Catherine Byron Letters: Persons
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Abercromby, Margaret Keith (1754-1831)
The youngest daughter of General James Abercromby (1706-81) of Glasshaugh, Banffshire; she was a correspondent and probably a relation of Catherine Byron through the Duffs of Fetteresso.
Abercromby, Thomas St Clair (d. 1823)
The eldest surviving son of General James Abercromby (1706-81) of Glasshaugh, Banffshire; educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen, he was chaplain to the 12th Regiment of Foot (1774) and died at Rome.
Barrow, Richard (1748 c.-1838)
Educated at Sedbergh School and at St John's College, Cambridge, he was the schoolmaster at Southwell, Nottinghamshire and vicar-choral of Southwell (1776-1838). He was the father of William Hodgson Barrow MP (1784-1865)
Bentinck, William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-, third duke of Portland (1738-1809)
The son of the second duke (d. 1762); allied with William Pitt, he was lord lieutenant of Ireland (1782), chancellor of Oxford University (1792), home secretary (1794-1801), and prime minister (1783, 1807).
Birch, John (d. 1812)
He was John Hanson's law partner in Chancery Lane to 1810.
Bowles, William Lisle (1762-1850)
An English poet and critic; he wrote of Fourteen Sonnets, elegiac and descriptive, written during a Tour (1789), edited the Works of Alexander Pope, 10 vols (1806), and issued pamphlets contributing to the subsequent Pope controversy.
Boyce, Francis (1783 c.-1807 fl.)
He was Byron's valet at Cambridge, who he had transported for theft in 1807.
Brabazon, John Chambré, tenth earl of Meath (1772-1851)
The son of the eighth earl of Meath (d. 1790); he succeeded his brother in 1797 and was lord lieutenant of County Dublin. He was made a British peer in 1831.
Brabazon [née Chaworth], Hon. Juliana, countess of Meath (1655 c.-1692)
The daughter of Patrick Chaworth, third viscount Chaworth; in 1682 she married Chambre Brabazon, fifth earl of Meath (d. 1715).
Brothers, Benjamin (1840 fl.)
He was the Nottingham upholsterer who furnished Newstead Abbey, one of Byron's major creditors. The firm was dissolved in 1840, possibly by Brothers' son, also named Benjamin.
Brunton [née Balfour], Mary (1778-1818)
Scottish novelist; daughter of Colonel Thomas Balfour, she married Alexander Brunton in 1798 and resided in Edinburgh; her first novel, Self-Control, was published in 1811.
Butler, George (1774-1853)
Educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, he succeeded Joseph Drury as headmaster at Harrow (1805-29) after a contentious election and was dean of Peterborough (1842-1853).
Byron [née Gordon], Catherine (1764-1811)
The daughter of George Gordon of Gight; she married Capt. John Byron 12 May 1785 and was the mother Lord Byron.
Byron [née Chaworth], Hon. Elizabeth, baroness Byron (1632-1682)
The daughter of the second viscount Chaworth; in 1660 she married William Byron, third baron Byron.
Byron [née Berkeley], Lady Frances (1704 c.-1757)
The daughter of William Berkeley, fourth baron Berkeley of Stratton (d. 1741) she was the third wife of William, fourth baron Byron, married 1720.
Byron [née Levett], Hon. Frances (1736 c.-1822)
The daughter of Elton Levett, M.D. of Nottingham; she married the Hon. George Byron, son of the fourth baron Byron. She was apparently the “cursed old woman” of Swine Green who was the satirical object of Byron's first extant poem.
Byron, George Gordon, sixth baron Byron (1788-1824)
The author of Childe Harold and Don Juan.
Byron, Admiral John (1723-1786)
The son of the fourth Baron Byron; in 1741 he was shipwrecked while serving as a midshipman in the Pacific under Commodore Anson, an account of which he published as The Narrative of the Hon. John Byron (1768).
Byron, John (1756-1791)
The dissolute son of Admiral John Byron; educated at Westminster School, he served in the Coldstream Guards and was the father of Lord Byron and of Augusta Byron by a prior marriage with Amelia Darcy, Baroness Darcy (1754-84).
Byron, William, fifth baron Byron (1722-1798)
Byron's misanthropic great-uncle, from whom he inherited Newstead Abbey. He was the son of the fourth baron (d. 1736) and as a young man served in the navy.
Byron, Hon. William (1749-1776)
The son of William Byron, fifth Baron Byron; educated at Eton College, he was MP for Morpeth (1774).
Byron, William (1772-1794)
The son of William Byron (d. 1776) and grandson and heir of the fifth Lord Byron; he was killed in action at Calvi in Corsica in July 1794.
