Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Lord Edward married Emma Lascelles in 1885. She was a remarkably ugly, fat, old woman, with a long upper lip and a protruding lower one. She talked incessantly and sourly about her family and wore a black bonnet in the country and the same bonnet in London with a veil added, and a cape covered in black sequins. She was known in the family as the Slammoth - a mixture between a sloth and a mammoth. They had three sons, Victor, Richard and John. Lord Edward died in 1891 so the eldest son, Victor, eventually became Ninth Duke on the death of his Uncle Cav in 1908.

Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, The House: Living at Chatsworth (34)

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