Archive for June, 2013

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.

William Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk 9th Duke of St Albans
24 March 1801 – 27 May 1849


William Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk, 9th Duke of St. Albans was the son of William Beauclerk, 8th Duke of St Albans. He played a first-class cricket match for Hampshire in 1817.
He married, firstly, Harriet Mellon, the very rich widow of the Banker Thomas Coutts and a woman 23 years his senior in 1827 in London. She died ten years later.
He married, secondly, Elizabeth Catherine Gubbins, in 1839 in Harby, Leicestershire. They had three children:

  • William Ameleus Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk, 10th Duke of St Albans (1840–1898)
  • Diana de Vere Beauclerk (10 December 1842 – 1 April 1905) married John Walter Huddleston.
  • Charlotte Beauclerk (1849–?)

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The End of the World
This is the first of the Regency Romances I published. It is available for sale and I hope that you will take the opportunity to order your copy for the holiday season. For yourself or as a gift.
It is now available in a variety of formats. For $7.99 you can get this Regency Romance for your eReader. A little more as an actual physical book.


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Hermione Merwyn leads a pleasant, quiet life with her father, in the farthest corner of England. All is as it should be, though change is sure to come.  For she and her sister have reached the age of marriage, but that can be no great adventure when life at home has already been so bountiful.

When Samuel Lynchhammer arrives in Cornwall, having journeyed the width of the country, he is down to his last few quid and needs to find work for his keep. Spurned by the most successful mine owner in the county, Gavin Tadcaster, Samuel finds work for Gavin’s adversary, Sir Lawrence Merwyn.

Can working for Sir Lawrence, the father of two young women on the cusp of their first season to far away London, be what Samuel needs to help him resolve the reasons for his running away from his obligations in the east of the country? Will the daughters be able to find happiness in the desolate landscapes and deadly mines of their home?

When a stranger arrives in Cornwall while the war rages on the Peninsula, is he the answer to one’s prayers, or a nightmare wearing the disguise of a gentleman?


If you have any commentary, thoughts, ideas about the book (especially if you buy it, read it and like it 😉 then we would love to hear from you.

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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.

Edward Waring
1736- August 15 1798


Edward Waring

Waring was the eldest son of John and Elizabeth Waring, a prosperous farming couple. He received his early education in Shrewsbury School admitted to Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1753. His extraordinary talent for mathematics was recognized from his early years in Cambridge. In 1757 he graduated BA and in 1758 was elected to a fellowship at Magdalene. He belonged to the Hyson Club, whose members included William Paley.

At the end of 1759 Waring published the first chapter of Miscellanea Analytica. The next year he was appointed Lucasian professor of mathematics, one of the highest positions in Cambridge.

William Samuel Powell, tutor in St John’s College, opposed Waring’s election and instead supported the candidacy of William Ludlam. In the polemic with Powell, Waring was backed by John Wilson. In fact Waring was very young and did not hold the MA, necessary for qualifying for the Lucasian chair, but this was granted him in 1760 by royal mandate.

In 1762 he published the full Miscellanea Analytica, mainly devoted to the theory of numbers and algebraic equations. In 1763 he was elected to the Royal Society. He was awarded its Copley medal in 1784 but withdrew from the society in 1795, after he had reached sixty, ‘on account of [his] age’. Waring was also a member of the academies of sciences of Göttingen and Bologna. In 1767 he took an MD degree, but his activity in medicine was quite limited. He carried out dissections with Richard Watson, professor of chemistry and later bishop of Llandaff. From about 1770 he was physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital at Cambridge, and also practised at St Ives, where he lived for some years after 1767. His career as a physician was not very successful since he was seriously short-sighted and a very shy man.

In 1776 Waring married Mary Oswell, sister of a draper in Shrewsbury; they moved to Shrewsbury and then retired to Plealey, 8 miles out of the town, where Waring owned an estate.

Waring wrote a number of papers in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, dealing with the resolution of algebraic equations, number theory, series, approximation of roots, interpolation, the geometry of conic sections, and dynamics.

