Her marriage (c1550) with Gregory Fiennes (1539 – 1594), tenth Baron Dacre of Gilisland (1541 – 1594) remained childless but the couple resided together on the terms of greatest affection.A woman of imperious disposition, Lady Anne once addressed a letter of complaint to the queen against her husband’s sister Mrs Margaret Lennard, for raising false reports against her, and of trying to prejudice the queen against her.

With her younger sister, Clara Thurston Dacomb (1867 – 1946), who likewise remained unmarried, Beatrice was the inventor of the Dacomb shorthand system, which was later officially adopted by the Department of Education in Victoria (1943).

The sisters co-wrote (1921) and established the Dacomb College in Little Collins Street, Melbourne (1936).

She held the distinction of being the oldest person in Scotland (June, 2001 – Dec, 2005) and the oldest person in the United Kingdom (April, 2004 – Dec, 2005).

Lucy D’Abreu died (Dec 7, 2005) at Stirling aged one hundred and thirteen years.

Barbarina was married firstly to Valentine Henry Wilmot, a Guards officer, by whom she left a daughter, Arabella Wilmot, later the wife of Frederick Sullivan, vicar of Kimpton in Hertfordshire.

She was married secondly (1819) to Thomas Brand, Lord Dacre (1774 – 1851) whom she survived as the Dowager Lady Dacre (1851 – 1854).

Dache worked hard to save money and eventually bought out her boss’s business, which she used to establish the the famous Lilly Dache Building on East 56th Street.

Well-known for her flamoyant style and exquisite taste, she favoured draped turbans and cloche hats, and designed hats for famous movie stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Betty Grable. Dacier, Anne – (1651 – 1720) French translator and scholar Anne Lefebvre was born at Preuilly-sur-Claise, near Paris, the daughter of Tanneguy Lefebvre, a Protestant scholar, who instructed her in Greek and Latin at Saumur.

Her epitaph described Lady Dacre in very laudatory terms.

She made provision in her will for the construction of an almshouse to house twenty people and for a school for twenty children, the funds for these projects being taken from the income of the manor of Brandesburton in Yorkshire.

Anne Dacier died (Aug 17, 1720) aged sixty-six, at Preuilly-sur-Claise.