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Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

John Walker (inventor)
(29 May 1781 – 1 May 1859

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John Walker

John Walker was born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1781. He went to the local grammar school and was afterwards apprenticed to Watson Alcock, the principal surgeon of the town serving him as an assistant. He had, however, an aversion to surgical operations, and had to leave the profession, turning instead to chemistry. After studying at Durham and York, he set up a small business as a chemist and druggist at 59 High Street, Stockton, around 1818.

He developed a keen interest in trying to find a means of obtaining fire easily. Several chemical mixtures were already known which would ignite by a sudden explosion, but it had not been found possible to transmit the flame to a slow-burning substance like wood. While Walker was preparing a lighting mixture on one occasion, a match which had been dipped in it took fire by an accidental friction upon the hearth. He at once appreciated the practical value of the discovery, and started making friction matches. They consisted of wooden splints or sticks of cardboard coated with sulphur and tipped with a mixture of sulphide of antimony, chlorate of potash, and gum, the sulphur serving to communicate the flame to the wood.

The price of a box of 50 matches was one shilling. With each box was supplied a piece of sandpaper, folded double, through which the match had to be drawn to ignite it. He named the matches “Congreves” in honour of the inventor and rocket pioneer, Sir William Congreve. He did not divulge the exact composition of his matches.

Two and a half years after Walker’s invention was made public, Isaac Holden arrived, independently, at the same idea of coating wooden splinters with sulphur. The exact date of his discovery, according to his own statement, was October 1829. Previously to this date, Walker’s sales-book contains an account of no fewer than 250 sales of friction matches, the first entry bearing the date 7 April 1827. Already comfortably well off, he refused to patent his invention, despite being encouraged to by Michael Faraday and others, making it freely available for anyone to make. He received neither fame nor wealth for his invention, although he was able to retire some years later. The credit for his invention was attributed only after his death.

Walker died in Stockton on 1 May 1859 and was buried in the grounds of St Mary’s Church in Norton, near Stockton.

Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables. The list of Previous Notables and Upcoming Entries has grown so long that I will post this once a week on Saturdays now.

Previous Notables (Click to see the Blog):

George III George IV Georgiana Cavendish
William IV Lady Hester Stanhope Lady Caroline Lamb
Princess Charlotte Queen Charlotte Charles James Fox
Queen Adelaide Dorothea Jordan Jane Austen
Maria Fitzherbert Lord George Gordon Byron John Keats
Princess Caroline Percy Bysshe Shelley Cassandra Austen
Edmund Kean Thomas Clarkson Sir John Moore
John Burgoyne William Wilberforce Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Sarah Siddons Josiah Wedgwood Emma Hamilton
Hannah More John Phillip Kemble John Jervis, Earl St. Vincent
Ann Hatton Stephen Kemble Mary Robinson
Harriet Mellon Zachary Macaulay George Elphinstone
Thomas Babington George Romney Mary Moser
Ozias Humphry William Hayley Daniel Mendoza
Edward Pellew Angelica Kauffman Sir William Hamilton
David Garrick Pownoll Bastard Pellew Charles Arbuthnot
William Upcott William Huskisson Dominic Serres
Sir George Barlow Scrope Davies Charles Francis Greville
George Stubbs Fanny Kemble Thomas Warton
William Mason Thomas Troubridge Charles Stanhope
Robert Fulke Greville Gentleman John Jackson Ann Radcliffe
Edward ‘Golden Ball’ Hughes John Opie Adam Walker
John Ireland Henry Pierrepoint Robert Stephenson
Mary Shelley Sir Joshua Reynolds Francis Place
Robert Harding Evans Lord Thomas Foley Francis Burdett
John Gale Jones George Parker Bidder Sir George Warren
Edward Eliot William Beechey Eva Marie Veigel
Hugh Percy-Northumberland Charles Philip Yorke Lord Palmerston
Samuel Romilly John Petty 2nd Marquess Lansdowne Henry Herbert Southey
Stapleton Cotton Colin Macaulay Amelia Opie
Sir James Hall Henry Thomas Colebrooke Maria Foote
Sir David Baird Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville Dr. Robert Gooch
William Baillie James Northcote Horatio Nelson
Henry Fuseli Home Riggs Popham John Playfair
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice 3rd Marquess Lansdowne Thomas Douglas 5th Earl of Selkirk Frederick Gerald “Poodle” Byng
Henry Somerset, 7th Duke of Beaufort John Wolcot (Peter Pindar) Joseph John Gurney
Edward John Eliot Henry Perronet Briggs George Lionel Dawson-Damer
Thomas Foley Mark Robinson Charles Culling Smith
Francis Charles Seymour-Ingram, 3rd Marquess of Hertford Thomas Fowell Buxton Tyrone Power
Richard Cumberland William Philip Molyneux, 2nd Earl of Sefton Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough
Jeffry Wyattville Henry Mildmay Nicholas Wood
Hester Thrale Catherine Hughes, Baroness de Calabrella Admiral Israel Pellew
William Wellesley Pole, 3rd Earl of Mornington Henry Moyes Charles Fitzroy
Lord Granville Somerset Lumley St. George Skeffington William Playfair
John Lade Astley Cooper Matthew Gregory Lewis
Edward Pease Thomas Coutts John Urpeth Rastrick
Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond Captain William Baillie John Pitt Kennedy
Henry Cline Sarah Clementina Drummond-Burrell Samuel Wyatt
Lord George Lennox George Bussy Villiers Henry FitzRoy 5th Duke of Grafton
John Bell (Surgeon) Robert Smirke (Painter) John Kennedy (Manufacturer)
John Gell Dugald Stewart Louisa Gurney Hoare
William Nicol (Surgeon) William Nicol (Geologist) Edward Hall Alderson
Thomas Hope Richard Cosway Jonathan Backhouse
Lady Sarah Lennox John Byng, 5th Viscount Torrington Harriette Wilson
Andrew Plimer George Henry Borrow Charles Lamb
Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl Bathurst Skeffington Lutwidge
George Colman the Elder William Hotham Jacob Bell
Charles Heathcote Tatham William Allen (Quaker) John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute
John Henry Manners, 5th Duke of Rutland William Gell Richard Barry, 7th Earl Barrymore
Samuel Bagster the Younger Lady Anne (Wesley) Fitzroy Samuel Gurney
John Liston Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond Luke Howard
Alexander MacKenzie (Explorer) John Pasco Joseph Black
Sir Robert Calder Benjamin Travers John Walker (Cricketer)
John (Johnnie) Walker Joseph Fox the Younger Bishop Beilby Porteus
Sir William Knighton George Rose Edward St. Maur 11th Duke of Somerset
Samuel Bagster the Elder Richard Keppel Craven Edwin Henry Landseer
James Paull (Duelist) Henry Thornton Peter Pond
George Rose (Barrister) William Vincent Humphry Repton
Eliab Harvey Sir George Henry Rose James Kenney
James Kennedy Nevil Maskelyne James Playfair
John Auldjo Thomas Morton (Shipbuilder) Charles Kemble
Sir John Vaughan (Judge) Henry Paget, Marquess of Anglesey Henry Holland (Cricketer)
Sir Henry Holland (Baronet) Mary Alcock Tom Walker (Cricketer)
Thomas Bradley (Physician) Henry Dundas Trotter Thomas Picton
Sir Charles Middleton William Henry Playfair John Palmer (The 2 Architects)
William Ludlam Thomas Ludlam John Pinch the Elder
George Harris, 1st Baron Edward Waring William Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk 9th Duke of St Albans
Isaac Milner Sir Henry Blackwood William Lovett
General Sir Edward Paget Colonel John Vaughan William Locker
William George Keith Elphinstone Sir William Parker Baronet of Harburn Charles Hutton
John Thomas ‘Antiquity’ Smith Thomas Grey Egerton

