Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Villiers: Red-Haired Aristocrats

More red-haired aristos now. Centring around the famous Villiers family. Firstly George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham. He was the favourite, and some say lover, of King James I of England. He was described as "the handsomest-bodied man in all of England; his limbs so well compacted, and his conversation so pleasing, and of so sweet a disposition."

The portrait below shows him with reddish hair and beard.

His daughter, Mary Stewart, Duchess of Richmond, was also said to be a redhead. The painting below shows Buckingham, his wife Katherine Villiers, and their children Mary and George. Mary is shown with gingery-reddish hair.

Interestingly, Katherine Villiers second husband, Randal MacDonnell, 1st Marquess of Antrim, was also a redhead. He was described as "a tall, clean-limbed, handsome man with red hair".

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