Search results

Start typing

This exhibition is in the past. View our current exhibitions.

The Births, ages & deaths of Their Royall Highnesses Children.

c. 1677-8

RCIN 1006014

This small notebook records the dates and exact times of the births of seven of the eight children James, Duke of York (later James II) had with Anne Hyde, and his first three children with Mary of Modena. Poignantly, the early deaths of most of his children are also recorded. It is unclear who compiled the list, but the notebook was probably designed for James, whose distinctive 'JD' (James Duke) monogram appears on the elaborate binding. The book seems to have been written at one sitting in late 1677, early 1678.

In March 1671 Anne Hyde died. Facing the page recording this is a lock of hair – presumably hers. The next entry is for James's second marriage: 'The Duke was Mar[ried] & Bedded at Dover to ye Princes[s] Mary of Modena on Fryday ye 21st of Nov[ember] 1673'.

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    1385: La Cour des Stuarts à St Germain-en-Laye au temps de Louis XIV / Musée des Antiquités nationales de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
    cat. no. 124

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.