne's infidelity, but most attribute that to an attempt by Monmouth to get a divorce so that he could marry Wentworth. Word has it that she is fighting her loneliness by seeking more adventurous pursuits while she is still young.

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Re: English Nationals

Postby Charles Audley » Fri Mar 11, 2016 3:12 pm

Name: Charles Audley
Nationality: English
Title: Earl of Chatham
Estate Name: Bosworth Lodge, Chatham
Age: 26 (born 1651)
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Blue

Housing: St. Mark's

The First Impression & Physical Appearance:

Striking, rather than handsome, is the word most use to describe Charles and, indeed, his features are much too severe for beauty. He stands some five foot ten inches in height and possesses broad shoulders, long, lean limbs and a supple waist. This athletic figure and his intense blue eye are rendered utterly moot by a gaunt face, overly sharp cheek bones, an over bold, slightly hooked nose, a chin that would not be out of place on a Hapsburg and, most strikingly, the patch covering the scarred, empty socket of his left eye. The overall effect leaves him looking as sharp and hard as a sabre blade. He attempts to soften this by wearing his black hair in long, artless curls, often scorning a periwig.

He goes to some lengths to add a dashing, roguish air to his appearance, maintaining a slight tan and growing a neatly trimmed beard and moustache, all for that corsair touch. He is immensely vain, bathing frequently and taking incredible (and visible) care of his skin, hair and teeth.

In the company of peers his behaviour is confident, forthright and amiable, though he does take an impish delight in straining the bounds of propriety. Among those he sees as lesser, he is perhaps slightly less amiable and more prone to show the sharp edge of his tongue.

Origin/Background
Born the second son of Henry and Catherine Audley on the 22nd of March, 1651, Charles’ early years gave no hint of his future potential. His boyhood was dominated by two figures. The first, his grandfather Richard, a man tormented by dementia, terrified the child with his episodes. This, along with the old man’s subsequent crippling and death by stroke, inspired a lifelong terror of losing his faculties in Charles.

The second, and perhaps more influential, figure was his older brother, also Richard. Charles idolised his brother and followed his lead in everything. Indeed, his habit of being reduced to a silent follower in his brother’s presence and the fact that Charles would frequently abandon his lessons to seek his brother’s company often lead his father to fits of towering despair and rage. Only his mother could protect Charles from punishment when such occurred.

This lazy pattern was irrevocably shattered in the summer of 1660, when a small smallpox outbreak killed thirteen people on the estate. Two of these were Catherine and Richard. The deaths of both his idol and his protector had a profound effect on Charles. Forced into confronting the reality of mortality, the young boy swore to make his brother and mother proud, to experience all life had to offer, to live before he died. He set to his studies with a will, soon receiving glowing reports from his tutors, and swiftly claimed Richard’s place as the dominant personality among the boys of the estate.

It was only after his mother's death that Charles met the third formative influence of his boyhood: his uncle William, who left on a grand tour of the continent after quarreling violently with his brother shortly after the birth of Charles. A true cavalier, William fostered his nephew's new found adventurous spirit, teaching the boy fencing and taking him riding around the estate.

Life changed again shortly before his twelfth birthday, when Charles was sent away to London, to attend St Paul’s School. It was here that the man could at last be clearly seen in the boy. The school masters spoke of his intellect, drive, charm and excellence in physical pursuits. They also spoke of his riotous behaviour, his reckless risk-taking, his habit of cheeking them and his seemingly miraculous ability to uncover the secrets of others. He was a fey, almost uncontrollable youth, always the first to set his horse to the jump, no matter how high, the first to make a witty remark, no matter how inappropriate, and always the first to let fists fly, though win or lose he seldom if ever held a grudge. His most frequent partner in crime was his friend John Churchill, who accompanied him on many mischief making expeditions. On other occasions, however, Charles would act alone, such as when he escaped the school to confront his father over the latter’s remarriage. Only the direct intercession of his father saved him from expulsion.

Charles left St.Pauls at the age of fifteen, having received a solid grounding in all the subjects appropriate for a gentleman of his standing and having acquired a deep interest in and wide knowledge of history and the classics. He returned to Bosworth Lodge to find that he could no longer call it home. His father had taken to drink, his stepmother was a cold, distant woman, his uncle had left to live in London and his two half sisters were strangers to him. Frustrated by this, and the lack of opportunities for mischief and merriment, he begged his father to allow him to further his education at Oxford. Eventually, the old man agreed and sent Charles to the university, accompanied by but a single manservant.

