Sunday, March 07, 2010

10Sep1871, Duchess Dies After Childbirth

HOLKER, September 10th, 1871. 14th Sunday after Trinity.
—A terrible tragedy has happened, the death of the young Duchess of S. Albans of fever a fortnight after her confinement. The brightest and most winning of creatures in the full tide of earthly happiness. She was everything to poor Mrs. Grey [FN: The Duchess was the daughter of General Grey, Private Secretary to Queen Victoria. She was a first cousin of Sybella Lady Lyttelton, their mothers having both been daughters of Sir Thomas Farquhar, Bart.] and her young sisters—herself only 22. And that poor little Duke left with 3 tiny children.

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