Social Victorians/People/Lurgan

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name Brownlow
  • Baron Lurgan
    • Charles Brownlow, 2nd Baron Lurgan (1847 – 15 January 1882)
    • William Brownlow, 3rd Baron Lurgan (1882–1937)
  • Countess Lurgan
    • Emily Julia Cadogan Brownlow (1893–1909)

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: Anglo-Irish

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Charles Brownlow, 2nd Baron Lurgan (10 April 1831 – 15 January 1882)[1]
  • Emily Anne Browne Brownlow (– September 1929)
  1. Louisa Helene Brownlow (– 5 December 1922)
  2. Isabella Brownlow
  3. William Brownlow, 3rd Baron Lurgan (1858–1937)


  1. William George Edward Brownlow, 4th Baron Lurgan (22 February 1902 – 1984)

Relations[edit | edit source]

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Acquaintances[edit | edit source]

  • Earl of Carnavon and his American wife Catherine Wendell

Friends[edit | edit source]

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Organizations[edit | edit source]

  • Ritz Hotel, Chairman 1928–
  • Booth's Distilleries

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1853 June 20, Charles Brownlow and Emily Anne Browne married.[4]

1893 February 7, William Brownlow and Emily Julia Cadogan married.[5]

1897 July 2, William and Emily Brownlow, Lord and Lady Lurgan, 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 Emily Lurgan (at 56), dressed as a Fury like Lady Sophie Scott (at 57), was Alecto in the Goddess procession:[6]:7, Col. 5b

  • "Flame / colour and gold shot gauze, embroidered round the hem with gold, long hanging sleeves edged with small diamond and silver serpents; large serpents were coiled round their waists, and others were entangled in front of the bodice. They [Ladies Lurgan and Sophie Scott] were wreathed round the head with the reptiles, and carried torches burning with electric light."[6]:7, Col. 7c–8, Col. 1a
  • "Lady Lurgan and Lady Sophie Scott were dressed alike as Furies, in flame-coloured gauze, with diamond snakes twined round their arms and waists, on their dresses, and forming their headgear. They carried torches of electric light, and wore jewellel gold wings."[7]:5, Col. 7b
  • "Very striking were the costumes worn as “Furies” by Lady Lurgan and Lady Sophie Scott. Their classic draperies were of crimson and gold shot gauze, held in place by serpents intertwined in diamonds and silver. Their serpent head-dresses were equally venomous and vindictive-looking, while, still further to intensify the effect, they carried flaming torches, brilliant with electric light."[8]

Lafayette's portrait of "Emily Julia (née Cadogan), Lady Lurgan as Alecto" in costume is #142 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[9] The printing on the portrait says, "Lady Lurgan as Alecto."[10]

Lady Emily Lurgan is not listed in the first seating.

Lord William Lurgan (at 165) was seated at Table 5. He was dressed as

  • Duke Albert von Sachsen-Texhen or Sachsentexhen in the Archduchess Marie-Karoline and Emperor Joseph II section of the Austrian Court of Maria Theresa Quadrille.[6][11]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Charles Brownlow, 2nd Baron Lurgan". Wikipedia. 2020-05-07. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Charles_Brownlow,_2nd_Baron_Lurgan&oldid=955348309. 
  2. "William Brownlow, 3rd Baron Lurgan". Wikipedia. 2020-05-07. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Brownlow,_3rd_Baron_Lurgan&oldid=955348352. 
  3. "Lady Emily Julia Cadogan." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
  4. "Charles Brownlow, 2nd Baron Lurgan." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
  5. "William Brownlow, 3rd Baron Lurgan." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
  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. "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.
  8. “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.
  9. "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.
  10. "Lady Lurgan as Alecto." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158505/Emily-Julia-ne-Cadogan-Lady-Lurgan-as-Alecto.
  11. "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1a–4c The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.