- Francis Manners, 6th Earl of Rutland
He was the second son of
John Manners, 4th Earl of Rutlandand his wife Elizabeth Charlton. He was a younger brother of Roger Manners, 5th Earl of Rutlandand older brother of George Manners, 7th Earl of Rutland.
He married twice: first, in 1604 to Frances, a widow and the daughter of Sir
Edward Knyvett. She bore him a daughter, Katherine, who became the Duchess of Buckingham. Frances died in 1608.
His second wife, Cecilia, was also a widow, was the daughter of Sir John Tufton. She married the Earl in 1608 and had two sons, Henry and Francis.
He lived at
Belvoir Castlein Lincolnshire. In 1618, three women, the " Witches of Belvoir", who worked at his castle were executed for witchcraft, having supposedly caused the premature deaths of his sons.
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