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Among Montagu’s numerous relatives were a family of Northamptonshire landowners named Pickering. Sir Gilbert (1613-38), faithful to Cromwell, married Elizabeth Sandwich; one of their dozen offspring, Betty, was the wife of Pepys’s significant rival John Creed.
Gilbert’s younger brother Edward (Ned; 1618-98) first worked for the 2nd Lord Mountagu of Boughton, then served a short while in the Queen’s Household. From that vantage he distributed a good deal of court gossip (about Sandwich’s extramarital affairs and other didoes) before he was shamed and fired. Dorothy Weld (“Doll. Wilde” in the Diary), first his mistress, then his wife (d. 1707), must have held some affection for him; but dislike of him spread far beyond Pepys, and he was regarded as a greedy holier-than-thou type.