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Lord Goring, Duke of Norwich
"George, Lord Goring (1583 - 1663) was a well educated man, having studied at the same college (Sidney Sussex College) as Oliver Cromwell.
"He was also keen supporter of the monarchy and played a key part in the marriage of Charles I and Henrietta Maria of France.
"Goring was also responsible to help raise military funding for the Kings' armies at the start of the English Civil War (1642 - 48) and rewarded with the title 'Earl of Norwich' for his efforts.
"Goring helped raise an army in Kent who, having been diverted from London, joining Sir Charles Lucas' forces at Brentwood where they marched into Colchester on their way to Norfolk.
After the Siege of Colchester (1648), Goring was tried and acquitted by Parliament. Goring died in 1663 and is buried in Westminster Abbey."
"He was condemned to exile in November 1648 by a vote of the House of Commons, but in the next month the vote was annulled. Early in the next year a court was formed under Bradshaw to try Norwich and four others. All five were condemned to death on the 6th of March, but petitions for mercy were presented to parliament, and Norwich
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Father of the general
Note that this is not the famous General George Goring who commanded during the civil war. This is instead the father of the general. The son died in Madrid in 1657, aged 49.
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Lord George Goring's life was that of an exemplary courtier. In 1625 he went to Paris on behalf of Charles I with the all important documentation concerning the King's marriage to Henriette Marie de Bourbon,then aged sixteen. The betrothal took place in the audience chamber of the Louvre on May 8th 1625, and on May 11th the marriage by proxy was celebrated in the cathedral of Notre Dame,the Duc de Chevreuse, a distant relative of Charles ,standing proxy for the groom. The ceremony was performed by Cardinal de la Rochfoucauld and the bride was dressed in cloth of silver and gold decorated in diamonds and gold fleur de lys. Goring witnessed the ceremony and hurried back to his master in England with the news.
In 1628 he was appointed to the Queen's household as Vice Chamberlain, later becoming Master of the Horse. Such appointments would denote catholic sympathies as Henriette retained her faith on her marriage.
In 1634 he greeted Madame de Chevreuse, an old friend of Henrietta's at her arrival in Portsmith,fleeing the fury of Cardinal Richelieu for her political conniving .In February 1642 he accompanied Henrietta to Holland with her daughter, Princess Mary, who was taking residence there with her husband , William of Orange. The queen had also in mind to sell her jewels to finance the forthcoming conflict.
Lord Goring was a man of greater integrity than his son , George Goring , who betrayed a royalist plan to free Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford and Charles'most capable minister from the Tower of London pending his trial.in 1641 and execution in May of that year.The latter was defeated by the New Model Army at Langport in 1645.
GORING, GEORGE, Earl Of Norwich (1583?-1663), royalist; educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; gentleman of the privy chamber to Henry, prince of Wales, 1610: one of James I's three 'chief and master fools'; accompanied Prince Charles to Spain, 1623; negotiated his marriage with Henrietta Maria of France; became her master of the horse and Baron Goring, 1628; received numerous offices and grants; 'the leader of the monopolists' ; privy councillor, 1639; spent money freely for Charles I during the civil war; accompanied the queen to and from Holland, 1642-3; as envoy to France obtained from Mazarin promise of arms and money, 1643; impeached for high treason by parliament, 1644; created Earl of Norwich, 1644; subsequently commanded in Kent and Essex; after capitulation at Colchester (1648) sentenced to death, but respited by casting vote of Speaker Lenthall; with Charles II on the continent, 1649; employed in negotiations with Sexby and the Levellers; captain of the guard and pensioned, 1661.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.
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