The young gentleman swiftly settled into life at Oxford. When not devouring books in the libraries he could be found drinking, gaming and wenching in the taverns and bawdyhouses of the town. Charles was a popular figure at the university, known for his sporting attitude and nimble wits, though there were many put off by his vanity and arrogance.

Alas, this idyllic period of his life was not to last. Shortly after his sixteenth birthday Charles was discovered in the bed of the daughter of one of the college Fellows. The Fellow, outraged, challenged the young cavalier to a duel. Seeing no other option, and in any case outraged at being used so by a man of no blood, Charles accepted.

The duelists met at dawn three days after the incident. The exact details of what happened are unclear but what is known is that the Fellow died upon the blade of the young nobleman. Sadly for Charles, however, his problems did not die with him. The dead man's family made accusations of murder. While Charles would ordinarily have brazened it out and trusted in his position to protect him, it transpired that the dead man was an old friend of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, then a baron and member of the Cabal ministry. He had the status to make such charges stick. Judging it unwise to remain in Oxford, Charles fled home to Chatham.

There, after his father had sobered up, it was decided that it would be best for Charles to leave the country and wait for the scandal to die down. An ensign’s commission in the first regiment of Foot Guards was purchased and Charles left England for service in the garrison of Tangiers. It was a fateful decision.

Determined to make the best of his lot, Charles set about mastering his new profession with a will and was gratified to discover that he had both a gift and a passion for soldiering. He was equally gratified to discover, upon arrival in Tangiers, that John Churchill was also serving in the garrison. The two young men renewed their friendship almost immediately.

For the first time he could remember, Charles found difficulty fitting in. His vanity, fastidiousness and arrogance led to him being dubbed "Narcissus" by his fellow officers and his licentiousness was soon the talk of the garrison. Some even whispered of sodomy. To make matters worse, Charles began to suffer from migraines, occasionally finding himself unable to so much as rise from bed. At the recommendation of the garrison doctor, Charles took to using opium and laudanum to combat his ferocious headaches. He soon found himself dependent on the drug to quell the crippling pain. Gradually, however, the young man's bravery and undoubted competence won the garrison over. He was even commissioned as a lieutenant without purchase after saving his captain from a Moorish ambush.

Shortly after turning nineteen Charles was struck down by malaria. He spent several days raving in his quarters, calling out to God for succor and receiving no answer. His faith, never strong, was shattered by the incident. He now knew that God was not in His Heaven and all was not right with the world. After his recovery he was sent back to England.

His arrival on his native shores was greeted by the news that his stepmother had just given birth to a son, Francis. Loathe to return to Chatham, Charles took lodgings with his uncle in London and set about making himself part of the social set there, rebuilding his strength with frequent exercise, balls and fencing bouts. He soon learned that Ashley-Cooper had not forgotten him or the events in Oxford some three years ago. The young man found rumours and ill reputation dogging him, barring him almost completely from polite society.He even heard whispers that the royal minister still intended to have him prosecuted for murder. Venomously angry, Charles found himself powerless to retaliate in any manner save cutting insults. Worse, his career had stalled, with his father unwilling to purchase a promotion and his reputation denying him the more lucrative and interesting assignments.

Opportunity finally arrived in 1672. Frustrated beyond belief and thwarted in all his efforts, Charles volunteered as one of the soldiers the 1st Foot Guards were sending to serve aboard the fleet sent against the Dutch.Though the expedition was a failure, Charles achieved his ends: after the bloody battle of Southwold Bay he prevailed upon his father to purchase him a captaincy in the Lord Admiral’s Regiment.

It was in this capacity that Charles served in Flanders under the Duke of Monmouth, where he fought at the siege of Maastricht. Charles gloried in his first taste of proper, European war and (just as exhilarating) his freedom from Shaftesbury's (as Ashley-Cooper was now) spite. No one in the army gave a damn about his reputation and, unpleasant as the Dutch were, at least he was allowed to fight back! After the garrison surrendered (and realising that he was likely to see far more action in French service), Charles accepted a commission as a French colonel and went to Alsace as part of the Anglo-French brigade, where he fought in the battles of Sinsheim, Ensheim and Turckheim under the command of the Vicomte de Turenne. It was at Turckheim that Charles lost his eye, to shrapnel kicked up by Austrian cannon fire. To compound his misery, he soon learned that his beloved uncle had died in a riding accident.

