Social Victorians/People/Westmorland

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Fane
  • Countess of Westmorland
    • Lady Adelaide Ida Curzon-Howe Fane (16 October 1859 – )
    • Sybil Mary St Clair-Erskine Fane (28 May 1892 – 21 July 1910)
  • The Right Honourable Earl of Westmorland
    • Francis William Henry Fane, 12th Earl of Westmorland (16 October 1859 – 3 August 1891)
    • Anthony Mildmay Julian Fane, 13th Earl of Westmorland (3 August 1891 – 9 June 1922)
  • Lord Burghersh[1]
    • Francis William Henry Fane (1851–1859)
    • Anthony Mildmay Julian Fane (1860–1891)
  • Sometimes Westmorland is misspelled as Westmoreland.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality:

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Francis William Henry Fane, 12th Earl of Westmorland (19 November 1825 – 3 August 1891)[2]
  • Lady Adelaide Ida Curzon-Howe Fane (1835 – 22 March 1903)[3]
  1. Lady Grace Adelaide Fane ( – 13 June 1933)
  2. Lady Margaret Mary Fane ( – 22 November 1949)
  3. George Neville John Fane, Lord Burghersh (3 September 1858 – 31 July 1860)
  4. Lt.-Col. Anthony Mildmay Julian Fane, 13th Earl of Westmorland (16 August 1859 – 9 June 1922)


  • Lady Margaret Mary Fane ( – 22 November 1949)[4]
  • Captain John Edmund Philip Spicer ( – 31 March 1928)


  • Anthony Mildmay Julian Fane, 13th Earl of Westmorland (16 August 1859 – 9 June 1922)[5]
  • Lady Sybil Mary St. Clair-Erskine Fane, Countess of Westmorland (20 August 1871 – 21 July 1910)[6]
  1. Vere Anthony Francis St Clair Fane, 14th Earl of Westmorland (15 March 1893 – 12 May 1948)
  2. Lady Enid Victoria Rachel Fane (24 April 1894 – 9 September 1969)
  3. Mountjoy John Charles Wedderburn Fane (8 October 1900 – 9 October 1963)
  4. Lady Violet Gloria Sybil Fane (11 April 1902 – )

Relations[edit | edit source]

  • Lord Raglan, uncle

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Organizations[edit | edit source]

  • Francis William Henry Fane, 12th Earl of Westmorland was aide-de-camp to the Duke of Cambridge (1856–1860)[2]
  • Sybil Fane was a member of " The Souls."

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1857 July 16, Francis Fane married Adelaide Curzon-Howe.

1888 October 2, Lady Margaret Mary Fane and John Edmund Philip Spicer married.[7]

1892 May 28, Anthony Fane married Sybil Mary St Clair-Erskine at St. Michael's, Chester Square, Belgravia, London.[8]

1897 July 2, Sybil Fane and Anthony Fane attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House, she remembered by Consuelo Vanderbilt Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough as the beauty of that ball.[9]:83

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, Sybil Fane, Countess Westmorland (at 219) sat at Table 12 and was among the goddesses[10]:

  • "Poetic was the 'Hebe' of the Countess of Westmorland. The under dress was of pale pink crepe de Chine under crinkled silver gauze, and again veiled in palest blue lisse, the drapery caught back with diamond ornaments. A large eagle perched on the shoulder had one wing spread out behind Lady Westmorland's head, and she held a classical cup in her hand."[11]:6, Col. 1a
  • "Very poetic was the 'Hebe' of the Countess of Westmorland. The under-dress was of pale pink crepe de chine under crinkled silver gauze, and again veiled in palest blue lisse, the drapery caught back with diamond ornaments. A large eagle perched on the shoulder had one wing spread out behind Lady Westmoreland's [sic] head, and she held a classical cup in her hand."[12]:6, Col. 1a
  • "Lady Westmorland wore perhaps the most poetic dress of the evening as Hebe, which showed faint hues of pink, blue, and silver, and was gracefully draped to the figure and finished by an enormous eagle on the shoulder, with wing spread out behind the fair, young face."[13]
  • Consuelo Vanderbilt Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough describes the Countess of Westmorland in her memoir: "I can see her now in a Greek peplum impersonating Hebe at a Devonshire House fancy dress ball. The grey feathers of a stuffed but life-like eagle perched on her shoulder set off the glorious sheen of her red-gold hair."[9]:83
  • "The Countess of Westmorland, as " Hebe," was the admired of all, in a flowing robe showing soft hues of blue, pink, and silver, and completed by a big stuffed eagle on one shoulder."[14]:Col. 1

Henry Van der Weyde's portrait of "Sybil Mary (née St Clair-Erskine), Countess of Westmorland as Hebe" in costume is #82 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[15] The printing on the portrait says, "The Countess of Westmorland as Hebe," with a Long S in Countess.[16]

Anthony Fane, Earl Westmorland is at 257.

Lady Margaret Mary Fane and John Edmund Philip Spicer also attended are are handled on their page.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Earl of Westmorland". Wikipedia. 2020-10-30. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Earl_of_Westmorland&oldid=986266157. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Francis Fane, 12th Earl of Westmorland". Wikipedia. 2020-11-25. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Francis_Fane,_12th_Earl_of_Westmorland&oldid=990598506. 
  3. "Lady Adelaide Ida Curzon." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  4. "Lady Margaret Mary Fane." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  5. "Anthony Fane, 13th Earl of Westmorland". Wikipedia. 2020-02-21. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Anthony_Fane,_13th_Earl_of_Westmorland&oldid=941947728. 
  6. "Lady Sybil Mary St. Clair-Erskine." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  7. "Lady Margaret Mary Fane." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  8. "Sybil Fane, Countess of Westmorland". Wikipedia. 2020-02-21. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sybil_Fane,_Countess_of_Westmorland&oldid=941900705. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Balsan, Consuelo Vanderbilt. The Glitter and the Gold: The American Duchess — In Her Own Words. St. Martin's, 1953.
  10. "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.
  11. "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.
  12. "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.
  13. “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.
  14. “The Duchess’s Costume Ball.” Westminster Gazette 03 July 1897 Saturday: 5 [of 8], Cols. 1a–3b [of 3]. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0002947/18970703/035/0005.
  15. "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.
  16. "Sybil Mary (née St Clair-Erskine), Countess of Westmorland as Hebe." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158440/Sybil-Mary-ne-St-Clair-Erskine-Countess-of-Westmorland-as-Hebe.