JANE AUSTEN

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  • ID: I21882
  • Name: Lavinia FENTON 1
  • Name: Polly PEACHUM
  • Note: (d) Her mother, shortly after her birth, had married Mr. Fenton, who kept a coffee-house at Charing Cross, and gave the child his name. [Lavinia was thought to be the natural child of a Lieutenant Beswick, RN.] She appeared first on the stage, when about 18, as "Monimia" in "The Orphan," in 1726; and two years later in "The Beggar's Opera" in her celebrated character of "Polly Peacham." Her picture, as such, by Hogarth (1728) was purchased by the Nat. Gallery for 800 guineas at the sale of the Leigh Court pictures in June 1884. There was, however, another such picture exhibited at the South Kensington Museum in 1867. She acted but 62 times as " Polly Peacham," when she was finally removed from the stage by the Duke of Bolton, who (as stated in a letter by Swift, dat. 8 July 1728) settled 400 a year on her, and with whom for 23 years she lived as his mistress, being by him mother of three sons, Charles, Percy, and Horatio Armand, born before marriage, all called "Powlett." 2
  • Sex: F
  • Change Date: 08 JUN 2016
  • Death: 24 JAN 1760 1



    Marriage 1 Charles PAULET 3rd Duke of Bolton; Lord Paulet of Basing b: 03 SEP 1685 in Chawton, Hampshire
    • Married: 20 OCT 1752 in Aix-en-Provence
    • Note: She had lived as his mistress for some 23 years before they married, which they were able to do after the death of his estranged first wife. 2

    Sources:
    1. Title: The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed
      Abbrev: Complete Peerage
      Author: G.E. Cokayne with Vicary Gibbs
      Publication: St Catherine Press Ltd, London, 1910 and later
      Page: Bolton, Vol.2 pp.212-14
    2. Title: The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed
      Abbrev: Complete Peerage
      Author: G.E. Cokayne with Vicary Gibbs
      Publication: St Catherine Press Ltd, London, 1910 and later
      Page: Bolton, Vol.2 pp.212-14 and p.13 note (e)
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