Cavendish, William, fifth duke of Devonshire (1748-1811)
Whig peer, the son of William Cavendish, fourth duke of Devonshire (d. 1764); a fabulously wealthy but unsocial peer, in 1764 he married Lady Georgiana Spencer, who as duchess became a renowned society hostess.
Chaworth [née Bainbridge], Anne (d. 1829)
The daughter of a farmer, in 1785 she married George Chaworth of Annesley Park (d. 1791) and was the mother of Byron's early love, Mary Ann Chaworth (1785-1832).
Chaworth, William, second viscount Chaworth (1605-1644)
He was born before 1619 and married Elizabeth Noel; he was the father of the Elizabeth Chaworth (1632-1683) who married the third baron Byron.
Clarke, Hewson (1787-1845 fl.)
The Cambridge-educated son of a barber, the editor of The Scourge (1811-12) and contributor to The Satirist (1807-14) was an early mocker of Lord Byron; later in life he wrote a continuation of Hume's History of England, 2 vols (1832).
Clay, Mr (1605-1644)
Not identified; he was the tenant at Newstead Abbey, 1801-02.
Clerk [née Duff], Helen (d. 1812)
The daughter of James Duff of Craigston; in 1761 she married the Edinburgh physician David Clerk (1724-68).
Clerk-Rattray, James (1763-1831)
The son of the Edinburgh physician David Clerk (1724-68); he was a Scottish advocate, sheriff-depute of Edinburgh (1794-1809), baron of the exchequer (1809) and friend of Sir Walter Scott.
Darcy [née Doublet], Mary, countess of Holderness (1721 c.-1801)
Mary Doublet married Robert Darcy, fourth earl of Holderness in 1743; she was the grandmother of Augusta Leigh.
Dearden, James (1774-1828)
Of The Orchard, near Rochdale; in 1823 he purchased the Rochdale property from Lord Byron, which he had been mining throughout the interminable lawsuit. Catherine Byron described him as “the greatest Scoundrel on Earth.”
Drury, Henry Joseph Thomas (1778-1841)
The eldest son of Joseph Drury, Byron's headmaster; he was fellow of King's College, Cambridge and assistant-master at Harrow from 1801 to 1841. In 1808 he married Ann Caroline Tayler, whose sisters married Drury's friends Robert Bland and Francis Hodgson.
Drury, Joseph (1751-1834)
Educated at Westminster and at Trinity College, Cambridge, he was Byron's instructor at Harrow School where he was headmaster from 1784 to 1805.
Farquhar, James (1764-1833)
Of Johnston Lodge, Laurencekirk; educated at Aberdeen University, he was proctor of Doctors’ Commons (1788-1833) and a Tory MP for Aberdeen Burghs (1802-18) and Portarlington (1824-30). He assisted Catherine Byron in her son's affairs.
France, Thomas (1779 c.-1859)
He was a solicitor who worked in the office of John Hanson and afterwards in partnership with William Henry Palmer. He retired in 1852.
Garrow, Sir William (1760-1840)
English barrister; educated at Lincoln's Inn, he was a Whig MP for Gatton (1805), solicitor-general (1812), attorney-general (1813), and baron of the Exchequer (1817-32).
George III of Great Britain, King (1738-1820)
He was king of Great Britain (1760-1820) succeeded by his son George IV who was regent from 1810.
Grant, Sir James, eighth baronet (1738-1811)
Scottish agricultural improver; educated at Westminster School and at Christ's College, Cambridge, he was MP for Elgin and Forres (1761-68) and Banff (1790-95), and lord-lieutenant of Invernessshire (1794-1809).
Grant, Sir William (1752-1832)
After education at King's College, Aberdeen and military service in Canada he was a Tory MP (1790-1812) and master of the rolls (1801-17).
Gray, William (1764-1846)
He was a jeweler and culter in New Bond Street in partnership with his brother Robert; their clients included the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York.
Greville, Henry Francis (1760-1816)
The son of Fulke Greville (1717-1805), he was a military officer, man of fashion, and founder of the Pic-Nic Society and the Argyle Institution (1808).
Hanson, Elizabeth (1766-1819)
The spouse of Lord Byron's longtime solicitor and business agent; they were married in 1787.
Hanson, Hargreaves (1788 c.-1811)
Byron's classmate at Harrow, he was the son of Byron's longtime solicitor and business agent. He died young of consumption.
Hanson, John (1755-1841)
He was Lord Byron's longtime solicitor and business agent, notorious for neglecting his affairs. In 1798 he was appointed one of Byron's guardians; in 1824 he would be one of Byron's executors.
