Archive for August, 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.

Gerard Lake
27 July 1744 – 20 February 1808


Gerard Lake

Lake entered the foot guards in 1758, becoming lieutenant in 1762, captain in 1776, major in 1784, and lieutenant colonel in 1792, by which time he was a general officer in the army. He served with his regiment in Germany between 1760 and 1762, and with a composite battalion in the Battle of Yorktown of 1781. After this he was equerry to the Prince of Wales, afterwards George IV.

In 1790, he became a major-general, and in 1793 was appointed to command the Guards Brigade in the Duke of York’s army in Flanders during the French Revolutionary Wars. He was in command at the successful Battle of Lincelles on 18 August 1793, and served on the continent (except for a short time when seriously ill) until April 1794. He later sold his lieutenant-colonelcy in the guards, and became colonel of the 53rd Regiment of Foot and governor of Limerick in Ireland. In 1797 he was promoted lieutenant-general.

In 1798, the Irish Rebellion broke out. Lake, who was then serving in Ireland, succeeded Sir Ralph Abercromby in command of the troops in April 1798. He issued a proclamation ordering the surrender of all arms by the civil population of Ulster which effectively disarmed and crippled United Irish organisation and became known as the “dragooning of Ulster“.

In May of that year Lake commanded troops in County Kildare, and, after the failed rebel attack on Naas on 24 May, he assisted General Ralph Dundas in ensuring the rebel surrender on humane terms after the Battle of Kilcullen. Another rebel force on the nearby Curragh were also persuaded to surrender, but while this was being arranged by Lake the rebels were mistakenly attacked by separate British forces coming from the opposite direction, resulting in the Gibbet Rath massacre on 29 May. As a result central Kildare remained quiet for the rest of 1798.

Lake then took overall command of a force of some 20,000 troops to crush the Wexford rebels and defeated the main rebel army at Vinegar Hill (near Enniscorthy, County Wexford) on 21 June. His policy of brutality towards rebels found in arms brought him into conflict with Lord Cornwallis who was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in June 1798 and instituted an amnesty act to encourage rebels to lay down their arms.

In August, Cornwallis sent Lake to oppose a French expedition of 1,000 troops which had landed at Killala Bay, County Mayo on 23 August. On 29 August, Lake arrived at Castlebar with a force of 6,000 troops, and witnessed the rout of his troops under General Hely-Hutchinson (afterwards 2nd Earl of Donoughmore) at the Battle of Castlebar. He eventually retrieved this disaster by defeating the French at the Battle of Ballinamuck on 8 September.

In 1799, Lake returned to England, and soon afterwards travelled to British India where he was appointed Commander-in-Chief. He took up his duties at Calcutta in July 1801, and applied himself to the improvement of the East India Company army, especially in the direction of making all arms, infantry, cavalry and artillery, more mobile and more manageable. In 1802 he was made a full general.

On the outbreak the Second Anglo-Maratha War in 1803 General Lake took the field against Daulat Scindia, and within two months defeated the Marathas at Kol (now called Aligarh), after storming Aligarh Fort during the Battle of Ally Ghur (1 September 1803).

He then took Delhi and Agra, and won a victory at the Battle of Laswari (1 November 1803), where the power of Scindia was completely broken with the loss of 31 disciplined battalions, trained and officered by Frenchmen, and 426 pieces of ordnance. This defeat, followed a few days later by Major-General Arthur Wellesley’s victory at the Battle of Argaon, compelled Scindia to come to terms, and a treaty was signed in December 1803.

Operations continued against Yashwantrao Holkar, who, on 17 November 1804, was defeated by Lake at the Battle of Farrukhabad. However, Lake was frustrated by Jats and Yashwantrao Holker at Bharatpur which held out against five assaults early in 1805.

Cornwallis succeeded Lord Wellesley as Governor-General of India in July of that year – superseding Lake at the same time as commander-in-chief – and determined to put an end to the war. Cornwallis, however, died in October of the same year and Lake pursued Holkar into the Punjabbut.

Lord Wellesley in a despatch attributed much of the success of the war to Lake’s matchless energy, ability and valour. For his services, Lake received the thanks of Parliament, and, in September 1804, was rewarded by being created Baron Lake of Delhi and Laswary and of Aston Clinton in the County of Buckingham. At the conclusion of the war he returned to England, and in 1807 he was created Viscount Lake of Delhi and Laswary and of Aston Clinton in the County of Buckingham.

