Social Victorians/People/Lathom

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Wilbraham, Bootle-Wilbraham
  • Earl of Lathom
    • Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom (3 May 1880 – 19 November 1898)[1]
    • Edward George Bootle-Wilbraham, 2nd Earl of Lathom (19 November 1898 – 15 March 1910)
  • Baron Skelmersdale
    • Edward Bootle-Wilbraham (3 April 1953 – 3 May 1880)

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: British[2]

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom (12 December 1837 – 19 November 1898)
  • Lady Alice Villiers (17 September 1841 – 23 November 1897)[3]
  1. Lady Florence Mary Bootle-Wilbraham ( – 17 May 1944)
  2. Lady Alice Maud Bootle-Wilbraham ( – 28 October 1922
  3. Edward George Bootle-Wilbraham, 2nd Earl of Lathom (26 October 1864 – 15 March 1910)
  4. Lady Bertha Mabel Bootle-Wilbraham (1866 – 12 November 1943)
  5. Hon. Villiers Richard Bootle-Wilbraham (17 April 1867 – 6 June 1913)
  6. Hon. Randle Arthur Bootle-Wilbraham (6 April 1868 – 11 July 1889)
  7. Lady Edith Cecil Bootle-Wilbraham (bap. January 1870 – 11 January 1899)[4]
  8. Hon. Reginald Francis Bootle-Wilbraham (26 July 1875 – 21 June 1912)

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Organizations[edit | edit source]

Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom[2][edit | edit source]

  • Eton
  • Christ Church, Oxford
  • Conservative

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1897 July 2, Edward, Earl of Lathom and Lady Alice Bootle-Wilbraham, Countess of Lathom and their daughter Lady Edith Wilbraham 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]

Lady Edith Wilbraham[edit | edit source]

Lady Edith Wilbraham (at 119) attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball as Peg Woffington.

  • "Lady Edith Wilbraham (Peg Woffington), pale blue brocade with rosebuds over a string-coloured petticoat, with old lace."[5]:36, Col. 3b
  • "'Peg Woffington,' pale blue brocade with rosebuds, over a string coloured petticoat, trimmed old lace."[6]:8, Col. 2a
  • Lady Wilbraham's original costume appeared in the Drury Lane production of The White Heather.[7]

Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, Earl of Lathom[edit | edit source]

Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, Earl of Lathom (at 125) sat at Table 4, escorting Princess Mary Adelaide, and was dressed as

  • Il Doge, Giavannino de Medici, in the Venetian procession.[6][8]
  • "Giovannino de Medici, a Doge, his robes of cloth of gold partially covered by the ermine cape."[6]:7, Col. 4c
  • a Doge of Venice "in rich gold brocade, with ermine tippet and cap to match."[7]:6, Col. 1a
  • "Viscount Peel was a Doge of Venice in red broche and ermine, and Lord Lathom took the same character in rich gold brocade, with ermine tippet and cap to match."[9]:6, Col. 1a
  • "Earl of Lathom, as the Doge of Venice. Gold brocade gown and State robe embroidered with gold. Large ermine tippet. White cloth skull cap, and worn over that a gold cloth cap horned at back and embroidered with gold and jewels. Gold and jewelled waist belt. Cloth of gold shoes."[8]
  • "The Earl of Lathom made a delightful Doge of Venice, in robes of gold brocade, a shoulder cape of ermine, and a jewelled waist-belt."[10]
  • "Lord Lathom, in a wonderful golden gown."[11]:Col. 2
  • "The Earl of Lathom (the Doge of Venice), gold brocade gown and State robe embroidered with gold; ermine tippet; white cloth skull cap, and worn over that a gold cloth cap horned at back, and embroidered with gold and jewels."[5]:42, Col. 2a

Henry Van der Weyde's portrait of "Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom as the Doge Giovannius de Medici" in costume is #138 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[12] The printing on the portrait says, "The Earl of Lathom as the Doge Giovannius de Medici."[13] ("Earl of Lathom as the Doge Giovannius de Medici").

Lady Alice Villiers Bootle-Wilbraham, Countess of Lathom[edit | edit source]

Lady Alice Villiers Bootle-Wilbraham, Countess of Lathom (at 213) sat at Table 12 and was dressed as Catharine of Aragon:

  • "Lady Lathom as Catherine of Arragon [sic] was splendidly dressed in bronze-green velvet worked in gold designs."[5]:34, Col. 1a
  • "Lady Lathom’s dress as Catharine of Aragon was of bronze-green velvet, with gold ornamentations, and a headdress of gold richly jeweled."[14]

Henry Van der Weyde's portrait of "Alice (née Villiers), Countess of Lathom as Catherine of Aragon" in costume is #137 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[12] The printing on the portrait says, "The Countess of Lathom as Catherine of Aragon," with a Long S in Countess.[15]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom". Wikipedia. 2021-05-09. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Edward_Bootle-Wilbraham,_1st_Earl_of_Lathom&oldid=1022212015.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bootle-Wilbraham,_1st_Earl_of_Lathom
  3. "Lady Alice Villiers." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  4. "Death of Lady Edith Wilbraham." Lancashire Evening Post 13 January 1899: 3 [of 4], Col. 3b. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000711/18990113/104/0003.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 “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.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "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.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "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.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1a–4c The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.
  9. "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.
  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 https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000098/18970703/019/0007.
  11. “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.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "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.
  13. "Earl of Lathom as the Doge Giovannius de Medici." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158501/Edward-Bootle-Wilbraham-1st-Earl-of-Lathom-as-the-Doge-Giovannius-de-Medici.
  14. "Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy-Dress Ball. Brilliant Spectacle." The Guernsey Star 6 July 1897, Tuesday: 1 [of 4], Col. 1–2. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000184/18970706/003/0001.
  15. "Countess of Lathom as Catherine of Aragon." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158500/Alice-ne-Villiers-Countess-of-Lathom-as-Catherine-of-Aragon.