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Melusina von der Schulenburg, Countess of Walsingham

British Countess
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AKA Melusina Stanhope, Petronilla Melusina Stanhope, Melusina Stanhope, Countess of Walsingham
Date of birth Hanover, Hanover region, Lower Saxony, Germany
Date of death Sep 16, 1778 London, Greater London, London, England
Brother(s): George II of Great Britain
Sister(s): Sophia Dorothea of Hanover
Father: George I of Great Britain
Mother: Melusine von der Schulenburg, Duchess of Kendal
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Petronilla Melusine von der Schulenburg, Countess of Walsingham (1 April 1693 – 16 September 1778) was the natural daughter of King George I of Great Britain and his longtime mistress, Melusine von der Schulenburg, Duchess of Kendal.

In 1722, Melusina was created Baroness Aldborough and Countess of Walsingham as a life peer.

In Isleworth, Middlesex, on 5 September 1733 she married Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, a leading Whig politician.

The couple had no children, but it is possible that she may have been the mother, through an intimacy with Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore, of Benedict Swingate Calvert. Calvert was born in England in around 1730-32, the illegitimate son of Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore. His mother's identity is not completely clear but some sources suggest that she was Melusina von der Schulenburg.

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