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A few months ago we released Beggars Can’t Be Choosier BeggarsCover-2014-05-31-06-30.jpg which has found critical acclaim, winning a literary award.
Regency Assembly Press’s next Regency project will be Caution’s Heir.

In this tale of the Regency, our hero is making ends meet and restoring the family fortunes at the card tables. Never overindulging the matter, but bringing in enough to live on.

His father, is aging and slightly ill staying in the Country. To the tables at the club comes a man who has just inherited all from his brother, a Marquess, including the title.

The new Marquess, not thinking that he would ever be so fortunate, he is ill prepared for this, and has been somewhat of a fool when it comes to wealth. He gambles all his estates, and all within.

Then flees to the former Colonies to reestablish himself and perhaps find a fortune, now that he has lost all. Forgetting that within his home is his only child, a daughter who was making plans to come out for the Season.

And now she, taking all the courage she can muster, arrives at the doorstep of the man who won all from her father.

This tale is in need of those who will be able to cast a critical eye, as RAP has sought you, our readers, input before. Should you be inclined to get an early copy and have a look for errors, omissions and aid in making this a solid read for others to enjoy, your efforts will be greatly appreciated.
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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.

Elizabeth (Gurney) Fry
21 May 1780 – 12 October 1845
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Elizabeth Fry

Elizabeth (Betsy) Gurney was born in Gurney Court, off Magdalen Street, Norwich, Norfolk, England to the Quaker family of the Gurneys. Her family home as a child was Earlham Hall, which is now part of the University of East Anglia. Her father, John Gurney, was a partner in Gurney’s bank. Her mother, Catherine, was a part of the Barclay family, who were among the founders of Barclays Bank. Her mother died when Elizabeth was only twelve years old. As one of the oldest girls in the family, Elizabeth was partly responsible for the care and training of the younger children, including her brother Joseph John Gurney, a philanthropist. One of her sisters was Louisa Gurney Hoare, a writer on education.

At the age of 18, young Elizabeth was deeply moved by the preaching of William Savery, an American Quaker. Motivated by his words, she took an interest in the poor, the sick, and the prisoners. She collected old clothes for the poor, visited those who were sick in her neighbourhood, and started a Sunday school in the summer house to teach children to read.

She met Joseph Fry (1777–1861), a banker and also a Quaker, when she was twenty years old. They married on 19 August 1800 at the Norwich Goat Lane Friends Meeting House and moved to St Mildred’s Court in the City of London. Elizabeth Fry was recorded as a Minister of the Religious Society of Friends in 1811.

Joseph and Elizabeth Fry lived in Plashet House in East Ham between 1809 and 1829, then moved to Upton Lane in Forest Gate. They had eleven children, five sons and six daughters:

  1. Katharine (Kitty) Fry
  2. Rachel Elizabeth Fry, married Francis Cresswell
  3. John Gurney Fry of Warley Lodge, married Rachel Reynolds
  4. William Storrs Fry, married Juliana Pelly
  5. Richenda Fry, married Foster Reynolds
  6. Joseph Fry, married Alice Partridge
  7. Elizabeth (Betsy) Fry
  8. Hannah Fry, married William Champion Streatfeild
  9. Louisa Fry, married Raymond Pelly (brother of Juliana, William’s wife)
  10. Samuel Fry born, married Sophia Pinkerton aunt to poet & translator Percy Edward Pinkerton
  11. Daniel Fry, known as “Henry” or “Harry”, married Lucy Sheppard

Prompted by a family friend, Stephen Grellet, Fry visited Newgate prison. The conditions she saw there horrified her. The women’s section was overcrowded with women and children, some of whom had not even received a trial. They did their own cooking and washing in the small cells in which they slept on straw. Elizabeth Fry wrote in the book Prisons in Scotland and the North of England that she actually stayed the nights in some of the prisons and invited nobility to come and stay and see for themselves the conditions prisoners lived in. Her kindness helped her gain the friendship of the prisoners and they began to try to improve their conditions for themselves.

