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Richard Sackville
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Birth: Mar. 18, 1589
London
City of London
Greater London, England
Death: Mar. 28, 1624
London
City of London
Greater London, England

Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset (18 March 1589, Charterhouse, London 28 March 1624, Dorset House, London) was the son of Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset.

Born at Charterhouse, London, Sackville was styled Lord Buckhurst from 1608 until 1609, when he succeeded his father as Earl of Dorset and inherited the family home of Knole House.

During the years 161224 Sackville served as a Lord Lieutenant of Sussex.

Sackville is perhaps best remembered as the first husband of Lady Anne Clifford. They married on 27 February 1609, but their marriage was not a success; partisans of the Earl tended to blame Lady Anne's powerful personality, while partisans of the Countess pointed to the Earl's repeated infidelities, not to mention his extravagance and indebtedness "one of the seventeenth century's most accomplished gamblers and wastrels".

A rumor noted later by the antiquary John Aubrey had it that one of Richard Sackville's "concubines" was Venetia Stanley. She was said to have had children by him and he settled upon her an annuity of 500 per annum. Among the Earl's other mistresses was Martha Penistone, the wife of Sir Thomas Penistone, one of the Earl's retinue.

At the time of their marriage, Lady Anne had been in a long-running legal contest over her inheritance rights; in 1617, the 3rd Earl signed away her claim on contested ancestral lands to James I, in return for a cash payment which the Earl used to pay off his gambling debts.

The 3rd Earl and Lady Anne had five children between 1612 and 1621; however none of their three sons, born in 1616, 1618, and 1621, survived their father. Their two daughters, Isabella (born 6 October 1612, died 22 August 1719) and Margaret (born 2 July 1614, died May 1676) were longer lived. Margaret became the wife of John Tufton, 2nd Earl of Thanet.

The 3rd Earl died without a male heir on Easter Sunday of 1624 at Dorset House, London, and was succeeded by his younger brother Edward Sackville. He was buried on 7 April 1624 at St. Michael's Parish Church in Withyham, Sussex. 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Sackville (1561 - 1609)
  Margaret Howard Sackville (____ - 1591)
 
 Spouse:
  Anne Clifford (1590 - 1675)
 
 Children:
  Margaret Sackville Tufton (1614 - 1676)*
 
 Siblings:
  Anne Sackville Lewys (____ - 1664)*
  Ann D. Sackville (1586 - 1664)*
  Richard Sackville (1589 - 1624)
  Edward Sackville (1589 - 1652)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
St Michael and All Angels Churchyard
Withyham
Wealden District
East Sussex, England
 
Created by: relative
Record added: Nov 13, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 120275883
Richard Sackville
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Richard Sackville
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For my 10X Great Grandfather.
- LindaJCoxStitt
 Added: Apr. 2, 2017
In memory
- relative
 Added: Nov. 13, 2013
 
 
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