1st Earl of Wilton

William Allen (Royal Navy Officer)
Thomas Baldwin Nathaniel Plimer Sir Edward Berry
Charles Gordon Lennox 5th Duke of Richmond George Combe Henry Siddons
Angela Burdett-Coutts William Ellis (Painter) William Drummond of Logiealmond
William George Harris Gerrard Andrewes Berkeley Paget
John Palmer (postal Innovator) Thomas Ludlam Henry Hetherington
Sir Charles Bagot Edward Ellice Francis Douce
Sir Hector Munro Richard Harris Barham Andrew Meikle
William Anderson (Artist) William Hunter Cavendish 5th Duke of Devonshire William Stewart Rose
Harriet Murray John Hunter (Politician) John Thomas Serres
Joseph Antonio Emidy Joseph Hume Thomas Holcroft
Archibald Alison Abraham Rees Thomas Helmore
Colonel William Berkeley Thomas Hearne Richard Carlile
Julius Caesar Ibbetson George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle John Rennie
William Oxberry William Hornby William Holme Twentyman
Charles Howard 11th Duke of Norfolk Gerard Lake Sir Archibald Alison, 1st Baronet
Isaac Taylor Edward Howard-Gibbon Marquess of Stafford Granville Leveson-Gower
Robert Aspland George Harris 3rd Baron Harris Thomas Telford
George Phillip Manners Arthur Hill, 3rd Marquess of Downshire Daniel Gurney
Sir Peter Parker John Horsley Palmer Richard Watson (politician)
Joseph Farington Charles Fitzroy, Baron Southampton William Henry West Betty
Charles Stuart (British Army Officer) Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington Paul III Anton, Prince Esterházy
William Danby George Macartney Richard Payne Knight
Admiral Adam Duncan James George Smith Neill Sir Anthony Carlisle
John Hely-Hutchinson, 2nd Earl of Donoughmore Admiral Lord Hugh Seymour Richard Robert Madden
Joseph Milner Sidney Smith (wit) George Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer
Henry Duncan John Nichols Thom Charles Gardiner, 1st Earl of Blessington
Uvedale Price James Foster Richard Colt Hoare
Richard Watson (Bishop) Francis Ingram-Seymour-Conway 2nd Marquess of Hertford Charles FitzRoy 3rd Baron Southampton
Duke of York Frederick Augustus Hanover Price Blackwood Benjamin Outram
Major General John Dalling John Thelwall Robert “Bobus” Percy Smith
John Carr (architect) James Archibald Stuart Roger Curtis
Sir Erasmus Gower Charles Pepys Earl of Cottenham Joseph Chitty
Henry Thoby Prinsep James Coutts Crawford Sir Charles Edward Grey
John Palmer (Commissary) Samuel Barrington William Gifford
John Richardson Henry Holland Thomas Harley
Emily Lennox, Duchess of Leinster Alexander Hood Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey
John Wilson Croker Beaumont Hotham John Fane 11th Earl of Westmorland
George Johnston Henry Temple 2nd Viscount Palmerston Simon McGillivray
Colonel George Hanger Sir John McMahon William Babington
John Hoppner Sir Richard Onslow John Byng 1st Earl of Strafford
William Wilkins Daines Barrington John Bell (publisher)
Alexander Ball Lord Robert Seymour Jacob Philipp Hackert
John Cleave Hussey Vivian 1st Baron Vivian George Cowper 6th Earl Cowper
Edward Bouverie Pusey Dr William Pulteney Alison William Railton
James Mill Lucuis Curtis Henry Pigot
Hugh James Rose Sir John Easthope Thomas Starkie
John Prinsep Harriet Martineau Edward Gibbon
Richard Watson 4th Duke of Queensberry William Douglas Edward Jenner
James Gillray Molyneux Shuldham 1st Baron Shuldham Charles Catton the Younger
Henry Proctor (British Army Officer) James Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie 1st Baron Wharncliffe Sir Thomas Brisbane
William Adam of Blair Adam Sir Edward Michael Pakenham Charles Bury 1st Earl of Charleville
John Pinch the Younger John Stuart Count of Maida Robert Hall
Hurrell Froude Olivia Serres Anne Horton Duchess of Cumberland and Strathearn
Sir Marc Brunel George Pryme General Sir John Bell
William Whewell Adam Ferguson of Raith William Beatty
Robert Linzee Richard Porson Edward O’Bryen
William Baillie (artist) John Romilly Edwin Chadwick
William Hay 17th Earl of Erroll Elizabeth Inchbald Maria Walpole
Edward Maltby Folliott Cornewall Edward James Eliot
James Perry (journalist) John Oxley General Sir Robert Arbuthnot
Sir Ralph Abercromby Hannah Cowley Thomas Kidd (classical scholar)
Admiral Sir Graham Moore Duke of Norfolk Henry Charles Howard Henry Dundas 1st Viscount Melville
Francis Leggatt Chantrey Sir Josias Rowley 1st Baronet Richard Grosvenor 1st Earl Grosvenor
Richard Colley Wellesley Edward Adolphus Seymour 12th Duke of Somerset James Henry Monk
Sir John Abercromby Sir George Colebrooke Francis Russell 5th Duke of Bedford
James Burton Thomas Morton (Playwright) John MacBride
George Mudie Sir William Hotham Charles Augustus Murray
Priscilla Fane Countess of Westmorland William Van Mildert Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Sir Gerard Noel 2nd Baronet Sir George Baker Henry Wellesley
William Gregory Albemarle Bertie John Rylands
Sir Arthur Paget George Murray 5th Earl of Dunmore Sir Thomas Munro 1st Baronet
Maurice Margarot Sir Charles Grey Robert James Carr
George Stephenson Bernard Edward Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk Allan Cunningham
Henry Thynne 3rd Marquess of Bath William Hasledine Pepys George Percy 5th Duke of Northumberland
John Charles Ramsden Thomas Mounsey Cunningham John Nash
Thomas Charles Hope Joseph Gerrald Richard Howe 1st Earl Howe
William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck 3rd Duke of Portland William Pitt the Younger Henry Addington 1st Viscount Sidmouth
William Wyndham Grenville 1st Baron Grenville Spencer Perceval Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool
George Canning Frederick John Robinson 1st Viscount Goderich Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington (Political Career)
Charles Grey 2nd Earl Grey William Lamb 2nd Viscount Melbourne Sir Robert Peel 2nd Baronet
Edward Troughton James Cecil 1st Marquess of Salisbury William Salter (artist)
Colonel Sempronius Streton James Lackington Duke of Argyll John Campbell 7th Duke
Charles Noel 1st Earl of Gainsborough Thomas Fortescue Kennedy Robert McQueen
Peregrine Maitland Harriet Fane Arbuthnot Duke of Marlborough George Spencer-Churchill 4th Duke
William Essington Richard Sheepshanks John Linnell
Daniel Rutherford Harry Walker (Cricketer) Thomas Egerton 2nd Earl of Wilton
William Heberden the Younger William Beresford 1st Baron Decies George Agar-Ellis 1st Baron Dover
Tattersalls Robert Jocelyn 3rd Earl of Roden George Stewart 8th Earl of Galloway
George FitzRoy 4th Duke of Grafton Lord Henry John Spencer Richard Grosvenor 2nd Marquess of Westminster
Admiral Sir George Campbell John Fane 10th Earl of Westmorland Phillip Parker King
Admiral Sir Robert Barlow Lady Diana Spencer James Edwards (Bookseller)
Charles Bennet 4th Earl of Tankerville Patrick Fraser Tytler William Handcock 1st Viscount Castlemaine
Lord Frederick Campbell George Leveson-Gower Marquis of Stafford Duke of Sutherland John Scott Earl of Eldon
John Blaquiere 1st Baron de Blaquiere Louisa (Lennox) Conolly Sir Harry Smith
Sir William Hamilton, 9th Baronet Sir Edward Crofton Laura Pulteney 1st Countess of Bath
Brownlow Bertie 5th Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven William Nelson 1st Earl Nelson George Child Villiers 5th Earl of Jersey
Frederick Howard 5th Earl of Carlisle Sir William Oglander 6th Baronet Joseph Bramah
George Cavendish 1st Earl of Burlington George Beresford 1st Marquess of Waterford William Henry Hunt
John Edwards-Vaughan Elizabeth (Gurney) Fry William Waldegrave 1st Baron Radstockv
George Gordon 9th Marquess Huntly William Mulready George Colman the Younger
Ralph Payne 1st Baron Lavington 5th Duke of Argyll John Campbell Charles Grant 1st Baron Glenelg
James Hutton George Byng 6th Viscount Torrington John Russell 6th Duke of Bedford
Sir Philip Durham Frederick Richard Lee Thomas Jervis
William Molesworth 8th Baronet William Cunnington William Beloe
Thomas Postlethwaite Edward Ellice Lady Charlotte Bury
John Adey Repton Sir Hugh Gough Henry Maudslay
Edward Bromhead Lord Charles FitzRoy (Politician) John Horne Tooke
Samuel Whitbread Sir Issac Coffin Matthew Boulton
Joshua Field William McGillivray Andrew Geddes
Edward Turner (chemist) George Lackington Francis Augustus Collier
Henry Beauchamp St John 13th Baron St John of Blesto Richard Taylor (editor) Henry Luttrell 2nd Earl of Carhampton
Derwent Coleridge Severus William Lynam Stretton William Vane 1st Duke of Cleveland
William Cobbett Arthur Phillip Major-General Robert Craufurd
Captain John (Jack) Willett Payne James Gregory George Peacock
Duke of Argyll George William Campbell 6th Duke Robert Scott Lauder Joseph Locke
George Montagu John Eliot Earl of St. Germans John Wheble
Algernon Percy 1st Earl Beverly Sir Richard Sutton William Hone
3rd Duke of Grafton Augustus Henry FitzRoy George Green George Cruikshank
Charles Harcourt Masters Robert Smith 1st Baron Carrington Joseph Foveaux
John Whitelocke Thomas Lawrence Richard Arden 3rd Baron Alvanley
Archibald Norman McLeod Thomas Rowlandson Sir Charles FitzRoy
Edward Pelham Brenton Thomas Babington Macaulay Sir Andrew Francis Barnard
William Paget Charles James Blomfield Sir Henry Bunbury 7th Baronet
Henry Weekes John Sackville 3rd Duke of Dorset         Thomas Landseer
Decimus Burton Maria Hadfield Cosway John Ward 1st Earl of Dudley
John Fitzpatrick 2nd Earl of Upper Ossory Donald Gregory James Graham 3rd Duke of Montrose
William Petty 2nd Earl of Shelburne Marquess of Lansdowne Thomas Gainsborough Peter Burrell 1st Baron Gwydyr
John Soane Denis Pack John Boydell
Alexander Gordon 4th Duke of Gordon Lieutenant-General William Stuart Charles Vane 3rd Marquess of Londonderry
John Hudson William Harrison Ainsworth Philip Hardwick
George Villiers 4th Earl of Jersey Hugh Percy 2nd Duke of Northumberland William Cowper
Lord William Bentinck Thomas Bruce 7th Earl of Elgin Stephen Rumbold Lushington
Thomas Sandby Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood 1st Baron Collingwood Thomas John Cochrane
Thomas de Quincey John MacDonald of Garth Philip Yorke 3rd Earl of Hardwicke
Amelia Stewart Viscountess Castlereagh Algernon Percy 4th Duke of Northumberland John Wilson (Scottish writer)
Sir John Herschel Charles Long 1st Baron Farnborough George Abercromby 2nd Baron Abercromby
Joseph Lancaster Lord Francis Almeric Spencer George Sackville 4th Duke of Dorset
Robert Grosvenor 1st Marquess of Westminster Thomas Cochrane 10th Earl of Dundonald Fanny Imlay
John Stuart 1st Marquess of Bute Granville Sharp Richard Hurd
Sir Hyde Parker Theodore Hook William Henry Murray
Joseph Pease Joanna Baillie Henry Brougham 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux
William Emes 9th Duke of Hamilton Archibald Hamilton Frederick Hervey 4th Earl of Bristrol
Mary Abercromby Edward Thomas Daniell Samuel Rogers
James Byres Henry Benedict Stuart Francis Russell 7th Duke of Bedford
Sir William Parker Maria Molyneux Countess of Sefton Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Paget
William Taylor of Norwich Maria Theresa Kemble Alan Gardner 1st Baron Gardner
Alexander Hamilton 10th Duke of Hamilton

