Social Victorians/People/Peel Family

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Peel
  • The Right Hon. Arthur W. Peel, the Speaker
  • Viscount Peel
    • Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel of Sandy (9 May 1895 – 24 October 1912)[1]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: British

Family[edit | edit source]

Family and Descendants of Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt.[edit | edit source]

  • Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt. (5 February 1788 – 2 July 1850)[2]
  • Julia Floyd ( – 27 October 1859)[3]
    1. Julia Peel (30 April 1821 – 14 August 1893)
    2. Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Peel, 3rd Bt. (4 May 1822 – 9 May 1895)
    3. Rt. Hon. Sir Frederick Peel (26 October 1823 – 6 June 1906)
    4. Captain Sir William Peel, V.C. (2 November 1824 – 27 April 1858)
    5. John Floyd Peel (24 May 1827 – 21 April 1910)
    6. Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel of Sandy (3 August 1829 – 24 October 1912)
    7. Eliza Peel (c. 1832 – April 1883)


  • Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Peel, 3rd Bt. (4 May 1822 – 9 May 1895)[4]
  • Lady Emily Hay (1836 – 4 April 1924)
    1. Victoria Alexandrina Julia Peel ( – 16 December 1935)
    2. Evelyn Emily Peel ( – 20 August 1960)
    3. Agnes Helen Peel ( – 6 February 1964)
    4. Sir Robert Peel, 4th Bt. (12 April 1867 – 12 February 1925)
    5. Gwendolin Cecilia Peel (1872 – )
  • Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel (3 August 1829 – 24 October 1912)[5]
  • Adelaide Dugdale Peel (1835 – 5 December 1890)[6]
  1. Hon. Ella Frances Peel ( – 21 July 1900)
  2. Hon. Julia Beatrice Peel (1864 – 25 May 1949)
  3. William Robert Wellesley Peel, 1st Earl Peel (7 January 1867 – 28 September 1937)
  4. Major Hon. George (Arthur George Villiers) Peel (27 February 1868 – 25 April 1956)[7]
  5. Hon. Agnes Mary Peel (1869 – 27 February 1959)
  6. Colonel Hon. Sir Sidney Cornwallis Peel (3 June 1870 – 19 December 1938)
  7. Rev. Hon. Maurice Berkeley Peel (23 April 1873 – 14 May 1917)


  • Hon. Julia Beatrice Peel (1864 – 25 May 1949)[8]
  • James Rochfort Maguire (4 October 1855 – 18 April 1925)[9]

Family and Descendants of Archibald Peel[edit | edit source]

Archibald Peel (23 January 1828 – 9 August 1910)

Relations[edit | edit source]

  • Mr. Algernon Peel
  • Mr. Archibald and Lady Georgina Peel and Miss Fanny Peel
  • Mr. Reginald A. H. Peel
  • Mr. W. F. Peel

Other Peels Who Attended the Duchess of Devonshire's 2 July 1897 Ball[edit | edit source]

  • Captain R. Peel (at 614)

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Acquaintances[edit | edit source]

Friends[edit | edit source]

Of Hon. Julia Beatrice Peel Maguire[edit | edit source]

  • Major John Seymour Wynne-Finch (16 February 1845 – 22 January 1906), who appeared with her in Lafayette's portrait of them for the Duchess of Devonshire's ball.

James Rochfort Maguire[edit | edit source]

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Organizations[edit | edit source]

Arthur Peel, 1st Viscount Peel[edit | edit source]

  • Speaker, House of Commons (1884 – 1895)[5]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1887 November 10, Victoria Alexandrina Julia Peel and Daniel F. P. Barton married; she was Queen Victoria's god-daughter.[10]

1890 December 5, Adelaide Dugdale Peel died.

1894 November 22, Agnes Helen Peel and Daniel van de Heydt married.[11]

1895, Hon. Julia Beatrice Peel and James Rochfort Maguire married.[8]

1896, Gwendolin Cecilia Peel and Victor von Muller married.[12]

1897 July 2, Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House, as did his daughter Julia Maguire and her husband Rochfort Maguire as well as a Miss Peel (likely one of his daughters), and the Hon. George Peel. A Captain R. Peel also attended.

1899 February 11, Hon. Agnes Mary Peel and Charles Sydney Goldman married.[13]

1901 October 31, Evelyn Emily Peel and Sir James William Ronald MacLeay married.[14]

Costume at the Duchess of Devonshire's 2 July 1897 Fancy-dress Ball[edit | edit source]

The group of Peels who attended were Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel (at 74), Miss Peel (at 537), Julia Peel Maguire (240), and the Hon. George Peel (at 302), the Viscount's son Arthur George Villiers Peel, who usually went by George[7]. Captain R. Peel at 614 is not in this immediate family.

Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel[edit | edit source]

At the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball, Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel (at 74) attended as

  • Il Doge in the 17th-century procession.[15][16]
  • "a Doge — robe of crimson velvet, with ermine cape and horned cap."[16]
  • "A Doge. Robe of crimson velvet, with ermine cape and horned cap."[15]:8, Col. 1b
  • "a Venetian Doge, his robes of crimson and the tippet of ermine, the peculiar pointed cap of the period being well adapted to his appearance."[15]:7, Col. 4c
  • "a Doge of Venice in red broche and ermine."[17]:6, Col. 1a
  • "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."[18]:6, Col. 1a

According to the "London Correspondent" of the Dundee Evening Telegraph, "Viscount Peel, the ex-Speaker, is going as a Doge of Venice, a dress that will admirably suit his stately presence."[19]

Miss Peel[edit | edit source]

He is listed as having attended with Miss Peel (at 537),[16] which could have been one of his two daughters, Hon. Ella Frances Peel, who was probably at least 35 years old, or Hon. Agnes Mary Peel, who was around 28 years old. His wife Adelaide, Viscountess Peel had died in 1890; his other daughter Hon. Julia Beatrice Peel had married in 1895.

