Dering [née Harvey], Lady Mary
- Ian Spink
(bap. Sept 3, 1629; d 1704). English composer. She was the daughter of Daniel Harvey, of Folkestone, Kent (brother of William Harvey, discoverer of the circulation of the blood). She went to school at Hackney in the 1640s, where she began her friendship with Katherine Philips (‘the Matchless Orinda’). At 19 she married Sir Edward Dering, of Surrenden Dering, Kent (after some matrimonial ‘escapades’; Kerr), by whom she had 17 children (four died in infancy). She was a pupil of Henry Lawes, who included three of her songs in his ...