Mary Crofts

Female 1651 - 1693  (41 years)

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  • Name Mary Crofts 
    Born 6 May 1651  The Hague, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    _UID 76C29A817C3645AB9B52792ECE2F9293ABDC 
    Died 1693  [1
    Person ID I11337  Treefive
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2015 

    Father Theodore Taaffe, 1st Earl of Carlingford,   d. 31 Dec 1677 
    Mother Lucy Walter,   b. Abt 1630,   d. 1658  (Age ~ 28 years) 
    Family ID F3371  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 William Sarsfield,   d. 1688 
    Married Y  [2
     1. Charlotte Sarsfield,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F3366  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 William Fanshawe, Esq.,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Y  [2
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F3372  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • Mary's mother was Lucy Walter, but the identity of her father is not so certain. It may have been Theobald Taaffe, 1st Earl of Carlingford, or Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington. There are more details on Theobald in the Encyclopedia Britannica (1911), so this version has been preferred.

      Burke (Dormant etc Peerages, 1866, on Sarsfield on page 472) says that Mary was the natural daughter of Charles II and sister of James, Duke of Monmouth. Mary's mother Lucy Walter was the mother of James by Charles II, but there is little evidence (apart from Burke) that Charles was also the father of Mary. Various other sources repeat Burke's assertion, without evidence, so the claim of a connection of the Sarsfields to royalty is most likely incorrect.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2847] TRE Family tree - Colclough Eaton Family Tree (owner carol m jrn) on accessed 8 Apr 2015.

    2. [S2802] BOK Burke - A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire, page 472 - Sarsfield, Earl of Lucan.