Social Victorians/People/Mildred Grenfell

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality:

Residences[edit | edit source]

  • Brandon Hall, Suffolk

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Charles Seymour Grenfell (14 September 1839 – 11 January 1924)[1]
  • Elizabeth Graham ( – 6 October 1930)
  1. Cecily Mary Grenfell ( – 30 January 1936)
  2. Alice Lilian Grenfell ( – 22 March 1960)
  3. Mildred Louisa Grenfell ( – 5 February 1953)
  4. Riversdale Francis John Grenfell (20 August 1864 – 1 December 1954)


  • Mildred Louisa Grenfell ( – 5 February 1953)[2]
  • Henri Gustave Joly de Lotbinière (10 March 1868 – 15 February 1960)[3]
  1. Lt.-Col. Sir Edmond Joly de Lotbinière ()
  2. Seymour Joly de Lotbinière ()

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1897 July 2, Mildred Grenfell attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House, accompanying the Duchess of Portland.

1902 March 31, Mildred Grenfell and Henri Gustave Joly de Lotbinière married.[2]

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, Mildred Grenfell (at 30) accompanied the Duchess of Portland in the 17th-century Procession and was dressed as Bianca di Piacoma.[4][5]

  • "Miss Mildred Grenfell [was dressed] as Bianca di Piacoma, in a white satin skirt embroidered with pearls, and train of green brocaded silk."[4]:7, Col. 7B
  • "The Duchess [of Portland] was accompanied by Miss Mildred Grenfell as Bianca di Piacoma, whose skirt was of a white satin embroidered with pearls, and train of green brocaded silk.[5]

In the description of the processions, the Morning Post story names her Bianci. She accompanied Winifred Cavendish-Bentinck, Duchess of Portland and was in the Venetian quadrille or 17th-century procession.

Questions and Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Mildren Grenfell seems to have been a bridesmaid for Constance Markievicz at her wedding.
  2. The Grenfells are connected to the Cavendish-Bentincks, the family name of the Duke of Portland: Cecily Mary Grenfell married Charles Cavendish-Bentinck on 26 or 27 February 1897, before the ball.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Charles Seymour Grenfell." "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Mildred Louisa Grenfell." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  3. "Brig.-Gen. Henri Gustave Joly de Lotbinière." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  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. 5.0 5.1 "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1A–4C The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.