Social Victorians/People/Dudley

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Ward
  • Earl of Dudley
    • William Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley (1860 – 7 May 1885)
    • William Humble Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley (7 May 1885 – 29 June 1932)
  • Countess of Dudley
    • Georgina Elisabeth Moncreiffe Ward, Countess of Dudley (1860 – 7 May 1885)
    • Rachel Anne Gurney Ward, Countess of Dudley (1885–1932)
  • Dowager Countess of Dudley
    • Georgina Elisabeth Moncreiffe Ward, Countess of Dudley (7 May 1885 – 2 February 1929)
  • Viscount Ednam is the courtesy title for the eldest son of the Earl of Dudley.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality:

Family[edit | edit source]

  • William Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley (27 March 1817 – 7 May 1885)[1]
  • Selina Constance de Burgh Ward (d. 1851)
  • Georgina Elisabeth Moncreiffe Ward, Countess of Dudley (9 August 1846 – 2 February 1929)[2]
  1. William Humble Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley (25 May 1867 – 29 June 1932)
  2. Hon. Sir John Hubert Ward (20 Mar 1870 – 2 December 1938)
  3. Hon. Robert Arthur Ward (23 February 1871 – 14 June 1942)
  4. Lady Edith Amelia Ward (16 September 1872 – 6 June 1956)
  5. Captain Hon. Reginald Ward (11 June 1874 – 7 March 1904)
  6. Captain Hon. Cyril Augustus Ward (31 January 1876 – 11 January 1930)
  7. Hon. Gerald Ernest Francis Ward (9 November 1877 – 30 October 1914)


  • William Humble Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley (25 May 1867 – 29 June 1932)[3]
  • Rachel Anne Gurney Ward (8 August 1868– 26 June 1920)
  1. William Humble Eric
  2. Roderick John
  3. George Reginald
  4. Edward Frederick
  • Gertie Millar Monkton (21 February 1879 – 25 April 1952)[4]

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1865 November 21, William Ward and Georgina Elisabeth Moncreiffe married.[2]

1874 December 12, Georgina Moncreiffe Ward's jewels were stolen at Paddington Station and never recovered.[2]

1891, William Humble Ward (2nd Earl of Dudley at that time) and Rachel Anne Gurney married[3]; the Prince of Wales attended their wedding.

1897 July 2, the Earl and Georgina, Countess of Dudley attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House.

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, Rachel, Countess of Dudley (at 31) sat at Table 11 and was dressed as

  • "Queen Esther. Persian dress of white crepe, thickly embroidered in real dull gold. The skirt was bordered with three lines of green embroidery, studded with amethysts, turquoises, and pearls; and a chasuble of solid gold tissue, encrusted with jewels, fell from the shoulders to the hem of the skirt. Armlets and bracelets of dead gold set with the same jewels. Head-dress, two veils, the under one white embroidered with gold, and the upper one purple embroidered with gold, crown of dead gold, encrusted with precious stones, and hanging on the forehead were 15 large drop pearls. Fan of peacock feathers, the handle set with jewels, and necklace of 12 rows of pearls."[5]:7, Col. 7B
  • "Queen Esther. Persian dress of white crêpe thickly embroidered in red dull gold. The skirt bordered with three lines of green embroidery studded with amethysts, turquoises, and pearls. A chasuble of solid gold tissue encrusted with jewels fell from the shoulders to the hem of the skirt. Armlets and bracelets of dead gold set with the same jewels. Head-dress, two veils, the under one white embroidered with gold, and the upper one purple, embroidered. Crown of dead gold, encrusted with precious stones, and hanging on the forehead were 15 large drop pearls. Fan of peacock feathers, the handle set with jewels, and necklace of 12 rows of pearls."[6] (The Times description of the costume of Rachel, Countess of Dudley dressed as Queen Esther is almost identical through the hem of the skirt in the Carlisle Patriot[7]).
  • "a lovely Queen Esther, with superb jewels."[8]:6, Col. 1B
  • "a lovely Queen Esther, with superb jewels."[9]:6, Col. 1B This description of Rachel, Countess of Dudley as Queen Esther in the Belfast News-Letter appears to be identical to, except longer than?, the story in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph. Also, this article and the one in the London Daily News have chunks that are identically worded.
  • According to the Pall Mall Gazette, "The Countess of Dudley made a sensation with her Queen Esther dress, which was encrusted with jewels, and worn with a heliotrope gauze drapery, fastened to the head by pink poppies. The head-dress was of splendid pearls and jewels, coming over the ears and forehead."[10]

Henry Bullingham's portrait of "Rachel (née Gurney), Countess of Dudley as Queen Esther" in costume is #278 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[11] The printing on the portrait says, "The Countess of Dudley as Queen Esther," with a Long S in Countess.[12]

William, Earl of Dudley (at 63) sat at Table 9 and was dressed as

  • "Prince Rupert. Orange-coloured satin doublet and breeches, richly embroidered in silver, with steel cuirass and rich silk sash, and hat with white ostrich feathers."[5]:8, Col. 1A
  • "Prince Rupert."[6]

Notes and Questions[edit | edit source]

  1. Lady Edith Ward is listed as having been invited to one of the big social events along with the Earl and Countess of Dudley.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "William Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley". Wikipedia. 2020-09-27. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Ward,_1st_Earl_of_Dudley&oldid=980690617. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Georgina Ward, Countess of Dudley". Wikipedia. 2020-08-14. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Georgina_Ward,_Countess_of_Dudley&oldid=972879013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "William Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley". Wikipedia. 2020-04-29. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Ward,_2nd_Earl_of_Dudley&oldid=953825522. 
  4. "Gertie Millar". Wikipedia. 2020-07-13. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gertie_Millar&oldid=967446660. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "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.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1A–4C The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.
  7. "Fancy Dress Ball: Unparalleled Splendour." Carlisle Patriot Friday 9 July 1897: 7 [of 8], Col. 4A–B. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000365/18970709/084/0007.
  8. "Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Ball. A Brilliant Spectacle. Some of the Dresses." London Daily News Saturday 3 July 1897: 5 [of 10], Col. 6A–6, Col. 1B. British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000051/18970703/024/0005 and http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000051/18970703/024/0006.
  9. "The Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Dress Ball. Special Telegram." Belfast News-Letter Saturday 03 July 1897: 5 [of 8], Col. 9 [of 9]. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000038/18970703/015/0005.
  10. “The Devonshire House Ball. A Brilliant Gathering.” The Pall Mall Gazette 3 July 1897, Saturday: 7 [of 10], Col. 2A–3A. British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000098/18970703/019/0007.
  11. "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 March 2020).
  12. "Countess of Dudley as Queen Esther." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw216052/Rachel-ne-Gurney-Countess-of-Dudley-as-Queen-Esther(accessed March 2020).