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First Reading

Wim van der Meij  •  Link

Warrington says this: "Prince Rupert was supposed to have intrigued with Mrs. Scott and was probably the father of the child."

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Lady Catherine Scott (b. Goring), wife of Edward of Scot's Hall, Kent (d. 1686).

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Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Lady Catherine Goring Scott, of Scott’s Hall, Kent is first mentioned by John Evelyn on 12 July, 1649 when they both crossed the Channel to join the Royalists in exile in Paris. She was the daughter of the Earl of Norwich and sister of Gen. George, Lord Goring.

They must have become friends as he always mentions her with notes like "that very pleasant lady".

In 1663 Evelyn repeats the speculation that Sir Thomas Scott who married Caroline Carteret was the son of Prince Rupert.

However, in the "Memorials of the family of Scott, of Scot's-hall, in the county of Kent. With an appendix of illustrative documents" it pointa out that Lady Catherine and her husband Sir Edward Scott, KB, lived apart for 12 years as their political views differed, and the rumor only emerged shortly before he filed for divorce.

He died on May 22, 1663 shortly after their proceedings, which had been instituted by him in the Ecclesiastical Courts for a divorce, but were withdrawn before his death, and in his Will the allegation were also withdrawn, so they went unchallenged.

Possibly knowing he was dying, Sir Edward acknowledged his son, Thomas, and left him heir to his estate.

Lady Catherine Goring Scott survived her husband by many years, and died in 1686.

There are a couple of other notes which inicate she was well-liked and a fun person:

"On the occasion of the marriage of the Princess Royal, Her Royal Highness gave Miss Catherine Scott a diamond ring, engraved with the Prince of Wales' feathers encircling the letter C."

And on a letter to her mother-in-law, Catherine added this P.S.:
"I beseech your Ladyship to present my humble service and best affection to Mr. Scott.
I hope your Ladyship will not think that I am run away with your money."

One look at this file will show you why I haven't gleaned more from it; it's on the to do list:

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