She returned the following day with food and clothes for some of the prisoners. She was unable to further her work for nearly four years because of difficulties within the Fry family, including financial difficulties in the Fry bank. Fry returned in 1816 and was eventually able to found a prison school for the children who were imprisoned with their parents. She began a system of supervision and required the women to sew and to read the Bible. In 1817 she helped found the Association for the Reformation of the Female Prisoners in Newgate. This led to the eventual creation of the British Ladies’ Society for Promoting the Reformation of Female Prisoners, widely described by biographers and historians as constituting the first “nationwide” women’s organisation in Britain.

Thomas Fowell Buxton, Fry’s brother-in-law, was elected to Parliament for Weymouth and began to promote her work among his fellow MPs. In 1818 Fry gave evidence to a House of Commons committee on the conditions prevalent in British prisons, becoming the first woman to present evidence in Parliament.

Elizabeth Fry also helped the homeless, establishing a “nightly shelter” in London after seeing the body of a young boy in the winter of 1819/1820. In 1824, during a visit to Brighton, she instituted the Brighton District Visiting Society. The society arranged for volunteers to visit the homes of the poor and provide help and comfort to them. The plan was successful and was duplicated in other districts and towns across Britain.

After her husband went bankrupt in 1828, Fry’s brother became her business manager and benefactor. Thanks to him, her work went on and expanded.

In 1840 Fry opened a training school for nurses. Her programme inspired Florence Nightingale, who took a team of Fry’s nurses to assist wounded soldiers in the Crimean War.

In 1842, Frederick William IV of Prussia went to see Fry in Newgate Prison during an official visit to Great Britain. The King of Prussia, who had met the social reformer during her previous tours of the continent promoting welfare change and humanitarianism, was so impressed by her work that he told his reluctant courtiers that he would personally visit the gaol when he was in London.

Fry became well known in society. Some people praised her for having such an influential role as a woman. Others alleged that she was neglecting her duties as a wife and mother in order to conduct her humanitarian work. One admirer was Queen Victoria, who granted her an audience a few times and contributed money to her cause. Another admirer was Robert Peel who passed several acts to further her cause including the Gaols Act 1823. The act was largely ineffective, because there were no inspectors to make sure that it was being followed.

Following her death in 1845, a meeting chaired by the Lord Mayor of London, resolved that it would be fitting “to found an asylum to perpetuate the memory of Mrs Fry and further the benevolent objects to which her life had been devoted.” * A fine 18th-century town house was purchased at 195 Mare Street, in the London Borough of Hackney and the first Elizabeth Fry refuge opened its doors in 1849. Funding came via subscriptions from various city companies and private individuals, supplemented by income from the inmates’ laundry and needlework. Such training was an important part of the refuge’s work. In 1924, the refuge merged with the Manor House Refuge for the Destitute, in Dalston in Hackney, becoming a hostel for girls on probation for minor offences. The hostel soon moved to larger premises in Highbury, Islington and then, in 1958, to Reading, where it remains today. The original building in Hackney became the CIU New Lansdowne Club but became vacant in 2000 and has fallen into disrepair. Hackney Council, in 2009, was leading efforts to restore the building and bring it back into use. The building did undergo substantial refurbishment work in 2012 but as of July 2013, the entire building is for sale. The building and Elizabeth Fry are commemorated by a plaque at the entrance gateway.

Elizabeth Fry died from a stroke in Ramsgate, England, on 12 October 1845. Her remains were buried in the Friends’ burial ground at Barking. Seamen of the Ramsgate Coast Guard flew their flag at half mast in respect of Mrs Fry; a practice that until this occasion had been officially reserved for the death of a ruling monarch. More than a thousand people stood in silence during the burial.

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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
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 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

