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)[1]
  • The family of the Earl of Buchan is also Erskine, or Stuart Erskine.

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Organizations[edit | edit source]

Walter John Francis Erskine, 12th Earl of Mar and 14th Earl of Kellie[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.[1]

1897 July 2, Friday, the Earl and Countess of Mar and Kellie and the Hon. W. 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]

Black-and-white photograph of a standing woman richly dressed in an historical costume wearing a crown and holding a book
Susan Violet Erskine (née Ashley-Cooper), Countess of Mar and Kellie in costume as Dante's Beatrice. ©National Portrait Gallery, London.

Violet, Countess of Mar and Kellie[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 at the first supper seating. She was dressed as Beatrice, leading the Italian procession.

  • "The Countess of Mar and Kellie's robe was that of a Venetian lady of the Fourteenth Century. It was of old velvet brocade green ciselé gold, with tight-fitting sleeves with large crevé of silk muslin. The overdress, of Princess cut, was of white Sicilian silk with very fine embroidery of pink and gold. Her escutcheon was embroidered at the right side of the under gown, and the overdress was laced on both sides with silver cords studded with pearls. The cordelier was of green and gold, and the coiffure of a small cap of green velvet, embroidered with gold and studded with pearls, a small pearl bandeau, small crown of gold orvfèvrerie [sic], and long veil of mousseline de soie."[2]:p. 3, Col. 2c (Orvfèvrerie should be spelled orfèvrerie, the artistic work of a goldsmith, silversmith, or jeweler.)
  • "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."[3]:p. 32, Col. 3a
  • She was Beatrice in the Italian Procession.[4]:p. 7 [5]
  • She was dressed "as a fourteenth-century Venetian lady."[6]

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 photogravure #81 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[7] The printing on the portrait says, "The Countess of Mar & Kellie as Dante's Beatrice," with a Long S in Countess.[8]

Walter, Earl of Mar and Kellie[edit | edit source]

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:

  • He wore an "Elizabethan costume. Black velvet slashed with grey satin, and braided with silver."[4]:p. 8, Col. 1a
  • He "was Sir Walter Scott."[9]:p. 5, Col. 7b
  • "Earl of Mar and Kellie (Elizabethan), black velvet slashed with grey satin, and braided with silver."[3]:p. 34, Col. 1b

The Hon. William Erskine[edit | edit source]

The Hon. William Erskine (at 696) went as an "Incroyable," wearing a "dark blue coat; embroidered vest; black satin breeches; silk stockings."[3]:p. 36, Col. 3b

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: he, Scots; she, British

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Walter Henry Erskine, Earl of Mar and of Kellie (17 December 1839 – 16 September 1888)[10]
  • Mary Anne Forbes (1838–22 May 1927)
    1. Walter John Francis Erskine, 12th Earl of Mar and 14th Earl of Kellie (29 August 1865 – 3 June 1955)
    2. Elyne Mary Erskine (1866–1891)
    3. Constance Elise Erskine (1869–1959)
    4. Rt. Hon. Sir William Augustus Forbes Erskine (30 October 1871 – 17 July 1952)[11]
    5. Mary Erskine (1872–1873)
    6. Louisa Frances Erskine (b. 1875)
    7. Frances Elizabeth Erskine (b. 1877)
    8. Alice Maud Mary Erskine (b. 1878)
    9. Alexander Penrose Forbes Erskine (1881–1925)


  • Walter John Francis Erskine, 12th Earl of Mar and 14th Earl of Kellie (29 August 1865 – 3 June 1955)[12]
  • Lady Violet (Susan Violet) Ashley-Cooper (18 July 1868 – 16 December 1938)[13]
  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)

Notes and Questions[edit | edit source]

  1. The Hon. W. Erskine could conceivably belong to other families whose surname is Erskine, like the Earl of Buchan and the St. Clair-Erskine Forbes family, but no logical person of about the right age whose name begins with W appears in those families. So I'm guessing Sir William Augustus Forbes Erskine (30 October 1871 – 17 July 1952), in part because, even though he was young in 1897, he seems to have the right connections. And he was the brother of Walter, Earl of Mar and Kellie, who was there.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Walter John Francis Erskine, 14th Earl of Kellie." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-11. https://www.thepeerage.com/p2594.htm#i25938.
  2. “The Ball at Devonshire House. Magnificent Spectacle. Description of the Dresses.” London Evening Standard 3 July 1897 Saturday: 3 [of 12], Cols. 1a–5b [of 7]. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18970703/015/0004.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 “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.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "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.
  5. "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1a–4c The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.
  6. “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.
  7. "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.
  8. "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.
  9. "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.
  10. "Walter Erskine, Earl of Mar and Kellie (1839–1888)". Wikipedia. 2020-03-12. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Walter_Erskine,_Earl_of_Mar_and_Kellie_(1839%E2%80%931888)&oldid=945197129. 
  11. "William Erskine (diplomat)". Wikipedia. 2018-11-28. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Erskine_(diplomat)&oldid=871036609. 
  12. "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. 
  13. "Lady Susan Violet Ashley-Cooper." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-11.