Lady Sarah Piers

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Little is presently known of the birth and early life of the poet Lady Sarah Piers, the patron and correspondent of the dramatist Catharine Trotter. The caption under John Simon’s mezzotint of Piers indicates that her father is Matthew Roydon, who was born in Roydon, Yorkshire. There is some evidence to suggest that Matthew Roydon died in 1676. A contemporary note indicates that Sarah married Sir George Piers, baronet and son of Sir Thomas Piers, in 1694 or shortly thereafter. In 1696, Sir George received a grant from William III of the office of Clerk of the Privy Seal. He also served in the army under the command of John Churchill, first duke of Marlborough.

After her marriage, Piers’s primary residence was at Stonepit, i…

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Nelson, Holly Faith. "Lady Sarah Piers". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 April 2008
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