When peace broke out in 1674, Charles found himself once again reluctant to return home. He continued to serve in the French army until the spring of 1675, when he sold his commission and, using his service in French arms to provide him with an entrée to high society, headed to the court of Versailles. He did not stay long before departing on a grand tour of the continent in emulation of his late uncle. Over the next two and a half years he visited Munich, Vienna, Trieste, all the great cities of Italy, Turin, Athens, Constantinople, Madrid and Lisbon, searching for pleasure, adventure and a cure for the migraines that continued to torment him. Rumour spoke of him as a rake and libertine and somewhat unsavoury stories drifted back to England- brawls in Austria, public lewdness in Venice, an arrest in Rome, public drunkenness in Savoy, even suspicions of murder in Naples and Lisbon. The increasingly extreme methods he looked to for a cure for his head pains also drew censure- there were even whispers of black magic. Rumour also spoke of his rapidly growing fortune, though not of the methods he used to acquire it.

After a messy duel in Oporto, and the realisation that his reputation on the continent might soon become unsalvageable, Charles signed on as a supercargo with an English slaver making the trip to the Slave Coast and thence to the colonies. His intention was to lay low and perhaps expand his fortune through vaguely respectable means. It was a vain hope.

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Charles fled for France, chastened by the experience and terrified that news of his misadventures would follow -or worse, precede- him. So shaken was he that he actually managed to live quietly in Paris.

It was in mid 1677 that Charles was summoned home by his father with the news that he was dying. Charles swiftly settled his affairs in Paris and travelled without halt to Bosworth Lodge. He arrived a bare hour after his father’s death. It soon emerged that, as well as a drunk, Henry Audley had been a bad gambler and a worse businessman. The family fortune was all but gone and massive debts remained due. It would take all of the wealth Charles had gathered on the continent and the colonies to stabilise and secure the family’s finances. Having done so, however, Charles deemed the family incomes insufficient to maintain them in the requisite manner.

While searching through his father's papers, however, Charles made a shocking discovery, one that threatened to ruin him entirely...

Left with no recourse, Charles purchased a majority in his old regiment and began preparing to leave for London.

Family:
Grandfather (Deceased): Richard Audley (1594-1656)
Father (Deceased): Henry Audley (1621-1677)
Mother (Deceased): Catherine Audley (nee Wolsey) (1631-1660)
Paternal Uncle (Deceased): William Audley (1625-1674)
Stepmother: Mary Audley (nee Fletcher) Age 32 (1645- )
Brother (Deceased): Richard Audley (1648-1660)
Half-sister: Sarah Audley Age 13 (1664- )
Half-sister: Catherine Audley Age 12 (1665- )
Half-brother: Francis Audley Age 8 (1669- )
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Re: English Nationals

Postby Hope » Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:10 am

Name: John Lucas
Sex: Male
Title: Sir (Baronet) inherited at death of Father
Age: 25
DOB: May 10 1652
Estate: Longview Manor Hertfordshire
Status: Unmarried
Hair: Brownish/Blonde
Eyes: Brown
Height 5'10"
Residence: currently staying at the Red Lion (dec '77)

First Impressions And Physical Appearance
For one more accustomed to Country Life John has managed to adapt quite well. His has matured into a tall figure of a man who carries all the Polite and Correct Social Niceties that is required of a man in "his position". The way he holds himself speaks of a high degree of Self Importance. One may find it hard to warm up to him initially. If ever.

He is not unattractive. The combination of his hair and eye color blend nicely. He keeps his hair short. His nose is aquiline and slender. Brows that are trimmed and well kept. Eyes that are placed well with good lashes. His mouth is well shaped. He is clean shaven preferring it to facial hair. He wears his clothing with a certain style and prefers French Designs.

Personality - Public

Those of his Acquaintance will testify to his sense of well-manner. He exhibits all the correct things required in any social situation. But never quite manages to hide his belief that he is somehow a peg above. His Ambition is such that he would not slight those that ARE above him in Rank.
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Re: English Nationals

Postby Hope » Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:22 am

Name: Jonathan Willoughby
Sex: Male
Title: Lord Willoughby
Age: 29
Estate:Tresidder Manor St Levan, Penzance
Status: Married
Hair: Dark Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Height 5'10"
Residence: currently staying at the Red Lion (dec '77)

First Impressions And Physical Appearance
Willoughby is a funloving dandy of court with nary a care in his head, and always keen to pursue mischief. He is generally assumed to not have carried a serious thought in his head his entire life.

