Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.
Scrope Howe, 1st Viscount Howe,
She mar 1stly, 14 June 1725, to
Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke
[born 1656, his 3rd marriage].
He was age 69. She was under 27.
They had no issue.
says Mary was Lady of the Bedchamber to
Caroline, Princess of Wales
(later Queen Caroline)
from 1725 to the Queen's death in 1737.
Caroline became Queen in 1727. Mary continued to be one of the Ladies of the Bedchamber to her.
The 8th Earl died Jan 1733.
In Aug 1733,
Mary's stepson the 9th Earl of Pembroke
married Mary Fitzwilliam,
maid of honour to Queen Caroline.
Now there were two Lady Pembrokes who attended Queen Caroline, both called Mary.
Mary Howe definitely continued to attend the Queen after 1733. It looks like Mary Fitzwilliam did not. But this needs more clarity.
Mary Howe mar 2ndly, 9 Oct 1735 (or possibly Nov)
John Mordaunt [born c.1709].
Settlement about this marriage dated 17 Sept 1735.
There is a private act related to this settlement, and the inheritance of the 9th Earl, in Private Acts of Great Britain, London, 1735, Ch.7.
They lived at Parsons Green, London.
Mary would be "Lady Pembroke, the Queen's lady then in waiting" at the time of the Queen's final illness in November 1737.
Mary is living Parsons Green at death.
Her will dated 17 Apr 1748.
She died Parsons Green, 12 Sept 1749.
Her will pr 19 September 1749, Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
A note on p.157 of vol.2 of 1848 edn explains the reference to "The pregnant fables of" Mary Howe's "barren belly".
She had several miscarriages or alleged miscarriages, and never had a child.
Extract from the play "The Death of Lord Hervey".
From pp.589-590 of vol.2 of 1931 edn.
Mary Howe's character refers fondly to the 8th Earl and says: "but there is no making people young again."
She refers to her new husband John Mordaunt "nursing" her before they married "almost as much" as after they married.
Note she is called "Lady Pembroke" even though this is definitely Mary Howe, who is now Mary Mordaunt.
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