Social Victorians/People/Mar and Kellie

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Erskine
  • Earl of Mar and Kellie
    • Walter John Francis Erskine, 12th Earl of Mar and 14th Earl of Kellie (16 September 1888 – 3 June 1955)
  • The family of the Earl of Buchan is also Erskine, or Stuart Erskine.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: he, Scots; she, British

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Walter John Francis Erskine, 12th Earl of Mar and 14th Earl of Kellie (29 August 1865 – 3 June 1955)[1]
  • Lady Violet (Susan Violet) Ashley-Cooper (18 July 1868 – 16 December 1938)[2]
  1. Elyne Violet Erskine (— 2 August 1893)
  2. John Francis Ashley Erskine, Lord Erskine (26 April 1895 – 3 May 1953)
  3. Francis Walter Erskine (9 January 1899 – 1972)

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Organizations[edit | edit source]

  • Scotts Guard (1887–1892)

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1892 July 14, Walter Erskine, 12th Earl of Mar and 14th Earl of Kellie and Lady Violet (Susan Violet) Ashley-Cooper married.[3]

1897 July 2, the Earl and Countess of Mar and Kellie, Walter and Violet Erskine, 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, Violet, Countess of Mar and Kellie (at 160) was seated at Table 5.

  • "One of the most noticeable ladies of her [Duchessa di Savoia, the Duchess of Portland's] Court was Lady Mar and Kellie, in white and green and silver, embroidered with gold."[4]:32, Col. 3a
  • She was Beatrice in the Italian Procession.[5]:7 [6]
  • She was dressed "as a fourteenth-century Venetian lady."[7]

As Beatrice, she led the "Italian Procession" part of the Venetians procession.

Alice Hughes's portrait of "Susan Violet Erskine (née Ashley-Cooper), Countess of Mar and Kellie as Dante's Beatrice" in costume is #81 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[8] The printing on the portrait says, "The Countess of Mar & Kellie as Dante's Beatrice," with a Long S in Countess.[9]

Walter, Earl of Mar and Kellie (at 58) is not listed as having been seated at supper (the Morning Post lists only the first seating). There is disagreement, perhaps, about his costume. He wore an Elizabethan costume or was Sir Walter Scott:

  • wore an "Elizabethan costume. Black velvet slashed with grey satin, and braided with silver."[5]:8, Col. 1a
  • "was Sir Walter Scott."[10]:5, Col. 7b

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Walter Erskine, Earl of Mar and Kellie (1865–1955)". Wikipedia. 2020-03-12. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Walter_Erskine,_Earl_of_Mar_and_Kellie_(1865%E2%80%931955)&oldid=945197166. 
  2. "Lady Susan Violet Ashley-Cooper." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
  3. "Walter John Francis Erskine, 14th Earl of Kellie." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
  4. “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.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "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.
  6. "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1a–4c The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.
  7. “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.
  8. "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.
  9. "Susan Violet Erskine (née Ashley-Cooper), Countess of Mar and Kellie as Dante's Beatrice." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158439/Susan-Violet-Erskine-ne-Ashley-Cooper-Countess-of-Mar-and-Kellie-as-Dantes-Beatrice.
  10. "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.