There will be many other notables coming, a full and changing list can be found here on the blog as I keep adding to it. The list so far is:

  • Victoria
  • William Paley
  • Robert Stewart Viscount Castlereagh
  • James Stirling
  • John MacBride (professor)
  • John Thomas Duckworth
  • David Dundas
  • Sir Thomas Hardy
  • Thomas Hardy (Reformer)
  • Sir William Parker
  • William Cornwallis
  • Charles Cornwallis
  • Robert Emmet
  • Robert Owen
  • Jeremy Bentham
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Claire Clairmont
  • Gilbert Imlay
  • William Godwin
  • William Hazlitt
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • James Edward Smith
  • Sir Joseph Banks
  • James Smithson
  • Wellington (the Military man)
  • Sydney Smith
  • Admiral Sir William Sydney Smith
  • Admiral Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke
  • William Howe
  • Viscount Sir Samuel Hood
  • Sir Samuel Hood
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • General Banastre Tarleton
  • John Constable
  • Sir William Lawrence 1st Baronet
  • Joseph Priestley
  • Horace Walpole
  • William Blake
  • Robert Smirke (architect)
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Robert Southey
  • Sir Walter Scott
  • William Windham
  • Madame de Stael
  • John Walker (inventor)(Natural Historian)(Lexicographer)
  • James Boswell
  • Warren Hastings
  • Edmund Burke
  • Juana Maria de Los Dolores de Leon (Lady Smith)
  • Louis Philippe Joseph, Duc de Chartres, acceded 1785 as Duc d’ Orleans (1747-1793)
  • Louis Philippe, Duc de Chartres, acceded 1793 as Duc d’ Orleans (1773-1850)
  • John Bell
  • James Wyatt
  • William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley
  • Lord FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan
  • James Watt
  • John Hunter (Royal Navy)
  • Richard Trevithick
  • Thomas Baillie (Royal Navy officer)
  • William Francis Patrick Napier
  • Charles James Napier
  • Sir Charles Bell
  • Richard Barnwell
  • William Carr Beresford 1st Viscount Beresford
  • John Russell 1st Earl Russell
  • George Brydges Rodney
  • Samuel Pepys Cockerell
  • Benjamin Robert Haydon
  • John Dalton
  • Samuel Whitbread (Politician)
  • Francis Augustus Collier
  • Humphry Davy
  • George Shillibeer
  • Samuel Hoare Jr.
  • Thomas Moore
  • Edward Dodwell
  • George Vancouver
  • Sir George Simpson
  • William Morgan (actuary)
  • Alexander Walker
  • George Templer
  • Sir Robert Inglis
  • Lucia Elizabeth Vestris
  • John Vaughan 3rd Earl of Lisburne
  • Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Sir Archibald Campbell
  • Thomas Muir of Huntershill
  • Thomas Fyshe Palmer
  • Samuel Palmer
  • William Skirving
  • Captain William Paget
  • E.A. Burney
  • Charles Burney
  • Lord Frederick Beauclerk
  • William Fullarton
  • Francis Jeffrey
  • Charles Simeon
  • Sir John Simeon
  • James Watson
  • Daniel O’Connell
  • Feargus O’Connor
  • Joseph Nollekens
  • Andrew Combe
  • Abram Combe
  • William Ellis
  • William A. F. Browne
  • Robert William Elliston
  • Daniel Terry
  • Robert Scott Lauder
  • Chauncey Hare Townshend
  • Paul Sandby
  • Henry Paget 1st Earl of Uxbridge
  • Abel Heywood
  • George Holyoake
  • Charles Poulett Thomson
  • William Charles Keppel, 4th Earl of Albemarle
  • Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester
  • George Rennie
  • Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Granville
  • Sir Augustus William James Clifford
  • George Lamb (politician and Writer)
  • Francis Baring
  • Thomas Rees
  • John Jones
  • Sir James Edward Smith
  • John Evans
  • Maurice Berkeley, 1st Baron FitzHardinge
  • Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley
  • Grantley Berkeley
  • Craven Berkeley
  • George Cranfield-Berkeley
  • Sir George Beaumont, 7th Baronet
  • Joseph Mallord William Turner
  • Thomas Girtin
  • Dr. Thomas Monro
  • George Dance the Younger
  • William Daniell
  • Henry Monro
  • Henry Hunt
  • James Wilson
  • Robert Taylor (Radical)
  • Benjamin West
  • John Varley
  • William Roscoe
  • Thomas Harrison (architect)
  • John Rennie the Younger
  • Sir Samuel Bentham
  • Thomas John Dibdin
  • Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • George Soane
  • John Emery (English Actor)
  • Elizabeth Rebecca Edwin
  • Lawrence Holme Twentyman
  • Mary Ann Gibbon
  • Matthew Howard-Gibbon
  • Sir William Woods
  • Isaac Taylor of Ongar
  • Josiah Conder
  • Jacob Rey
  • John Foster
  • Olinthus Gilbert Gregory
  • Jane Taylor
  • Sir James Stephens
  • Ann Taylor (poet)
  • John Eyre
  • Thomas Noon Talfourd
  • Thomas Southwood Smith
  • Neil Arnott
  • James Kay-Shuttleworth
  • William Johnson Fox
  • Nassau William Senior
  • Elizabeth Fox, Baroness Holland
  • Walter Wilson
  • William James Erasmus Wilson
  • Sir William Pulteney, 5th Baronet
  • William Jessop
  • Thomas Campbell
  • Sir Peter Parker, 2nd Baronet
  • Thomas Taylour, 1st Marquess of Headfort
  • John Home
  • Frederick Edward Jones
  • William Stuart
  • Lady Louisa Stuart
  • James Lowther 1st Earl of Lonsdale
  • Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay
  • Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 1st Earl of Minto
  • Andrew Blayney, 11th Baron Blayney
  • Walter Savage Landor
  • Sir George Staunton
  • William Gilpin
  • Henry Trollope
  • Henry Havelock
  • Nicholas Carlisle
  • William Nicholson
  • Sir George Seymour
  • Miles Atkinson
  • William Dealtry
  • Samuel Marsden
  • Thomas Perronet Thompson
  • Alexander Horn
  • John Ryland
  • James Mackintosh
  • Sir Richard Bickerton
  • Robert Corbet
  • Richard Cope (minister)
  • William Wordsworth
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • William Lyttelton
  • Francis Nicholson
  • George Hay, 8th Marquess of Tweeddale
  • James Anderson of Hermiston
  • John Hookham Frere
  • Henry Vassall-Fox
  • George Richardson (Architect)
  • William Chambers (Architect)
  • Robert Furze Brettingham
  • Matthew Brettingham the Younger
  • James Stuart-Mackenzie
  • William Legge
  • George Cartwright
  • Anthony James Pye Molloy
  • James Gambier 1st Baron Gambier
  • William Wingfield
  • James Prinsep
  • Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings
  • Sir Charles Knowles
  • William Bligh
  • Sophia Campbell (Palmer)
  • Robert Campbell
  • Francis Grose
  • John Macarthur
  • George Ellis
  • John Gibson Lockhart
  • William Stevens
  • William Adam
  • John Thomas Troy
  • Sir Robert Dallas
  • Thomas Hardwick
  • Esther Abrahams
  • William Paterson (explorer)
  • Henry Fulton
  • Simon McTavish
  • Colin Robertson
  • William McMahon
  • William Behnes
  • Rowland Hill 1st Viscount Hill
  • John Peter Gandy
  • William Crotch
  • Samuel Wesley
  • Henry Vincent
  • William Cathcart, 1st Earl Cathcart
  • Thomas de Grey, 2nd Earl de Grey
  • John Henry Newman
