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 Select Ayres and Dialogues (1655). In dedicating this book to her, he acknowledged that
some which I esteem the best of these Ayres, were of your own Composition. For (although your Ladiship resolv’d to keep it private) I beg leave to declare, for my own honour, that you are not only excellent for the time you spent in the practise of what I Set, but are yourself so good a ...