Son of an Earl, eldest of the second marriage, his older step-brother inherited his fathers title. His mother hasn't remarried.

Became married to Margaret, daughter of Lord Amyas Tresidder, upon the 12th of April in the Year of our Lord Sixteen hundred and seventy six at the All saints Chapel in Chelsea. A son was born in July, heir to the vast Tressider fortune.
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Re: English Nationals

Postby Charles Rex » Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:45 pm

Name: Richard Sterne

Sex: Male

Title: Archbishop of Canterbury

Age: 80

Marital Status: Widower

Hair color: White

Residence: Canterbury Cathedral

Richard Sterne was Archbishop of York from 1664 to 1683.

He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated MA in 1618, BD in 1625 and DD in 1635. He was elected a fellow of Benet College (now Corpus Christi College), Cambridge in 1623 and then served as Master of Jesus College, Cambridge from 1634.

In c.1633, Sterne became chaplain to Archbishop Laud. From 1642 he held the rectories of Yeovilton and Harleton. A Royalist, he was arrested and imprisoned by the Parliamentarians later the same year. In 1644 he was formally dismissed as Master of Jesus and in 1645 he lost his rectories, although he was released from prison.

At the Restoration in 1660, Sterne was appointed Bishop of Carlisle, from where he was translated to York in 1664. He is said to have been one of those who assisted in revising the Book of Common Prayer in 1662. He also assisted Brian Walton with the English Polyglot Bible. He founded scholarships at both Corpus Christi and Jesus Colleges.

He was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury after the sudden death of the last Archbishop. At his advanced age, he is considered a mere placeholder until the King wishes to appoint a younger man.
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Re: English Nationals

Postby Edmund Torrington » Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:21 am



Character Profile
Character Name: Edmund Torrington
Title: Sir (Baronet)
Estate Name: Torrington-Kirby Hall
Nationality: English
Age: 26 (born 11 March 1651)
Gender: Male
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Brown
Avatar: Alexander Vlahos

The First Impression & Physical Appearance

The First Impression: Edmund is a man of moderate height, being around 5’6 tall. He is relatively gaunt. He has a naturally pale complexion from his mother’s celtic ancestry. Although this in some people’s eyes may seem attractive, Edmund is particularly conscious of it as it often gives him the look of one who is scared and/or ill, something he was mocked about in his youth. He is aspiring to be a military man and so adopts a swagger which is not necessarily one he would otherwise have, being perhaps more affected than natural. He has an abundance of nervous energy and frequently fidgets, finding it almost impossible to sit still.
Physical Appearance: Edmund avoids the fashion of wearing a wig and instead has allowed his natural brown hair to grow long but does wear it in the current fashion. He dresses to his means, albeit the upper end of his means rather than the lower. He enjoys looking good and believes that looking the part is half the battle one in almost any sphere of life. Although not to an obsessive level, he is very pedantic about being clean and tidy. Being in a state opposite to this sets him into paroxysms of anger.

Housing (PUBLIC):
St Marks.

