Also known as Margaret Hughes. She was the heroine of the film 'Stage Beauty', played by Claire Danes.
The real Peg had an affair with Prince Rupert and gave birth to a daughter Ruperta before retiring to Eltham, Kent.
Rupert, Count Palatine, Duke of Bavaria, and Cumberland, Earl of Holderness, and Knight of the Garter, Third Son of Frederick King of Bohemia, and Elizabeth of England, &c. born at Prague, 1619 ... After the happy Restoration, he return'd again into England, and was install'd Knight Of the Garter, and sworn of the Privy-Council ... unmarried; but had Issue ... Ruperta, a Daughter, by Mrs. Margaret Hughes, married to Emanuel Scroope How, Lieutenant General of her Majesty's Armies, and Envoy Extraordinary to the Serene House of Brunswick Lunenburgh, Brother to Scroope Lord Viscount How, of the Kingdom of Ireland.
---The peerage of England: or, An historical and genealogical account. A. Collins, 1709.
Margaret Hughs was mistress to prince Rupert. He bought for her the magnificent seat of Sir Nicholas Crispe, near Hammersmith, which cost 25,000 l. the building. It was afterwards sold to Mr. Lannoy, a scarlet-dyer. The prince had one daughter by her, named Ruperta, born in 1671. She married Emmanuel Scroope Howe, esq. brigadier-general in the reign of Anne, and envoy extraordinary to the house of Brunswick Lunenburg. He was brother to Scroope, lord viscount Howe, of the kingdom of Ireland. Captain Alexander Radcliffe, in his "Ramble," evidently points at Mrs. Hughes,
Shou'd I been hang'd I could not chuse
But laugh at Whores that drop from Stews,
Seeing that Mistris Marg'ret ---
So fine is,
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1775.
[stews = brothel-houses]
Margaret Hughes (c. 1630 – 1 October 1719), also Peg Hughes or Margaret Hewes, is often credited as the first professional actress on the English stage. Hughes was also famous as the mistress of the English Civil War general and later Restoration admiral, Prince Rupert of the Rhine.
HUGHES, MARGARET (d. 1719), actress and mistress of Prince Rupert; the first recorded Desdemona (1663); original Theodosia of Dryden's ‘Evening's Love’ (1668); played in Duke of York's company, Dorset Garden, in plays by D’Urfey, Sedley and others, 1676-7.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.
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