FASCINATING STORY: Seahouses and District Rotary Club heard a fascinating story from Rotarian Tony Atkinson from the Rotary Club of Whickham Clavering.
Tony is a guide at Gibside Hall and his story was about Mary Eleanor Bowes, 1749-1800, her life and family.
A fairly unheard-of ancestor of the Queen, through the Queen Mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Mary was an amazing woman.
She was the only child of George Bowes, who was a coal czar and developed the colliery system.
She was pampered and well-educated and became a most accomplished botanist.
She inherited on his death and again on that of her mother and at one time was believed to be the wealthiest heiress in Europe.
She was over-indulged and went on to lead a debauched life.
She had five children and three abortions to a lover and one marriage was traumatic and abusive.
It was an exciting tale from an age when women were expected to behave with much more decorum.
Discussions continued over supper at the Olde Ship and plans were made to visit Amble and Warkworth Rotary Club and Alnwick for the next round of the regional quiz.
Visitors are always welcome to club meetings.
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