Background

The first Torrington to achieve a degree of prominence was the great grandfather of the current character, William Torrington. William was alive during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. As a young man, he was apprenticed to a grocer in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the north of England. Whilst he did not exceed in his career, he was prosperous in the manner of a standard urban burgher – he married the wealthy widow of a city Alderman, was elected a Master of the Guild of Grocers and amassed enough disposable income to buy land in the surrounding Tyneside area – mostly large tracts of moor and scrub – its main purpose being so his children could call themselves landowners and country gentlemen. He died shortly after the accession of the Stuart monarchy.
William’s eldest son was also called William (II). His father had paid for him to be privately educated in order to polish his manners and had him attached as a page to a local grandee, residing in London, and sent to Court. William II benefitted along with many other attractive young men from the wild generosity of the new King James I who bestowed Knighthoods freely and indiscriminately providing only the barest of credentials were met. William II now found himself Sir William Torrington of Kirby, Baronet. He lived a fast and loose life at Court and died in London in 1619, only two months after his sole son and heir was born to the wife he had married only a year before.
Unable to afford to live in London, William II’s widow, the daughter of a London merchant, left with her son, John (the current character’s father) and returned to the family home that was now the property of the child cradled in her arms. Amongst the tracts of mostly worthless land the grocer William Torrington had bought was a half derelict former rural Abbey, set in the village of Kirby, 30 miles from Newcastle. The first William had lavished just enough funds to make the Abbey habitable and made a stab at landscaping gardens and parkland. His son, Sir William, had preferred to turn his coin in alternative directions and so had only spent the barest amount possible on keeping what was now known as Torrington-Kirby Hall from falling down. It was here that the young Sir John grew up, under the stern and rigid discipline of his extremely Puritan mother, Lady Alicia Torrington, nee Ellis. The son was brought up in the mother’s image. He grew to become a pillar of the local Puritan squirearchy, set against the excesses of the Court in London and the Arminianism of Archbishop Laud.
In 1639 Sir John’s fortunes changed dramatically. A tenant of a parcel of moorland owned by the Torringtons was sinking a ditch across the land he rented, with a view to dividing it from a neighbour he was feuding with. What he turned up was not sod and earth, but instead thick black chunks of coal, having inadvertently stumbled upon a seam close to the surface. What followed was a year of frenetic prospecting in the course of which it was discovered that over two-thirds of the seemingly worthless tracts of land Grocer William had purchased were in fact sites of rich coal seams. Banding together with a series of local Newcastle investors, Sir John Torrington became a founding member and shareholder in “The Honourable Torrington Coale Companye”. By the time Civil War disturbed the peace of the nation, two shaft mines were fully operational, delivering several tons of coal to Newcastle for export to London each year. A modest venture until such a time as more investment could be found to sink more mines, it nevertheless vastly improved the financial situation of Sir John.
Meanwhile, Sir John, the Puritan local squire, sided with Parliament in the great conflict. He fought alongside the Earl of Essex in his campaigns in the South, before transferring several years later to Cromwell’s command. Although only in the capacity as a junior officer, Sir John fought at Naseby and Marston Moor, receiving in the former a shot through the cheek that left a disfiguring scar. After the capture of the King, Sir John was honourably discharged from the Parliamentary Army and made himself of use to the local Parliamentary governor of the north of England. In 1649, the same year Charles I lost his head, Sir John wed. Some would say it was the only indulgence that the austere, Godly, Sir John allowed himself in his entire life – his completely irresponsible choice of bride. Instead of the proper and likely dour daughter of another of God’s elect, Sir John married Aloria FitzMaurice, a green-eyed, auburn haired Irish temptress. Mistress FitzMaurice was the daughter of a Catholic Irish landowner who had taken his family across to England to fight for the King in the wars. Killed at the Battle of Lansdown, Mistress FitzMaurice found herself orphaned (her brothers serving in armies elsewhere) and she did the only thing she could to survive – she became a mistress to a Cavalier Colonel of Horse. On his death, she found herself passing the lines and becoming the mistress to another Colonel, this time the one in command of Sir John’s regiment. Sir John fell madly in love with Aloria and, once the wars were over (and the Colonel had deserted her), Sir John married Aloria and found himself ostracised from the local community for his Papist, whore bride.
Oddly, despite all this, the couple had a deep love for one another and were happy in the seclusion of Torrington-Kirby Hall. Sir John used the funds from his coal company to continue to improve the house and purchase more land. In 1651 the couple had their first child, John (the current character), followed by twins Aloria and Alicia (1653), William (1654-1656), Henry (1656) and Samuel (1658).
We now move to the life of our character. John was his father’s heir and was raised accordingly. Unlike his own upbringing, Sir John did not force a puritanical education on his children, particular on account of his own unorthodox family situation. Instead, he had his children educated privately in the family home and attempted to have young John tutored specifically in the gentlemanly arts – etiquette, riding, swordsmanship and estate management. He attempted to engage him in the running of the family business – analysing the accounts and reports sent by the Company’s day to day managers in Newcastle. This failed to stimulate his son. Although his upbringing was cloistered, young John heard perfectly well the whispers of the household staff and tenants and neighbours. Soon he knew all about his father’s record of service against the King (horrific after the Restoration and something Sir John did not flaunt). He heard his mother called all sorts of names and blushed at the thought and the shame. How did he even know he was his father’s son? He knew he was the lineal descendent of a grocer! The family money came from peddling coal! All of this ate away at the boy. When he did socialise with youths his own age they were quick enough to pick up on these unpleasant aspects of family history as well as his pallid appearance. Fights were common. Several of this youthful scraps involved him being thoroughly beaten by groups of his peers. In one such early incident, in a bid to put the upstart Torrington in his place, several youths carried him and threw him into a pig sty. The experience of the filth and muck terrified and disgusted the young boy who, ever after, was neurotic about cleanliness to the point of phobia. As boyhood turned to adolescence, John became possessed with the passion of the bullied and victimised to make something of himself and to have the Torrington name remembered for something other than it was. There was only one way to do that – in the capital, the source of wealth, favour, influence and power.
He had hoped to leave when he turned 18 in 1669. However, his father had become increasingly frail with a series of ailments. He was wasting away, forgetful, frequently ill for long periods. In his condition, it fell to John Junior to manage the Torrington estate. His younger brother Henry was sent to Oxford with a view to joining the Church. In 1675 the family’s youngest, Samuel, was apprenticed to the Captain of an East India Company vessel as midshipman. Between 1669 and 1676 John found himself in the doldrums – kicking his heels in the dingey Hall, wishing to be simply anywhere else. In early 1676 his long suffering father died. His mother, deep in grief but having seen the state of her son and fearing for him told him to leave and follow his ambitions. Now Sir John Torrington (II) of Kirby, the young baronet took with him one valet and set out on the stagecoach for London. He had no connections there and no particular idea of what he was going to do next. Yet London was the City of Opportunity and Fortune favoured the bold.


