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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.

Marchioness of Hertford Maria Emilia Fagnani
24 August 1771 – 2 March 1856


Maria Emilia Fagnani

Marchioness of Hertford Maria Emilia Fagnani was illegitimate. Born in the 1770s, most likely, she was the daughter of Costanza Brusati, the Italian Marchesa Fagnani, and of either William Douglas, 4th Duke of Queensberry, who was famously detested by Robert Burns, or George Selwyn, a prominent Tory and lover of Grace Elliott. He was also a member of the Satanic Hellfire Club, and even possibly, though doubtful, George Selwyn’s butler. (The last seems a fabrication to discredit)

Both Queensberry and Selwyn believed themselves to be her father and left her very large legacies.

On 18 May 1798, Maria married Francis Seymour-Conway, Earl of Yarmouth, the son of the 2nd Marquess of Hertford and Isabella Ingram-Shepheard. The Marchioness, Francis’ mother Isabella was the daughter of the Viscount Irvine, and the mistress of the Prince of Wales. By 1802 Maria and Francis were estranged, and she lived in Paris for the rest of her life.

  • Lady Francis Maria Seymour-Conway (d. 1822)
  • Captain Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford (1800–1870)
  • Lord Henry Seymour-Conway (1805–1859)

When George III of the United Kingdom was insane, he announced that he was going to take Lady Yarmouth as his mistress.

The Marquess inherited his title in 1822. He died in 1842. The dowager Marchioness died in 1856 in Paris.

William Makepeace Thackery parodied her husband as the Marquess of Steyne in his masterpiece, Vanity Fair.

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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.

Francis Charles Seymour-Ingram, 3rd Marquess of Hertford
March 11 1777-March 1 1842


The son of Francis Seymour-Conway, the 2nd Marquess of Hertford and his second wife, Isabella Anne Ingram who was the daughter of the 9th Viscount of Irvine.

Known as Lord Yarmouth, he was a member of the Prince Regent’s set. He was the member for Orford in Parliament from 1797 to 1802 and then for Lisburn from 1802 to 1812, for Antrim from 1812 to 1818 and finally for Camelford between 1820 to 1822, at which time he became a member of the House of Lords and the third Marquess. As a young man he was a cricketer and played in 3 major matches between 1797 and 1799. He was a wastrel and would do anything for money.

In 1812 he became a member of the Privy Council and appointed Vice-Chamberlain of the Household under Spencer Perceval and continued under Lord Liverpool. He was appointed Lord Warden of the Stannaries. When he became the Marquess, he was also made a Knight of the Garter and appointed Vice-Admiral of Suffolk. He was an art collector and much of his collection is now at the Wallace Collection which he, his son and grandson founded. In 1827 George IV sent him to Tsar Nicholas I with the Order of the Garter for the Tsar.

He married Maria Emilia Fagnani, the illegitimate daughter of the 4th Duke of Queensbury who gave Yarmouth estates and 50,000 pounds. They had 3 children and the Duke gave two of the children each 50,000 pounds, as well as 100,000 pounds to his daughter at the time of his death in 1810. Maria moved to Paris and stayed their from 1804 until she died. He served as the inspiration for Disraeli’s Marquess of Monmouth and Thackeray’s Marquess Steyne. The end of his life was said to be bad. He lived with prostitutes, and had infirmities that paralyzed his tongue.

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