Social Victorians/People/Gerard

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Gerard
  • Baron Gerard of Bryn
    • William Cansfield Gerard, 2nd Baron Gerard of Bryn (15 March 1887 – 30 July 1902)[1]
    • Frederick John Gerard, 3rd Baron Gerard of Bryn (30 July 1902 – 12 February 1953)[2]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: British

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Mary Emmeline Laura Milner (5 November 1854 – 19 February 1918)[3]
  • William Cansfield Gerard, 2nd Baron Gerard of Bryn (1 June 1851 – 30 July 1902)[1]
  1. Hon. Ethel Catherine Hannah Gerard (16 May 1881 – 27 September 1966)
  2. Frederick John Gerard, 3rd Baron Gerard of Bryn (10 November 1883 – 12 February 1953)

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1877 August 7, Mary Emmeline Laura Milner and William Cansfield Gerard married.

1897 July 2, Lady Mary Gerard 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, Lady Mary Gerard (at 256) was among the goddesses.[4]

  • She "was successful as 'Astarte' in a soft black gown caught with a silver gauze sash, and made with wing sleeves embroidered in silver and further ornamented with a jewelled band round the waist."[5]:6, Col. 1a
  • "Lady Gerard was successful as 'Astarte' in a soft black gown caught with a silver gauze sash, and made with wing sleeves embroidered in silver, and further ornamented with a jewelled band round the waist."[6]:6, Col. 1a
  • "Lady Gerard, as 'Astarte,' was in black with silver stars and high diamond crown."[7]:Col. 1
  • Lady Gerard as "Queen of Tarsis."[8]:40, Col. 2a

Lady Gerard's original costume ("beautiful attire in the character of 'Night'") appeared in the Drury Lane production of The White Heather.[9]

Mendelssohn's portrait of "Mary Emmeline Laura (née Milner), Lady Gerard as Astarte, Goddess of the Moon" in costume is #91 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[10] The printing on the portrait says, "Lady Gerard as Astarte, Goddess of the Moon," with a Long S in Goddess.[11]

Notes and Questions[edit | edit source]

  1. Lady Mary Gerard was at the ball, but where was her husband, Baron William Cansfield Gerard?

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Frederick John Gerard, 3rd Baron Gerard of Bryn." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  2. "Frederick John Gerard, 3rd Baron Gerard of Bryn." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  3. "Mary Emmeline Laura Milner." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  4. "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.
  5. "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.
  6. "The Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Dress Ball. Special Telegram." Belfast News-Letter Saturday 03 July 1897: 5 [of 8], Col. 9c [of 9]–6, Col. 1a. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000038/18970703/015/0005.
  7. “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.
  8. “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.
  9. "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.
  10. "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.
  11. "Mary Emmeline Laura (née Milner), Lady Gerard as Astarte, Goddess of the Moon." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158450/Mary-Emmeline-Laura-ne-Milner-Lady-Gerard-as-Astarte-Goddess-of-the-Moon.