Social Victorians/People/Feversham

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Duncombe
  • Earl Feversham of Ryedale
    • William Ernest Duncombe, 1st Earl of Feversham (25 July 1868 – 13 January 1915)
    • Charles William Reginald Duncombe, 2nd Earl of Feversham (13 January 1915 –1916)
  • Viscount Helmsley
    • William Ernest Duncombe (25 July 1868 – 1881)
    • Charles William Reginald Duncombe, 2nd Earl of Feversham (24 December 1881 – 13 January 1915)[1]
  • Baron of Feversham
    • William Ernest Duncombe (11 February 1867 – )
  • Baron Feversham of Duncombe Park
    • Charles Duncombe, 1st Baron Feversham of Duncombe Park ( – 16 July 1841)
    • William Duncombe, 2nd Baron Feversham of Duncombe Park (16 July 1841 – 11 February 1867)
  • Other Duncombe families existed as well.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: British

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Charles Duncombe, 1st Baron Feversham of Duncombe Park (5 December 1764 – 16 July 1841)[2]
  • Lady Charlotte Legge ( – 5 November 1848)[3]
  1. Hon. Frances Duncombe (– 15 June 1881)
  2. Hon. Louisa Duncombe ( – 18 November 1852)
  3. Charles Duncombe (1795 – 1819)
  4. William Duncombe, 2nd Baron Feversham of Duncombe Park (14 January 1798 – 11 February 1867)
  5. Reverend Henry Duncombe (25 August 1800 – 1 October 1832)
  6. Admiral Hon. Arthur Duncombe (24 March 1806 – 6 February 1889)
  7. Very Rev. Augustus Duncombe (2 November 1814 – 26 January 1880)
  8. Hon. Octavius Duncombe (8 April 1817 – 3 December 1879)


  • William Duncombe, 2nd Baron Feversham of Duncombe Park (14 January 1798 – 11 February 1867)[4]
  • Lady Louisa Stewart ( – 5 March 1889)[5]
  1. Hon. Gertude Duncombe ( – 24 February 1916)
  2. Hon. Jane Duncombe ( – 3 April 1901)
  3. Hon. Helen Duncombe ( – 22 November 1896)
  4. Hon. Albert Duncombe (11 February 1826 – 14 September 1846)
  5. William Ernest Duncombe, 1st Earl Feversham of Ryedale (28 January 1829 – 13 January 1915)
  6. Hon. Cecil Duncombe (27 May 1832 – 20 May 1902)


  • William Ernest Duncombe, 1st Earl of Feversham (28 January 1829 – 13 January 1915)[6]
  • Mabel Violet Graham Duncombe (15 February 1833 – 28 August 1915)[7]
  1. Lady Ulrica Duncombe ( – 27 April 1935)
  2. William Reginald Duncombe, Viscount Helmsley (1 August 1852 – 24 December 1881)
  3. Hon. James Henry Duncombe (20 October 1853 – 10 January 1886)
  4. Hon. Hubert Ernest Valentine Duncombe (14 February 1862 – 21 October 1918)
  5. Lady Hermione Wilhelmina Duncombe (30 March 1864 – 19 March 1895)
  6. Lady Helen Venetia Duncombe (1866 – 16 May 1954)
  7. Lady Cynthia (Mabel Cynthia) Duncombe (1869 – 25 April 1926)


  • Lady Helen Venetia Duncombe ( – 16 May 1954)[8]
  • Edgar Vincent, 1st and last Viscount D'Abernon (19 August 1857 – 1 November 1941)[9]


  • Sir Richard James Graham, 4th Bt. (24 February 1859 – 26 August 1932)[10]
  • Olivia Baring (14 May 1863 – 21 March 1887)[11]
  • Lady Cynthia (Mabel Cynthia) Duncombe (1869 – 25 April 1926)[12]
    1. Lt.-Col. Sir Fergus Frederick Graham, 5th Bt. (10 March 1893 – 1 August 1978)
    2. Richard Preston Graham-Vivian (10 August 1896 – 30 September 1979)
    3. Daphne Graham (17 March 1903 – )


  • Charles William Reginald Duncombe, 2nd Earl of Feversham (8 May 1879 – 15 September 1916)[13]
  • Marjorie Blanche Eva Greville Duncombe (25 October 1884 – 25 July 1964)[14]
  1. Lady Mary Diana Duncombe (19 March 1905 – October 1943)
  2. Charles William Slingsby Duncombe, 3rd Earl of Feversham (2 November 1906 – 4 September 1963)
  3. Hon. David William Ernest Duncombe (8 February 1910 – September 1927)

Not Known Where They Fit In[edit | edit source]

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1851 August 7, William Duncombe and Mabel Graham married.[7]

1888 March 8, Sir Richard James Graham's father died, so he succeeded as the 4th Baronet Graham of Netherby.[15]

1889 June 27, Lady Cynthia Duncombe and Sir Richard James Graham, 4th Baronet of Netherby married.

1890 September 24, Lady Helen Venetia Duncombe and Edgar Vincent married.[8]

1897 July 2, Lady Helen Venetia Duncombe and Sir Edgar Vincent attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House as did Lord and Lady Feversham, which seems as if it has to be the Earl and Countess Feversham. Lady Cynthia Graham was also present.

