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Isobel "Jane" Miller Percy, née Richard, Duchess of Northumberland, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, a daughter of Angela, Lady Buchan-Hepburn and her husband John Richard. As a child, she helped her mother maintain Kailzie Gardens, a family business. She attended Cobham Hall in Kent. At age 16, she met 17-year-old Lord Ralph Percy and later followed him to Oxford University, where she took a secretarial course. They married in 1979 despite opposition by both sets of parents, and had four children. She became Duchess of Northumberland when her husband succeeded as the 12th Duke in 1995. She's best known for renovating the vast garden at the 14th-century family seat of Alnwick Castle in England, a location for two Harry Potter movies. It has become a tourist attraction nicknamed the Versailles of the North and includes a famous walled Poison Garden with 100 varieties of toxic plants. She has written The Poison Diaries (2006) and The Duchess of Northumberland’s Little Book of Poisons, Potions and Aphrodisiacs (2013). In 2009, she was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland by Queen Elizabeth II, the first woman to receive this distinction.
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