The Meditationes Algebraicae (1770), where many of the results published in Miscellanea Analytica were reworked and expanded, was described by Joseph Louis Lagrange as ‘a work full of excellent researches’. In this work Waring published many theorems concerning the solution of algebraic equations which attracted the attention of continental mathematicians, but his best results are in number theory. Included in this work was the so-called Goldbach conjecture (every even integer is the sum of two primes), and also the following conjecture: every odd integer is a prime or the sum of three primes. Leonhard Euler had proved that every positive integer is the sum of not more than four squares; Waring suggested that every positive integer is either a cube or the sum of not more than nine cubes. He also advanced the hypothesis that every positive integer is either a biquadrate or the sum of not more than nineteen biquadrates. These hypotheses form what is known as Waring’s problem. He also published a theorem, due to his friend John Wilson, concerning prime numbers; it was later proved rigorously by Lagrange.

In Proprietates Algebraicarum Curvarum (1772) Waring reissued in a much revised form the first four chapters of the second part of Miscellanea Analytica. He devoted himself to the classification of higher plane curves, improving results obtained by Isaac Newton, James Stirling, Leonhard Euler, and Gabriel Cramer. In 1794 he published a few copies of a philosophical work entitled An Essay on the Principles of Human Knowledge, which were circulated among his friends.

Waring’s mathematical style is highly analytical. In fact he criticized those British mathematicians who adhered too strictly to geometry. It is indicative that he was one of the subscribers of John Landen’s Residual Analysis (1764), one of the works in which the tradition of the Newtonian fluxional calculus was more severely criticized. In the preface of Meditationes Analyticae Waring showed a good knowledge of continental mathematicians such as Alexis Clairaut, Jean le Rond d’Alembert, and Euler.

He lamented the fact that in Great Britain mathematics was cultivated with less interest than on the continent, and clearly desired to be considered as highly as the great names in continental mathematics—there is no doubt that he was reading their work at a level never reached by any other eighteenth-century British mathematician. Most notably, at the end of chapter three of Meditationes analyticae Waring presents some partial fluxional equations (partial differential equations in Leibnizian terminology); such equations are a mathematical instrument of great importance in the study of continuous bodies which was almost completely neglected in Britain before Waring’s researches. One of the most interesting results in Meditationes analyticae is a test for the convergence of series generally attributed to d’Alembert (the ‘ratio test’). The theory of convergence of series (the object of which is to establish when the summation of an infinite number of terms can be said to have a finite ‘sum’) was not much advanced in the eighteenth century.

Waring’s work was known both in Britain and on the continent, but it is difficult to evaluate his impact on the development of mathematics. His work on algebraic equations contained in Miscellanea Analytica was translated into Italian by Vincenzo Riccati in 1770. Waring’s style is not systematic and his exposition is often obscure. It seems that he never lectured and did not habitually correspond with other mathematicians.

After Jérôme Lalande in 1796 observed, in Notice sur la vie de Condorcet, that in 1764 there was not a single first-rate analyst in England, Waring’s reply, published after his death as ‘Original letter of Dr Waring’ in the Monthly Magazine, stated that he had given ‘somewhere between three and four hundred new propositions of one kind or another’.

During his last years he sank into a deep religious melancholy, and a violent cold caused his death, in Plealey, on 15 August 1798. He was buried in the churchyard at Fitz, Shropshire.

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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.

George Harris, 1st Baron
18 March 1746 – 19 May 1829


George Harris

Harris was the son of the Reverend George Harris, curate of Brasted. He was educated at Westminster School and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, he was commissioned to the Royal Artillery in 1760, transferring to an ensigncy in the 5th foot (Northumberland Fusiliers) in 1762. Three years later he became lieutenant, and in 1771 captain. His first active service was in the American War of Independence, in which he served at Lexington, Bunker Hill and in every engagement of Howe’s army except one up to November 1778.

By this time he had obtained his majority. His next service was under Major-General Medows at Santa Lucia in 1778-1779, after which his regiment served as marines in Rodney’s fleet. Later in 1779 he was for a time a prisoner of war. Shortly before his promotion to lieutenant-colonel in his regiment (1780) he married. After commanding the 5th in Ireland for some years, he exchanged and went with General Medows to Bombay, and served with that officer in India until 1792, taking part in various battles and engagements, notably Lord Cornwallis’s attack on Seringapatam in the Third Anglo-Mysore War.

