Natalie de Clare, 4th Countess of Markland, DGK

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Natalie de Clare
4th Countess of Markland, DGK
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Lady Markland
Grevinde af Markland1975-Present
SonZackery de Clare
Titles and styles
FamilyHouse de Clare
FatherGale Allen Foster
MotherLinda Jean Whiteaker
Born07 November 1975
OccupationEuropean Nobility

Natalie de Clare, 4th Countess of Markland, DGK (Danish: Grevinde af Markland; Romanian: Contesa de Markland; Hungarian: Markland nak Grófnéja: Bulgarian: КАУНТЕС ЪФ МАРКЛЕНД) (07 November 1975 - Present Day), is a present-day noblewoman who spends time in a variety of countries in Europe.[1][2] She has dozens of lineages tracing back to the historic Norman House de Clare that were highly influential England, Ireland, and the Welsh Marches up to the late 14th century.[3][4] Her Irish ancestry traces back to House Bulter and the Earls of Ormond as well as the Princes of Éile and various other Irish Barons. Her last Irish ancestor left the Emerald Isle in 1836 and headed to West Bengal India. She is related to 9 of the 25 Barons who signed the Magna Carta in 1215. Interestingly, like many people in her family, she does not have a middle name.

Armorial Bearings

Lady Markland's Armorial Bearings as granted by the South African Bureau of Heraldry (H4/3/4/1018)[5][6][7]
The Banner of Arms of Natalie de Clare, 4th Countess of Markland, DGK

Armorial bearings are also known colloquially as a Coat of Arms. They are the principal part of a system of hereditary symbols dating back to early medieval Europe, used primarily to establish identity in battle.[8][9]They are still used today by royalty, nobility and knights to cover, protect, and identify the wearer; to denote their decedents, property ownership and their profession.[8][9] Armorial Bearings belong to specific individuals not families as there is no such thing as a family Coat of Arms or a family crest. [10][11]

Lady Markland's Armorial Bearings were devised to make use of elements of the Armorial Bearings of her de Clare ancestors, the historical Lordship of Glamorgan and those from the Counts of Perche. Her Armorial Bearings were granted by the South African Bureau of Heraldry and she has petitioned the Chief Herald of Ireland for a confirmation - they are not assumed Armorial Bearings or Burgher Arms.The arms of burghers bore a far wider variety of charges than the arms of nobility like everyday objects such as tools.[5] Lady Markland's Armorial Bearings are registered in a few heraldic rolls, but that is to create a digital record for generations to come.


Lady Markland and her Celtic Harp during Winter 2017

Natalie de Clare graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in general studies, an Associate of Arts degree in psychology, a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice, a Bachelor of Arts degree and sociology, and a Master of Arts degree in criminal justice.[1]Her current research interests includes: social norms and informal social control mechanisms; violence and violent death; and behavioral neuroscience[1][2]During her time in the United States she was a commissioned Notary Public for the State of Washington, the State of Idaho, and the State of Oregon.[12][13] She has earned various college certificates in paralegal studies, military leadership, joint warfare, intelligence analysis, terrorism studies, homeland security, European history, and she is an ordained Minister through a non-denominational church in Seattle, Washington. She enjoys working anonymously in a variety of healthcare settings. She also loves to play the Celtic Harp.

Family Ancestory

Coat of Arms of the Margraviate of Brandenburg
Coat of Arms of the Duchy of Normandy
Coat of Arms of the Princes of Brandenburg
Coat of Arms of the Principality of Transylvania
Coat of Arms of the O'Carroll Princes of Éile
Coat of Arms of House Bulter
Coat of Arms of County Clare Ireland
Coat of Arms of House Mowbray
Coat of Arms of Tarnby Kommune Danmark
Coat of Arms of House de Burgh
Coat of Arms of House de Clare
Coat of Arms of House Berkeley
Coat of Arms of House of MacMurrough
Coat of Arms of House Lusignan
Coat of Arms of House Kavanaugh
Coat of Arms of House Schleswig

Lady Markland's family ancestry is a long and interesting tale and virtually all of her ancestors can all be traced back to the Danes from around the 8th century C.E. with one exception tracing to Rognvald Eysteinsson, Jarl of More in Norway during the 9th century. Her English ancestors came from the Duchy of Normandy during the conquest of England in 1066. A couple centuries thereafter some of her Norman Ancestors went to Ireland in the late 12th century and stayed for hundreds of years thus, allowing her to petition to have her Armorial Bearings confirmed by the Chief Herald of Ireland in 2017. Lady Markland's genealogical proofs show that she has only one noble lineage that procreated with the Irish inhabitants in the O'Carroll and Kavanaugh lines thus, making her a Cianachta member under the O'Carroll of Éile O'Carroll lineage. This lineage was recognized by the Irish Government on 02 July 2015 as well as the Cianachta Irish Clan on 04 January 2016. The The use or acceptance of titles of nobility in Ireland specifically requires the government's approval pursuant to Article 40.2.2 [14]