Like many contemporaries, Lake pursued both a parliamentary and military career. He represented Aylesbury in the British House of Commons from 1790 to 1802, and he also was brought into the Irish House of Commons by the government as member for Armagh Borough in 1799 to vote for the Act of Union. He died in London on 20 February 1808.

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At this point in my writing career, I think, though of course I can’t say for certain, that I have a few fans.

We may be able to count them on the fingers of one hand, but I hope there are more of you out there.

One thing though that I suffer from at this stage, is feedback.

I have 2 writing groups that I attend and we discuss the big issues in writing and critique some of what I have produced, but they do not meet often enough to work through an entire book as fast as I write them.

So, I am looking for someone, or someones who might like to help with the process.

To read my first drafts and check that I am on the right path with my plotting, my character development.

What this means is that I shall include the person(s) who wish to be a part of the process in my thinking and they can help to craft where the story goes.


The job is to read the draft when I have finished with it, and provide criticism (you can be brutal like that character would never do that! or you forgot David, they didn’t say things like that until forty years later.) Oops… If you see glaring word misuse Then/Than and can correct it that would be appreciated as well, but not totally part of the job description. And to do this in a timely manner.

That last part is because I have hit up close friends to do this. They have volunteered (I placed an open Facebook request) and then I sit, and I wait, and I am reluctant to twist the arms of friends into if they have actually read the files I sent them. So timeliness is important, else I am stumped for moving on to the second draft and the continued editing process so we can release the book for more to read

What you get for this service. A signed copy of the book when released. Your name in the acknowledgements and should we start selling 1000+ copies of each book, real money. (Should we start selling 3000 copies of each book, I’ll place a post for hiring a real copy editor.)

That’s what I got for now. Anyone interested, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!



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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 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

