Lady Amelia “Viscountess Castlereagh” <I>Hobart</I> Stewart


Lady Amelia “Viscountess Castlereagh” Hobart Stewart

Death 12 Feb 1829 (aged 56)
Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 113438327 View Source

Amelia Anne Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry (20 February 1772 – 12 February 1829), from 1794 until 1821 generally known as Emily Stewart, Lady Castlereagh /ˈkɑːsəlreɪ/, was the wife of the Georgian era Irish statesman Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, who from 1812 to 1822 was British Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons. Well-connected by birth to the aristocracy and wife of a prominent politician who was Britain's leading diplomat during the close of the Napoleonic Wars, Lady Castlereagh was an influential member of Regency London's high society.
uring the Regency of George IV, Lady Castlereagh, along with Lady Jersey, Dorothea Lieven, Lady Cowper, and others, was a Lady Patroness of Almack's, one of the first and most exclusive mixed-gender social clubs in London. In their role as Patroness, they had great influence over the ton, determining social acceptance by designating who might receive "vouchers" (entrance tickets) to Almack's, thereby setting and enforcing complex, unwritten social codes of the London social elite.
Credited with having introduced the quadrille to London, Lady Castlereagh is also remembered for having Almack's doors closed, without exception, at eleven o'clock, even once turning away the Duke of Wellington.[4] Her own parties were considered dull, and her manner was somewhat eccentric: guests described her conversation as an endless flow of trivial information delivered in an odd detached manner.
At their country home, Loring Hall, North Cray, Lady Castlereagh kept a private zoo, which featured antelopes, ostriches, kangaroos, and a notably bad-tempered tiger.
Lady Castlereagh is often mentioned in Regency novels, most famously in Georgette Heyer's Regency romances.

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  • Created by: Chilton-Harper, Diane
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  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 113438327
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lady Amelia “Viscountess Castlereagh” Hobart Stewart (20 Feb 1772–12 Feb 1829), Find a Grave Memorial ID 113438327, citing Westminster Abbey, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Chilton-Harper, Diane (contributor 47182070) .