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Re: English Nationals

Postby Olivia Cathorn » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:59 pm

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Character Name: Olivia Cathorn
Title: Daughter of a Baronet
Estate Name: Wersmith Hall
Nationality: English
Age: 17
Gender: Female
Eye Colour: Dark brown almost appearing black
Hair Colour: Brown
Avatar: Emmy Rossum

The First Impression & Physical Appearance (PUBLIC)
Olivia would not usually be described as an English rose, although it would not be common to describe her as a troll either. A slim nose, pouty lips and a delicate oval face. Her skin is perhaps her greatest flaw according to some, she does not boast a porcelain complexion. Instead her skin is on the swarthy side or has a clear yellow undertone when not fully graced by the sun which tends to darken her skin readily. Olivia's eyes are rather striking, they are large and doe-like, a lively twinkle in them even when she's at her most serious. She is of a normal height, standing at about five feet four inches.

Framing her face is her unruly hair, her hair is a wild mass of waves and curls. She struggles to tame her hair which has proven to be a great annoyance when trying to appear presentable during formal occasions. Olivia has resorted to pinning her hair up and praying that it stays put, though her prays often go unanswered as it is rumored that she has tried to cause harm to people with her pins which seemingly pop out of her hair at will. Her hair is a chocolate brown, often having chestnut highlights in the sunlight.

She is not aware of good fashion and so wears anything that she sees fit, she wears what she feels is comfortable and does not boast a large wardrobe. Olivia is on the slim side, having an extremely small waist. However she is not without womanly curves(which she is still growing into) as her derriere is plump and her bosom quite generous for her thin figure.

Housing (PUBLIC):
St Marks

Background
Olivia is of humble upbringings, she does not hail from a great estate nor does she originate from noted individuals. Her grandfather purchased a baronetcy after earning a good amount of money from working as a merchant for many years. He saw an opportunity for his family to make their way up the stone steps, however long it may take them to reach the peak.

Olivia's father did not inherit the deep ambition of his own father and sought to live a peaceful life, seeing the task of favour gaining and the pursuit of power to be too bothersome. He inherited the baronetcy however and with that his fathers house which was modest in size and decoration. It was enough for the baronet who preferred riding horses out in the fields to attending courtly spectacles. Unusual, but not unheard of, her parents married for love and not for convenience.