  • John Keble
  • Sir William Molesworth 8th Baronet
  • Samuel Pym
  • Henry Lambert
  • Nesbit Willoughby
  • William Palmer
  • William Innell Clement
  • Henry John Rose
  • John Austin (legal philosopher)
  • Thomas Dunham Whitaker
  • Adam Clarke
  • Marchioness of Hertford, Maria Emilia Fagnani
  • Charles Douglas, 6th Marquess of Queensberry
  • Francis Douglas, 8th Earl of Wemyss
  • Edward Thurlow 1st Baron Thurlow
  • Sir George Prevost
  • Sir Isaac Brock
  • John Thomas Bigge
  • John Creighton 1st Earl Erne
  • Dr. Robert Wardell
  • James Dunlop
  • Admiral Sir Charles Adam
  • Catherine Wellesley Duchess of Wellington
  • Robert Ross
  • Henry Prittie 1st Baron Dunalley
  • Henry Prittie 2nd Baron Dunalley
  • Robert Cuninghame 1st Baron Rossmore
  • Sir Sames Craig
  • Henry Edward Fox
  • Hudson Lowe
  • John Clayton
  • Samuel Horsley
  • James Wilmot
  • Samuel Hood Linzee
  • John Gore
  • George Atwood
  • Stephen Weston (antiquary)
  • Walter Whiter
  • Joseph Robertson
  • Samuel Parr
  • Joseph Goodall
  • Gilbert Wakefield
  • Robert Mann (Royal Navy Officer)
  • William Otter
  • Joseph Warton
  • George Pretyman Tomline
  • William Enfield
  • Henry Bathurst (bishop)
  • William Turner (Unitarian minister)
  • Edward Craggs-Eliot 1st Baron Eliot
  • Alexander Abercromby
  • James Abercromby, 1st Baron Dunfermline
  • Alexander Abercromby (British Army Officer)
  • Robert Merry
  • John Moore (physician)
  • Sir Richard Hughes
  • William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland
  • John Raphael Smith
  • Daniel Asher Alexander
  • Thomas Stothard
  • Charles Manners-Sutton
  • Sir Richard Westmacott
  • Richard Westmacott the younger
  • James Pennethorne
  • James Haliburton
  • Joseph George Holman
  • Hugh Palliser
  • Thomas Louis
  • Willoughby Thomas Lake
  • Henry Hotham
  • John Holloway
  • Sir Richard Strachan
  • Edward Thornbrough
  • Benjamin Hawes
  • Charles Wetherell
  • John Scott Russell
  • William Horsley
  • Henry Noel, 6th Earl of Gainsborough
  • James Harris 1st Earl of Malmesbury
  • Henry Richard Charles Wellesley 1st Earl of Cowley
  • William O’Bryen Drury
  • Sir John Borlase Warren
  • John Parker 1st Earl of Morley
  • John Murray 4th Earl of Dunmore
  • Alexander Murray 6th Earl of Dunmore
  • John Munro 9th of Teaninich
  • John Wilkes
  • Henry George Grey 3rd Earl Grey
  • John Lambton 1st Earl of Durham
  • Matthew Murray
  • William Losh
  • John Vaughan
  • John Metcalf
  • Henry Both
  • James Hogg
  • Allan Cunningham (botanist)
  • Peter Miller Cunningham
  • Robert Hartley Cromek
  • Sir David Wilkie
  • Thomas Thynne, 2nd Marquess of Bath
  • William Feilding, 7th Earl of Denbigh
  • Josceline Percy (Royal Navy Officer)
  • William Henry Percy
  • Thomas Dundas 1st Baron Dundas
  • William Fitzwilliam 4th Earl Fitzwilliam
  • Augustus Charles Pugin
  • Frederick Crace
  • James Morgan
  • Edward Blore
  • Alexander Monro
  • Joseph Galloway
  • Richard Curzon-Howe
  • Stephen Groombridge
  • William Simms
  • Sir James South
  • George Nugent 1st Marquess of Westmeath
  • James Gascoyne-Cecil 2nd Marquess of Salisbury
  • Sir Frederic Adam
  • Sir Henry Askew
  • Sir Henry Wyndham
  • William Stretton
  • Eyre Massey
  • Richard Handcock 2nd Baron Castlemaine
  • John Flaxman
  • Sir George Grey 1st Baronet
  • Hugh Cloberry Christian
  • Henry Harvey
  • William Young
  • Andrew Snape Douglas
  • George Burlton
  • Sir John Hill
  • Sir Henry Raeburn
  • Sir Colin Campbell/Cailean Mor
  • Henry Fane
  • Lord Charles Spencer
  • Lady Elizabeth Spencer
  • Henry Ellis 2nd Viscount Clifden
  • Edward Nares
  • Cropley Ashley-Cooper 6th Earl of Shaftesbury
  • George Biddell Airy
  • Charles Babbage
  • Richard Whately
  • Thomas Carlyle
  • Robert Grosvenor, 1st Baron Ebury
  • Edward Smith-Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby
  • Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby
  • Elizabeth Smith Stanley Countess of Derby
  • William Heberden the Elder
  • Marcus Beresford
  • John Julius Angerstein
  • Charles Pierrepont, 1st Earl Manvers
  • Robert Jocelyn, 2nd Earl of Roden
  • John Stewart 7th Earl of Galloway
  • William Stewart (1774-1827)
  • William Porden
  • William Burn
  • Sarah Fane, Countess of Westmorland
  • John Ponsonby 4th Earl of Bessborough
  • John Ponsonby 1st Viscount Ponsonby
  • Philip Gidley King
  • Anna Josepha King
  • Matthew Flinders
  • John Septimus Roe
  • Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy
  • Charles Darwin
  • Emma Crewe
  • Elizabeth Templetown
  • Ricahrd Gough (antiquarian)
  • Henry Grey Bennet
  • James Tytler
  • Alexander Fraser Tytler
  • George Thomson
  • William Power Keating Trench 1st Earl of Clancarty
  • George Townshend 1st marquess Townshend
  • John Campbell 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane
  • Elilzabeth Leveson-Gower Duchess of Sutherland
  • Nathan Rothschild
  • Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville
  • Patrick Sellar
  • Francis (Leveson-Gower) Egerton 1st Earl of Ellesmere
  • William Scott 1st Baron Stowell
  • Thomas Erskine 1st Baron Erskine
  • Thomas Thynne 1st Marquess of Bath
  • Thomas Conolly
  • Edward Michael (Pakenham) Conolly
  • Benjamin D’Urban
  • Robert Hamilton (ecnomist)
  • Thomas Hamilton (writer)
  • Augustus De Morgan
  • Sir James Pulteney 7th Baronet
  • Thomas Colyear 4th Earl of Portmore
  • Albemarle Bertie 9th Earl of Lindsey
  • Thomas Nelson 2nd Earl Nelson
  • Charlotte Hood 3rd Duchess of Bronte
  • Francis Villiers Countess of Jersey
  • John Campbell 1st Baron Cawdor
  • John Frederick Campbell 1st Earl Cawdor
  • Henry Howard (priest)
  • Joseph Clement
  • Arthur Woolf
  • Charles Monck 1st Viscount Monck
  • Henry Beresford 2nd Marquess of Waterford
  • Lord John Beresford
  • Sir John Beresford 1st Baronet
  • Lord George Thomas Beresford
  • John Gurney
  • Joseph Fry(tea merchant)
  • John James Waldegrave 6th Earl Waldegrave
  • Charles Gordon 10th Marquess of Huntly
  • Charles Compton Cavendish 1st Baron Chesham
  • Lord Frederick Gordon-Hallyburton
  • Richard Monckton Milnes 1st Baron Houghton
  • Elizabeth Gunning, 1 Baroness of Hamilton of Hameldon
  • Charles Grant (British East India Company)
  • Sir Robert Grant
  • Charles Lyell
  • Richard Kirwan
  • William Charles Wells
  • Patrick Matthew
  • Major-General Lord George Russell
  • Martha (Whyte) Countess of Elgin and Kincardine
  • Mary (Nisbet) Hamilton Bruce Countess of Elgin
  • William Brown
  • William Lechmere
  • Thomas Lee
  • Thomas Sidney Cooper
  • George Hamilton-Gordon 4th Earl of Aberdeen
  • William Ewart Gladstone
  • Charles Buller
  • George Grote
  • John Arthur Roebuck
  • John Roebuck
  • Thomas Dampier
  • Samuel Butler
  • George Edmund Byron Bettesworth
  • Eliza Courtney
  • General Robert Ellice
