Francis Manners, 6th Earl of Rutland


Francis Manners, 6th Earl of Rutland

Francis Manners Rutland, 6th Earl of Rutland KG (1578–1632), was an English nobleman. He was also the eighteenth Baron de Ros.

He was the second son of John Manners, 4th Earl of Rutland and his wife Elizabeth Charlton. He was a younger brother of Roger Manners, 5th Earl of Rutland and 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 Castle in 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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