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
  • Granville Sharp
  • Elizabeth (Gurney) Fry
  • William Paley
  • James Hutton
  • John Boydell
  • Viscount Robert Castlereagh
  • James Stirling
  • John MacBride (professor)
  • William Waldegrave
  • John Thomas Duckworth
  • David Dundas
  • Sir Hyde Parker
  • Sir Thomas Hardy
  • Thomas Hardy (Reformer)
  • Sir William Parker
  • William Cornwallis
  • Charles Cornwallis
  • George Colman the Younger
  • Robert Emmet
  • William Taylor of Norwich
  • Sir John Herschel
  • John Horne Tooke
  • Robert Owen
  • Jeremy Bentham
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Thomas Cochrane
  • Claire Clairmont
  • Fanny Imlay
  • Gilbert Imlay
  • William Godwin
  • William Hazlitt
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • James Edward Smith
  • Sir Joseph Banks
  • James Smithson
  • William Cowper
  • Wellington (the Military man)
  • Cuthbert Collingwood
  • Sydney Smith
  • Admiral Sir William Sydney Smith
  • Admiral Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke
  • William Howe
  • Viscount Sir Samuel Hood
  • Sir Samuel Hood
  • Thomas Babington Macaulay
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • General Banastre Tarleton
  • John Constable
  • Thomas Lawrence
  • Sir William Lawrence 1st Baronet
  • George Cruikshank
  • Thomas Gainsborough
  • Joseph Priestley
  • Horace Walpole
  • Thomas Rowlandson
  • William Blake
  • Henry Maudslay
  • Joseph Locke
  • John Soane
  • Robert Smirke (architect)
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Robert Southey
  • Sir Walter Scott
  • Lord Elgin
  • William Windham
  • William Cobbett
  • Madame de Stael
  • John Walker (inventor)(Natural Historian)(Lexicographer)
  • James Boswell
  • William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Sir Harry Smith
  • Thomas Cochrane
  • Warren Hastings
  • Edmund Burke
  • William Petty
  • 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)
  • Captain John (Jack) Willett Payne (1752-1803)
  • John Bell
  • James Wyatt
  • William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley
  • Lord FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan
  • Robert Smith, 1st Baron Carrington
  • James Watt
  • John Hunter (Royal Navy)
  • Joseph Pease
  • Richard Trevithick
  • Thomas Baillie (Royal Navy officer)
  • Charles James Napier
  • Matthew Boulton
  • Sir Charles Bell
  • James Gregory
  • Donald Gregory
  • Richard Barnwell
  • Charles James Blomfield
  • William Carr Beresford 1st Viscount Beresford
  • Maria Hadfield
  • George Byng 6th Viscount Torrington
  • John Russell, 1st Earl Russell
  • John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford
  • George Brydges Rodney
  • Samuel Pepys Cockerell
  • Benjamin Robert Haydon
  • John Dalton
  • Sir Philip Durham
  • Joseph Lancaster
  • Samuel Whitbread
  • Francis Augustus Collier
  • Humphry Davy
  • George Shillibeer
  • Samuel Hoare Jr.
  • Thomas Moore
  • Edward Dodwell
  • Archibald Norman McLeod
  • George Vancouver
  • Sir George Simpson
  • William Morgan (actuary)
  • 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 Ellice
  • John MacDonald of Garth
  • Sir Archibald Campbell
  • Maria Theresa Kemble
  • Thomas Muir of Huntershill
  • Thomas Fyshe Palmer
  • Samuel Palmer
  • William Skirving
  • Captain William Paget
  • Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Paget
  • E.A. Burney
  • Charles Burney
  • Lord Frederick Beauclerk
  • William Fullarton
  • Francis Jeffrey
  • Charles Simeon
  • Sir John Simeon
  • Thomas de Quincey
  • James Watson
  • Daniel O’Connell
  • Feargus O’Connor
  • Joseph Nollekens
  • Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster
  • Andrew Geddes
  • Andrew Combe
  • Abram Combe
  • 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
  • Henry Paget 1st Earl of Uxbridge
  • Richard Hurd
  • Abel Heywood
  • 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
  • George Lamb (politician and Writer)
  • Francis Baring
  • Thomas Rees
  • John Jones
  • Sir James Edward Smith
  • John Evans
  • Thomas Jervis
  • 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
  • Joseph Mallord William Turner
