Natalie de Clare, 4th Countess of Markland, DGK
|Natalie de Clare|
4th Countess of Markland, DGK
|Grevinde af Markland||1975-Present|
|Son||Zackery de Clare|
|Noble family||House de Clare|
|Father||Gale Allen Foster|
|Mother||Linda Jean Whiteaker|
|Born||07 November 1975|
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.Her current research interests includes: social norms and informal social control mechanisms; violence and violent death; and behavioral neuroscience
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. 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.
Prior to the advent standardized dictionaries and the printing press the English language was fraught with surname variations of the same families. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the de Clare family name include Clair, Clare, Clere, O'Clear, O'Clair and others.
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 
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.  Ethnically she is Danish and English with the vast majority of all her lineages tracing back to Denmark (including her English ancestors). She has one son, the Right Honorable Zackery de Clare born 14 December 2004 and one daughter, Cerrina Helene Foster born 12 August 1999. Her biological father died in 2013 and her mother retired to the state of Washington in the United States. 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 MarklandTreaty 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.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.
The Countess of Markland
Lady Markland's Shield
|Reference style||The Countess of Markland|
|Spoken style||Lady Markland|
|Alternative style||My Lady|
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. All of these have existed at some point in history.
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. 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)
- Fox-Davies, A. C. (2007). A complete guide to heraldry. Skyhorse Publishing Inc.