She is also related the Brandenburg Hohenzollern Princes, who ruled the Margraviate of Brandenburg, through the marriage of her 4th great-grandmother Margaret Brandenburg (1836-1920) to John Lewis Frank (1827-1905). This lineage also traces back to Denmark through the marriage of Frederick Wilhelm Brandenburg, Grand Elector of Brandenburg (1620-1688) and Sophia Dorothea Schleswig-Holstein-Glücksburg, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1636-1689). Family histories are packed with intrigue, conspiracy, scandal and secrets waiting to be discovered and many of Lady Markland's lineages are fraught with these - as in the curious state of the Brandenburg lineage.

Lady Markland is the sixth child of ten children. Her surname is the surname listed on her birth certificate and was given in honor of her de Clare ancestry from Ireland and England. [1][2][15] Ethnically she is Danish and English with the vast majority of all her lineages tracing back to Denmark (including her English ancestors).[1][2] She has one son, the Right Honorable Zackery de Clare born 14 December 2004.[1] Her biological father died in 2013 and her mother retired to the state of Washington in the United States.[16] Intriguingly, the paternal Whiteaker line on her maternal side has a history of nobility and knights stretching back to Richard de Whiteaker (1300-1380), who was a medieval knight and the Lord of the Manors of Nether Whitacre, Over Whitacre, Elmdon, and Freasley. Interestingly, she was legally adopted by H.H. Gyula IV, Erdély Nagy Hercege, Őrgróf Kárpátia és Tyrol, Pátriárkája Magyarország és Czernowitz (1945-2016) who is recognized by Hungarian and Austrian nobility as one of the Royal lines from this Dacian region including the Imperial Rurikovich Family. In theory there are about 5 different current or former Royal Families who could authorize titles in the general region of what was the Kingdom of Dacia all of which obviously compete with each other's claims.

Countess of Markland

The Markland Region of the Principality of Transylvania bordering the Kingdom of Hungary.

Natalie de Clare is the Suo Jure 4th Countess of Markland. This title dates back to before the Treaty of Versailles in late 18th century crown lands of the Habsburg Monarchy in what is now Modern day Romania before the formation of the Kingdom of Romania on 13 March 1881.[17] It is a title issued under the Grand Principality of Transylvania which was a realm of the Hungarian Crown, ruled by the Habsburg Monarchs of the Kingdom of Hungary. In the 19th century, Markland in Transylvania was the borderland between the Principality of Transylvania and the Kingdom of Hungary.[18] More specifically, it was the neutral/buffer zone under joint control of the Kingdom of Hungary and the Principality of Transylvania respectively, in which different laws applied.[18] Marklands served a political purpose, such as providing warning of military incursions, and regulating cross-border trade, immigration, and keeping local villages safe from marauders. There was generally a small detachment of the Transylvanian army stationed here.

A Markland was not the same as a feudal Countship because it was tied to thin stretch of border and not a specific region.[18] It was more like a military occupied check-point. During the first issuance of Markland under the Principality of Transylvania in the early 17th century, Dudley Carleton, 1st Viscount Dorchester (1573-1632) recorded that when he passed through Markland there was thousands of troops assembled by the Transylvanian princes.[19]Today the actual "Markland" between the Principality of Transylvania and the Kingdom of Hungary no longer exists because the Principality ceased to exist in 1867 when it was reunited with Hungary and many of the Transylvanian nobles fled the country. After this union the borders greatly changed and would change again after the formation of the Kingdom of Romania by Prince Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen in 1881. It is worth noting; however, that the title of Count or Countess was also often conferred by the monarch as an honorific title for special services rendered, without a feudal estate (countship, county) being attached, so it was merely a title, with or without a domain name attached to it and those with land generally never changed no matter who ruled the respective state.