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
  • George Phillip Manners
  • Granville Sharp
  • David Livingstone
  • Elizabeth (Gurney) Fry
  • Daniel Gurney
  • Adam Ferguson of Raith
  • John Horsley Palmer
  • John Pinch the Younger
  • John Palmer (Commissary)
  • William Paley
  • Richard Watson
  • Joseph Louis Lagrange
  • Joseph Milner
  • James Hutton
  • John Boydell
  • Viscount Robert Castlereagh
  • George Canning
  • James Stirling
  • John MacBride
  • William Waldegrave
  • Price Blackwood
  • Alexander Ball
  • William Beatty
  • Sir Sidney Smith
  • Sidney Smith (wit)
  • Geroge Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer
  • John Thomas Duckworth
  • Admiral Adam Duncan
  • Robert Linzee
  • David Dundas
  • Sir Hyde Parker
  • Sir Thomas Hardy
  • Thomas Hardy (Reformer)
  • Charles Stuart (British Army Officer)
  • Sir Peter Parker
  • Sir William Parker
  • Major General John Dalling
  • William Cornwallis
  • Charles Cornwallis
  • William Baillie (artist)
  • Sir Ralph Abercromby
  • Elizabeth Inchbald
  • George Colman the Younger
  • Thomas Morton
  • Barry Proctor
  • William Henry West Betty
  • Sir George Colebrooke
  • Robert Emmet
  • Thomas Fortescue Kennedy
  • William Taylor of Norwich
  • John Romilly
  • Sir John Herschel
  • John Horne Tooke
  • James Mill
  • Robert Owen
  • Jeremy Bentham
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Thomas Cochrane
  • Edward Jenner
  • Claire Clairmont
  • Fanny Imlay
  • William Godwin
  • William Hazlitt
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • James Edward Smith
  • General Sir Robert Arbuthnot
  • Harriet Fane Arbuthnot
  • James Edwards (Bookseller)
  • William Gifford
  • Sir Joseph Banks
  • Richard Porson
  • Edward Gibbon
  • James Smithson
  • William Cowper
  • Jacob Phillipp Hackert
  • Wellington (the Military man)
  • Cuthbert Collingwood
  • Admiral Sir Graham Moore
  • Sydney Smith
  • Admiral Sir William Sydney Smith
  • Admiral Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke
  • Richard Colt Hoare
  • 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
  • Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey
  • Sir Charles Edward Grey
  • John Constable
  • Thomas Lawrence
  • Sir William Lawrence, 1st Baronet
  • George Cruikshank
  • Thomas Gainsborough
  • James Gillray
  • Joseph Priestley
  • William Whewell
  • Horace Walpole
  • Sir Anthony Carlisle
  • Thomas Rowlandson
  • William Blake
  • Gerard Lake
  • 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
  • John Scott, Earl of Eldon
  • Lord Elgin
  • William Windham
  • William Cobbett
  • Madame de Stael
  • John Walker (inventor)(Natural Historian)(Lexicographer)
  • James Boswell
  • Edward James Eliot
  • William Harrison Ainsworth
  • George Harris, 3rd Baron
  • 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 Colley Wellesley
  • Henry Wellesley
  • James Wyatt
  • John Blaquiere, 1st Baron de Blaquiere
  • William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley
  • Lord FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan
  • John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland
  • Robert Smith, 1st Baron Carrington
  • James Watt
  • Henry Thrale
  • John Hunter (Royal Navy)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Edward Dodwell
  • 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 3rd Earl of Lisburne
  • Samuel Rogers
  • Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Edward Troughton
  • John Richardson
  • John Forsyth
  • Edward Ellice
  • John MacDonald of Garth
  • Sir Archibald Campbell
  • Simon McGillivray
  • Maria Theresa Kemble
  • Thomas Muir of Huntershill
  • Thomas Fyshe Palmer
  • Maurice Margarot
  • Captain William Paget
  • Sir Arthur Paget
  • Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Paget
  • Charles Burney
  • Lord Frederick Beauclerk
  • William Fullarton
  • Francis Jeffrey
  • Charles Simeon
  • Thomas de Quincey
  • James Watson
  • Daniel O’Connell
  • Feargus O’Connor
  • Joseph Nollekens
  • Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster
  • Andrew Geddes
  • Andrew Combe
  • Sir William Hamilton, 9th Baronet
  • Isaac Taylor
  • William Ellis
  • William A. F. Browne
  • Robert William Elliston
  • William Henry Murray
  • Daniel Terry
  • Joanna Baillie
  • Theodore Hook
  • Robert Scott Lauder
  • Chauncey Hare Townshend
  • Paul Sandby
  • William Heberden the Younger
  • Henry Paget, 1st Earl of Uxbridge
  • Richard Hurd
  • George Mudie
  • Abel Heywood
  • John Cleave
  • George Holyoake
  • Charles Poulett Thomson
  • William Charles Keppel, 4th Earl of Albemarle
  • Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester
  • George Rennie
  • Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
  • Frederick Hervey
  • Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Granville
  • Sir Augustus William James Clifford
  • Charles Murray
  • George Lamb (politician and Writer)
  • Dr William Pulteney Alison
  • Sir Archibald Alison, 1st Baronet
  • Francis Baring
  • Thomas Rees
  • Robert Aspland
  • John Jones
  • Sir James Edward Smith
  • John Evans
  • Thomas Jervis
  • Olivia Serres
  • Derwent Coleridge
  • Maurice Berkeley, 1st Baron FitzHardinge
  • Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley
  • Grantley Berkeley
  • Craven Berkeley
  • George Cranfield-Berkeley
  • Sir George Beaumont, 7th Baronet
  • Ralph Payne, 1st Baron Lavington
  • Richard Payne Knight
  • Joseph Mallord William Turner
  • Thomas Girtin
  • Thomas Monro
  • George Dance the Younger
  • William Daniell
  • Henry Monro
  • Henry Hunt
  • William Hone
  • James Wilson
  • Robert Taylor (Radical)
  • Benjamin West
  • Joseph Farington
  • William Roscoe
  • William Danby
  • Thomas Harrison (architect)
  • John Rennie the Younger
  • Arthur Hill, 3rd Marquess of Downshire
  • Sir Samuel Bentham
  • Thomas John Dibdin
  • George Soane
  • John Emery
  • Elizabeth Rebecca Edwin
  • Lawrence Holme Twentyman
  • Mary Ann Gibbon
  • Matthew Howard-Gibbon
  • Edward Howard-Gibbon
  • Sir William Woods

The Dukes

  • 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 Grafton, Augustus Henry FitzRoy, 3rd Duke 1735-1811
  • Duke of Grafton, George FitzRoy, 4th Duke 1760-1844
  • Duke of Gordon, Alexander 4th Duke 1743-1827

The Royals

  • Ernest Augustus 1 of Hanover

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 us Prue Batten a medieval historical romance writer.

