An Update For the Saxe-Weimars

Some of you may remember my mentioning the Prince Edward and his wife Princess Augusta of Saxe-Weimar, who I found as the hosts of Frederick Mackenzie Fraser during the night of the 1881 census.

I discovered that Prince Edward, or to give him his full name, Prince William Augustus Edward of Saxe-Weimar (Wilhelm August Eduard Prinz von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach) married Augusta morganatically in 1851. To follow on from that I can now give some further details.

Prince Edward was born in 1823, the 4th child of Karl Bernhard, Duke of Saxe-Weimar (the principal Duchy of Saxony) and Princess Ida of Saxe-Meningen. He appears to have been born and lived most of his life in England, joining the British Army in 1841 as an Ensign. His army career covers a large period, including the Crimean War, until 1897 when it ended, his final rank that of a Field Marshal. He died at his home in London in 1902 of complications arising from appendicitis. He is buried at Frogmore, Windsor Great Park, Berkshire.

Lady Augusta Katherine Gordon-Lennox was born in 1827, the seventh child of the 5th Duke of Richmond. (The first Duke of Richmond was one of the illegitimate sons of King Charles II.) She married Prince Edward in 1851, but it wasn’t until 1866 that she was made Princess Augusta of Saxe-Weimar in England. She remained throughout her life the Countess von Dornberg in her husband’s home country. They were to have no children, and Augusta died of pneumonia, also in London, in 1904.

I have also found evidence that Prince Edward was engaged before Augusta, a lady only referred to as Miss Lane-Fox who died either at the end of 1849 or early 1850.

So it seems, maybe there was no great scandal with the couple after all.

An ‘Historic’ Castle Roundup

I took these images in August 1994 and thought I’d share them with you. Obviously, this is before I transferred over to digital, but the colours are still quite good I think.

In order they are: Scone Palace, Braemar Castle, The House of Dun and Glamis Castle. I think my favourites were Scone and Glamis, which both have royal connections. I did also visit Blair Castle, which is beautiful, but for some strange reason I didn’t photograph the exteriors (however, I did photograph the interiors). I have a vague recollection it was raining that day…

Scone, Braemar and Glamis are still privately owned. Dun is looked after by the National Trust for Scotland.

The Buccaneers & Aristocrats

Both are excellent BBC historical dramas shown in 1995 and 1999 respectively. Both are adapted from books, the first from Edith Wharton’s novel and the second from Stella Tillyard’s biography.

What else do they have in common? Neither are available to buy in the UK. BBC take note, there are many fans out there who want these released! At the moment your only chance of getting them is to buy the video box sets on the second hand market, very often at over inflated prices. I’m pleased to say that I have both, but I want the DVDs and the extras that are available in the USA!!

The Buccaneers is about 4 American girls who take England by storm and marry into the English aristocracy. Aristocrats is about the Lennox sisters and their lives.

For those who haven’t seen these dramas before, take a look at the clips below. Or read the books!

The Buccaneers:


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Previously Undiscovered Faberge Piece Reaches Record Amount

I absolutely love FabergĂ©, and have many books about the Russian Imperial Easter Eggs. I just heard that a previously unknown piece that has been owned by the Rothschild family since it was made in 1902, sold for 9 million pounds at Christie’s today to a private Russian collector.

I guess that means a nice Fabergé Christmas present is out of the question then?

The Rothschild Egg, with clock and cockerel, pink enamel. You can read more about it, and Russian art week on Christie’s website.

In Memory of Eleanor

Hello lovely visitors! Please scroll down one post for Wordless Wednesday.

This is a very special post dedicated to Eleanor herself. Today is the anniversary of Eleanor’s death in Harby (or Hardeby) Nottinghamshire. 717 years ago to be exact on the 28 November 1290.

As I’ve said previously, Eleanor’s tomb is in Westminster Abbey. Sadly it is closed to the public (it being situated amongst the tombs that surround Edward the Confessor, her tomb is at the feet of her father-in-law Henry III) In 2005 though, I was given special permission to visit, and was taken up in the footsteps of the pilgrims (otherwise known as very rickety worn stone steps!) to meet her. It was a beautiful and quite emotional sight. I’d love to know what her tomb looked like when it still had all its’ decoration, especially the gemstones.

Lastly, Edward ordered (with large sums of money and land) that the queen’s anniversary should be celebrated every year on the eve of St Andrew the Apostle’s day. Amongst other things 100 candles should be lit around her tomb until high mass had ended. This task was carried out right up until the reformation. Why not light a special candle for Eleanor today?

A postcard image of the Victorian electrotype of Eleanor’s tomb, from the National Portrait Gallery, London. Part of my Eleanor collection.

I Hate ANHosting!

I just thought I would get that off my chest. For several days since a supposed ‘update’ by these people my blog has not worked properly. Do they care? Nope, they have offered no assistance at all. They have messed up to such an extent that now Word Press is not working properly either. I know I’m not the only one.

I would heartily recommend that anyone thinking of using these people think again and don’t waste your money. I now have to fight to get things posted on my blog and shall be looking for a new hosting server as soon as possible.

And while I’m on a rant, I’m under heavy attack from sploggers too at the moment, so hey sploggers I’m sure you’ll steal this one too, so enjoy me telling you to FUCK OFF!

Apologies to my regular readers, this rant is now over…I think.