  • George Sackville-West 5th Earl De la Warr
  • John Britton (antiquary)
  • Henry Hardinge 1st Viscount Hardinge
  • James Nasmyth
  • Jesse Ramsden
  • Sir Joseph Whitworth
  • John Penn
  • Richard Roberts
  • David Napier
  • Charles Augustus FitzRoy
  • Richard Beadon
  • Lloyd Kenyon
  • William Tooke
  • Richard Grenville-Temple 2nd Earl Temple
  • Sir Thomas Pasley
  • Sir Thomas Graves
  • Alexander Cochrane
  • Guy Carleton 1st Baron Dorchester
  • Phillip Cosby
  • James Wallace
  • Matthew Robinson Boulton
  • Francis Eginton
  • James Keir
  • John Wilkinson
  • Simon Goodrich
  • William Murdoch
  • William Fordyce Mavor
  • St Andrew St John 14th Baron St John of Blesto
  • John St John 12th Baron St John of Blesto
  • John Taylor (Unitarian hymn writer)
  • Alexander Tilloch
  • Jonathan Boucher
  • John Luttrell-Olmius 3rd Earl of Carhampton
  • W.M. Praed
  • John Moultrie
  • William Sidney Walker
  • Charles Austin
  • Frederick Denison Maurice
  • Richard Arden 1st Baron Alvanley
  • John Cartwright (political reformer)
  • Thomas Curson Hansard
  • William Benbow
  • Thomas Robert Malthus
  • John Claudius Loudon
  • Thomas Townshend 1st Viscount Sydney
  • John Montagu 5th Earl of Sandwich
  • Lachlan Macquarie
  • William Dawes
  • Watkin Tench
  • Charles Craufurd
  • James Shaw Kennedy
  • John Colborne, 1st Baron Seaton
  • Robert Henley 2nd Earl of Northington
  • Thomas Brown (philosopher)
  • George Gilbert Scott
  • Charles Vignoles
  • Thomas Brassey
  • Charles Pasley
  • William Mackenzie
  • William Ward
  • William Ward 3rd Viscount Dudley and Ward
  • John Nichols
  • John Higton
  • George Ashburnham 3rd Earl of Ashburnham
  • John Ashburnham 2nd Earl of Ashburnham
  • William Henry Percy
  • Hugh Percy (bishop)
  • Elizabeth Fenning
  • Mr. Justice Abbot
  • Sir William Garrow
  • John Stoddart
  • Thomas Binney
  • Joseph Strutt
  • Lord Charles FitzRoy (1764-1829)
  • Francis Spencer 1st Baron Churchill
  • William FitzRoy
  • William Hopkins
  • William Hamilton Maxwell
  • Isaac Cruikshank
  • Robert Seymour (illustrator)
  • David Collins
  • William Linley
  • Andrew Bloxam
  • Elijah Impey
  • Princess Amelia of the United Kingdom
  • William Etty
  • George Henry Harlow
  • Sir Richard Croft 6th Baronet
  • Henry Bunbury
  • Rudolph Ackermann
  • William Combe
  • George Gipps
  • Geroge Barney
  • William M. James (naval historian)
  • Sir Jahleel Brenton 1st Baronet
  • Richard Sharp (politician)
  • Thomas Barnard (1726-1806)
  • William Howley
  • Edward Valentine Blomfield
  • Charles Bunbury 6th Baronet
  • George Napier
  • Reginald Heber
  • John Gibson
  • Sir Horatio Mann
  • William Yalden
  • William Bedster
  • Lumpy Stevens
  • Other Windsor 6th Earl of Plymouth
  • William Amherst 1st Earl Amherst
  • John Landseer
  • William Bewick
  • Charles Landseer
  • Charles Jenkinson 1st Earl of Liverpool
  • Sir Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood
  • Richard Turner (iron-founder)
  • Joseph Wright of Derby
  • Edward Copleston
  • Gavin Hamilton
  • Franz Bauer
  • Isaac Barré
  • Charles Finch 9th Earl of Winchilsea
  • Priscilla Bertie 21st Baroness Willoughby de Eresby
  • Thomas Banks
  • Richard Burdon
  • Thomas Bowdler
  • Patrick Brydone
  • Henry Tresham
  • Thomas Jones (artist)
  • Nathaniel Marchant
  • Henry Bankes
  • Nancy Storace
  • Robert Mylne
  • Joseph Gandy
  • James Boaden
  • Josiah Boydell
  • George Nicol
  • John Hoole
  • George Steevens
  • Richard Westall
  • Francesco Bartolozzi
  • Thomas Kirk
  • Thomas Macklin
  • William Marshall (Scottish Composer)
  • Nathaniel Wraxall
  • Robert Stewart 1st Marquess of Londonderry
  • John Bligh 4th Earl of Darnley
  • Edward Bligh
  • Frances Anne Vane Marchioness of Londonderry
  • Sir Henry Vane-Tempest
  • Frederick William Robert Stewart 4th Marquess of Londonderry
  • John Ebers
  • Ralph Harrison (1748-1810)
  • Henry Crabb Robinson
  • William Blackwood
  • Daniel Maclise
  • William Maginn
  • Leigh Hunt
  • Frances Villiers Countess of Jersey
  • John Shaw Sr
  • William Russell
  • Charles Wyndham 2nd Earl of Egremont
  • Richard Bagot (Bishop)
  • John Newton
  • Robert Nisbet-Hamilton
  • James Gandon
  • Robert Roddam
  • James Adam (architect)
  • John Erasmus Blackett
  • Michael Anthony Fleming
  • Thomas Hood
  • John Reid
  • David Thompson
  • Sir John Johnson
  • Robert Unwin Harwood
  • Charles Yorke 4th Earl of Hardwicke
  • James Beeching
  • John Franklin
  • George Jardine
  • James Penny
  • William Herschel
  • Henry Collen
  • Thomas Maclear
  • George Ralph Campbell Abercromby
  • Robert Abercromby of Airthey
  • Fox Maule-Ramsay 11th Earl of Dalhousie
  • Andrew Bell
  • Wiliam Andrews Nesfield
  • Thomas Cundy
  • Thomas Cubitt
  • Archibald Cochrane 9th Earl of Dundonald
  • Archibald Cochrane (Royal Navy Officer)
  • Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane
  • Philip Beaver
  • Frederick Marryat
  • Andrew Cochrane-Johnstone
  • Maria Graham
  • Mary Anne Clarke
  • Sarah Trimmer
  • Joseph Johnson
  • Anna Laetitia Barbauld
  • John Crichton-Stuart 2nd Marquess of Bute
  • Margaret King
  • Lord Evelyn Stuart
  • Henry Villiers-Stuart 1st Baron Stuart de Decies
  • Lord Dudley Stuart
  • William Sharp (Surgeon)
  • Olaudah Equiano
  • Hyde Parker (Sea Lord)
  • John Boteler Parker
  • James Hook (1746-1827)
  • James Hook
  • Charles Mathews
  • Michael Kelly
  • Mary Ann Duff
  • Charles Murray
  • Joseph Pease (reformer)
  • Matthew Baillie
  • Fanny Burney
  • Elizabeth Carter
  • Elizabeth Montagu
  • James Montgomery
  • John Wall Callcott
  • Thomas Young (scientist)
  • James St Clair-Erskine 2nd Earl of Rosslyn
  • John Joseph Stockdale
  • Benjamin Godwin
  • John Emes
  • Frederick Hervey 1st Marquess of Bristol
  • Charles Ellis 6th Baron Howard de Walden
  • Charles Rose Ellis 1st Baron Seaford
  • John Crome
  • David Roberts
  • William Dyce
  • William Collins
  • Abraham Cooper
  • William Clarkson Stanfield
  • Charles Fellows
  • Joseph Stannard
  • Samuel Sharpe
  • Daniel Sharpe
  • Henry Mackenzie
  • Martin Archer Shee
  • Charles Alfred Stothard
  • Robert Bloomfield
  • Henry Francis Cary
  • Alexander Dyce
  • Henry Grattan
  • Samuel Prout
  • Nathaniel Dance
  • George Byng 4th Viscount Torrington
  • Charles Stanhope 3rd Earl Harrington
  • Sir Edward Codrington
  • Elizabeth Craven
  • Peter Halkett
  • Frank Sayers
  • Charles Marsh
  • Thomas Starling Norgate
  • Edward Rigby
  • George Burnett
  • Thomas Manning
  • James Harvey D’Egville
  • Thomas King
  • John Bannister
  • John Henry Johnstone
  • Anna Maria Crouch
  • John Genest
  • John Mitchell Kemble
  • Peter Puget
  • Joseph Whidbey
  • Alan Hyde Gardner 2nd Baron Gardner
  • Robert Barrie
  • Wiliam Linnaeus Gardner
  • William Thomas Beckford
  • Tomas Pettigrew

