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- Character Name: Jane Lane Fisher
- Title: Lady
- Estate Name: n/a
- Nationality: English
- Age: 58 (b. 1617)
- Gender: Female
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A rather dumpy little woman, Lady Fisher is no great beauty, nor never was. Rather she has a kind, motherly look.
Initial Impression of Personality
She's a comfortable person to be with.
The daughter of Colonel Thomas Lane and his wife, Anne Bagot, Lady Fisher is a great friend of the King's. She was instrumental in his escape from England, concealing and protecting him on his journey from her home of Bentley Hall, in Staffordshire, to Abbot's Leigh, to Trent Manor, in Somerset, through a countryside alive with Parliamentary soldiers searching for Charles Stuart.
Charles Stuart made good his escape, thanks largely to the intelligence and resourcefulness of that loyal Catholic, Mistress Jane Lane.
Jane returned to her home, but her part in Charles's escape was betrayed, and she too fled England. She made her way to Paris, where she was welcomed by Queen Henrietta Maria and the Court in Exile. Mistress Lane and the Queen became good friends. Charles, in his gratitude, secured Jane a post as lady-in-waiting to his sister, Mary, Princess of Orange.
On the Restoration, the King granted her a pension of 1000 pounds a year and the right to add the Lions of England to the family coat of arms. Parliament voted her a further thousand pounds to buy herself a jewel to commemorate her service.
Jane maintains that she has never been the King's mistress - she is his friend, who shared the dangers and deprivations of one of the most crucial events of his youth. As such, while the influence of the mistresses waxes and wanes, Lady Fisher's bond with the King remains constant.
On 8 December 1663 she married Sir Clement Fisher. They have no children.