In 1794, after a short period of home service, he was again in India. In the same year he became major-general, and in 1796 local lieutenant-general in Madras. Up to 1800 be commanded the troops in the presidency, and for a short time he exercised the civil government as well. In December 1798 he was appointed by Lord Mornington, the governor-general, to command the field army which was intended to attack Tipu Sultan, and in a few months of campaigning Harris reduced the Kingdom of Mysore and stormed the great stronghold of Seringapatam, where the Tipu died in its defence.

His success established his reputation as a capable and experienced commander, and its political importance led to his being offered the reward (which he declined) of an Irish peerage. He returned home in 1800, became lieutenant-general in the army the following year, and attained the rank of full general in 1812. He bought Belmont House near Faversham in 1801.

In 1815 he was made a peer of the United Kingdom under the title Baron Harris of Seringapatam and Mysore, and of Belmont in the County of Kent. In 1820 he received the GCB, and in 1824 the governorship of Dumbarton Castle. Lord Harris died at Belmont in May 1829. He had been colonel of the 73rd Highlanders since 1800.

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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 Pinch the Elder
1769 – March 11 1827
Pinch was an architect working mainly in the city of Bath, England. He was surveyor to the Pulteney and Darlington estate and responsible for many of the later Georgian buildings in Bath, especially in Bathwick.

John Pinch was born at Callington, Cornwall where he was christened on 4 January 1769. He started as an architect and builder in the 1790s. He was assistant to Thomas Baldwin as surveyor to the Pulteney estate and succeeded him as surveyor after Baldwin’s bankruptcy in 1793; when the estate passed into the ownership of the Earl of Darlington he retained his position. John Pinch married Martha Cleave in 1792 at and died 11 March 1827 in Bath.

His earliest identified work is Babington House in Babington, Somerset which was built in 1790. A few years later he completed Northampton Street in Bath which had been started by Thomas Baldwin, and was completed by George Phillips Manners.

New commissions included Rockfield House in Nunney in 1805 and various properties in Bath including: New Sydney Place (1807), Daniel Street (1810) and Raby Place (1825), Bathwick.

Norfolk Crescent in Bath was started around 1793 by John Palmer and continued about 1820 by Pinch. A similar completion of Palmer’s designs was Nelson Place.

Pinch also has his own projects in Bath including, between 1808 and 1815 Cavendish Place, Cavendish Crescent (1817–1830), Sion Hill Place (1817–1820), Cleveland Pools (c.1814), St Mary’s Church, Bathwick (1817–1820), Spa Villa, Bathwick Hill (1820), Prior Park Buildings, a terrace of 19 houses off Prior Park Road, built from 1820, St. Michael’s Church, Twerton (1824) and the Royal United Hospital in Beau Street, Bath (1824–1826).

Outside Bath he worked the Wiltshire buildings of St Lawrence’s Church in Hungerford (1814–1816), Corsley House, Corsley (1814), Bishopstrow House (1817–1821) and the Mausoleum for Richard Colt Hoare at St Peter’s Church in Stourton (1819).

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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. 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 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
Richard 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 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