She was born under regular circumstances, not the first and not the last of the ever growing Cathorn brood. Before her came a brother and a sister and after her would come more sisters and another brother. The household was never dull as she grew up, her siblings were never far from her and there was always something going on. They bickered, they laughed and they cried together. Despite her father not being fond of climbing the high steps, her mother insisted on giving she and her siblings the best education that they could afford. Her father did not squander his treasure nor did he waste his coin on the alcoholic poison and so had enough to provide tutors for his children. Her tutor was an older woman who under her stern demeanor was warm and nurturing. The greying woman seemed to have an abundance of knowledge which she shared with the children, some had not a care in the world for what she spoke, but some listened on intently. Olivia was taught all of the things that a young woman should be taught. She was taught how to manage a household, how to sew, how to dance and how to read. She tried to do everything to the best of her ability, not liking to be average at anything, however she had to admit that the feminine pursuits were not things that she indulged in. Her love for reading developed quickly, at first she read anything that she could get her hands on and then she would plead for her father to bring her back some more of wonders of the literary world when he made his rare trips to the city.

Olivia grew up in both a sheltered and enlightening environment. Most of what she learnt, she learnt from fiction, if not for her books she would have possibly come to society completely naive in all aspects of life. When she was fourteen, she was made aware of some of the questionable sides of humans - she observed from the situation that one must be careful in who they trusted. Her older sister's reputation had been ruined at court and she was disgraced due to her frivolity. She was concerned for her sister, and naturally was not angry with her. A deep anger developed within her towards the gentleman who had plucked her sister and discarded her without a care. She did not personally know this man, but according to her sister, he had been completely charming at first and then utterly cold.

At the age of seventeen, it became apparent to her parents that she could not waste away in the home with her nose embedded in the folds of a book. It was time for her to leave the nest and to venture forward in life, she did not want to go to court and she did not care much for it, but did go to please her mother who thought it best for her.
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Re: English Nationals

Postby Archibald Rice » Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:15 am

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Character Name: Archibald Rice
Title: 4th Viscount of Ware
Estate Name:
Bluecoat Yard, a manor house.
Nationality: English.
Age: Forty nine years old.
Gender: Male.
Eye Colour: Hazel.
Hair Colour: Brown.
Avatar: Willem Dafoe

The First Impression & Physical Appearance (PUBLIC)
His clothes are well made yet modest, and he prefers to dress in dark tones, save for formal occasions where he seeks a tailor to dress in red or green colors.

He most often adorns a dark justacorps coat, cravat with a small bow of gold ribbon, brown linen breeches and a goathair periwig.

His face is striking, and may be considered odd by some, with big, lively eyes, strong cheekbones and jaw, sharp yet jagged features that are not conventionally attractive, and more often than not considered ugly or unusual.

His teeth have gaps in some places and his smile may seem mad or unnerving. He is a thin man of middling height, if a little under average; however with an excellent posture and wide shoulders.

Housing (PUBLIC):
St. Marks

Origin/Background

Lord Simon Rice had two wives in his lifetime. The first was a cousin on his mother's side, whom he loved dearly and lost early - she died giving birth to their son, Robert. The second was a Scottish heiress he had met at a ball, and nine months from their wedding night another son was born. They named him after his mother's grandfather.

He was not due to inherit the viscountcy, yet his father decided to give him a better education than the narrow and rigid grammar schools could offer, and whilst his elder brother went on to be a page for the Earl of Bristol (later knighted and fighting amongst Prince Rupert's harquebusiers), Archibald was sent to the continent as a student of Linus Fischer, a bonnie german who tutored him in mathematics, fencing and languages.

He remembers Fischer fondly as the man who has given him both a sense of honor, duty and self esteem as well as the will to study and perfect himself.

Nevertheless, his teacher was a libertine man and his company influenced the impressionable youth, so when his father decided to recall Archibald back it was too late; his son was writing satirical verses by the pseudonym of 'Bonifacius Cheese', attacking various public officials for fund mismanagement and abuse of their positions, and took a liking to the Leveller movement.

He returned to England in 1648, enlisting as a private in the New Model Army to fight at the battle of Maidstone and siege of Colchester.

His father and brother had given their word at the end of the first Civil War that they would not rise up in arms for the king again. Nevertheless, they were furious with Archibald's decision and he began to live under a cloud. His allowance cut off, he lived on his soldier's pay for some time.

However, at the end of 1649 he, along with other soldiers went to the commander-in-chief, Thomas Fairfax, and demanded the restoration of the right to petition. Archibald was cashiered out of the army right after.

This situation forced him to find a new income to sustain himself, and he took up apprenticeship with the Mercers' Company; the next seven years were spent learning the trade, and by the end of it he was adept at marketplay and undertook a few successful trading ventures in Rotterdam.

