Ranging from high-born to low.
An enduring and intriguing friendship.
Surprising for an aristocratic match.
Read about the vengeful Hanoverian Clara Elisabeth von Platen
She was accused of “a want of chastity.”
An heiress makes a disastrous mistake. A guest post by Mike Rendell.
Tom Woodforde sued James Vibart in 1817 for damages after a violent fight in Taunton.
Left out in the cold after transgressing.
Everyone just lied and lied.
My guest post at geriwalton.com
Traumatised, mentally disturbed and deeply unhappy
1781: A young lady elopes from her boarding school. The tale of Catherine Grierson and Thomas Thomasson. The case ends up in court.
An 1820 board game themed with elopement – flight, pursuit, and marriage at Gretna Green.
1812: The elopement of naval hero, politician, inventor and radical Thomas Cochrane with Katherine (Kitty) Barnes to Scotland.
The Honeymoon: An elopement song performed by Mary Ann Wrighten (1751-1796) at Vauxhall Gardens.
1782: John Fane and Sarah Anne Child married at Gretna Green. Her fabulously wealthy banker father cut her off without a penny.
Lord Thurlow never recovered from the elopement of his favourite daughter.
A love match ended in premature death.
1805: The story of aristocrat Julia Maria Petre who eloped with her brother’s tutor Stephen Phillips, told through newspaper sources.
In 1822 Horatio Reeves, an Exeter chemist, eloped with heiress Drusilla Hill. They were forcibly separated but eventually married and lived in relative poverty.