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
  • Thomas Ludlam
  • Granville Sharp
  • Gerrard Andrewes
  • David Livingstone
  • Elizabeth (Gurney) Fry
  • Daniel Gurney
  • Adam Ferguson of Raith
  • John Palmer (postal Innovator)
  • John Horsley Palmer
  • John Pinch
  • John Palmer (Commissary)
  • Edward Waring
  • Joseph Milner
  • Isaac Milner
  • James Hutton
  • John Boydell
  • Benjamin Tucker
  • Viscount Robert Castlereagh
  • George Canning
  • Henry Blackwood
  • Alexander Ball
  • William Beatty
  • Sir Sidney Smith
  • Sidney Smith (wit)
  • Geroge Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer
  • John Thomas Duckworth
  • Admiral Adam Duncan
  • Edward Berry
  • Robert Linzee
  • David Dundas
  • Sir Hyde Parker
  • Sir Thomas Hardy
  • Charles Stuart (British Army Officer)
  • William Locker
  • Sir Peter Parker
  • William Parker
  • Major General John Dalling
  • William Cornwallis
  • William Baillie (artist)
  • Sir Ralph Abercromby
  • Sir Hector Munro
  • Elizabeth Inchbald
  • George Colman the Younger
  • Thomas Morton
  • Colonel William Berkeley
  • Barry Proctor
  • William Henry West Betty
  • Sir George Colebrooke
  • Charles Hutton
  • Robert Emmet
  • Thomas Fortescue Kennedy
  • William Taylor of Norwich
  • John Romilly
  • Sir John Herschel
  • John Horne Tooke
  • James Mill
  • Robert Owen
  • Jeremy Bentham
  • Joseph Hume
  • Sir Walter Scott
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Thomas Cochrane
  • Edward Jenner
  • Claire Clairmont
  • William Lovett
  • Sir John Vaughan
  • Fanny Imlay
  • William Godwin
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • William Stewart Rose
  • James Edward Smith
  • General Sir Robert Arbuthnot
  • Harriet Fane Arbuthnot
  • Joseph Antonio Emidy
  • James Edwards (Bookseller)
  • William Gifford
  • Sir Joseph Banks
  • Richard Porson
  • Edward Gibbon
  • James Smithson
  • William Cowper
  • Jacob Phillipp Hackert
  • John Thomas Serres
  • Wellington (the Military man)
  • Cuthbert Collingwood
  • Admiral Sir Graham Moore
  • Admiral Sir William Sydney Smith
  • Admiral Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke
  • Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville
  • William Howe
  • Richard Howe
  • Viscount Sir Samuel Hood
  • Sir Samuel Hood
  • Alexander Hood
  • Thomas Hope
  • Thomas Babington Macaulay
  • Harriet Martineau
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Charles Pepys, Earl of Cottenham
  • Sir Edward Michael Pakenham
  • General Banastre Tarleton
  • Francis Leggatt Chantrey
  • Sir Charles Grey
  • John Constable
  • Thomas Lawrence
  • Sir William Lawrence, 1st Baronet
  • George Cruikshank
  • Thomas Gainsborough
  • James Gillray
  • George Stubbs
  • Joseph Priestley
  • Horace Walpole
  • John Thomas ‘Antiquity’ Smith
  • Angela Burdett-Coutts
  • Sir Anthony Carlisle
  • Thomas Rowlandson
  • William Blake
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel
  • Sir Marc Brunel
  • Marquis of Stafford Granville Leveson-Gower
  • Marquis of Stafford George Leveson-Gower
  • George Stephenson
  • Thomas Telford
  • Joseph Locke
  • Paul III Anton, Prince Esterházy
  • Thomas Egerton, 2nd Earl of Wilton
  • John Nash
  • John Soane
  • Robert Smirke (architect)
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Robert Southey
  • Henry Holland
  • Sir Walter Scott
  • Lord Elgin
  • William Windham
  • William Cobbett
  • Madame de Stael
  • John Walker (inventor)(Natural Historian)(Grocer)(Lexicographer
  • James Boswell
  • Edward James Eliot
  • George Combe
  • William Harrison Ainsworth
  • George Harris
  • Sir Harry Smith
  • Thomas Cochrane
  • Warren Hastings
  • Edmund Burke
  • William Petty
  • Juana Maria de Los Dolores de Leon (Lady Smith)
  • Lord Bedford, Francis Russell (1765-1802)
  • Colonel George Hanger (c.1751-1824)
  • Lord Hertford, Francis Seymour-Ingram (1743-1822)
  • 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)
  • Captain John (Jack) Willett Payne (1752-1803)
  • Admiral Lord Hugh Seymour (1759-1801)
  • John Bell
  • Charles Fitzroy, Baron Southampton
  • Richard Wellesley
  • Henry Wellesley
  • James Wyatt
  • John Blaquiere, 1st Baron de Blaquiere
  • William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley
  • Sir Charles Bagot
  • Lord FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan
  • John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland
  • Robert Smith, 1st Baron Carrington
  • Andrew Meikle
  • James Watt
  • Henry Thrale
  • John Hunter
  • Joseph Pease
  • Richard Trevithick
  • James Foster
  • Emily Lennox
  • Louisa Lennox
  • Thomas Baillie (Royal Navy officer)
  • Charles James Napier
  • John Thelwall
  • Sir William Hotham
  • Beaumont Hotham
  • Matthew Boulton
  • Sir Charles Bell
  • James Gregory
  • Archibald Alison
  • John McMahon
  • Edward Maltby
  • Joseph Chitty
  • Ricahrd Barnewell
  • Charles James Blomfield
  • William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford
  • Maria Hadfield
  • John Byng 1st Earl of Strafford
  • George Byng 6th Viscount Torrington
  • John Russell, 1st Earl Russell
  • Nathaniel Plimer
  • James Spencer-Bell
  • George Brydges Rodney
  • Samuel Pepys Cockerell
  • John Linnell
  • Charles Catton the Younger
  • Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle
  • Benjamin Robert Haydon
  • John Dalton
  • Sir Philip Durham
  • William Hasledine Pepys
  • William Babington
  • Joseph Lancaster
  • Samuel Whitbread
  • Francis Augustus Collier
  • Humphry Davy
  • George Shillibeer
  • Samuel Hoare Jr.
  • Thomas Moore
  • Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
  • William Drummond of Logiealmond
  • Edward Dodwell
  • William Allen (Royal Navy Officer)
  • Archibald Norman McLeod
  • George Vancouver
  • Sir George Simpson
  • William Morgan (actuary)
  • Harry Walker
  • Alexander Walker
  • George Templer
  • Thomas Landseer
  • Sir Robert Inglis
  • Frederick Richard Lee
  • William McGillivray
  • Lucia Elizabeth Vestris
  • John Vaughan
  • Samuel Rogers
  • Thomas Holcroft
  • Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Edward Troughton
  • John Richardson
  • John Forsyth
  • Edward Ellice
  • John MacDonald of Garth
  • Sir Archibald Campbell
  • Simon McGillivray
  • Maria Theresa Kemble
  • Captain William Paget
  • Sir Arthur Paget
  • General Sir Edward Paget
  • Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Paget
  • Berkeley Paget
  • Charles Burney
  • Lord Frederick Beauclerk
  • William George Keith Elphinstone
  • William Fullarton
  • Francis Jeffrey