  • Thomas Girtin
  • Dr. Thomas Monro
  • George Dance the Younger
  • William Daniell
  • Edward Thomas Daniell
  • Henry Monro
  • Henry Hunt
  • William Hone
  • 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
  • Robert Scott Lauder
  • Isaac Taylor of Ongar
  • Josiah Conder
  • Jacob Rey
  • John Foster
  • Olinthus Gilbert Gregory
  • Jane Taylor
  • John Wilson (Scottish writer)
  • 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
  • Phillip Hardwick
  • Charles Harcourt Masters
  • Sir Peter Parker, 2nd Baronet
  • Thomas Taylour, 1st Marquess of Headfort
  • George Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer
  • John Home
  • Frederick Edward Jones
  • John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute
  • William Stuart
  • Lady Louisa Stuart
  • James Lowther
  • 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
  • William Cunnington
  • Francis Nicholson
  • Geroge Hay, 8th Marquess of Tweeddale
  • James Anderson of Hermiston
  • John Hookham Frere
  • Henry Vassall-Fox
  • George Richardson (Architect)
  • William Chambers (Architect)
  • 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
  • Major-General Robert Craufurd
  • Arthur Phillip
  • Esther Abrahams
  • William Paterson (explorer)
  • Joseph Foveaux
  • 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
  • Henry Luttrell 2nd Earl of Carhampton
  • Samuel Hood Linzee
  • John Gore
  • George Atwood
  • Thomas Postlethwaite
  • Stephen Weston (antiquary)
  • Walter Whiter
  • Joseph Robertson
  • William Beloe
  • 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
  • John Eliot Earl of St. Germans
  • Alexander Abercromby
  • Geroge Abercromby, 2nd Baron 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
  • Henry Weekes
  • Thomas Stothard
  • Charles Manners-Sutton
  • Sir Richard Westmacott
  • Decimus Burton
  • James Pennethorne
  • James Haliburton
  • Joseph George Holman
  • Hugh Palliser
  • Thomas Louis
  • Willoughby Thomas Lake
  • Henry Hotham
  • John Holloway
  • Sir Richard Strachan
  • Sir Isaac Coffin
  • 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
  • Edward Turner (chemist)
  • 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
  • Algernon Percy, 1st Earl Beverly
  • Josceline Percy (Royal Navy Officer)
  • William Henry Percy
  • Thomas Dundas 1st Baron Dundas
  • William Fitzwilliam 4th Earl Fitzwilliam
  • Augustus Charles Pugin
  • John Adey Repton
  • Frederick Crace
  • James Morgan
  • Edward Blore
  • Alexander Monro
  • Joseph Galloway
  • Richard Curzon-Howe
  • Stephen Groombridge
  • George Lackington
  • 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 Andrew Francis Barnard
  • Sir Henry Wyndham
  • William Stretton
  • Severus William Lynam Stretton
  • Eyre Massey
  • Richard Handcock 2nd Baron Castlemaine
  • John Flaxman
  • Sir George Grey
  • 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
  • Lord Francis Almeric Spencer
  • George Biddell Airy
  • Charles Babbage
  • William Mulready
  • Richard Whately
  • Thomas Carlyle
  • Robert Grosvenor, 1st Baron Ebury
  • Edward Smith-Stanley, 12th Earl 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)
  • Lord Charles FitzRoy (Politician)
  • William Porden
  • William Burn
  • Sarah Fane, Countess of Westmorland
  • John Ponsonby 4th Earl of Bessborough
  • Philip Gidley King
  • Anna Josepha King
  • Matthew Flinders
  • John Septimus Roe
  • Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy
  • Charles Darwin
  • Emma Crewe
  • Elizabeth Templetown
  • Ricahrd Gough (antiquarian)
  • Edward Bromhead
  • 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
  • Charles Grant 1st Baron Glenelg
  • Sir Hugh Gough
  • Robert Hamilton (ecnomist)
  • Thomas Hamilton (writer)
  • Augustus De Morgan
  • Sir James Pulteney 7th Baronet
  • Sir Richard Sutton
  • 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
  • Henry Howard (priest)
  • Joseph Clement
  • Arthur Woolf
  • George Gordon 9th Marquess Huntly
  • Charles Monck 1st Viscount Monck
  • Henry Beresford 2nd Marquess of Waterford
  • Lord John Beresford
  • Sir John Beresford 1st Baronet
  • Lord George Thomas Beresford
  • Denis Pack