What moved you to become an author?

It’s such a clichéd answer but I have written since I was in Grade 3, experiencing great joy in the activity. Once my life had become my own and children had grown, it was the only thing I wanted to do – write a story. I completed a creative writing course and wrote a YA trilogy which is my bottom drawer piece but which is the piece one writes to begin but will never publish. Then I wrote a real story, The Stumpwork Robe, Amazon.com__The_Stumpwork_Robe__The_Chronicles_of_Eirie__eBook__Prue_Batten__Kindle_Store-2013-08-30-06-00.jpg a historical fantasy, and with the help of a London Consultancy called Cornerstones, that book was given wings.

Tell us about your current novel.

I’m currently working on the third and final book in a historical romance trilogy – The Gisborne Saga Inbox__62_messages_-2013-08-30-06-00.jpg 1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__Inbox__62_messages_-2013-08-30-06-00.jpg. It is entitled Gisborne: Book of Kings.

How did the story begin to develop in your mind?

It flowed naturally from the previous two – the continuing story of Guy of Gisborne, legendary knight whom we know from the Ballad of Robin Hood. I wondered, after watching the BBC Robin Hood series, what kind of life Gisborne would have had if the cards had fallen another way and so I decided to re-write his history, excluding Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Maid Marian entirely.

What did you find most challenging about this book?

I’m finding that there is part of me that wants to kill Gisborne off at the end of the novel. Hopefully I can resist that urge.

How did you choose your publishing method?

My first book, the afore-mentioned The Stumpwork Robe, Amazon.com__The_Stumpwork_Robe__The_Chronicles_of_Eirie__eBook__Prue_Batten__Kindle_Store-2013-08-30-06-00.jpg, was touted as a part of Cornerstones Hot 24 in 2008. But whilst hot, it was niche and therein lay the problem. Like so many other books that find their way to independent publishing, the story was lauded but never taken up and so I opted to take it to the market myself. Now, 6 books later, I am published by a boutique Australian press (DWW-Darlington Press–Note just a page to contact them) and supported by an ever-expanding readership whom I appreciate beyond measure.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in Australia and studied history and politics at the University of Tasmania. I’ve worked as a hotel cleaner, a cosmetician in a major department store, a bookseller but most properly as a journalist/researcher for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where I met my husband, also a journalist.

We now farm in Tasmania, growing the superfine wool for which Australia is famous. I spent almost ten years as a coordinator for the cancer therapy program Look Good Feel Better and time as a walker for Riding for the Disabled and for the local Dogs’ Home. I write historical fiction for which Gisborne: Book of Pawns Inbox__62_messages_-2013-08-30-06-00.jpg received Honourable Mentions in the 2012 Golden Claddagh Writing Contest and in the RONE Awards of 2013. I also write historical fantasy. A Thousand Glass Flowers Inbox__63_messages__1_unread_-2013-08-30-06-00.jpg
(Book 4 in the Chronicles of Eirie) received a silver medallion in the 2012 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

What is your next work, and beyond that, what do you want to work on.

The WIP, Gisborne: Book of Kings, will keep me occupied for a year. After that, I have two books I would like to write about minor characters who are shouting to be major characters. Again, medieval stories.

In the current work, is there an excerpt to share?

Can I just say that this is part of the unedited opening chapter of Book of Kings…


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother to thee I do come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

The Memore


Bernard of Clairvaux (12th Century)


Chapter One

1194 A.D.

The body balanced on the gunwale, wrapped in a worn and stained canvas sail – nothing grand for someone I considered more noble than any nobleman I knew.

Except one.

Eli and Davey held it firm whilst a small prayer of committal was spoken by Sir Guy of Gisborne. I could read nothing in his face, the angles as sharp as ever and the eyes inscrutable. But his hands? They clenched as he nodded to the ship’s master. The body fell feet first, the attached rocks breaking the water with a hard splash that served to hide my one and only wracking sob. The man I had called my father-brother, my friend, Ulric of Camden, sank below the surface of the sea, leagues north of Cyprus and I watched him disappear forever. The speed with which he vanished was too frightening because now I had nothing left but memories and the most recent so sad and pointless.

