From Angelyn’s Blog
Elizabeth Fox, Baroness Holland, was the daughter of a Jamaican planter. Married off to Lord Webster, a man twenty years her senior, she gave birth to three children before falling in love with another man, bearing him a child out-of-wedlock. Not two days divorced, she married her lover Lord Holland.
The ton could not forget her scandalous past and so declined to receive her. No matter, Lord and Lady Holland did their own receiving, hosting the most influential men of the day at Holland House. The few women who came were fellow Whigs, the Duchess of Devonshire and that fashionable marchioness from Berkeley Square, Lady Lansdowne.
Baroness Holland was the complete opposite of her husband. She was gruff where he was affable, imperious when he would give way. Long, boring discourse was not tolerated at her table–her ladyship was known to dispatch her footman to admonish the offending guest.
Thomas Moore, which this blog christened Regency Poet of Wine and Love, once said…
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