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Augusta Emily (née Seymour), Lady Delamere

(1835-1911), Second wife of 2nd Baron Delamere; daughter of Sir George Hamilton Seymour

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Augusta Emily (née Seymour), Lady Delamere, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax51182

Augusta Emily (née Seymour), Lady Delamere

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 20 December 1860
NPG Ax51182

Augusta Emily (née Seymour), Lady Delamere, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax51183

Augusta Emily (née Seymour), Lady Delamere

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 20 December 1860
NPG Ax51183

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Geoffrey Hebdon

19 March 2018, 14:30

By the time Hugh, 2nd Lord Delamere (1811-1887) inherited the Vale Royal Abbey estate; the title and the Great House, in 1855, the funds in the estate had almost become depleted, making it very difficult to maintain the life style of a "Lord of the British Peerage". It also seems that Hugh was having serious problems with his second marriage to Augusta Seymour. His second wife was a similar age to his first wife, Lady Sarah, (daughter of Thomas Robert Hay-Drummond, 11th Earl of Kinnoull) being about 24 years his junior. The major difference is that Lady Sarah was a very weak and delicate girl and was ill for most of her life, requiring a great deal of personal attention and nursing care, plus she hardly ever went outdoors, right up to the time of her death at the young age of 30 years old, on 17 February 1859, whereas Augusta being more robust and an independent individual, lived away from Vale Royal Abbey in Cheshire for long periods of time, spending many months of each year in London and also in Bournemouth, on the South Coast of England, with her socialite friends, a life style she adopted right up until her death aged 75 years old in 1911.

Geoffrey Hebdon

02 August 2015, 01:40

please update the images.

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