‘Ysabel,’ Gisborne’s voice was hoarse, cracked with disappointment and guilt as he reached to touch me.
We had left behind a blood-soaked house and an enemy that had been vanquished but the price had been too high because we had lost our friend as well and hated the manner in which it was done.

Gisborne had lost someone he called his brother and who had been the most trusted man in his life – his second in command, and he had also misplaced his faith in himself. Always able to judge a man, he had completely misread the direction of Ulric’s emotions and it disturbed his equilibrium to think he could have been so blind. For myself – my selfishness, my need to lean so heavily on Ulric – it had fanned an affection within him that flamed into blind love, a love far greater than I was at liberty to return. And the awful thing was I didn’t even see it happening. Now, my little son had only to say ‘Oowic’th gone, Mama. I mith him,’ and guilt would choke me, deathly fingers that squeezed my throat.

Mehmet counselled in his wise physician’s way as he re-splinted and bound my arm. ‘It is no one’s fault. Ulric was his own man. He made decisions built on false assumptions. He paid the price.’

He did. I killed him.

‘And Ysabel,’ he continued, clucking at the fact that I would be in a splint for so much longer, ‘if you hadn’t done what you did, William would not have his father nor you the man you love. Instead, Gisborne would be pinned by the length of sword to a fig tree. What price your affection for your friend Ulric then?’

Who do you think influenced your writing?

I’m influenced daily by the great Dorothy Dunnett. Her lack of fear in writing is unparalleled. But I don’t believe I write like her. I would like to, have no doubt. But she is unique and represents the apogee of perfect hist.fict writing. I have no doubt that it will remain that way.

Who do you read?

I read many authors. In no particular order: Dorothy Dunnett, Jane Austen, Tinney. S. Heath, SJA Turney, Angus Donald, Rosamunde Pilcher, Georgette Heyer, Elizabeth Chadwick, Ann Swinfen, Anna Elliott, LM. Montgomery – to name just a few of those to whom I return repeatedly. They constantly educate me as well as entertain me. I would like to think my narrative has a basic elegance, that my love of words is evident, that I am unafraid to make my characters redundant if it serves the story. Nor am I afraid to make my protagonists dysfunctional and emotionally challenged on many levels. On the most basic level, I hope that I write in a way that encourages the reader to turn the page. I owe all those authors above (and many others besides) for such things.

When writing, what is your routine?

My husband and I are farmers and in addition we have over an acre of gardens and I have two dogs, so I do have another life that requires a great deal of attention during the day.


A large part of my non-fiction reading is done in the evening and my writing, heaven help me, is done in longhand after the house is sleeping. It’s quiet and I am very much a part of my story at that point. When I have slabs of 3000 words of longhand (which has been read and re-read, crossed through and re-written), I transcribe to the computer in the daytime when I have a moment. A further edit takes place at that point. When the novel is finished as far as I believe I can take it and having been read by two trusted beta-readers, it then goes to my UK editor and of course more work begins.

Do you think of yourself as an artist, or as a craftsman, a blend of both?

Either/or. They are both creative after all. Actually, I’m not sure I see a difference. Writing is a creative art and the work one creates is crafted as it is put together.

Where should we look for your work.

Inbox__62_messages_-2013-08-30-06-00.jpg Gisborne: Book of Pawns is available at the following locations:

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1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__Inbox__62_messages_-2013-08-30-06-00.jpg Gisborne: Book of Knights is available at the following locations:

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In addition, my blog http://pruebatten.wordpress.com/ is currently doubling as a website as my new one is designed and rebuilt and I would love readers to visit and comment. And if readers wish to see some wonderful images that have inspired me during my writing, they can visit http://pinterest.com/pruebatten


David, may I thank you so much for interviewing me? I think when a writer is asked such questions, it helps them pinpoint things about themselves and their writing that they may never have realised before. Cheers and best

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The Rules for Writers

Those who follow me for a long time know that I also write in other fields aside from Regency Romance and the historical novels I do.

A few months ago, before the end of last year and 2011 NaNoWriMo, (where I wrote the first draft of another Regency) I started work on a project about writing.

The premise was what one should think about when starting and working on a project. I came up with 10 rules to follow in a quest to become a writer and tackle that novel.