Brief History of Transylvania

Coat of Arms of the Principality of Moldavia
Coat of Arms of the Principality of Wallachia
Armorial Bearings of the Principality of Translyvania

Transylvania has been dominated by several different peoples and countries throughout its history.[20] It was once the nucleus of the Kingdom of Dacia (82 BC–106 AD). In 106 AD the Roman Empire conquered the territory, systematically exploiting its resources. After the Roman legions withdrew in 271 AD, it was overrun by a succession of various tribes, bringing it under the control of the Carpi, Visigoths, Huns, Gepids, Avars and Slavs. From 9th to 11th century Bulgarians ruled Transylvania. The Kingdom of Hungary established a partial control over Transylvania in 1003, when king Stephen I defeated the Prince Gyula.[21][22] Between 1003 and 1526, Transylvania was a voivodeship off and on and part of the Kingdom of Hungary, led by a Voivode appointed by the King of Hungary.After the Battle of Mohács in 1526, Transylvania became part of the Kingdom of János Szapolyai.[23]

Later, in 1570 the kingdom was transformed into the Principality of Transylvania - which was ruled primarily by Calvinist Hungarian princes.[24] These times the ethnic composition of Transylvania transformed from an estimated near equal number of the ethnic groups to a Romanian majority - Vasile Lupu estimates their number already more than one-third of the population of Transylvania in a letter addressed to the sultan around 1650.[25] For most of this period, Transylvania, maintaining its internal autonomy, was under the suzerainty of the Ottoman Empire. The Habsburg Monarchy acquired the territory shortly after the Battle of Vienna in 1683. In 1687, the rulers of Transylvania recognized the suzerainty of the Habsburg emperor Leopold I, and the region was officially attached to the Habsburg Empire.[26] The Habsburgs acknowledged Principality of Transylvania as one of the Lands of the Crown of Saint Stephen, but the territory of principality was administratively separated and subjected to the direct rule of the emperor's governors.[27] [28][29]

The Beautiful Countryside of Transylvania

In 1699 the Turks legally acknowledged their loss of Transylvania in the Treaty of Karlowitz; however, some anti-Habsburg elements within the principality submitted to the emperor only in the 1711 Peace of Szatmár, and Habsburg control over Principality of Transylvania was consolidated. 54 years later (1765), the Grand Principality of Transylvania was reintroduced.[30] After the Ausgleich of 1867, the Principality of Transylvania was once again abolished. The territory was then turned into Transleithania, an addition to the newly established Austro-Hungarian Empire.[22][20] Following defeat in World War I, Austria-Hungary disintegrated. In 1918 Transylvania merged with Romania where it has been ever since. Today the illegitimate Republic of Romania retains control over Transylvania and the Princes of Transylvania live in the Republic of Hungary. The Romanian Royal Family resides part of the time in both Romania and Switzerland.

Manorial Lordships

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Lady Markland also has a couple hereditary Manorial Lordship rights under the laws of the United Kingdom in compliance with the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act of 1925 and the Land Registration Act 2002. Manorial rights and interests, or “overriding interests” as they are sometimes known, include sporting and mineral rights or even the right to hold a fair or market on the land. These are, of course, rights that exist over land owned by third parties (the successors in title to the former copyhold tenants and the allottees on inclosure) and which therefore lie beyond the current boundaries of the estate’s surface ownership. Until recently a Lord or Lady of the Manor could rest easy in the knowledge that, even if they were uncertain or unaware of such rights, these rights were nevertheless protected by the law of the land as an overriding interest. Some Manorial Lordships retain some of their feudal rights such as fishing or hunting rights, the right to market, mineral rights, etc.

Royal Orders of Knighthood

Lady markland has been honored with numerous Knighthoods over the years. She takes the code of chivalry serious and strives to make her life worthy of such honors. She is a firm believer that a Dame or a Knight should have military and/or some type of martial training and she has both. Historically; however, Orders of Knighthood were also formed by the Nobility and/or groups of Knights so an order does not have to have a Royal Fons Honorum to be valid. There were Baronial Orders, Confraternal Orders, Fraternal Orders, and even Honorific Pseudo-Orders.[31][32] All of these have existed at some point in history.[33]

This notion that an Order of Chivalry has to be headed by a Royal Fons Honorum seems to selectively ignore history and be an entirely modern concept entirely. For example, a Confraternal Order is one with a presidency attached to a nobleman - any rank of nobleman; and there is no Royal Fons Honorum. Confraternal Orders of Knighthood have existed since the 14th century thus technically a group of knights are within their right as legitimately ordained knights in forming an Order of Chivalry for whatever reason they desire. Two such orders were Ordre de la Pomme d'Or, founded by 14 knights in Auvergne in 1394 and the Alliance et Compagnie du Levrier, founded by 44 knights in the Barrois in 1416.[34] So, who says knights or nobles cannot form their own orders? Some random website? This process has happened multiple times throughout history where Knights or Nobility create their own Orders of Knighthood


"It seems the world is fraught with the disease of republicanism." (2015)

"The curse of my birth condition haunts me like death; hovering over me, reminding me, and never letting me forget the prison cell I escaped from called my life." (2013)

"Failing to learn social graces really makes you no better than the thug trolloping about the ghetto." (2015)

"I think people need to spend more time on improving who they are as human beings rather than seeking out relationships. Self-improvement last forever, relationships not so much." (2014)


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