With the Spanish having been expelled from Jamaica a year earlier, Archibald began transporting African labourers to sugar plantations in the West Indies as part of the merchant navy.

For the next five years his route was from Guinea to Port Royal and back again, during which he bought commodities cheaply, and sold them to other merchant ships for more.

At the age of 38, Archibald noticed plantation revenues sharply decreasing; though there was no deficit in able-bodied laborers and no apparent infertility nor bug infestation.

Upon further inquiries and a bribe given to a street urchin, he sent the governor a list with the names of those responsible. In turn, some of them revealed the location of a maroon settlement from where they would load up the stolen goods on canoes and ships. Archibald was among those who took part in raiding the place.

This gained him the position of a plantation overseer for a senile Welshman. The property was not yielding the best results due to poor management and Rice was hired to increase revenues.

Knowing the nature of money and the nature of people, this job was well to his liking and he seemingly found a place for himself.

It was only the news from a colleague, who had informed him of Lord Basildon coming to visit Jamaica, as well as a rumor of his preferred women. Archibald sold his wheellock pistols and bought a dazzling ebony beauty off the old plantation owner.

The gift was well to Louis' liking, and two years later, when Archibald learned of the deaths of his brother and nephew in a shipwreck, as well as the estate's debts, he made haste to arrive in London and fix this state of affairs.

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Re: English Nationals

Postby Blackguard » Mon May 29, 2017 12:10 am

Name: Hon. Ralph Montagu
Title: MP for Northhampton
Age: 39 (Dec. 1638)
Married: Yes

History:

Montagu served aboard the fleet as a volunteer in the second Dutch war, and at the Queen’s special request succeeded his brother in her household. Although ambassador to France at the time of the Treaty of Dover and regarded as a creature of Arlington’s, he claimed he was ignorant of its secret clauses, which he helped reveal to Parliament.

He was a rival of the Duke of Buckingham, his opposite number in the King’s household. In 1671 he bought the mastership of the great wardrobe (valued at £3,000 p.a.) from his cousin the Earl of Sandwich (Edward Montagu) for £14,000. A private income of £2,000 p.a. was settled on him on his marriage in 1673.

He had a strong claim to succeed Arlington as secretary of state in 1674, but the post was sold to (Sir) Joseph Williamson, and in 1676 he returned to Paris, where he was entrusted with negotiating Charles II’s demands with the French.

Now a creature of Shaftesbury and a confirmed member of the Country Party, he is said to be behind the French King's desire to destroy the Earl of Danby. He is a strong supporter of the Bill of Exclusion.
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Re: English Nationals

Postby Anne-Elisabeth Devereux » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:37 pm

Name: Anne-Elisabeth Catherine Devereux (nee Sinclair)
Title: Countess of Cambray
Estate Name: Seabrooke
Nationality: English
Age: 18
Gender: female
Height: 5'2”
Eye Color: golden brown
Hair Color: raven black
Marital Status: widow


First Impression & Physical Appearance:

Although not a classic beauty, Anne-Elisabeth has a pretty face. Her skin is not fair but looks kissed by the sun and her ebony hair cascades down her back in soft curls. She has golden brown eyes that reflect her intelligence and full lips that are often curved into a slightly sardonic smile. Her demeanor exudes confidence and sophistication. She carries herself proudly and always walks with her head held high.

Of average height, her figure is a bit too thin to be fashionable. She does have curves, but they are more subtle than most young ladies her age. Anne-Elisabeth tends to pad the bodice of her gowns to give her more shape. Bum rolls give her hips a fuller look. Luckily, her clothing covers the long scar that snakes down her right leg. She favors rich, bold colors, and has a fondness for tiaras, hats, and wearing fresh flowers in her hair.


Background:

The daughter of the second son of a Viscount, Anne-Elisabeth grew up on her family's lucrative sugar plantation in Barbados. When his older brother was killed in an accident, her father inherited his title and split his time between England and Barbados. Eventually, he arranged a betrothal for her to a young Earl named Arthur Devereux and brought him to Barbados. They were married there and then the entire family traveled to England to see her settled on her husband's estate.

Unfortunately, the ship went down in a storm when they were close to their destination. Anne-Elisabeth and Arthur were the only survivors. She recovered completely but her husband succumbed to his injuries and died in her arms. Now that the mourning period is over, Anne-Elisabeth is ready to live again and has come to court for the remainder of the winter season.
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