The Dukes

  • Duke of Norfolk, Henry Howard 13th Duke
  • Duke of Marlborough George Spencer-Churchill 5th Duke
  • Duke of Marlborough George Spencer-Churchill 6th Duke
  • Duke of Atholl John Murray 4th Duke
  • Duke of Argyll George Campbell 6th Duke
  • Duke of Bridgewater Francis Egerton 3rd Duke
  • Duke of Sutherland George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower 2nd Duke
  • Duke of Gordon George Duncan Gordon 5th Duke
  • Duke of Cleveland Henry Vane 2nd Duke
  • Duke of Cleveland William Vane 3rd Duke
  • Duke of Cleveland Harry Powlett 4th Duke
  • Duchess of Gordon Jane Gordon
  • James Graham 4th Duke of Montrose
  • Charlotte Lennox Duchess of Richmond
  • Duke of Manchester William Montagu 5th Duke
  • Charles Sackville-Germain 5th Duke of Dorset
  • Elizabeth Cavendish Duchess of Devonshire
  • Anna Russell Duchess of Bedford

The Royals

  • Ernest Augustus 1 of Hanover
  • Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
  • Augustus Frederick Duke of Sussex
  • Henry Frederick Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn
  • Maria Walpole Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh
  • Prince William Henry Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh
  • Charles Edward Stuart, Count Roehenstart

The Dandy Club

  • Beau Brummell
  • William Arden, 2nd Baron Alvanley

Patronesses of Almacks

  • Emily Lamb, Lady Cowper
  • Sarah Villiers, Countess of Jersey
  • Dorothea Lieven, Countess de Lieven, wife of the Russian Ambassador
  • Countess Esterhazy, wife of the Austrian Ambassador

Regency Business

  • The Morning Post
  • Rundell and Bridge
  • Lackington-Temple of Muses
  • Almack’s
  • Burlington Arcade
  • The Times
  • Marylebone Cricket Club
  • White’s
  • Boydell Shakespeare Gallery

If there are any requests for personalities to be added to the list, just let us know in the comments section

Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

Alexander Hamilton 10th Duke of Hamilton
3 October 1767 – 18 August 1852

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Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton 10th Duke of Hamilton was born at St. James’s Square, London, a son of Archibald Hamilton, 9th Duke of Hamilton, he was educated at Harrow School and at Christ Church, Oxford.

Hamilton was a Whig, and his political career began in 1802, when he became MP for Lancaster. He remained in the House of Commons until 1806, when he was appointed to the Privy Council, and Ambassador to the court of St. Petersburg until 1807; additionally, he was Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire from 1802 to 1852. He received the numerous titles at his father’s death in 1819. He was Lord High Steward at King William IV’s coronation in 1831 and Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1838, and remains the last person to have undertaken this duty twice. He became a Knight of the Garter in 1836. He held the office of Grand Master of the Freemasons between 1820 and 1822. He held the office of President of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland between 1827 and 1831. He held the office of Trustee of the British Museum between 1834 and 1852.

He married Susan Euphemia Beckford, daughter of William Thomas Beckford and Lady Margaret Gordon-daughter of Charles Gordon, 4th Earl of Aboyne, on 26 April 1810 in London, England.
Beckford was the son of a Lord Mayor of London, William Beckford and his wife Maria Hamilton, who like the 10th Duke was a descendant of James Hamilton, Duke of Châtellerault.

Hamilton was a well-known dandy of his day. An obituary notice states that “timidity and variableness of temperament prevented his rendering much service to, or being much relied on by his party … With a great predisposition to over-estimate the importance of ancient birth … he well deserved to be considered the proudest man in England.” He also supported Napoleon and commissioned the painting The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries by Jacques-Louis David.

Lord Lamington, in The Days of the Dandies, wrote of him that ‘never was such a magnifico as the 10th Duke, the Ambassador to the Empress Catherine; when I knew him he was very old, but held himself straight as any grenadier. He was always dressed in a military laced undress coat, tights and Hessian boots, &c’. Lady Stafford in letters to her son mentioned ‘his great Coat, long Queue, and Fingers cover’d with gold Rings’, and his foreign appearance. According to another obituary, this time in Gentleman’s Magazine he had ‘an intense family pride’.

Hamilton had a strong interest in Ancient Egyptian mummies, and was so impressed with the work of mummy expert Thomas Pettigrew that he arranged for Pettigrew to mummify him after his death. He died on 18 August 1852 at age 84 at 12 Portman Square, London, England and was buried on 4 September 1852 at Hamilton Palace, Hamilton, Scotland. In accordance with his wishes, Hamilton’s body was mummified after his death and placed in a sarcophagus of the Ptolemaic period that he had originally acquired in Paris in 1836 ostensibly for the British Museum. At the same time he had acquired the sarcophagus of Pabasa, an important noblemen which is now in the Kelvingrove Museum. In 1842 Hamilton had begun construction of the Hamilton Mausoleum as repository for the overcrowded family vault at the Palace. He was interred there with other Dukes of Hamilton, from the 1858 completion of the Mausoleum until 1921 when subsidence and the subsequent demolition of the Palace forced removal of the bodies to the Bent cemetery in Hamilton, where he still lies buried in his sarcophagus.

His collection of paintings, objects, books and manuscripts was sold for £397,562 in July 1882. The manuscripts were purchased by the German government for £80,000. Some were repurchased by the British government and are now in the British Museum.

By his wife, Susan Beckford, Hamilton had one son and one daughter:

  • William Hamilton, 11th Duke of Hamilton, who married Princess Marie Amelie of Baden
  • Lady Susan Hamilton, who married 1st, Henry Pelham-Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle; 2nd, Jean Alexis Op de Beeck.