The Dukes

  • Duke of Argyll, George William Campbell (1766-1839)
  • Duke of Argyll, John Campbell 5th Duke
  • Duke of Grafton, Augustus Henry FitzRoy, 3rd Duke 1735-1811
  • Duke of Gordon, Alexander 4th Duke 1743-1827
  • Duke of Northumberland, Hugh Percy 1742-1817
  • Duke of Northumberland, Algernon Percy 1792-1865
  • Duke of Hamilton, Archibald Hamilton
  • Duke of Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton
  • 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 Dorset John Sackville 3rd Duke
  • Duke of Dorset George Sackville 4th Duke
  • Duke of Atholl John Murray 4th Duke
  • Duke of Bridgewater Francis Egerton 3rd Duke
  • Duke of Sutherland George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower 2nd Duke
  • Duke of Cleveland William Vane 1st Duke

The Royals

  • Ernest Augustus 1 of Hanover
  • Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

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

Regency Business

  • The Morning Post
  • Rundell and Bridge
  • Lackington-Temple of Muses
  • Almack’s
  • Burlington Arcade

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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Are you an Artist?

Now editing the final draft of another of our romance stories, we have started to lean to the idea that perhaps a professional artist might be better than our own renditions. Someone who can bring out the details and bring our stories alive.
If anyone knows of someone who would like to discuss designing a cover for RAP or the interiors (we think that a facing illustration at the start of every chapter like in the early part of the last century would be splendid), please get in contact with us.
In the immediate future we plan to launch a Kickstarter and wish to contract out the cover art and interior illustrations. Should we be funded in this project, you will be paid for your work immediately.
Our many works, one of the things we would like to see is having pen & ink or pencil illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. Can you draw like CE Brock? He did amazing work for the books and stories of Jane Austen in the early 1900s.

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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 Edwards-Vaughan
29 March 1772 – 16 August 1833

John Edwards-Vaughan also known as John Edwards was a Welsh politician who sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1818 and 1832.

He was the son of John Edwards of Belvedere House, Lambeth, Surrey, succeeded his father in 1818 and took the additional name of Vaughan in 1829 as a beneficiary of the will of William Vaughan of Glanelai, Glamorgan.

Edwards-Vaughan was elected unopposed as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Glamorganshire at the general election in 1818, but when he stood as a Whig at the 1820 general election, he was defeated by the Tory candidate.

He was appointed High Sheriff of Glamorgan for 1823–24 and was elected to the House of Commons as a Tory (DWW-Ten years after his defeat as a Whig) at the 1830 general election, when he was elected as the MP for Wells, having stood unsuccessfully in 1826. He was re-elected unopposed in 1831, but was defeated at the 1832 general election. In all he was thus elected only three times (1818, 1830 and 1831.)

Edwards-Vaughan married twice: firstly Ann, the daughter and heiress of Thomas Williams of Court Herbert, Glamorgan and secondly Sarah, the daughter and heiress of Thomas Barwis of The Stock Exchange, London, and widow of John Dalton of Russell Square, Middlesex, with whom he had a son and a daughter.

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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 $6.99 you can get this fantasy adventure.

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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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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.

William Henry Hunt
March 28, 1790 – February 10, 1864

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William Henry Hunt

William Henry Hunt was born near Long Acre and was a resident of Marchmont Street, London, and was apprenticed in about 1805 to John Varley, the landscape-painter, with whom he remained five or six years. He exhibited three oil pictures at the Royal Academy in 1807. He became connected with the Society of Painters in Water Colours at its beginning, and was elected an associate in 1824 and a full member in 1827. Until the year of his death, he was one of the most prolific contributors to the Society’s exhibitions. Many years of Hunt’s uneventful but industrious life were spent at Hastings. He died of apoplexy.

Hunt was one of the creators of the English school of watercolour painting. His subjects, especially those of his later life, are extremely simple; but, by the delicacy, humour and fine power of their treatment, they rank second to works of the highest art only. Considered technically, his works exhibit all the resources of the watercolour painter’s craft, from the purest transparent tinting to the boldest use of gouache, rough paper and scraping for texture. His sense of color is perhaps as true as that of any English artist. He was the finest ever painter of still life. Several characteristic examples of Hunt’s work, as the Boy and Goat, Brown Study and Plums, Primroses and Birds’ Nests are in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

In his lifetime, Hunt earned special notice for the accuracy and fine detail of his still lifes with birds’ nests, as with the aforementioned Primroses and Birds’ Nests—so much so that he acquired the nickname “Bird’s Nest” Hunt.

A patron of his was Dr Thomas Monro, the Principal Physician of Bedlam.

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