1613-1680. She married Sir Henry Bourchier, 5th Earl of Bath, in 1638, and then Lionel Cranfield, third Earl of Middlesex (1625-1674), whom she married in May 1655 six months after the death of her first husband.

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The manor [Basildon] subsequently came into the possession of the Fane family. Rachel, Countess of Bath (fifth daughter of Francis, first Earl of Westmoreland), who married, firstly, Henry Bourchier, last Earl of Bath, who died in 1654; and secondly, Lionel Cranfield, Earl of Middlesex; bequeathed the manor of Basildon to her nephew, Sir Henry Fane, K.B., whose son Charles Fane, Esq., was created, in 1711, Viscount Fane and Baron of Loughgayre, in the kingdom of Ireland. The Countess of Bath was born in 1613; and died 11 Nov. 1680. She was buried at Tavistock. co. Devon. Probably this manor was bequeathed to her by her first husband.
---Transactions of the Newbury District Field Club. 4:102, 1895

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On 13 December 1638 at the age of 50, Henry Bourchier, by now 5th Earl of Bath, married at St. Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield (the Mildmay family church), to 25-year-old Rachael Fane (1612/13–1680), the fifth daughter of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland by his wife Mary Mildmay (d. 1640), daughter and eventual sole heiress of Sir Anthony Mildmay (d. 1617), of Apethorpe Hall, Northamptonshire. The marriage was childless.

Rachel's monument exists in St Peter's Church, Tawstock, in Devon, given by the Diocese of Bath and Wells, a white marble life-size standing female figure by Balthasar Burman, a replica of the statue made in 1671/2 by his father Thomas Burman of Mary Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury (1556–1632) situated in a niche in the Shrewsbury Tower of Second Court, the building of which she financed, in St John's College, Oxford.,_...

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