Hendrie, Mr
Possibly a son of the London perfumer Lewis Hendrie (d. 1790); the family firm existed well into the nineteenth century.
Hepburn [née Gordon], Catherine (1823 fl.)
The daughter of Alexander Gordon, Lord Rockville (1739-92); in 1800 she married Robert Hepburn of Clerkington (1766-1846).
Hepburn, Robert (1766-1846)
Of Clerkington, Midlothian, the son of Robert Hepburn (d. 1798); he was a landowner and philanthropist.
Hobhouse, John Cam, baron Broughton (1786-1869)
The founder of the Cambridge Whig Club, after traveling with Lord Byron in the orient he was a radical MP for Westminster (1820-33) and MP for Nottingham (1834-47) and Harwich (1848-51). He was Byron's executor.
Hodgkinson, George (1761-1822)
He was a Southwell, Nottinghamshire attorney. His sister Mary (d. 1801) married the Rev. Richard Barrow. His diaries were published in 2011.
Howard, Frederick, fifth earl of Carlisle (1748-1825)
The son of the fourth earl (d. 1758); he was appointed Lord Byron's guardian in 1799; they did not get along. He published a volume of Poems (1773) that included a translation from Dante.
Howard [née Byron], Hon. Isabella, countess of Carlisle (1721-1795)
The second wife of the fourth earl of Carlisle (1694-1758); she was the daughter of William Byron, fourth lord Byron. In 1759 she was remarried to Sir William Musgrave, sixth baronet (1735-1800).
Jeffrey, Francis, Lord Jeffrey (1773-1850)
Educated at Glasgow University and at Edinburgh University, he was a barrister, Whig MP, and co-founder and editor of the Edinburgh Review (1802-29). As a reviewer he was the implacable foe of the Lake School of poetry.
Lauder, Frances (d. 1822)
The daughter and co-heir of Cornelius Launder (d. 1806) who was high sheriff of Nottingham in 1775; she and her sister Ursula (afterwards Norton) were tenants of Newstead Abbey in 1802-03.
Laurie, John (1756-1830)
Of Bartholomew's Close, London; he was a manufacturer of medical instruments who made the truss for Byron's foot. He married Fanny, an illegitimate daughter of Sir John Guise, baronet, of Highnam Court, Gloucestershire. Marchand gives his name as “Maurice.”
Leigh [née Byron], Hon. Augusta Mary (1783-1851)
Lord Byron's half-sister; the daughter of Amelia Darcy, Baroness Conyers, she married Lieutenant-Colonel George Leigh on 17 August 1807.
Leigh [née Byron], Frances (1749 c.-1823)
The daughter of Admiral John Byron and Sophia Trevanion; in 1770 she married General Charles Leigh (d. 1815). She was Byron's aunt and Augusta Leigh's mother-in-law.
Massingberd [née Waterhouse], Elizabeth Hawksmore (1777-1840)
A Nottinghamshire woman, she was the widow of the naval captain Thomas Massingberd when in 1802 Catherine Byron rented from her in Piccadilly. When Byron stayed with her in 1806 she led him into entanglements with money-lenders.
Maurice, Thomas (1754-1824)
A poet and orientalist educated under Samuel Parr at Stanmore, and at Oxford; he was assistant-keeper of manuscripts in the British Museum.
Mealey, Owen (d. 1823)
Byron's steward at Newstead Abbey, who lived at the gatehouse, known as the “Hutt.” He was appointed by John Hanson in 1798 and dismissed in 1815. His will was proved 22 August 1823.
Milne, James (d. 1834)
A London tailor in Lower Grosvenor-Street, he was one of Lord Byron's creditors. In 1786 he had bailed Byron's father out of King's Bench Prison.
More, Hannah (1745-1833)
English bluestocking writer and advocate for Christian morality; a founder of the Religious Tract Society (1799) and author of Coelebs in Search of a Wife (1808).
Morgan, Sir Charles, first baronet (1726-1806)
Educated at Westminster School and at Christ Church, Oxford, he was an English barrister and MP for Brecon borough (1778-87) and Brecknockshire (1787-1806). He changed his name from Gould to Morgan when he succeeded his brother-in-law in 1792.
Murray, Joe (1736 c.-1820)
Byron's elderly steward at Newstead Abbey who had served under the previous lord Byron.
Musters, John (1777-1849)
Of Colwick Hall, Nottinghamshire; educated at Eton and at Christ Church, Oxford, he married Mary Chaworth, the then object of Byron's affections, in 1805. His mother, a society beauty painted by Joshua Reynolds, had a scandalous reputation.
