Sarah Sophia <I>Fane</I> Child-Villiers

Sarah Sophia Fane Child-Villiers

Death 26 Jan 1867 (aged 81)
Burial Middleton Stoney, Cherwell District, Oxfordshire, England
Memorial ID 91951396 · View Source
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She was a society hostess and senior partner in Child & Co. She was the daughter of John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland and his first wife Sarah Anne Child, who had eloped in 1782. Her father had died in the same year, and rather than see his fortune fall into the Westmoreland line, he had settled his estate so that it would pass over Sarah and be inherited by her child. She was from birth a very substantial heiress, and on her 21st birthday in 1806 inherited an annual income of around £60,000, as well as her grandfather's estate at Osterley Park, Middlesex. She was a well known hostess and social figure. She also entertained regularly at her houses at 38 Berkeley Square, London; Osterley Park, Middlesex; and Middleton Park, Oxfordshire. In her youth she was considered a great beauty, and attracted much attention from portrait painters of the day. Mrs (Anne) Mee included her in a series of miniature portraits of fashionable beauties commissioned by the Prince Regent in 1814, and when the picture was rejected by the Prince, the poet Lord Byron composed for her a 'condolatory address.' For many years she supported the Whig party and openly championed the cause of Queen Caroline when George IV sought to divorce her.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 91951396
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Sophia Fane Child-Villiers (4 Mar 1785–26 Jan 1867), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91951396, citing All Saints Churchyard, Middleton Stoney, Cherwell District, Oxfordshire, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .