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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 William Coventry 8th Earl of Coventry
16 October 1784 – 15 May 1843

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George William Coventry

George William Coventry 8th Earl of Coventry was the eldest son of George Coventry, 7th Earl of Coventry, and his wife Peggy (née Pitches), and was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He was elected to the House of Commons as one of two representatives for Worcester in 1816, a seat he held until 1826. In 1831 he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. In 1838 he served as Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire.

Lord Coventry married firstly the Hon. Emma Susanna, daughter of William Lygon, 2nd Baron Beauchamp, subsequently created 1st Earl Beauchamp, in 1808. She died in 1810. He married secondly Lady Mary, daughter of Aubrey Beauclerk, 6th Duke of St Albans, in 1811. He died in May 1843, aged 58. His son from his first marriage, George William Coventry, Viscount Deerhurst, had predeceased him and he was succeeded in his titles by his grandson George. Lady Coventry died on 11 September 1845, aged 54.

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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.

Louisa Manners Tollemache 7th Countess Dysart
2 July 1745 – 22 September 1840

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Louisa Manners Tollemache

Louisa Manners Tollemache 7th Countess Dysart was one of the daughters of Lionel Tollemache, 4th Earl of Dysart, the second of three to survive to adulthood. She and her elder sister, Jane, were educated at Mrs Holt’s School for Girls in South Audley Street, Mayfair.

The Countess married John Manners in 1765, the couple having eloped to Scotland from Ham House and Manners having thrown the key to the garden door back over the wall to prevent her from returning. At her father’s request the marriage was repeated at St James’s Church, Piccadilly.

The couple lived most of their lives at Ham House, spending some time at the other Tollemache family seat at Helmingham Hall, Suffolk.
They had ten children:

  • William Tollemache, Lord Huntingtower
  • Hon. John Manners Tollemache of Portman Square, co. Middlesex, was authorised by royal licence, dated 6 April 1821, to take the surname of Tollemache instead of Manners, and bear the arms of Tollemache. Married, Mary, daughter of Captain Benjamin Bechinoe, R.N., and widow of William, fourth Duke of Roxburghe.
  • Hon. Charles Manners-Tollemache, of Market Overton, co. Rutland, and Harrington, co. Northampton; was authorised by royal licence, dated 6 April 1821, to take the surname of Tollemache. Married, first, Frances, only daughter of William Hay, of Newhall, and niece of George, seventh Marquess of Tweeddale; Second Gertrude Florinda, daughter of General William Gardiner (brother of Luke, Viscount Mountjoy), and widow of Charles John Clarke;
  • George, died an infant.
  • Elizabeth Louisa, died an infant.
  • Sophia, died an infant.
  • Catherine Sophia; married Sir Gilbert Heathcote, 4th Baronet M.P.
  • Maria Caroline, married James, Viscount Macduff, afterwards fourth Earl Fife, in the Peerage of Ireland, K.T.
  • Louisa Grace, married Aubrey Beauclerk, 6th Duke of St Albans
  • Laura, married, John William Henry Dalrymple, afterwards seventh Earl of Stair.

A portrait of Louisa by Sir Joshua Reynolds was engraved by V. Green, and another by Hoppner, as a peasant, has also been engraved. Hoppner’s portrait was sold at Messrs. Robinson and Fisher’s rooms for 14,050 guineas on 27 June 1901. This portrait originally belonged to Louisa’s daughter, Lady Laura Tollemache, from whom it passed to Louisa’s granddaughter, Maria, Marchioness of Ailesbury, and finally came into the possession of the latter’s daughter-in-law, the Lady Charles Bruce, by whose executors it was sold. Thomas Lawrence’s portrait of Lady Louisa was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1794. Louisa was a notable patron of John Constable, entertaining him at Helmingham, Ham House and London residences at Pall Mall and in Picadilly. Constable’s letters make several references to Lady Dysart and he was evidently at ease with the family. Louisa employed his brother, Golding Constable, as gamekeeper at Helingham. Constable painted copies of Reynolds’ and Hoppner’s works, including a portrait of Louisa dated 1823. Others to derive works from Hoppner, Lawrence and Reynolds portraits of Louisa include Henry Bone, Charles Knight and Richard Smythe.

The death of John Manners 23 September 1792, when Louisa was aged forty-seven, bought the 30,000 acres (12,000 ha) of the Manners’ Buckminster estate into the Tollemache family. She succeeded her brother Wilbraham in the earldom of Dysart and barony of Huntingtower 9 March 1821, aged seventy-five, and on 13 March 1821 she, together with her only unmarried daughter, Laura, was authorised by royal licence to take and bear the surname and arms of Tollemache instead of Manners.

Increasing blind in her old age, Louisa died at Ham House, Surrey, 22 September 1840, aged 95, and was buried at Helmingham 8 October following. Not only did she survive her husband by more than half her lifetime, she outlived all of her children except her son, Charles. Her will was proved February 1841. She was succeeded by grandson, Lionel Tollemache, 8th Earl of Dysart, son of William, Lord Huntingtower.

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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.

Aubrey Beauclerk 6th Duke of St Albans
21 August 1765 – 12 August 1815

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Aubrey Beauclerk (seated)

Aubrey Beauclerk 6th Duke of St Albans was the son of Aubrey Beauclerk, 5th Duke of St Albans. He was appointed a captain in the 34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot on 30 July 1783.

He married, firstly, Jane Moses (1768 – 18 August 1800), on 9 July 1788. They had one child:

  • Lady Mary Beauclerk (30 March 1791 – 11 September 1845), married George Coventry, 8th Earl of Coventry and had issue.

He married, secondly, Lady Louisa Grace Manners (1777 – 19 February 1816), daughter of John Manners and Louisa Tollemache, 7th Countess of Dysart, on 15 August 1802 in London. They had one child:

  • Aubrey Beauclerk, 7th Duke of St Albans (7 April 1815 – 19 February 1816)

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