Caution’s Heir

Caution’s Heir is now available at all our internet retailers and also in physical form as well

The Trade Paperback version is now available for purchase here @ $15.99 (but as of this writing, it looks like Amazon has still discounted it 10%)

Caution’s Heir is also available digitally for $4.99 @ the iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

The image for the cover is a Cruikshank, A Game of Whist; Tom & Jerry among the ‘Swell Broad Coves.’ Tom and Jerry was a very popular series of stories at the time.

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Teaching a boor a lesson is one thing.
Winning all that the man owns is more than Lord Arthur Herrington expects. Especially when he finds that his winnings include the boor’s daughter!

The Duke of Northampshire spent fortunes in his youth. The reality of which his son, Arthur the Earl of Daventry, learns all too well when sent off to school with nothing in his pocket. Learning to fill that pocket leads him on a road to frugality and his becoming a sober man of Town. A sober but very much respected member of the Ton.

Lady Louisa Booth did not have much hope for her father, known in the country for his profligate ways. Yet when the man inherited her gallant uncle’s title and wealth, she hoped he would reform. Alas, that was not to be the case.

When she learned everything was lost, including her beloved home, she made it her purpose to ensure that Lord Arthur was not indifferent to her plight. An unmarried young woman cast adrift in society without a protector. A role that Arthur never thought to be cast as. A role he had little idea if he could rise to such occasion. Yet would Louisa find Arthur to be that one true benefactor? Would Arthur make this obligation something more? Would a game of chance lead to love?

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From our tale:

Chapter One

St. Oswald’s church was bleak, yet beautiful all in one breath. 13th century arches that soared a tad more than twenty feet above the nave provided a sense of grandeur, permanence and gravitas. These prevailed within, while the turret-topped tower without, once visible for miles around now vied with mature trees to gain the eye of passers-by.

On sunny days stain-glass windows, paid for by a Plantagenet Baron who lived four hundred years before and now only remembered because of this gift, cast charming rainbow beams across the inner sanctum. And on grey overcast days ghostly shadows danced along the aisle.

As per the custom of parish churches the first three pews were set-aside for the gentry. On this day the second pew, behind the seat reserved for the Marquess of Hroek, who hadn’t attended since the passing of his son and heir, was Louisa Booth his niece and her companion Mrs Bottomworth.

Mrs Bottomworth was a stocky matron on the good side of fifty. Barely on the good side of fifty. But one would not say that was an unfortunate thing for she wore her years well and kept her charge free of trouble. Mrs Bottomworth’s charge was an only child, who would still have been in the schoolroom excepting the fact of the death of her mother some years earlier. This had aged the girl quickly, and made her hostess to her father’s household. The Honourable Hector Booth, third son of the previous Marquess, maintained a modest house on his income of 300 pounds. That was quite a nice sum for just the man and one daughter, with but five servants. They lived in a small, two floor house with four rooms. It should be noted that this of course left two bedchambers that were not inhabited by family members. As the Honourable Mr Booth saved his excess pounds for certain small vices that confined themselves with drink and the occasional wager on a horse, these two rooms were seldom opened.

Mrs Bottomworth had thought to make use of one of the empty rooms when she took up her position, but the Honourable Hector Booth advised and instructed her to share his daughter’s room. For the last four years this is what she had done. When two such as these shared a room, it was natural that they would either become best of friends, or resent each other entirely. Happily the former occurred as Louisa was in need of a confidant to fill the void left in her mother’s absence, and Mrs Bottomworth had a similar void as her two daughters had grown and gone on to make their own lives.

The Honourable Mr Booth took little effort in concerning himself with such matters as he was ever about his brother’s house, or ensconced in a comfortable seat at either the local tavern or the Inn. If those locations had felt he was too warm for them, he would make a circuit of what friends and acquaintances he had in the county. The Honourable Mr Booth would spend an hour or two with a neighbour discussing dogs or hunters, neither of which he could afford to keep, though he did borrow a fine mount of his brother to ride to the hunt. The Marquess took little notice, having reduced his view of the world by degrees when first his beloved younger brother who was of an age between the surviving Honourable Mr Booth had perished shortly after the Marquess’ marriage. Their brother had fallen in the tropics of a fever. Then the Marquess had lost his second child, a little girl in her infancy, his wife but a few years after, and most recently his son and heir to the wars with Napoleon.

This caused the Honourable Mr Booth to be heir to Hroek, a situation that had occurred after he had lost his own wife. With that tragedy, Mr Booth had found more time to make friends with all sorts of new bottles, though not to a degree that it was considered remarkable beyond a polite word. Mr Booth was not a drunkard. He was confronting his grief with a sociability that was acceptable in the county.

Louisa, however, was cast further adrift. No father to turn to. No uncle who had been the patriarch of the family her entire life. And certainly now no feminine examples to follow but her companion and governess, Mrs Bottomworth. That Mrs Bottomworth was an excellent choice for the task was more due to acts of the Marquess, still able to think clearly at the time she was employed, than to the Honourable Mr Booth. Mr Booth was amenable to any suggestion of his elder brother for that man controlled his purse, and as Mr Booth was consumed with grief, while the Marquess had adapted to various causes of grief prior to the final straw of his heir’s death, the Marquess of Hroek clearly saw a solution to what was a problem.

Now in her pew, where once as a young girl she had been surrounded by her cousins, parents, uncles and aunt, she sat alone except for her best of friends. Louisa was full of life in her pew, her cheeks a shade of pink that contrasted with auburn hair, which glistened as sunlight that flowed though the coloured panes of glass touched it from beneath her bonnet. Blue eyes shown over a small straight nose, her teeth were straight, though two incisors were ever so slightly bigger than one would attribute to a gallery beauty painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence.

She was four inches taller than five feet, so rather tall for a young woman, but her genes bred true, and many a girl of the aristocracy was slightly taller than those women who were of humbler origins. Her back was straight and for an observant man, of which there were some few in the county, her figure might be discussed. The wrath though of her uncle the Marquess would not wish to be bourne should it be found out that her form had become a topic amongst the young men. Noteworthy though was that she had a figure that men thought inspiring enough to tempt that wrath, and think on it. A full bosom was high on her chest, below her heart shaped face. She was lean of form, though her hips flared just enough that one could see definition in her torso. Certainly a beauty Sir Thomas’ brushes would wish the honour to meet.

The vicar Mr Spotslet had at one time in his early days in the community, discussed the Sunday sermons with the Marquess. Mr Spotslet had enjoyed long discussions of theology, philosophy, natural history and the holy writ that were then thoughtfully couched in terms to be made accessible by the parish. The lassitude that had overtaken the Marquess had caused those interviews to become shortened and infrequent and as such the sermons suffered, as many were wont to note. There had been dialogues that Mr Spotslet had engaged in with the attendees of his masses. Now he seemed to have lost his way and delivered soliloquies.

This day Mr Spotslet indulged in a speech that talked to the vices of gambling. The local sports, of which the Honourable Mr Booth was an intimate, had raced their best through the village green the previous Wednesday for but a prize of one quid, and this small bet had caused pandemonium when Mrs McCaster had fallen in the street with her washing spread everywhere and trampled by the horses. Not much further along the path, Mr Smith the grocer’s delivery for the vicar himself was dropped by the boy and turned into detritus as that too was stampeded over. A natural choice for a sermon, yet only two of the culprits were in attendance this day. The rest had managed to find reasons to avoid the Mass.

Louisa squirmed a little in her seat the moment she realised that her father had been one of the men that the sermon was speaking of. Was she not the centre of everyone’s gaze at such a time? Her father having refused to attend for some years, and her uncle unable due to his illness. She was the representative of the much reduced family. Not only was it expected that the parish would look to her as the Booth of Hroek, but with her father’s actions called to the attentions of all, it was natural that they look at her again. This time in a light that did not reflect well on her father and she knew that she had no control over that at all.

Mrs Bottomworth, who might have been lightly resting her eyes, Louisa would credit her in such a generous way, came to tensing at the mention of the incident. Louisa did not want to bring her friend to full wakefulness, but Mrs Bottomworth realised what was occurring and the direction that the sermon was taking. Louisa’s companion took her hand and patted it reassuringly.

“Perhaps a social call on Lady Walker?” Mrs Bottomworth suggested as they walked back to the house after services. The house which sat just within the estate boundaries was four hundred feet off the main bridal way that led to Hroek Castle. A small road had been cleared from the gatehouse to the house that Mr Booth now maintained, and this the two women travelled.

Louisa generally appreciated visits such as this as she had gotten older, and certainly several of the adults in the neighbourhood showed a kindly interest in her education and the development of her social manners. “I think I shall go to the castle and read to my uncle.” A task that she had done each day of the last fortnight but one.

