Social Victorians/People/Selborne

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Palmer
  • Earl of Selborne
    • William Waldegrave Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne (4 May 1895 – 26 February 1942
  • Courtesy Titles
    • Baron Selborne
    • Viscount Wolmer
      • William Waldegrave Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne (1882– 4 May 1895)


Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: English

Family[edit | edit source]

  • William Waldegrave Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne (17 October 1859 – 26 February 1942)[1]
  • Beatrix Maud Cecil Palmer (– 27 April 1950)[2]
  1. Lady Mabel Laura Georgiana Palmer (6 October 1884 – 15 July 1958)
  2. Roundell Cecil Palmer, 3rd Earl of Selborne (15 April 1887 – 3 September 1971)
  3. Hon. Robert Stafford Arthur Palmer (26 September 1888 – 21 January 1916)
  4. Hon. William Jocelyn Lewis Palmer (15 September 1894 – 6 June 1971)

Relations[edit | edit source]

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Organizations[edit | edit source]

  • University College, Oxford
  • Liberal Party and Liberal Unionist
  • Member of Parliament
    • For East Hampshire (1886–1892)[3]
    • For West Edinburgh (1892–1895?)[3]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1893 October 27, William Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne and Beatrix Maud Cecil married.

1897 July 2, William Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne and Beatrix Palmer, Lady Selborne 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, Beatrix Palmer, Lady Selborne (at 557) was Lady Percy.

Lafayette's portrait of "Beatrix Maud (née Cecil), Countess of Selborne after a picture of Lady Percy by Vandyk at Hatfield" in costume is #186 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[4] The printing on the portrait says, "The Countess of Selborne after a picture of Lady Percy by Vandyk at Hatfield," with a Long S in Countess. ("Countess of Selborne after a picture of Lady Percy").[5]

William Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne (at 70) was an officer of the 16th (or 18th?) century: he

  • "personated ... a soldier of the last century."[6]:5, Col. 7c
  • was dressed in an "Infantry uniform of the early 16th century."[7]:8, Col. 1a (The "16th century" in the Morning Post article is difficult to read, but it does not look like "18th century.")
  • was "in an infantry uniform of the early 16th century."[8]

Lafayette's portrait of "William Waldegrave Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne as an officer of the Duke of Marlborough's Army" in costume is #187 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[4] The printing on the portrait says, "The Earl of Selborne as an officer of the Duke of Marlborough's Army."[9]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "William Waldegrave Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  2. "Lady Beatrix Maud Cecil." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "William Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne". Wikipedia. 2020-10-08. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Palmer,_2nd_Earl_of_Selborne&oldid=982467614. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "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.
  5. "Countess of Selborne after a picture of Lady Percy." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158549/Beatrix-Maud-ne-Cecil-Countess-of-Selborne-after-a-picture-of-Lady-Percy-by-Vandyk-at-Hatfield.
  6. "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.
  7. "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.
  8. "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1a–4c The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.
  9. "Earl of Selborne as an officer of the Duke of Marlborough's Army." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158550/William-Waldegrave-Palmer-2nd-Earl-of-Selborne-as-an-officer-of-the-Duke-of-Marlboroughs-Army.