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Emily Petty Fitzmaurice, Marchioness of Lansdowne

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Name  Emily Marchioness
Role  Lord Nairne
Died  June 26, 1895

Emily Petty-Fitzmaurice, Marchioness of Lansdowne
Spouse  Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 4th Marquess of Lansdowne (m. 1843)
Children  Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, Edmond Fitzmaurice, 1st Baron Fitzmaurice
Parents  Margaret Mercer Elphinstone, Charles Joseph, comte de Flahaut
Grandchildren  Beatrix Beauclerk, Duchess of St Albans
Similar People  Henry Petty‑Fitzmaurice - 5th Marq, Margaret Mercer Elphinstone, Charles Joseph - comte de, Charles de Morny - Duke of, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand‑Perigord

Emily Jane Mercer Elphinstone Petty-Fitzmaurice, Marchioness of Lansdowne and 8th Lady Nairne (16 May 1819 – 26 June 1895) was a British peeress.

Born in Edinburgh, Emily Jane de Flahaut was the eldest daughter of the French Army general and statesman, Count Charles de Flahaut by his wife, Countess Margaret, Baroness Keith (in her own right).

On 1 November 1843, she married Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, Earl of Shelburne (becoming styled Countess of Shelburne); they had three children:

  • Hon. Henry Charles Keith (1845–1927) later Earl of Shelburne, before succeeding as 5th Marquess of Lansdowne
  • Hon. Edmond George (1846–1935), styled Lord Edmond Petty-Fitzmaurice, until being created Baron Fitzmaurice
  • Lady Emily Louisa Anne (1855–1939), married The Hon. Everard Charles Digby (a son of Edward, 9th Baron Digby), leaving issue.
  • In 1863, her husband inherited his father's marquessate, thus becoming Marchioness of Lansdowne. Although she was unable to inherit her mother's title "Baroness Keith" as remainder was restricted to male heirs of her mother (of which there were none), she was, however, recognised by the House of Lords as the 8th Lady Nairne in 1874, her mother having inherited the title from the latter's cousin in 1837 (although Margaret, Baroness Keith did not attempt to claim this title during her lifetime).

    On her death at Meiklour House in 1895, her family title of Nairne devolved upon her eldest son.

    In 1834, when she was aged only 15, Frédéric Chopin published his Bolero, Op. 19, with a dedication to her.

    References

    Emily Petty-Fitzmaurice, Marchioness of Lansdowne Wikipedia


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