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Thomas Osborne

Full Name: Thomas Osborne

Nationality: Scottish

Title: Earl of Danby

Age: 45 (b. 1632)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Blond

Marital Status: Married

 

Physical Attributes and Personality

John Evelyn, described him as "a man of excellent natural parts but nothing of generousity or gratefulness."

 

The Earl of Shaftesbury described him as "proud, ambitious, revengeful, false, prodigal and covetous to the highest degree."

 

His corruption, his submission to a tyrannical wife, his greed, his pale face and lean person, which had replaced the handsome features and comeliness of earlier days, were the subject of public ridicule.

 

Background

The son of Sir Edward Osborne, Bart., of Kiveton, Yorkshire. He was great-grandson of Sir Edward Osborne (d. 1591), Lord Mayor of London, who, according to the accepted account, while apprentice to Sir William Hewett, clothworker and lord mayor in 1559, made the fortunes of the family by leaping from London Bridge into the river and rescuing Anne (d. 1585), the daughter of his employer, whom he afterwards married. Thomas Osborne, the future Lord Treasurer, succeeded to the baronetcy and estates in Yorkshire on his father's death in 1647, and after unsuccessfully courting his cousin Dorothy Osborne, married Lady Bridget Bertie, daughter of the Earl of Lindsey.

 

Osborne was introduced to public life and to court by his neighbor in Yorkshire, George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, was elected MP for York in 1665, and gained the "first step in his future rise" by joining Buckingham in his attack on the Earl of Clarendon in 1667. In 1668 he was appointed joint treasurer of the navy with Sir Thomas Lyttelton, and subsequently sole treasurer. He succeeded Sir William Coventry as commissioner for the state treasury in 1669, and in 1673 was appointed a commissioner for the admiralty. He was created Viscount Osborne in the Scottish peerage on February 2, 1673, and a privy councillor on May 3. On June 19, on the resignation of Lord Clifford, he was appointed Lord High Treasurer and made Baron Osborne of Kiveton and Viscount Latimer in the peerage of England, while on June 27, 1674, he was created Earl of Danby, when he surrendered his Scottish peerage of Osborne to his second son Peregrine Osborne.

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Peregrine Osborne

Full Name: Peregrine Osborne

Nationality: Scottish

Title: Viscount Osborne (courtesy)

Age: 18 (b.1659)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Blond

Marital Status: Single

 

Physical Attributes and Personality

Resembling his father in looks only, Peregrine is a comely man, with a relaxed and cheerful view upon life, seeking out fun, and not taking anything very seriously.

 

Background

The second son of Thomas Osborne, Earl of Danby and Lady Bridget Bertie, daughter of the Earl of Lindsey.

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