Aristocratic Women: Rosamond's Six Daughters

This old photograph below shows Tredegar House, Newport, Gwent,

Seat of the Morgans of Tredegar.

Welcome From William Cross, FSA Scot, Writer and Reseacher: Author of several books on aristocratic woman 

 

Rosamond’s Daughters

Rosamond’s Daughters is a talk,  illustrated presentation and accompanying paper from William Cross, FSA Scot.  It was delivered to Newport’s U3A ( University of the Third Age )  on 5 March  2009.

The work is an appreciation of the lives of  six remarkable daughters of Rosamond Mundy,  - 1883, the first Lady Tredegar, of Tredegar Park, Newport, South Wales.

Rosamond was the daughter of a soldier General Godfrey Basil Mundy one of the Mundys of Shipley Hall. Derbyshire.  Her mother, Sarah Brydges,  was the  daughter of the celebrated Admiral, Lord Rodney.

On 8 October 1827,  Rosamond married Charles Morgan Robinson Morgan,  the eldest son of Sir Charles Morgan, 2nd Baronet, of Tredegar House, Monmouthshire. Sir Charles was raised to the peerage as Lord Tredegar in 1859.

Rosamond and Charles Morgan had a family of 11 children, five sons and six daughters. He died in 1875, Rosamond survived him until 1883. 

These Morgans are an ancient Welsh family who lived at Tredegar House and nearby  Ruperra Castle until the middle of the 20th Century. The family became extinct - on the male line- in 1962.  There remain surviving lines from the women of the Morgan family, including several descendants of Rosamond’s daughters.

Who were Rosamond’s six daughters? What tales about them are of note?   What particular contribution did these women make to the world in their own right?  What  is  the legacy they have left behind? 

These are Rosamond’s Daughters

Hon. Rosamond Marion Morgan, 1830-1883, the eldest daughter married land proprietor William Henry Marsham Style, 1826-1904, at Bassaleg Church, Newport, in 1848.

Hon. Selina Maria Morgan, 1833-1922 married  David Robertson Williamson, 1830-1913, at Bassaleg Church, Newport, in 1853. 

Hon. Fanny Henrietta Morgan, 1835- 1887,  married  Sir George  Ferdinand Radzivill Forestier Walker, 1825-1896,  of  Wentloog Castle, Castleton,  near Cardiff, in 1854.

Hon. Ellen Sarah Morgan,  1836- 1912, married  Henry Gore Lindsay,  1830-1914, of Glasnevin House,  Dublin,  at St Mary’s Church, Marylebone, London,  in 1856. 

Hon. Georgiana Charlotte Morgan,  1839- 1886, first married Lord Francis Nathaniel Conyngham, RN, MP, 1832 –1880  at Bassaleg Church, Newport in 1857  ;    secondly in 1882 she married Lt Col Alan George Chichester, 1857-1947.

Hon. Mary Anna Morgan, 1843- 1924,  the youngest daughter was still a minor ( aged under 21 ) as was her intended husband, when she married Robert Devereux, 16th Viscount Hereford, 1843-1930,  at Bassaleg Church in 1863. 

William Cross FSA, Scot,  ( Will)  is a writer and researcher based in Newport, Gwent, South Wales, UK. He is currently writing a book about the actress Tilly Losch,  The Dancing Countess of Carnarvon. Tilly was the second 6th Countess of Carnarvon, the second wife of Henry Herbert, 6th Earl of Carnarvon of Highclere Castle ( the setting for TV's Downton Abbey). The book on Tilly Losch will be published in the Spring of 2013.   Will Cross is also  the controversial biographer of Almina,  the 5th Countess of Carnarvon including author of " The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon" , " Lady Carnarvon's Nursing Homes" and " The Dustbin Case:  Dennistoun v Dennistoun.",  the latter of which explores a mud raking court  case that  Almina became embroiled in during 1925, involving her second husband, Colonel Ian Onslow Dennistoun.   Almina was first the wife of George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon,  the co- discoverer ( with Howard Carter  ) of the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Will is also the author of " Lordy! Tutankhamun's Patron As a Young Man",  and the co-author with Monty Dart of two books on the Morgans of Tredegar House,   " A Beautiful Nuisance : The Life and Death of the Hon. Gwyneth Ericka Morgan" ( whose body was fished from the River Thames in 1925 ) and " Aspects fo Evan : The Last Viscount Tredegar" ( which includes a transcript of Evan's Court Martial in 1943, for offences against the Official Secrets Acts).   In 2013 Monty and Will intend to publish  " The Five Lady Tredegars" a book which will sweep in further details on Rosamond's six daughters.  Please feel free to contact  Will Cross for further details on this and other projects.   williecross@aol.com

 
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