Groom of the Bedchamber to the Duke of York.
Notes on Henry "Harry" Savile's Court connections:
"Of the three friends to John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, Henry Savile became the most cherished and intimate. Although he wrote a few satires, his major literary talent was expressed in letters, including a number to Wilmot. Savile was about six years older than his friend -- he was born either 1641 or 1642 -- but they had a true marriage of minds despite the difference in ages.
"George, was heir to the title of Earl of Halifax; as a younger son, Henry had to get his own fortune." (A Profane Wit: p.79)
Henry Savile's Parliamentary Bio says:
"A cosmopolitan education, added to his native qualities of wit, ‘incredible confidence and presumption’ and sexual panache, fitted Savile for a career at the Restoration Court.
"He was indebted to his uncle (Sir) William Coventry for his first appointment, and accompanied the Duke of York to sea in the 1666 campaign. When the Earl of Chesterfield was given over by his doctors in August 1667, Savile, in anticipation of the succession of Arthur Stanhope to the peerage, prepared to contest Nottingham, but the vacancy did not occur. He then turned his attention to Rye, where he was recommended by the Duke of York, but was defeated by one vote.
"For carrying Coventry’s challenge to the Duke of Buckingham in 1669, he was sent to the Tower for a few days and suspended from his place at Court.
"On his release he went to France, but he had not abandoned his parliamentary ambitions. ‘Our measures now at Court are so taken’, he wrote, ‘that it is essential to a man’s succeeding there to be of the Parliament.’
"He was sent on a courtesy mission from the Duke of York to Monsieur and the Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1670, but was once more disappointed of a seat when his brother refused to exert his interest at East Retford.
"Savile again accompanied the Duke of York to sea in the third Dutch war, and wrote the official English account of the battle of Sole Bay. ..."
Rochester and Henry "Harry" Savile, two peas in a pod.
And the Coventry brothers and Anthony Ashley-Cooper were their mutual uncles ... it's all in the family once again.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.