Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester

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Catherine Colyear, suo jure Countess of Dorchester and Countess of Portmore (née Sedley; 21 December 1657 – 26 October 1717), [1] was an English noble and courtier. She was the mistress of King James II of England both before and after he came to the throne.[2] Catherine was noted not for beauty but for her celebrated wittiness and sharp tongue.[3]

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The Countess of Dorchester
The Countess of Portmore
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The Countess of Dorchester, painted by Sir Peter Lely, c. 1675.
Known forMistress of James II of England
Born21 December 1657
Died26 October 1717
Bath, England
BuriedChurch of St James, Weybridge
Spouse(s)David Colyear, 1st Earl of Portmore
IssueDavid Colyear, Viscount Milsington
Charles Colyear, 2nd Earl of Portmore
Catherine Sheffield, Duchess of Buckingham and Normanby
James Darnley
FatherSir Charles Sedley, 5th Baronet
MotherLady Catherine Savage
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