✹ About Wednesday 19 April 1665 San Diego Sarah on 21 Apr 2018 • Link Terry asks, “Is here calendared part of a competition between cousins for Frances Stewart?” Charles Stewart married …, secondly, Margaret Banaster, on 31 March 1662. He married, thirdly, Frances Teresa Stewart, granddaughter of Walter Stewart, 1st Lord Blantyre, in March 1667. -- https://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/6590/ IMHO sustaining a romance for two years while married would be hard to sustain with Charles II breathing down your neck. But Charles Steward did not mourn second wife, the Lady Margaret, for long -- Margaret Banaster -- F, #5319, d. 6 January 1666/67Margaret Banaster was the daughter of Laurence Banaster. She married, firstly, William Lewis before 1662. She married, secondly, Charles Stuart, 6th Duke of Lennox, son of George Stuart, 9th Seigneur d'Aubigny and Lady Katherine Howard, on 31 March 1662. She died on 6 January 1667, without issue. She was buried on 6 January 1667 at Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England. … Citations: [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1034. See link for full details for this source. The Lady Margaret must have been ill for a while, because a burial at Westminster Abbey must have taken organization. Therefore I doubt her date of death is recorded correctly. For further information, see: http://thepeerage.com/p532.htm#i5314 To me it seems more likely that Charles Stewart started flirting with Frances when he knew Margaret was sick, and got hot and heavy when his coast was clear. Two months courtship before an elopement is more sustainable. In which case, this appeal for help from James Butler, Duke of Ormonde, must be for some other transgression.