The Dukes

  •         Duke of Richmond, Charles Gordon Lennox 5th Duke (1791-1860)
  •         Duke of Devonshire, William Cavendish (1748-1811)
  •         Duke of Norfolk, Charles Howard (1746-1815)
  •         Duke of Norfolk, Bernard Edward Howard (1765-1842)
  •         Duke of Norfolk, Henry Charles Howard (1791-1856)
  •         Duke of Somerset, Edward Adolphus Seymour (1804-1885)
  •         Duke of Argyll, George William Campbell (1766-1839)
  •         Duke of Queensberry, William Douglas (1724-1810)
  •         Duke of York , Frederick Augustus Hanover (1763-1827)
  •         Duke of St. Albans,William Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk 9th Duke
  •         Duke of Grafton, Augustus Henry FitzRoy, 3rd Duke 1735-1811
  •         Duke of Grafton, George FitzRoy, 4th Duke 1760-1844

The Dandy Club

  •         Beau Brummell
  •         William Arden, 2nd Baron Alvanley

Patronesses of Almacks

  •         Emily Lamb, Lady Cowper
  •         Amelia Stewart, Viscountess Castlereagh
  •         Sarah Villiers, Countess of Jersey
  •         Maria Molyneux, Countess of Sefton
  •         Dorothea Lieven, Countess de Lieven, wife of the Russian Ambassador
  •         Countess Esterhazy, wife of the Austrian Ambassador

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

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As we do on Fridays, when we have an interview, we take a break from the Regency Personality series. It shall of course return. As early as tomorrow.

Today we are fortunate to have with us novelist and poet Sue Millard who writes in historical, humorous, and equestrian genres. Though we want to hear of her historical work in the Regency/early Victorian period.

What moved you to become an author?
I would say it was reading great stories as a child, that took me into different worlds of the imagination. I wanted to record some of the ones I created for myself. I wrote my first novel (a shameless bit of stealing from several equestrian novelists) when I was 12, and sent it to Collins. The local newspaper got hold of the story and I ended up being interviewed by Granada TV, and subsequently chased around school for my autograph! The book, in its original form, deservedly sank, but popped up again to become 61IokLJ8e1L._SL1000_-2013-06-21-07-01.jpg Against the Odds, which J A Allen published in 1995.


Tell us about your current novel, Coachman.
Coachman tells the story of George Davenport, a young coachman in the first year of Victoria’s reign, whose ambitions are foiled as much by the women in his life as by the downturn in coaching work at the dawn of the Railway Age.

