Focus on…Lady Mary Coke

27 Feb

Lady Mary Coke (nee Campbell) was born in 1727 and was the cousin of the famous Georgiana Spencer Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. She would also become an influential writer through her many letters and journal entries that still survive today. In 1747, she married the Viscount Coke, Edward.

In the usual way of aristocratic gossip of the ton (inner circle and highest echelon of British aristocracy in the 18th century), Lady Mary Coke was rumored to have had an affair with Prince Edward. Though she was initially supportive of and often noted as defending her stylish cousin Georgiana, she became infuriated when Georgiana snubbed her by not visiting her during her post-marriage tour with the Duke of Devonshire. These tour stops were reserved for the innermost circle of aristocracy and the snub left Lady Coke bitter. She never forgave her cousin.

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One Response to “Focus on…Lady Mary Coke”

  1. kdaglis March 5, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    That portrait is not of Lady Mary Coke, that is a portrait of Lady Elizabeth Davers by Anton von Maron, The portrait hangs in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna 🙂 Just thought you might want to know.

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