Here are The 10 Rules:
1) Read like a writer
2) Have a good story
3) Your work will be Thematic
4) Plot: The seven deadly ones
5) Characters will carry your tale, near and far
6) Words are your warriors
7) Stories are structured
8) All tales building to a Crescendo
9) Genghis edits history, shouldn’t you as well
10) Act like a writer

So it is now released. For $4.99 you can get this treatise on honing your skills.


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Genghis Khan came from the Steppes of Mongolia, a family torn apart by neighboring tribes, to unite those tribes, or defeat them, and then conquer the greater part of the known world. His heirs would continue his conquest right to the edge of western society. The world feared the Mongols, and Genghis. Now, you can benefit, as a writer from the lessons he has to impart on how, with the changing world of publishing, you can perfect your work and write not only good material for this new age of book publishing. But can write great work for this new age. 10 simple lessons, and you will be on your way to conquering the bookshelves of the 21st century. This short book will have you learning all you really need to know to elevate your writing to the next level. These simple lessons will start you on the road to better writing as a member of the Horde in no time.


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.

Charles Howard 11th Duke of Norfolk
15 March 1746 – 16 December 1815


Charles Howard 11th Duke of Norfolk

Styled Earl of Surrey from 1777 to 1786, was a British peer, the son of Charles Howard, 10th Duke of Norfolk and Catherine Brockholes.

He was known for actively participating in the Whig party as part of the opposition to King George III. Surrey succeeded to the title of 11th Duke of Norfolk in 1786 upon the death of his father. He spent a considerable amount of his money rebuilding and refurbishing Arundel Castle after inheriting his title and lands.

He married, firstly, Marion Coppinger (daughter of John Coppinger), in 1767, who died a year later giving birth. He married, secondly, Frances Scudamore, the only child of Charles FitzRoy-Scudamore in 1771. Frances soon became insane after her marriage and was locked away until her death in 1820.

Howard then lived with several mistresses. His longtime mistress, Mary Ann Gibbon (a cousin of Edward Gibbon), was reputed to be his secret third wife and she had five children by him, including two sons who were officers of arms, Matthew Howard-Gibbon, and Edward Howard-Gibbon. An older illegitimate son by a previous mistress, Sir William Woods later became Garter King of Arms.

Norfolk renounced his Catholicism to start his political life, and remained a staunch supporter of Catholic Emancipation, opposing the war with the American colonies. He sat in Parliament 1780-84, became a lord of the treasury in the Portland cabinet in 1783, and was dismissed in 1798 from the lord lieutenancy of the West Riding for toasting the “sovereign English people” in terms displeasing to the Crown. He was noted for his convivial habits and his dislike of soap and water.

Norfolk was a good friend of Sir Bysshe Shelley, allowing him in 1786 to make out the patent for his baronetcy. Shelley was influenced by Norfolk and built the flamboyant Castle Goring, one side of which was a partial copy of Norfolk’s residence of Arundel Castle.

Norfolk died on 16 December 1815 at age 69, without issue from either of his two legal marriages. Upon his death, his lands and titles passed to his cousin, Bernard.

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Two Peas in a Pod has now passed the exclusivity to Amazon test and is available in wider release, electronically (digitally) for other readers now. We sold a few copies on Amazon but nothing to warrant an exclusivity period. Amazon is too big and too full of itself.

Two Peas in a Pod is still available as a Trade paperback click here to order Regency Assembly Press.

$3.99 for an electronic copy. The Trade Paperback, due to publishing costs and the cut that Amazon takes continue to see a Trade Paperback costing $15.99 (The much hyped royalties that we writers are supposed to get is nowhere near what the news reports say. Most of that price is taken by Amazon.)

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Here is a picture, which of course you can click on to go fetch the book:




Love is something that can not be fostered by deceit even should one’s eyes betray one’s heart.

Two brothers that are so close in appearance that only a handful have ever been able to tell them apart. The Earl of Kent, Percival Francis Michael Coldwell is only older than his brother, Peregrine Maxim Frederick Coldwell by 17 minutes. They may have looked as each other, but that masked how they were truthfully quite opposite to one another.

For Percy, his personality was one that he was quite comfortable with and more than happy to let Perry be of a serious nature. At least until he met Veronica Hamilton, the daughter of Baron Hamilton of Leith. She was only interested in a man who was serious.

