Fitzherbert, Maria Anne, 1756-1837

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The twice widowed and Roman Catholic "Mrs. Fitzherbert", born Maria Anne Smythe ( and married successively to Edward Weld and Thomas Fitzherbert) attracted the affection of the Prince of Wales (later George IV) and was secretly married to him in 1785, a union not recognized under English law. Although they lived together intermittently for some years in dubious quasi-respectability, the Prince had numerous other affairs, and in April 1795 he married officially and for reasons of state his cousin Caroline of Brunswick. The royal couple separated after little more than a year. The Prince attempted sporadic reconciliations with Mrs. Fitzherbet, but they broke down permanently in 1811; she died in 1837.

From the description of Letter from Maria Anne Fitzherbert to W. Jutsham concerning Captain John Willett Payne, 1795, July . (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 768446592

Secretly married the Prince of Wales.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (187) : to her ward, Mary Georgina Emma [Minney] Seymour, and one to her husband, Col. George Lionel Dawson-Damer, M.P., 1802-1835 and undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270916138

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referencedIn Fitzherbert family. Recipes, 18th century. Yale University, Lewis Walpole Library
creatorOf Fitzherbert, Maria Anne, 1756-1837. Autograph letters signed (187) : to her ward, Mary Georgina Emma [Minney] Seymour, and one to her husband, Col. George Lionel Dawson-Damer, M.P., 1802-1835 and undated. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, F, 1447-1994. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Fitzherbert, Maria Anne, 1756-1837. Letter from Maria Anne Fitzherbert to W. Jutsham concerning Captain John Willett Payne, 1795, July . Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Memoirs of the life of the Right Honourable Richard Brinsley Sheridan, extra-illustrated. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Jordan, Dorothy, 1761-1816. Papers of Dorothy Jordan, 1794-1852 (bulk1794-1812). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
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associatedWith Clanricarde, Marquiss. person
associatedWith Cornelia, Countess of Sussex. person
associatedWith Damer, Richard. person
associatedWith Dawson-Damer, George Lionel. person
associatedWith Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent, 1767-1820. person
associatedWith Egremont, George O'Brien Wyndham, Earl of, 1751-1837. person
associatedWith Fitzherbert family. family
associatedWith Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and Albany, 1763-1827. person
associatedWith George Augustus Frederick Fitzclarence, Earl of Munster, 1794-1842. person
associatedWith Jordan, Dorothy, 1761-1816. person
associatedWith Jutsham, J. fl.1795 person
associatedWith Louis Philippe, King of the French, 1773-1850. person
correspondedWith Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852 person
associatedWith Payne, John Willett, 1752-1803. person
associatedWith Richmond and Lennox, Charles Lennox, Duke of, 1735-1806. person
associatedWith Seymour, Mary Georgina Emma. person
associatedWith Stourton, Baron. person
associatedWith Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of, 1769-1852. person
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Birth 1756-07-26

Death 1837-03-27

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