Wife of Sir Edmund Pooley, MP for Bury St Edmunds.
Lady Esther Crofts Poley (d. 1714) -- Wife of Sir Edmund Poley, MP for Bury St. Edmunds. They married circa 1651.
Esther was daughter of Sir Henry Crofts of Little Saxham, Suff., her aunt was the mother of Secretary of State Sir Henry Bennet, Lord Arlington, and three of her brothers were in exile with Charles II. The eldest, William, took charge for a time of the upbringing of the future Duke of Monmouth, then called ‘James Crofts’. But probably the most important of all reasons for Pepys to be at this party was the fact that Sir Edmund was a Prize Commissioner.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.