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John Manners

Full Name: John Manners

Nationality: English

Title: Baron Roos (courtesy)

Estate Name: Belvoir Manor, Leicestershire

Age: 39 (b. 1638)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: Hazel

Hair Color: Light Brown

Marital Status: Married

 

Physical Attributes

Apart from his hazel eyes and light brown curls Lord Roos was a very nondescript man.

 

Personality

If the Marquess of Dorchester is to be believed, the man is a notorious rakehell, debaucher, and all around villain in his relations with the female sex. Yet he has managed to keep the good opinion of the King.

 

Background

Born the only son and the seventh surviving child of John Manners and Frances Montagu, the Earl and Countess of Rutland, he has had a notorious marital history that has provided much grist for the gossip mills.

 

He married firstly Anne Pierrepont, daughter of Henry Pierrepont, the Marquess of Dorchester, on 15 July 1658. The marriage was of short and scandalous duration. John obtained a "[[Divorce|separation from bed and board]]" by a private Act of Parliament, in 1663, citing her adulterous behaviour, but not before he and the Marquess had engaged in a mudslinging contest in a series of published letters. Knowing without doubt that Anne's second child was not his, John then sought a private Act of Parliament to bastardize all of Anne's children born since 1659, and granting him permission to remarry, in 1670, so that he might get a legitimate heir. It was a financially costly and highly scandalous set of proceedings.

 

John remarried, on 10 November 1671, to Diana Bruce, daughter of Robert Bruce, Earl of Elgin. Diana died in childbed, in July 1672.

 

John married a third time, to Catherine Wriothesley Noel, the daughter of Baptist Noel, Viscount Campden, on 8 January 1673, and is expecting their first child in Autumn 1676.

 

John has been the Member of Parliament for Leicestershire since 1661. Although he shows little enthusiasm for the position, he is known to sympathize with the Whigs.

 

Cousin to Susanna Nesbitt.

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Elizabeth Howe

Full Name: Elizabeth Howe (nee Manners)

Nationality: English

Title: Lady Howe

Age: 19 (b.1658)

Gender: Female

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Blonde

Marital Status: Married

 

Physical Attributes

A blond with large blue eyes, Lady Howe is has less curves and breasts, but it otherwise quite pretty. Her nose is slightly wide like her sister, Dorothy.

 

Personality

Lady Howe is personable and friendly, but she is a follower and not a leader. Most of the time she is found in the company of her sister Dorothy Ashley-Cooper.

 

Background

Lady Howe is one of the youngest daughters of John Manners, 8th Earl of Rutland, and the younger sister of John Manners, Lord Roos.

 

Married Sir Scrope Howe an MP for Nottinghamshire and a Whig.

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