Hon. George Peel[edit | edit source]

The Hon. George Peel (at 302) — George (Arthur George Villiers) Peel, but called George[20] — was dressed as Luigi Giorgi[15] or Lugi Giorgi[16] in the Venetians procession. Hon. W. G. Peel was

  • a Venetian gentleman of the XV. century."[17] (5, Col. 7c)

Mr. W. G. Peel's original costume ("Venetian robes") appeared in the Drury Lane production of the White Heather.[21]

Hon. Mrs. Julia Maguire and John Seymour Wynne-Finch[edit | edit source]

Hon. Mrs. Maguire and Mrs. Maguire (at 240) are mentioned as having attended, described differently:

  • The Hon. Mrs. Maguire walked with Miss Muriel Wilson in the Oriental procession.[15][16]
  • Mrs. Maguire was among the Duchesses in that procession.

Lafayette's portrait of "Hon. Julia Beatrice Maguire (née Peel) as Dido, Queen of Carthage; John Seymour Wynne-Finch as Cosmo, Grand Duke of Tuscany" in costume is #226 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[22] The printing on the portrait says, "The Hon. Mrs. Maguire as Dido, Queen of Carthage. (Major Wynne-Finch with her.)"[23]

John Seymour Wynne-Finch is at 681. Henry Van der Weyde's portrait of "John Seymour Wynne-Finch as Cosmo, Grand Duke of Tuscany" in costume is #264 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[22] The printing on the portrait says, "Major Wynne-Finch as Cosmo Grand Duke of Tuscany."[24]

Mr. Rochfort Maguire[edit | edit source]

Mr. Rochfort Maguire (at 241) was C. Maguire (Lord of Fermanagh) in the Queen Elizabeth procession.

Captain R. Peel[edit | edit source]

Probably not one of Arthur, Viscount Peel's children, but perhaps R. Peel (at 614), who was a captain in 1897, was some relation to this Peel family. According to the Times, he was dressed as Sir Bedivere in the Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table of King Arthur procession.[16]

Questions and Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Captain R. Peel probably cannot be William Robert Wellesley Peel, 1st Earl Peel because William Robert Wellesley Peel went by William.[25]
  2. James Rochfort Maguire is called Rochfort Maguire or J. Rochfort Maguire in the contemporary newspapers.
  3. Given that we know that Julia Peel Maguire attended because of the Hon. Mrs. Maguire as well as the portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, and also that James Rochfort Maguire was known as Rochfort Maguire, I am conflating Mrs. Maguire and Mrs. R. Maguire now and leaving a record of that conflation here.
  4. Why was Julia Maguire photographed with Major John Seymour Wynne-Finch rather than her husband, J. Rochfort Maguire? (#226 in the Album)
  5. Julia Peel (30 April 1821 – 14 August 1893) married George Child-Villiers, 6th Earl of Jersey on 12 July 1841; she married Charles Brandling on 12 September 1865; he died 16 September 1894, a little over a year after Julia died.[26]
  6. Eliza Peel (c. 1832 – April 1883) Woman of the Bedchamber to Alexandra, Princess of Wales.[27]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel of Sandy." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  2. "Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt.." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  3. "Julia Floyd." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  4. "Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Peel, 3rd Bt.." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Arthur Peel, 1st Viscount Peel". Wikipedia. 2020-10-07. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Arthur_Peel,_1st_Viscount_Peel&oldid=982401924. 
  6. "Adelaide Dugdale." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Major Hon. Arthur George Villiers Peel." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Hon. Julia Beatrice Peel." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  9. "Major John Seymour Wynne-Finch." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  10. "Victoria Alexandrina Julia Peel." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  11. "Agnes Helen Peel." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  12. "Gwendolin Cecilia Peel." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  13. "Hon. Agnes Mary Peel." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  14. "Evelyn Emily Peel." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 "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.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1a–4c The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "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.
  18. "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.
  19. “The Devonshire Ball.” Dundee Evening Telegraph 2 July 1897, Friday: 3 [of 6]. British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000453/18970702/017/0003.
  20. "George Peel". Wikipedia. 2019-07-01. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=George_Peel&oldid=904330558. 
  21. "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.
  22. 22.0 22.1 "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.
  23. "Hon. Mrs. Maguire as Dido." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158589/Hon-Julia-Beatrice-Maguire-ne-Peel-as-Dido-Queen-of-Carthage-John-Seymour-Wynne-Finch-as-Cosmo-Grand-Duke-of-Tuscany.
  24. "Wynne-Finch as Cosmo Grand Duke of Tuscany." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158627/John-Seymour-Wynne-Finch-as-Cosmo-Grand-Duke-of-Tuscany.
  25. "William Peel, 1st Earl Peel". Wikipedia. 2020-07-29. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Peel,_1st_Earl_Peel&oldid=970141438. 
  26. "Julia Peel." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  27. "Eliza Peel." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-15.