Social Victorians/People/Brett

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Brett
  • Regy Brett
  • Baron Esher
    • William Baliol Brett, 1st Baron Esher (24 July 1885 – 24 May 1899)[1]
    • Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Baron Esher (24 May 1899 – 22 January 1930)
  • Viscount Esher
    • William Baliol Brett, 1st Viscount Esher (11 November 1897 – 24 May 1899)[1]
    • Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher (24 May 1899 – 22 January 1930)

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: British[2]

Family[edit | edit source]

  • William Baliol Brett, 1st Viscount Esher (13 August 1815 – 24 May 1899)[1]
  • Eugenie Mayer ( – 4 June 1904)[3]
  1. Hon. Violet (Eugenie Violet Adele) Brett ( – 13 March 1938)
  2. Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher (30 June 1852 – 22 January 1930)
  3. Eugene Leopold Selwyn Brett (3 March 1855 – 8 December 1882)


  • Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher (30 June 1852 – 22 January 1930)[4]
  • Eleanor Frances Weston Van de Weyer ( – 7 February 1940)[5]
  1. Oliver Sylvain Baliol Brett, 3rd Viscount Esher (23 March 1881 – 8 October 1963)
  2. Lt.-Col. Hon. Maurice Vyner Balliol Brett (24 April 1882 – 18 August 1934)
  3. Hon. Dorothy Eugenie Brett (10 November 1883 – 27 August 1977)
  4. Hon. Sylvia Leonora Brett (25 February 1885 – 1971)

Relatives[edit | edit source]

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

  • Reginald Baliol Brett was one of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales's closest friends and confidants.

Organizations[edit | edit source]

William Baliol Brett[edit | edit source]

  • Master of the Rolls (1882–1897)

Reginald Baliol Brett[edit | edit source]

  • Eton College, Windsor[1]
  • M.A., Trinity College, Cambridge[1]
  • Society of Apostles[6]
  • Member of Parliament, Liberal, for Falmouth and Penryn (1880–1885)[1]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1879 September 24, Reginald Baliol Brett and Eleanor Frances Weston Van de Weyer married.[5]

1897, Reginald Brett was appointed Companion, Order of the Bath (C.B.).[4]

1897 July 2, a Mr. and Mrs. Brett (Reginald Baliol and Eleanor Frances Brett) attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House.

1899 May 30, the socially important funeral of Viscount Esher, close associate of the Prince of Wales.

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

Reginald Balioll Brett (at 603) and Eleanor Frances Brett (at 604) attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball.[7][8]

Lafayette's portrait of "Eleanor Frances Weston (née Van de Weyer), Viscountess Esher when Hon. Mrs Brett as Manon Lescaut" in costume is #178 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[9] The printing on the portrait says, "The Hon. Mrs Brett as Manon Lescaut."[10]

According to Russell Harris, "perhaps not all the male guests were keen to be memorialised looking like a 'tomfool' – as the Hon Reginald Baliol Brett (later 2nd Viscount Esher) complained in his diary!"[11] His photograph is included in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery,[9] however, and both that as well as the description in the Gentlewoman make it clear that Reginald Brett was in costume:

  • "Hon. M. Brett, C.B., black velvet costume from Vandyke picture."[12]:34, Col. 1b

Lafayette's portrait of "Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher as a gentleman of France" in costume is #179 in the album.[9] The printing on the portrait says, "Hon. R. Brett, C.B. as a gentleman of France."[13]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "William Baliol Brett, 1st Viscount Esher." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "William Brett, 1st Viscount Esher". Wikipedia. 2021-03-08. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Brett,_1st_Viscount_Esher&oldid=1011009968. 
  3. "Eugenie Mayer." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Eleanor Frances Weston Van de Weyer." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  6. "Reginald Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher". Wikipedia. 2021-04-10. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Reginald_Brett,_2nd_Viscount_Esher&oldid=1017022241. 
  7. "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.
  8. "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1a–4c The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "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.
  10. "Hon. Mrs Brett as Manon Lescaut." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158541/Eleanor-Frances-Weston-ne-Van-de-Weyer-Viscountess-Esher-when-Hon-Mrs-Brett-as-Manon-Lescaut.
  11. Harris, Russell. "The Ball." Narrated in Calm Prose: Photographs from the V&A's Lafayette Archive of Guests in Costume at the Duchess of Devonshire's Diamond Jubilee Ball, July 1897. 2011. http://www.rvondeh.dircon.co.uk/incalmprose/.
  12. “The Duchess of Devonshire’s Ball.” The Gentlewoman 10 July 1897 Saturday: 32–42 [of 76], Cols. 1a–3c [of 3]. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0003340/18970710/155/0032.
  13. "Hon. R. Brett, C.B.." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158542/Reginald-Baliol-Brett-2nd-Viscount-Esher-as-a-gentleman-of-France.