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Man of Kent1
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« on: May 26, 2016, 17:04:43 PM »

Hilare, Countess Nelson & Duchess of Bronte

It isn't often that I find a person with two famous names in their title but this lady certainly fits the bill!

Hilare, Countess Nelson, or strictly speaking Mrs. George Knight just happened to strike it lucky in her last two marriages.
Her first, uneventful, marriage was to her cousin, George Ulric Barlow but, after he died, she then married William Nelson brother to Horatio.
William was ordained in 1774 and eventually was appointed a Canon of Canterbury Cathedral in 1803.
On the death at Trafalgar of Horatio in 1805, the Nelson viscountcy was raised to an earldom and conferred on William 'in consideration of the eminent services of his brother'.
William also inherited Horatio's Sicilian Dukedom of Bronte.
William and Hilare married in 1829.

William died in 1835 and, in 1837, Hilare married for the third time.  This time her husband was George Knight, cricket-loving second son of Edward Knight, ne Austen, Jane Austen's brother, who had been adopted by George Knight of Goodnestone House then Godmersham House which latter estate Edward inherited in 1812. Hilare continued the custom in those days of retaining her titles through marriage.

Thus by a couple of good marriages, and already with the 'Bronte' name under her belt, Hilare found herself connected to two very famous families!
My photo shows her grave in St. Martin's churchyard in Canterbury.  She lies there together with her two sisters


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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2016, 21:33:56 PM »

Couldn’t resist

Probate.

If you want to compare the value of a £9,000 0s 0d Income or Wealth , in 1858 there are four choices. In 2014 the relative:
historic standard of living value of that income or wealth is £808,900.00
labour earnings of that income or wealth is £6,047,000.00
economic status value of that income or wealth is £9,945,000.00
economic power value of that income or wealth is £22,600,000.00

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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2016, 22:34:38 PM »

Very interesting, alkhamhills, thank you. 
I expect that this lady did very well financially out of her first two marriages from the looks of it!
(She herself was the middle daughter of an admiral so I venture to suggest that maybe she didn't inherit much from him.)
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