Social Victorians/People/Ancaster

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name
    • Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby
    • Ewart
  • Earl of Ancaster
    • Gilbert Henry Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 1st Earl of Ancaster (1892 – 24 December 1910)
  • Baron Willoughby de Eresby
    • Gilbert Henry Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 25th Baron Aveland (1888-1892)
  • Baron Aveland
    • Gilbert Henry Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 2nd Baron Aveland (1867–1888)

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality:

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Gilbert Henry Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 1st Earl of Ancaster (1 October 1830 – 24 December 1910)
  • Lady Evelyn Elizabeth Gordon (22 March 1846 – 16 March 1921)
  1. Lady Evelyn Clementina Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1864–1924)
  2. Lady Margaret Mary Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1866–1956)
  3. Hon. Gilbert Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 2nd Earl of Ancaster (20 July 1867 – 19 September 1951)
  4. Lady Nina Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1869–1940)
  5. Brig.-Gen. Hon. Charles Strathavon Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (18 May 1870 – 15 December 1949)
  6. Lt.-Col. Hon. Claud Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (15 October 1872 – 24 February 1950)
  7. Lady Cecilie Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1874 – )
  8. Lady Alice Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1876–1951)
  9. Lady Mary Adelaide Heathcote-Drummond (25 April 1878 – 23 May 1960)
  10. Lt.-Cdr. Hon. Peter Robert Willoughby (2 November 1885 – 1 November 1914)


  • Lady Evelyn Clementina Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1864–1924)
  • Major-General Sir Henry Peter Ewart, 1st Baronet (20 August 1838 – April 1928)
  1. Victor Alexander Ewart ( – 1916)


  • Brig.-Gen. Hon. Charles Strathavon Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (18 May 1870 – 15 December 1949)
  • Lady Muriel Agnes Stuart Erskine (15 April 1879 – 23 October 1967)
  1. Rosalie Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby ( – July 1994)

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Acquaintances[edit | edit source]

Friends[edit | edit source]

  • Muriel Wilson and Hon. Gilbert Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, Baron Willoughby de Eresby, were reported to be engaged on 18 August 1894.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Organizations[edit | edit source]

  • Sir Henry Peter Ewart, Crown Equerry to Queen Victoria

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1863 July 14, Gilbert Henry Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby and Lady Evelyn Elizabeth Gordon married.

1888 November 3, Lady Evelyn Clementina Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby and Sir Henry Peter Ewart married.

1894 August 18, Muriel Wilson and Hon. Willoughby de Eresby announce their engagement, wedding set for November sometime (details in 1894). An announcement that it had been cancelled appeared on 18 September 1894 with more discussion on 6 October 1894.

1897 July 2, Lady Evelyn Ewart and Sir Henry Ewart attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House.

1903 January 7, Hon. Charles Strathavon Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby and Lady Muriel Agnes Stuart Erskine married.

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, Lady Evelyn Ewart (at 401)

  • <quote>was very successful as an ancestress of her own, "Countess of Ancaster," in a becoming blue satin skirt, puckered up at the seam. There was an over dress to match, bordered with blue gimp passementerie and very picturesque bodice and sleeves, filled in with muslin and old lace. A jewelled girdle and a fawn hat, with long plumes, completed the toilet</quote> (London Daily News 1897-07-03 6, Col. 1A).
  • <quote>was very successful as an ancestress of her own, "Countess of Ancester," in a becoming blue satin skirt puckered up at the seams. There was an over dress to match bordered with blue gimp passementerie, and a very picturesque bodice and sleeves filled in with fine muslin and old lace. A jewelled girdle and a fawn hat with long plumes completed the toilet</quote> (Belfast 3 July 1897: 6, Col. 1A).
  • "as the Countess of Ancaster, 1795, might have stepped out of the frame of the picture she represented, so faithfully was the dress carried out."[1]:Col. 1

Henry Bullingham's portrait of "Lady Evelyn Clementia Ewart (née Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby) as the Duchess of Ancaster, Mistress of the Robes to Queen Charlotte, 1757, after a picture by Hudson" in costume is #169 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery ("album"). The printing on the portrait says, "Lady Evelyn Ewart as the Duchess of Ancaster, Mistress of the Robes to Queen Charlotte, 1757, after a picture by Hudson," with a Long S in Duchess ("Lady Evelyn Ewart as the Duchess of Ancaster").

Sir Henry Ewart (at 430) also attended.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Works Cited on Costume at the Duchess of Devonshire's Ball[edit | edit source]

  1. “The Duchess’s Costume Ball.” Westminster Gazette 03 July 1897 Saturday: 5 [of 8], Cols. 1a–3b [of 3]. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0002947/18970703/035/0005.