“We have not talked, but you and the Marquess had an interview with the doctors.” Mrs Bottomworth had tried to comfort her charge after that, but Louisa had waved her hand and gone to sit quietly under a yew tree that had a grand vista of the park leading to Hroek Castle.

 “Uncle will be most lucky if he should be with us come Michaelmas.”

“That will be a sad day when we lose such a friend.” These were words of comfort. Mrs Bottomworth had been well encouraged in her charge by the Marquess but one could not say that they interacted greatly with one another. The Marquess ensured that his brother heeded the suggestions and advisements of Mrs Bottomworth as the Honourable Mr Booth left to his own devices would have kept his daughter in the nursery and would have forgotten to send a governess to provide her with instruction.

“Indeed, my uncle may not have been one of the great men of England, but he is well regarded in the county.” Often with that statement followed the next, “Warmly remembered is it when the Prince Regent came and stayed for a fortnight of sport and entertainment.” This had been many years before, and certainly before any of the tragedies beset the line of the Booths.

“Yes, I have heard it said with great earnestness. But come let us change your clothes and then we shall go up to the great house. I shall have Mallow fetch the gig so we may proceed all the more expeditiously.”

“That would be good, but we will have to use the dogcart. Father was to take the gig to see Sir Mark today, or so he said at breakfast.” Where Louisa knew he would drink the Baronet’s sherry for a couple hours before thinking to return, unless he was asked to stay for dinner.

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In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

Alan Gardner 1st Baron Gardner
12 February 1742 – 1 January 1809

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Alan Gardner

Alan Gardner 1st Baron Gardner joined the Royal Navy in 1755. Promoted to Captain in 1766, his first command was the fireship HMS Raven. He commanded a number of frigates before being promoted to a ship of the line. In 1782 he commanded a ship at the Battle of the Saintes and in 1786, as Commodore of the American Squadron (consisting of HMS Europa and HMS Experiment), he suppressed smuggling in the Gulf of Mexico and ordered detailed hydrographic surveys of Caribbean locations of interest to the Navy. During this time, he commanded and probably mentored future famous officers such as George Vancouver, Peter Puget and Joseph Whidbey.

He was a Member of the Board of Admiralty from 1790 to 1795 and was then promoted to full Admiral in 1795. During the Mutiny at Spithead in 1797, Gardner negotiated directly with the mutineers, until he lost his temper, seized a mutineer by the throat and threatened to hang the lot. This nearly led to his own demise at the hands of the mutineers, but cooler heads prevailed.

In 1800 he became Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Station. That year he was also created Baron Gardner, of Uttoxeter, in the Peerage of Ireland and in 1806 the title of Baron Gardner in the Peerage of the United Kingdom was created for him. He was Member of Parliament for Plymouth and, later, Westminster. He was briefly Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth from March to June 1803. In 1807 he was made Commander-in-Chief of the Channel Fleet and he died in office on 1 January 1809.

Gardner was born in Uttoxeter. He married Susannah Hyde Gale on 20 May 1769. They had two sons. The older son, Alan Hyde Gardner, 2nd Baron Gardner, and their nephew, Robert Barrie, became Admirals in the Royal Navy. Gale was a Jamaican heiress and the daughter of Francis Gale, a plantation owner, and Susanna Hall.

Through his brother, Major Valentine Gardner, he was the uncle of Colonel William Linnæus Gardner, an Indian officer.

Capt. George Vancouver named several locations after Gardner: Mount Gardner in Australia, the Gardner Channel in Canada, and Port Gardner Bay in Puget Sound. Also in Puget Sound, Port Susan is named for his wife, Susannah.

An East Indiaman was named after Admiral Gardner; it was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands, in 1809. It was carrying a large number of copper 10 and 20 cash coins minted by the East India Company for circulation in the Madras Presidency. The coins were preserved in tightly sealed barrels and large numbers were retrieved around 1986. They are frequently packaged and sold as inexpensive “shipwreck coins.”

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Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

Maria Theresa Kemble
1774–1838

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Maria Theresa Kemble

The daughter of George De Camp, real name possibly De Fleury, she was born in Vienna 17 January 1774 into a family of musicians and dancers. Brought to England, she appeared when six years old at the Opera House, as Cupid in a ballet by Jean-Georges Noverre. After playing at the age of eight in a theatre directed by M. Le Texier Zélie in a translation of La Colombe by Madame de Genlis, she was engaged for the Royal Circus. George Colman took her for the Haymarket Theatre. Her first performance at the Haymarket was in The Nosegay on 14 June 1786 with James Harvey D’Egville in the presence of the royal family. On 21 June she danced in The Polonaise, and on 7 July she appeared in a ballet entitled Jamie’s Return with James Harvey and his brother George D’Egville. She was then secured by Thomas King for the Drury Lane Theatre, where on 24 October 1786, she played Julie, a small part in John Burgoyne’s Richard Cœur de Lion. Her father had left her in England for Germany, where he died while she was still young; she picked up English, and played juvenile and small parts.

She first caught the public taste 15 August 1792 at the Haymarket, when, in a travestied Beggar’s Opera she performed Macheath to the Polly of John Bannister and the Lucy of John Henry Johnstone. Biddy in Miss in her Teens (David Garrick), Adelaide in The Count of Narbonne adapted from the Castle of Otranto, Gillian in the Quaker, and Lucy in The Recruiting Officer were then assigned her; and she played some original parts, including Lindamira in Richard Cumberland’s Box Lobby Challenge. In singing parts she was allowed at times to replace Nancy Storace and Anna Maria Crouch. She was the original Judith in The Iron Chest (George Colman the Younger), and Florimel in Kemble’s Celadon and Florimel (from The Maiden Queen). Miranda in the Busybody, Page (Cherubin) in Follies of a Day (Figaro), Le Mariage de Figaro, and Kitty in High Life Below Stairs (James Townley) followed. At the Haymarket, 15 July 1797, she was the original Caroline Dormer in The Heir-at-Law (George Colman the Younger), and in the same year she played Portia and Desdemona, followed at Drury Lane by Katherine in Katherine and Petruchio, and Hippolito in Kemble’s alteration of The Tempest.

For her benefit, 3 May 1799, she gave at Drury Lane her own unprinted play of First Faults. In 1799 William Earle printed a piece called Natural Faults, and accused Miss De Camp in the preface of having stolen his plot and characters. In a letter to the Morning Post of 10 June, she denied the charge, and asserted that her play was copied by Earle from recitation. John Genest considered that Earle’s statement ‘has the appearance of truth’. Lady Teazle, Miss Hoyden, Lady Plyant in The Double Dealer (William Congreve), Hypolita in She would and she would not, Little Pickle, and Dollalolla in Tom Thumb were some of the other parts she played before her marriage to Charles Kemble, which took place 2 July 1806.

Accompanying the Kembles to Covent Garden, she made her first appearance there, 1 October 1806, as Maria in the Citizen, and remained there for the rest of her acting career. Her comedy, The Day after the Wedding, or a Wife’s First Lesson, 1808, was played at Covent Garden for the benefit of her husband, who enacted Colonel Freelove, 18 May 1808; she was Lady Elizabeth Freelove. Match-making, or ‘Tis a Wise Child that knows its own Father, played for her own benefit on the 24th, is also assigned to her. It was not acted a second time, nor printed.

She also assisted her husband in the preparation of Deaf and Dumb. Among the parts now assigned her were Ophelia, Mrs. Sullen, Violante, Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing, Mrs. Ford, and Juliana in the Honeymoon, and the like. In 1813–14 and 1814–15 she was not engaged. On 12 December 1815 she made an appearance as Lady Emily Gerald in her own comedy Smiles and Tears, or the Widow’s Stratagem.

She then disappeared from the stage until 1818–19, when she played Mrs. Sterling, and was the original Madge Wildfire in Daniel Terry’s musical version of Heart of Midlothian. For her own and her husband’s benefit she played Lady Julia in ‘Personation,’ 9 June 1819, when she retired. A solitary reappearance was made at Covent Garden on the occasion of the début as Juliet of her daughter Fanny Kemble, 5 October 1829, when she played Lady Capulet.

She died at Chertsey, Surrey, on 3 September 1838.

Besides Fanny Kemble, her daughter Adelaide Kemble was known on the stage. A son John Mitchell Kemble was a classical scholar.

Her brother occasionally acted fops and footmen at Drury Lane and the Haymarket, and was subsequently an actor and a cowkeeper in America. Her sister Adelaide, an actress in a line similar to her own, was popular in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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