1926 February 20, Edgar Vincent was created 1st Viscount D'Abernon, of Esher and Stoke D'Abernon, County Surrey.[9]

1936 March 2, Edgar Vincent succeeded as the 16th Baronet Vincent, of D'Abernon, County Surrey.[9]

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

William Ernest Duncombe, 1st Earl of Feversham (at 443) and Mabel Violet Graham Duncombe, Countess Feversham (at 444) were present at the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball.

Lady Helen Vincent (at 215) sat at Table 12 and was dressed as Contessa Valentina Gateago in the 17th-century procession.[16][17] Henry Van der Weyde's portrait of "Helen Venetia (née Duncombe), Viscountess D'Abernon as a Genoese Lady, after Vandyck" in costume is #83 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[18] The printing on the portrait says, "Lady Helen Vincent as a Genoese Lady, after Vandyck."[19]

Sir Edgar Vincent (at 226) was dressed as II Conte Oravio[17] or Orayio[16] in the 17th-century procession. He is not listed as having been seated at supper. Henry Van der Weyde's portrait of "Edgar Vincent, Viscount d'Abernon as a Dutch Stadtholder after Frans Hals" in costume is #84 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[18] The printing on the portrait says, "Sir Edgar Vincent as a Dutch Stadtholder after Frans Hals."[20]

Lady Cynthia Graham of Netherby (at 220), dressed as the Queen of Sheba (like Princess Henry of Pless), was head of the "Oriental Procession."[16][17]:7, Col. 5b

  • "The other Queen of Sheba, who was Lady Cynthia Graham, was charmingly attired in white and silver and rose red."[21]:32, Col. 2c
  • She "was in white satin and gauze, embroidered in gold and silver and bright rose."[22]:5, Col. 7c
  • According to the Carlisle Patriot, with more detail than any other paper (perhaps because Lady and Lord Graham were local?), "Lady Cynthia Graham of Netherby also personated the famous Eastern Queen, wearing a lovely robe of white Bengal satin and gauze, with embroidery of gold applique, satin white and cerise. The manteau was of crepon de chine, covered with embroidered gauze and applique of coloured satin, and studded with jewels; a ceinture and pendent were of white satin, with cerise applique and embroidery, and she wore a jewelled headdress."[23]

Lady Cynthia Graham's original costume appeared in the Drury Lane production of The White Heather.[24]

The Times article lists Sir R. and Lady C. Graham.[16] Sir Richard James Graham is at 464.

Questions and Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Lord and Lady Feversham were at the Duchess of Devonshire's ball, which seems as if it has to be the Earl and Countess Feversham, as nobody else would be called Feversham?
  2. Also present at the ball and accounted for on the Duncombe page are the following: Alicia Duncombe, Lady and Mr. Florence Duncombe.
  3. Present at other social events and not accounted for were the following: Caroline Duncombe and the Misses Duncombe.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Charles Duncombe, 2nd Earl of Feversham". Wikipedia. 2020-09-12. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Charles_Duncombe,_2nd_Earl_of_Feversham&oldid=978075739. 
  2. "Charles Duncombe, 1st Baron Feversham of Duncombe Park." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  3. "Lady Charlotte Legge." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  4. "William Duncombe, 2nd Baron Feversham of Duncombe Park." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  5. "Lady Louisa Stewart." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  6. "William Ernest Duncombe, 1st Earl of Feversham of Ryedale." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Mabel Violet Graham." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Lady Helen Venetia Duncombe." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Edgar Vincent, 1st and last Viscount D'Abernon." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  10. "Sir Richard James Graham, 4th Bt.." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  11. "Olivia Baring." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  12. "Lady Mabel Cynthia Duncombe." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  13. " Charles William Reginald Duncombe, 2nd Earl of Feversham of Ryedale." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  14. "Lady Marjorie Blanche Eva Greville." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  15. "Sir Frederick Ulric Graham, 3rd Bt." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1a–4c The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "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.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "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.
  19. "Helen Venetia (née Duncombe), Viscountess D'Abernon as a Genoese Lady, after Vandyck." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158441/Helen-Venetia-ne-Duncombe-Viscountess-DAbernon-as-a-Genoese-Lady-after-Vandyck.
  20. "Edgar Vincent, Viscount d'Abernon as a Dutch Stadtholder after Frans Hals." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158442/Edgar-Vincent-Viscount-dAbernon-as-a-Dutch-Stadtholder-after-Frans-Hals.
  21. “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.
  22. "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 https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000051/18970703/024/0005 and https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000051/18970703/024/0006.
  23. "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.
  24. "The Morning’s News." London Daily News 18 September 1897, Saturday: 5 [of 8], Col. 2b. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000051/18970918/027/0005.