Social Victorians/People/Alington

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Sturt
  • 1st Baron Alington of Crichel (15 January 1876 – 17 February 1904)
    • Henry Gerard Sturt
    • Augusta Bingham: Lady Alington of Crichel (15 January 1876 – 3 July 1888)
    • Evelyn Henrietta Leigh (10 February 1892 – 17 February 1904)
  • 2nd Baron Alington of Crichel (17 February 1904 – 30 July 1919)
    • Humphrey Napier Sturt
    • Feodorowna Yorke

Demographics[1][edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: British

Residences[edit | edit source]

  • Alington House, London

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Henry Gerard Sturt, 1st Baron Alington (16 May 1825 – 17 February 1904)[2]
  • Augusta Bingham (7 February 1832 – 3 July 1888)[3]
  1. Humphrey Napier Sturt, 2nd Baron Alington (20 August 1859 – 30 July 1919)
  2. Winifred Selina Sturt (1868–1914)
  3. Mildred Cecilia Harriet Sturt (1869–1942)
  • Evelyn Henrietta Leigh ( – 23 January 1939)[4]


  • Humphrey Napier Sturt, 2nd Baron Alington (20 August 1859 – 30 July 1919)[5]
  • Feodorowna Yorke (1864 – 27 June 1934)
  1. Diana Isabel Sturt (3 April 1884 – )
  2. Sylvia Sturt (1886 – 1886)
  3. Gerard Philip Montagu Napier Sturt (9 April 1893 – 11 November 1918)
  4. Napier George Henry Sturt, 3rd Baron Alington of Crichel (1 November 1896 – 17 September 1940)
  5. Hon. Lois Sturt (25 August 1900 – 18 September 1937)


  1. Edward George John Humphrey, briefly Viscount Chelsea (1903–1910), a godson of Edward VII and George, Prince of Wales.
  2. Sibyl Louise Beatrix (1893–1969)
  3. Edith Mary Winifred (1895–1969)
  4. Cynthia Hilda Evelyn (1896–1966)
  5. Alexandra Mary (1900–1961)
  6. Victoria Laura (1901–1991)
  • Admiral of the Fleet The Honourable Sir Hedworth Lambton Meux (5 July 1856 – 20 September 1929)
  • Charles William Augustus Montagu (23 November 1860 – 10 November 1939)

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Organizations[edit | edit source]

Humphrey Napier Sturt[edit | edit source]

  • Member of Parliament for East Dorset (1891–1904)

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1883 June 25, Feodorowna Yorke and Humphrey Napier Sturt married.[5]

1892 February 10, Henry Gerard Sturt, 1st Baron Alington of Crichel and Evelyn Henrietta Leigh married.[4]

1897 July 2, Evelyn Henrietta Leigh Sturt, Lady Alington attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House. Humphrey Napier Sturt, M.P., and Hon. (Cecilia) Mildred H. Sturt also attended.

Costume at the Duchess of Devonshire's 2 July 1897 Fancy-dress Ball[edit | edit source]

At the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball, Evelyn, Lady Alington (at 41), was dressed as the Duchesse de Nevers:

  • "XVI. Century costume of cerise velvet with white satin front panel richly embroidered with silver and studded with pearls and rubies; the bodice had a stomacher of white satin, also embroidered with jewels, including diamonds, and the sleeves were slashed with white satin; high Medici collar of old lace. Ruby and diamond coronet and double necklace of the same."[6]:7, Col. 7c
  • "the Duchesse de Nevers, a lady from the court of Marguerite de Valois."[7]

Henry Bullingham's portrait of "Evelyn Henrietta (née Leigh), Lady Alington as Duchesse de Nevers, Dame de la Cour de S.M. Marguérite de Valois" in costume is #202 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[8] The printing on the portrait says, "Lady Alington as Duchesse de Nevers, Dame de la Cour de S.M. Marguérite de Valois," with a Long S in Duchesse.[9]

Humphrey Sturt (at 120) was also present, in the Quadrille of the Louis XV and Louis XVI dressed as an Abbé:

  • "Abbé of the period of Louis XV., in black, with cut steel buttons."[6]:8, Col. 2a

Lafayette's portrait of "Lord Charles William Augustus Montagu as King Charles I and Mildred Cecilia Harriet, Lady Montagu as an Italian Flower girl" in costume is #209 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[8] The printing on the portrait says, "Lord Charles Montagu as King Charles I. Lady Chelsea as an Italian Flower girl."[10] This portrait includes both Lord Charles Montagu (at 161) and Mildred Cadogan, Viscountess Chelsea (at 162) who were not married to each other in 1897 but would marry in 1930.

Questions and Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Henry Gerard Sturt, 1st Baron Alington is not listed as having attended the Duchess of Devonshire's ball; he would have been 72 years old. Evelyn Sturt, Lady Alington was there — a photograph exists; if she was 80 when she died, then she would have been born in c. 1860, so possibly about 40ish at the time of the ball.
  2. Charles William Augustus Montagu was Hon. Mildred Cecilia Harriet Sturt's third husband, marrying in 1930 although they are in the same portrait in the Album (#209). She was Lady Chelsea in 1897.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Henry Sturt, 1st Baron Alington". Wikipedia. 2020-09-26. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Henry_Sturt,_1st_Baron_Alington&oldid=980438887. 
  2. "Henry Gerard Sturt, 1st Baron Alington of Crichel." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  3. "Lady Augusta Bingham." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Evelyn Henrietta Leigh." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Humphrey Napier Sturt, 2nd Baron Alington of Crichel." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Fancy Dress Ball at Devonshire House." Morning Post Saturday 3 July 1897: 7 [of 12], Col. 4a–8 Col. 2b. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970703/054/0007.
  7. Walker, Dave. "Costume Ball 4: Ladies only." The Library Time Machine. Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea https://rbkclocalstudies.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/costume-ball-4-ladies-only/.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball (1897): photogravures by Walker & Boutall after various photographers." 1899. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait-list.php?set=515 (accessed February 2020).
  9. "Lady Alington as Duchesse de Nevers." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158565/Evelyn-Henrietta-ne-Leigh-Lady-Alington-as-Duchesse-de-Nevers-Dame-de-la-Cour-de-SM-Margurite-de-Valois (accessed February 2020).
  10. "Lord Charles William Augustus Montagu as King Charles I and Mildred Cecilia Harriet, Lady Montagu as an Italian Flower girl." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158572/Lord-Charles-William-Augustus-Montagu-as-King-Charles-I-and-Mildred-Cecilia-Harriet-Lady-Montagu-as-an-Italian-Flower-girl (accessed February 2020).