Articles tagged with: Politics

Amelina Petit de Billier

on Wednesday, 23 September 2015. Posted in Other

Amelina Petit de Billier was born in Paris in 1798. In 1820, she moved from France to England to join the Feilding family as their governess at Lacock Abbey.

The Feilding family consisted of Charles Feilding, his wife Lady Elisabeth (previously Talbot, nee Fox-Strangways), their two daughters Caroline and Horatia, and Lady Elisabeth's son William Henry Fox Talbot. Amelina was a similar age to William and not much older than the two girls, so she seemed to live as part of the family even though she was originally engaged to be their governess. She enjoyed her life with the Feildings very much, remaining close to the family and actually was buried in the same plot as William Henry Fox Talbot.

Amelina Petit de Billier

Sir Henry Sharington

on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. Posted in Sharington

Henry Sharington was Sir William Sharington’s younger brother, and inherited his brother’s estates when he died without issue in 1553. These comprised of many Wiltshire estates but also some estates from surrounding counties.

He was a political figure, becoming MP for Ludgershall in the first parliament of Elizabeth I; he was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1561, and from 1567-8 was Sheriff of Wiltshire.

In 1574, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth as she stopped at Lacock on a journey between Bristol and Wilton.

He married Anne Paget, the daughter of Grace Paget, William Sharington’s third wife. They had a son William, who died in infancy, and three daughters: Ursula, Olive and Grace. Ursula married Thomas Sadler; Olive married John Talbot and then Robert Stapleton; and Grace married Anthony Mildmay. The intention was for Henry’s property to be divided between his three daughters, but after making a will to this effect his eldest daughter Ursula died. On his deathbed in 1581 he made a nuncupative will, instead leaving everything to Olive – this may be because she had a son whereas Grace had only a daughter. This will was accepted and there followed a long dispute between Olive and Grace. In the end the matter was resolved: the properties were more fairly divided, and Olive took possession of Lacock.

Sharington was known to be a strong and argumentative man, constantly quarrelling with tenants and authorities.

The letters from George Eden to Lady Elisabeth Feilding, 1817-1820s

on Monday, 21 December 2015. Posted in Other

This article looks at letters which exist from George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland, to Charles Feilding and his wife Lady Elisabeth. Most of the letters are to Lady Elisabeth, and can be found in the Lacock archive, references 2664/3/3B/8, 10, 11 and 14. The letters are of great interest because they refer to current affairs, but are also friendly and sometimes flirtatious, which gives them further intrigue.

George Eden

George Eden