How did the story begin to develop in your mind?
I began with the idea that I’d chronicle the life of William James Chaplin, who was a huge force in the London coaching business in the 1820s and 30s. When the railways came to change long-distance travel he was able instantly to step back, reorganize, and rebuild his business in relation to the new technology. The few contemporary stories that are recorded in such books as Driving (Duke of Beaufort, 1890) all show him in an affectionate light, and of course his great-grand-daughter who was a neighbor of ours had nothing but good to say of the man who created her family’s wealth! In 1994 she asked me to transcribe a letter written by Chaplin, which a bookseller had bought at auction and brought to show her. Neither of them could read his writing. I could… Originally the title was “Stagecoach King” with the focus on Chaplin himself.

Then I realized how damn boring that story would be.

I had to invent someone whose life would touch his, so I could show what might have happened to the drivers, stablemen and horses when railways took the heart out of coaching. My own great-grandfather was a coachman, who lived 50 years after Chaplin’s time, but he gave me a name to hang my story on: George Davenport.

What did you find most challenging about this book?
No novel has ever taken me so long to research and write as Coachman – given that my starting date was 1994 and publication was in 2012. Much of the information I needed to paint the complete picture was held in old, out of print and hugely expensive books. It wasn’t until digital content was made available freely online by Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive that I was able to access the books that gave me anecdotes, scenarios and facts to build my story. Achieving historical accuracy is far more demanding than creating a world that is totally fictional. For instance, Dragon Bait 91bfW00S-jL._SL1500_-2013-06-21-07-01.jpg wrote itself in about six weeks compared to Coachman’s 18 years.

How did you choose your publishing method?
I think it chose me. I’d been published previously by both small presses and a specialist London house, but with the economic downturn and the continual absorption of smaller publishers into the Big Six (now the Big Five) direct submission to publishers is well nigh impossible. Agents are becoming as difficult to find as publishers used to be… Looking at the services offered by assisted publishing, I already had many of the necessary skills. Not only could I handle web design, illustration, photography, writing (of course) and editing, working on social media and desk top publishing – I had taught many of them up to BSc level. I’ve always been happiest combining arts and sciences, so it seemed obvious to employ my skills for my own writing.

Tell us a little about yourself?
Born in Cheshire, I’ve lived up here in Cumbria since 1975 in what my husband calls “a very small hamlet at the end of the world.”  We have a grown-up married daughter and a son, and a red-headed grandson with a permanent grin. At various times I’ve designed embroidery canvases, painted murals, taught BSc computing and built websites. My favorite recreation is carriage driving – I made competition driving harnesses for 14 years and I enjoy teaching people how to carriage drive safely – so my hands-on knowledge of how horses, harness and carriages “tick” is a big component of the background of Coachman. I was a regular contributor to Carriage Driving Magazine, was a cartoonist and wrote for the pony magazine Going Native until its closure in 1995, and I still contribute occasionally to its successor Native Pony and other equestrian magazines.

What is your next work, and beyond that, what do you want to work on.
The very next project is the publication of a poetry pamphlet, Ash Tree, by Prole Books in August 2013. I’m also working hard on promoting my current novels, Coachman, Dragon Bait, and The Forthright Saga. 71788L46msL._SL1360_-2013-06-21-07-01.jpgI’m in the process of writing a series of children’s stories, some historical, told through the experience of working horses – after all, until the 1820s no human could travel fast, go to war or transport large amounts of goods without a horse being involved. There will also be a sequel to Against the Odds, and at some time I’ll explore what happened in George Davenport’s life after he had to leave London…

8) In the current work, is there an excerpt to share? Your favorite scene, a part of your life that you put into the work and think it came out exceptionally well that you would like to share.
As part of my research for Coachman I took part in a coaching run with the Bowman family in 2011 (see Facebook album listed at end, Top Hats to Cowboy Hats). Here is Sarah Chaplin, riding beside George Davenport on the box seat of his coach, separated by the rainy weather from her chaperone sheltering inside — and flirting hard!

“All right behind? Trot on!” With the horses moving and the coach on the road, George glanced at Sarah and said, “You ought to be inside.”

She broke into laughter at his disapproving face. “Who’s in charge of these horses, Mr Davenport? And how many brandies have you had?”

“The rain soon washes it out of you.”

“Well, as for that, I would hold the umbrella over both of us, but I fear we would then get equally wet.”

“Oh! No. You don’t need to worry about me, Miss Chaplin.”