Musters [née Chaworth], Mary Ann (1785-1832)
The daughter of George Chaworth (d. 1791) and grand-niece of the Chaworth killed by “Wicked Jack” Byron; she was the object of Byron's affections before and after she married John Musters in 1805.
Norton [née Lauder], Ursula (1760 c.-1845)
The daughter and co-heir of Cornelius Launder of Elton, Nottinghamshire (d. 1806); in 1807 she became the first wife of William Fletcher Norton (1781-1865), an illegitimate son of the second baron Grantley.
Norton, William, second baron Grantley (1742-1822)
Of Grantley Hall, the son of the first baron (d. 1789); educated at Harrow and at St John's College, Cambridge, he was minister to Switzerland (1765-83) and MP for Richmond (1768-74), Wigtown Burghs (1774-75), Richmond (1775-80), Guildford (1782-84), and Surrey (1784-89).
Norton, William Fletcher (1781-1865)
Of Elton Hall, Nottinghamshire, an illegitimate son of the second baron Grantley; he was a director of the Nottingham Canal Company.
Osborne [née Anguish], Catherine, duchess of Leeds (1764-1837)
The daughter of Thomas Anguish; in 1788 she became the second wife of Francis Godolphin Osborne, fifth duke of Leeds. She was governess to Princess Caroline (1813) and mistress of the robes to Queen Adelaide.
Parkyns, Augustus (1755-1814 c.)
The third son of George Parkyns, and grandson Sir Thomas Parkyns, second baronet, of Bunny; he served as major in the Derbyshire militia and died in debt in or before 1814.
Parkyns, Elizabeth Ann (1778 c.-1842 c.)
The daughter of the Nottingham painter George Isham Cooper; she and her cousin Frances Parkyns were childhood friends of Byron.
Parkyns, Frances Bridget (1783-1842 c.)
A childhood friend of Lord Byron who stayed with the Parkyns family in 1799 while his foot was being tended. She was the daughter of Augustus Parkyns, nephew of Sir Thomas Parkyns of Bunny Hall, whose wife Frances was the sister of Sir John Borlase Warren.
Pigot, Elizabeth Bridget (1783-1866)
Byron's early friend who lived with her mother and brothers at Southwell Green where Byron visited his mother at Burgage Manor.
Pitt the younger, William (1759-1806)
The second son of William Pitt, earl of Chatham (1708-1778); he was Tory prime minister 1783-1801 and from 1804-06.
Pringle [née Macleod], Lady Elizabeth (d. 1826)
The daughter of Norman MacLeod of MacLeod (1706-72) by his second wife; in 1767 she married Sir James Pringle of Stichill, fourth baronet (1726-1809).
Rushton, Robert (1790 c.-1827 fl.)
The son of a Newstead tenant, he was Byron's English servant who accompanied him as far as Gibraltar on Byron's first journey.
Rushton, Samuel (1760 c.-1814 fl.)
The father of Byron's servant, Robert Rushton; he a tenant farmer at Newstead Abbey who left when Thomas Claughton raised rents in 1814.
Scott, John, first earl of Eldon (1751-1838)
Educated at Oxford and at the Middle Temple, he was a barrister, MP (1783-99), and lord chancellor (1801-27). He was legal counsel to the prince of Wales and an active opponent of the Reform Bill.
Scott, Sir Walter, baronet (1771-1832)
Scottish poet, novelist, antiquary, biographer, editor, and sheriff.
Seward, Anna (1742-1809)
An English poet, patron, and letter-writer who was the center of a literary circle at Lichfield. Her Poetical Works, 3 vols (1810) was edited by Walter Scott.
Sheldrake, Timothy (1758 c.-1836)
He was a London instrument-maker who constructed an apparatus for Byron's lame foot.
Sykes, James (1774 c.-1816)
Of Arundel Street, London, Navy agent; he was the brother of Admiral John Sykes (1773–1858); in 1801 his sister Sarah married Rear-Admiral Richard Byron (1769-1837). John Addington Symonds was a grandson.
Watson of Torsonce, Hugh (1776 c.-1834)
He was writer to the signet in Edinburgh (1797) and Catherine Byron's Scottish solicitor.
Watson, James (1747-1805)
He was writer to the signet in Edinburgh (1770) and Catherine Byron's Scottish solicitor.
Wylde, William (1773-1848)
Educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he was a landowner, magistrate, militia colonel and from 1806 a Southwell banker in partnership with his son John Charles.
Yelverton, Henry Edward Gould, nineteenth baron Grey de Ruthyn (1780-1810)
The lessee of Newstead Abbey; baptized Henry Edward Gould, he changed his name to Yelverton in 1799 when he succeeded his grandfather in the title. He married Ann Maria Kelham, 21 June 1809.