Kendal, Ehrengarde Melusina, Duchess of, Duchess of Munster, Countess and Marchioness of Dungannon, Countess of Feversham, Baroness of Dundalk, Baroness of Glastonbury

Kendal, Ehrengarde Melusina, Duchess of, Duchess of Munster, Countess and Marchioness of Dungannon, Countess of Feversham, Baroness of Dundalk, Baroness of Glastonbury

▪ mistress of George I
original name  Ehrengarde Melusina, Gräfin (countess) von der Schulenburg 
born December 25, 1667, Emden, Saxony
died May 10, 1743, Kendal House, Isleworth, Middlesex, England

      mistress of the English king George I who had considerable political influence during his reign. She was a close friend of Robert Walpole, who said that she was “as much queen of England as ever any was.”

      The daughter of Gustavus Adolphus, Graf (count) von der Schulenburg, she was attached to the household of the electress Sophia and became the mistress of Sophia's son George about 1690, following him to England in 1714 when he became king of England. Titles were freely bestowed on her.

      In England she was mainly renowned for her cupidity and lack of good looks and was very unpopular with the people of London. She made a fortune out of buying and selling South Sea stock and freely used her influence with the king to sell titles and public offices and to sell patent rights. After George's death she lived at Kendal House in Middlesex. She had two daughters by the king: Petronilla Melusina (c. 1693–1778), who was created countess of Walsingham in 1722 and married the great Earl of Chesterfield; and Margaret Gertrude (1703–73), Countess of Lippe.

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