She continued to smile, which he found unsettling – as though she had foreseen his rebuff, and discounted it. She watched the steadily trotting team and said, “How well they work in your hands, George.”


“Stop it. You’re playing a very brazen game.”

“No game. I am complimenting you on your driving, as I’m sure many other box-seat passengers will have done.”

So many replies crowded his tongue that for a moment he was unable to speak. He remembered Lucy refusing to climb to the box-seat. And this girl assumed it by right – which he wasn’t sure was true. Months ago, George had trembled at the idea of driving with William Chaplin on the box-seat. Now he had Chaplin’s daughter beside him, and he wished with all his heart that her father were there instead.

“I’ve never had a lady compliment my driving.”

“Not even your wife?”

He flushed. Then embarrassment gave way to relief. Even Sarah’s advances could be held at bay by that simple word.

“No,” he said. “Not even my wife.”

“But you will have been told how well you drive.”

“Now and then.” He forced himself not to follow Sarah’s hints. “You know, this could be the best team I have, maybe even better than the last stage into the city. You’ll remember Anderson? He pretty well ruined the old team for this coach. These new leaders are still very green but they learn fast, and they want to please you. This wheeler on the nearside, she’s half thoroughbred.” Cinnamon, the willful mare who had a piece of his heart. “We got her cheap because she ran away in single harness, but I think she’s a damn good horse.”

For a moment he suffered a kind of double vision – the strong game mare, the unpredictable girl. He must be tired, to confuse the two. Keep talking.

“The off wheeler is the only one of that old team that was still worth anything. Mind you, on the middle ground you have to drive all sorts,” he said, “especially on the night stages. You know – the poor worn-out old things with wreckage for legs.”

“I must have seen some of them in the down coach this morning. Broken knees, harness galls and all.”

“It’s no fun driving them, I can tell you.”

Again, that shift of the umbrella, revealing the honey-brown, appraising eyes. “But it takes real skill to make a team out of wreckage. Anyone can drive good horses down a straight road.”

He didn’t speak for three beats of the horses’ hooves, then he said roughly, “Shut up your umbrella. Put it on the footboard, behind my boots.”


“You’re going to drive.”

He was getting tired of her constant challenges. He would find out whether she was thoroughbred, or just contrary.

“Hold out your left hand. These two reins go either side of your first finger. These two either side of your second finger. Curl your hand a little, so… ”

He managed to transfer the reins without touching her at all. She handled the leather like a workman, no foolery, no teasing, her gloved fingers both quick and firm as they accepted control. He had to admit that although she was tense with excitement, she did as she was told. The team, released by her lighter contact, trotted faster.

“Oh!” There was that little thrill in her voice, that he had heard at the Mail Procession. “You can almost feel what they are thinking! Oh George, the power they give you!”

Who do you think influenced your writing, this work, and who do you think you write like
Malcolm MacDonald is one of my favorite historical authors and his ability to weave a narrative around the facts of history constantly excites my admiration. K M Peyton, ditto – though I have had to avoid reading The Right Hand Man The_Right-Hand_Man_cover-2013-06-21-07-01.jpg while writing the story of George Davenport.

When writing, what is your routine?
I write best when the house is quiet, so late nights and early mornings work for me. Editing last night’s stuff first thing then moving on to write the next pages. Trying to do NaNoWriMo last year proved to me that I’m a relatively slow writer, because I found I didn’t enjoy pushing out large quantities of substandard sentences against a flicking calendar. I’d rather tinker a bit and get the sense and the shape right, the way I do with poems, so the story doesn’t go too far off track. I don’t like having to send out work that hasn’t gone through the “6-weeks-in-a-drawer” system, so I appreciate the functionality of my Kindle for e-mailing myself a differently-formatted version of the MS to read through at that stage.

Do you think of yourself as an artist, or as a craftsman, a blend of both?
Definitely both. Burgess wrote that “Art depends on craft, and there is no art until craft has been mastered.” I’ve always inhabited the boundaries between art, craft and science. If I had discovered re-enactment earlier in life I would certainly have had a go at that, for the informative aspect.I like to do things myself, learning how the theoretical side informs the practical, and often debunking hypothetical explanations of how or why things were done in the past.

Where should we look for your work?


Facebook photos, http://www.facebook.com/sue.millard.9/photos_albums
See the albums Profile pics, Cover photos, Top Hats to Cowboy Hats coaching run

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