Palmer, Barbara 1st Duchess of Cleveland

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Palmer, Barbara 1st Duchess of Cleveland Gender: F
Barbara Villiers
born on 12 May 1641 Jul.Cal. (22 May 1641 greg.) at 13:56 (= 1:56 PM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone LMT m0w10 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Harvey
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 01°35' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 29°58 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 29°37'

Barbara 1st Duchess of Cleveland Palmer


British distinguished family member known through many portraits for her outstanding beauty, vivacity and temperament. The Villiers of both sexes owed their fortunes to their charms for three generations of Stuart kings. Known to history as my Lady Castlemain, she became the mistress, at age 19, to Charles II when he was restored to the throne in 1660. He made her the Duchess of Cleveland and granted her the famous palace of Henry VIII. She had it pulled down and the materials sold to cover her expenses, and sold as well, the mansion and gardens of Berkshire House, St. James.

Manipulative and insatiably importunate, she held an immoral court and was extravagant of state coffers. Her pensions, gifts, gowns and jewels and grants from public funds became a drain on the state. She was probably less politically influential than once thought, though she did play a part in Clarendon's fall from power.

As Charles' mistress, she had a number of his children, although her last child was rumored to be that of her cousin. In 1673, when she was 32, Charles tired of her tantrums and took another mistress.

She died 10/09/1709.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1660 (Became mistress of Charles)
  • Relationship : End significant relationship 1673 (Charles ended relationship)

Source Notes

Martin Harvey quotes data from a notebook now perserved in the British Museum, 5/12/1641 OS, 14:00 LAT


  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous
  • Traits : Personality : Opportunist (Manipulative)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Distinguished)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Extravagant (Extravagant, importune)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Money Through Marriage (Wealth from her lover)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Neighborhood (Her own castle)
  • Vocation : Sex Business : Prostitute/ Pimp (Courtesan)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women