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Melusina von der Schulenburg, Countess of Walsingham

Melusina von der Schulenburg, Countess of Walsingham

British Countess
Melusina von der Schulenburg, Countess of Walsingham
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Intro British Countess
A.K.A. Melusina Stanhope, Petronilla Melusina Stanhope, Melusina Stanhope, Co...
Was Politician
From Germany
Type Politics
Gender female
Birth 1 April 1693, Hanover, Germany; London, UK
Death 16 September 1778, London, UK (aged 85 years)
Star sign Aries
Family
Mother: Melusine von der Schulenburg, Duchess of Kendal
Father: George I of Great Britain
Siblings: George II of Great BritainSophia Dorothea of Hanover
Spouse: Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
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Biography

Petronilla Melusina von der Schulenburg, Countess of Walsingham (1 April 1693 – 16 September 1778) was the natural daughter of King George I of Great Britain and his longtime mistress, Melusine von der Schulenburg, Duchess of Kendal.

In 1722, Melusina was created Baroness Aldborough and Countess of Walsingham as a life peer. After the death of her father in 1727, she lived mainly with her mother at Kendal House in Isleworth.

In Isleworth, Middlesex, on 5 September 1733 she married Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, a leading Whig politician.

The couple had no children, but it is said that "family letters" suggest that Melusina may have been the mother, through an intimacy with Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore, of Benedict Swingate Calvert. Calvert was born in England in around 1730-32, the illegitimate son of Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore. His mother's identity is otherwise unknown.

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https://books.google.com/books?id=m9rxARyL5hcC&pg=PA270
https://d-nb.info/gnd/138342830
http://isni.org/isni/0000000061986724
https://viaf.org/viaf/89897350
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/89897350
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