Once more, Peregrine is obliged to help his older brother by taking his place, that the Earl may woo the young lady who has captured his heart. That is, until there is one who captures Peregrine’s heart as well.

There is a visual guide to Two Peas in a Pod RegencyEravisualresearchforTwoPeasinaPodTheThingsThatCatchMyEye-2012-08-22-08-41-2012-11-26-09-36-2013-07-2-06-10-2013-08-29-05-10.jpg as well at Pinterest and a blog post here.

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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.

William Holme Twentyman
31 October 1802 – 7 May 1884

William Holme Twentyman was born in Liverpool, the son of John Middleton Twentyman (a cooper and trader) and Phoebe Holme. In 1818 he went to the Cape with his elder brother Lawrence Holme Twentyman (a silversmith and watchmaker), after they inherited money from a great uncle. The brothers arrived in Cape Town in 1818. William was apprenticed to Lawrence as a silversmith and watchmaker, and later became a partner in Twentyman & Co, running his own shop next door to that of his brother.

In 1828 he moved to Mauritius, where he ran a business as a watch seller and jeweler in Port Louis. He married Celia Pinch, daughter of John Pinch the elder an architect in Bath, in 1832. That year he was caught up in the slave rebellion on Mauritius with his shop coming under siege. By 1841 William had amassed a considerable fortune and, with his family, had returned to England, residing at 21 Avenue Road, Regents Park, London.

William Twentyman was elected Special Constable in 1848; was admitted to the Freedom of the Spectacle Makers’ Company by redemption in 1861; was Sheriff of the City of London from 1861 to 1862; and Justice of the Peace (JP). He died on Wednesday 7 May 1884, at his residence, Ravensworth, St. John’s Wood Park, London, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery. William Twentyman left a personal estate of £28173-15-6d.

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A Trolling We Will Go Omnibus:The Early Years Not only do I write Regency and Romance, but I also have delved into Fantasy.

The Trolling series, (the first three are in print) is the story of a man, Humphrey. We meet him as he has left youth and become a man with a man’s responsibilities.

We follow him in a series of stories that encompass the stages of life. We see him when he starts his family, when he has older sons and the father son dynamic is tested.

We see him when his children begin to marry and have children, and at the end of his life when those he has loved, and those who were his friends proceed him over the threshold into death.

All this while he serves a kingdom troubled by monsters. Troubles that he and his friends will learn to deal with and rectify.

Here are the first three books together as one longer novel.

A Trolling We Will Go, Trolling Down to Old Mah Wee and Trolling’s Pass and Present.

Available in a variety of formats.

For $8.99 you can get this fantasy adventure.


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Trade Paperback

The stories of Humphrey and Gwendolyn. Published separately in: A Trolling we Will Go, Trolling Down to Old Mah Wee and Trollings Pass and Present.

These are the tales of how a simple Woodcutter and an overly educated girl help save the kingdom without a king from an ancient evil. Long forgotten is the way to fight the Trolls.

Beasts that breed faster than rabbits it seems, and when they decide to migrate to the lands of humans, their seeming invulnerability spell doom for all in the kingdom of Torahn. Not only Torahn but all the human kingdoms that border the great mountains that divide the continent.


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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.

William Hornby
11 March 1723 – 18 November 1803

William Hornby joined the East India Company as a writer in 1740, and rose to become Governor of Bombay in 1771.

As Governor of Bombay, he is best remembered by the Vellard north of Cumballa Hill which was constructed at his behest against the wishes of the British East India Company. One of the first large works of civil engineering in the city, it transformed the geography of the islands by opening up the low-lying marshy areas of Mahalaxmi and Kamathipura for inhabitation on its completion in 1784.

He was also the first governor to move his official residence from the Fort area to Parel. In a sense, this was also to change the demographics of the city by starting a northward move.

There is a statement attributed to John Murray, that “The Hornby diamond, brought from the East Indies by the Hon. William Hornby, Governor of Bombay, in 1775, weighs 36 carats, and is now, I believe, the property of the Shah of Persia.”

William Hornby returned to England in 1783, when the government granted him land near Titchfield, South Hampshire. He set out to build a country mansion, which he called ‘The Hook’, built in the style of the Government House in Bombay and removed the remains of a medieval village to create a parkland for himself. His country house was completed in 1790, at a cost of over £12,000. He died there in 1803.

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