Social Victorians/People/Essex

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Capell (Capel until 23 July 1880)
  • Earl of Essex
    • Arthur Algernon Capell, 6th Earl of Essex (23 April 1839 – 11 September 1892)
    • George Devereux de Vere Capell, 7th Earl of Essex (11 September 1892 – 25 September 1916)
  • Countess of Essex
    • Lady Caroline Janetta Beauclerk Capell (23 April 1839 – 22 August 1862)
    • Louisa Caroline Elizabeth Boyle, daughter of Charles Boyle (3 June 1863 – 5 May 1876)
    • Louisa Elizabeth Heneage (25 April 1881 – 11 September 1892)
    • Adele Grant Capell (14 December 1893 – 25 September 1916, when the earl died)
  • Courtesy Titles
    • Viscount Malden
      • Arthur de Vere Capell, Viscount Malden (23 April 1839 – 10 March 1879)
      • George Devereux de Vere Capell (10 March 1879 – 11 September 1892)
    • Baron Capell of Hadham

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Residences[edit | edit source]

  • Family estate: Cassiobury House, Watford

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Arthur Algernon Capell, 6th Earl of Essex (27 January 1803 – 11 September 1892)[1]
  • Lady Caroline Janetta Beauclerk Capell (28 June 1804 – 22 August 1862)[2]
  1. Arthur de Vere Capell, Viscount Malden (22 July 1826 – 10 March 1879)
  2. Lady Adela Caroline Harriett Capel (4 March 1828 – 31 December 18600
  3. Hon. Reginald Algernon Capel (3 October 1830 – 31 July 1906)
  • Louisa Caroline Elizabeth Boyle, daughter of Charles Boyle ( – 5 May 1876)[3]
  1. Hon. Arthur Algernon Capell (27 July 1864 – 18 February 1940)
  2. Lady Beatrice Mary Capell (7 December 1870 – 22 January 1954)
  • Louisa Elizabeth Heneage ( – 25 January 1914)[4]


  • Arthur de Vere Capell, Viscount Malden (22 July 1826 – 10 March 1879)[5]
  • Emma Martha Meux Capell ( – 22 November 1905)[6]
  1. Lady Evelyn de Vere Capell ( – 14 November 1939)
  2. George Devereux de Vere Capell (24 October 1857 – 25 September 1916)
  3. Lady Sybil de Vere Capell (29 November 1858 – 20 February 1934)


  • George Devereux de Vere Capell, 7th Earl of Essex (24 October 1857 – 25 September 1916)[7]
  • Ellenor Harriet Maria Hartford Capell (28 May 1860 – 31 December 1885)[8]
  1. Algernon George de Vere Capell, 8th Earl of Essex (21 February 1884 – 8 December 1966)
  1. Lady Iris Mary Athenais de Vere Capell (1895-1977)
  2. Lady Joan Rachel de Vere Capell (1899-1979)

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1825 July 14, Arthur Algernon Capell and Lady Caroline Janetta Beauclerk married.[9]

1853 January 23, Arthur de Vere Capell, Viscount Malden and Emma Martha Meux married.

1863 June 3, Arthur Algernon Capell, 6th Earl of Essex and Louisa Caroline Elizabeth Boyle married.[10]

1881 April 25, Arthur Algernon Capell, 6th Earl of Essex and Louisa Elizabeth Heneage married.[4]

1882 July 12, George Devereux de Vere Capell and Ellenor Harriet Maria Hartford married.[11]

1893 December 14, 2:30 p.m., Adele Grant married George Devereux de Vere Capell, 7th Earl of Essex, his second wife. Her uncle R. Suydam Grant gave her away; Archdeacon Farrar led the service, and Arthur Sullivan played the organ.[12]

1897 July 2, George, 7th Earl and Adele Grant Capell, Countess Essex 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, George Cappell, 6th Earl of Essex (at 64) was seated at Table 5 in the first supper seating and dressed as the Earl of Essex in the Queen Elizabeth procession. He came

  • "As his ancestor in Elizabethan costume. Black satin doublet and trunk hose embroidered with mantle embroidered with silver and trimmed with sable fur, and velvet hat with ostrich plumes."[13]:8, Col. 1a

His costume was made by "Simmons and Sons, of the Haymarket."[13]:8, Col. 2a

Adele Grant Capell, Countess Essex (at 194) was in the Duchess Procession and sat at Table 10.

Henry Bullingham's portrait of "Adela (née Grant), Countess of Essex as Berenice, Queen of Palestine" in costume is #197 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[14] The printing on the portrait says, "The Countess of Essex as Berenice Queen of Palestine," with a Long S in Countess and Essex.[15]

Notes and Questions[edit | edit source]

  1. Lady Beatrice Capell is listed as having been invited, along with the Earl and Countess of Essex, to one of the big social events.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Arthur Capell, 6th Earl of Essex". Wikipedia. 2020-05-12. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Arthur_Capell,_6th_Earl_of_Essex&oldid=956261631. 
  2. "Lady Caroline Janetta Beauclerk." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  3. "Louisa Caroline Elizabeth Boyle." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Louisa Elizabeth Heneage." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  5. "Lt.-Col. Arthur de Vere Capell, Viscount Malden." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  6. "Emma Martha Meux." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  7. "George Capell, 7th Earl of Essex". Wikipedia. 2020-05-12. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=George_Capell,_7th_Earl_of_Essex&oldid=956261860. 
  8. "Ellenor Harriet Maria Harford." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  9. "Arthur Algernon Capell, 6th Earl of Essex." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  10. "Arthur Algernon Capell, 6th Earl of Essex." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  11. "George Devereux de Vere Capell, 7th Earl of Essex." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  12. "Adele Capell, Countess of Essex". Wikipedia. 2020-06-09. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Adele_Capell,_Countess_of_Essex&oldid=961549086. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "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.
  14. "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.
  15. "Countess of Essex as Berenice Queen of Palestine." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158560/Adela-ne-Grant-Countess-of-Essex-as-Berenice-Queen-of-Palestine.