Port Eliot: Marriage Connections — 19th Century

William Henry Pringle and Harriet Hester Eliot (1806)
PRINGLE of Torsonce
PRINGLE of Caledon and Armagh
WALLER of London
LEWIS of London
RAMSBOTTOM of Clewer Lodge, Berkshire
PEYTON of Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland
HULBERT of Tottenham, Kent
PLAOUTINE of Russia
MITCHELL-INNES of Ayton Castle, Scotland
JAUNCEY of Tullichettle
Harriet Hester was the only daughter of Edward James Eliot and Lady Harriot Pitt. She was raised by her maternal grandmother and uncles, though she seems to have been very close to her many Eliot relatives. How she met Gen. William Henry Pringle is a mystery. It seems likely that they met in some sort of London Society gathering, since there is no previous connection between the Eliots or the Pitts and William Henry Pringle. He was a descendant of the Pringles of Caledon, and through them a descendant of the Pringles of Torsonce. Harriet and William were married on 20 May 1806 at the house of John, Earl of Chatham (uncle of the bride). They were blessed with five children, one son and four daughters. William died on 23 Dec 1840, and Harriet died on 5 Oct 1842.

Harriet's marriage settlement consisted of more than £40,000, some received at the time of the marriage and some received as a yearly annuity.

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William Eliot and Letitia A'Court (1809)
HEYTESBURY, Barons of
WYNDHAM of Salisbury, Wiltshire
RADNOR, Earls of
William Eliot married for a second time three years after the death of his first wife. His bride was Letitia A'Court, oldest daughter of Sir William Pierce Ashe A'Court, Bart., of Heytesbury. They were married at Heytesbury, Wiltshire, on 7 Feb 1809. They were married less than a year. Letitia died on 20 Jan 1810 while giving birth to stillborn twins.

The lengthy marriage agreement settled the sum of £1000 and a sixth share in £2500 in 3% reduced bank annuities on any children of the marriage.

William Eliot and Charlotte Robinson (1812)
CLIVE of Plassey, Barons of
POWIS, Earls of
William Eliot married for a third time just over two years after his second wife's death. His bride was Charlotte Robinson, oldest daughter of Lt.-Gen. John Robinson. They were married at the London house of the Earl of Powis (cousin of the bride) on 7 Mar 1812. Once again, William had the sad duty of burying his wife and child. Charlotte gave birth to a child at the end of June 1813. The baby lived a very short time, and Charlotte died on 3 Jul 1813.

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William Eliot and Susanna "Susan" Mordaunt (1814)
MORDAUNT of Walton, Warickshire, Baronets
PROWSE of Axbridge, Somerset
HOLBECH of Warwickshire
ERSKINE of Alva, Baronet
HIPPSLEY-TUCKFIELD of Fulford, Devon
William Eliot married for a fourth time on 30 Aug 1814 at the Chapel of Walton in Warwickshire. His bride was Susan Mordaunt. She was the youngest child of Sir John Mordaunt, Bart., of Walton. William and Susan had no children, and they seem to have led a quite life at Port Eliot and Lord and Lady St. Germans. Susan was very close to her sister, Charlotte, who had married Richard Hippisley Tuckfield of Fulford Park in Shobrooke, Devon. The marriage lasted fifteen and a half years, only ended by Susan's death. While visiting her sister at Fulford Park, Susan suffered a short illness of two or three days and died there on 5 Feb 1830. William did not marry again.

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John Eliot and Harriet Pole-Carew (1819)
POLE-CAREW of Antony, Cornwall
HARDWICKE, Earls of
LYTTLETON, Lord and Baron of Frankley
DE MOREL CHAMPEMONTE, Count
GLANVILLE of Cornwall
HARDWICKE, Earls of
COCKS of Herefordshire
BALCARRES, Earls of
SOMERS-COCKS, Earl Sommers
RATTRAY of Atherston
WINCHESTER, Marquess of
RAVENSWORTH, Baron of
CAMPBELL of Gartsford, Scotland, Baronet
Just one year after the death of his first wife in July 1818, John Eliot, now 1st Earl of St. Germans, married again. His chosen bride was Miss Harriet Pole Carew. She was the youngest daughter of Reginald Pole Carew of Antony House, a neighboring manor to Port Eliot. She was twenty-eight years younger than John Eliot. How they met is unknown, but it is likely that the couple had known each other for some time. Aside from being the daughter of a neighbor and friend, Harriet's mother was also the first cousin of Caroline Yorke (John Eliot's first wife). John died four years after this marriage, without children. Harriet survived her husband by fifty-three years. She never remarried and was buried in the Eliot vault with her husband.

Henry Beauchamp Lygon and Susan Caroline Eliot (1824)
BEAUCHAMP, Earls of
COVENTRY, Earls of
LONGFORD, Earls of
CLONMELL, Earls of
Susan was the second daughter of William Eliot, 2nd Earl of St. Germans. She married the Hon. Henry Beauchamp Lygon (later 4th Earl Beauchamp), a military officer and M.P. for Worcestershire. He was a younger son of William Lygon, 1st Earl Beauchamp, and brother-in-law of Thomas Pakenham, 2nd Earl of Longford. The couple was married at St. George's, Hanover Square, on 8 Jul 1824. It appears that the marriage was a grand one, obviously attended by a lot of relatives, since nine family members signed the marriage record. Even Gen. William Henry Pringle, the husband of Susan's cousin, Harriet Hester Eliot, signed as a witness. The Lygons had seven children in ten years, but Susan died suddenly while visiting at Port Eliot on 15 Jan 1835. Henry Lygon did not marry again, remaining a widower until his death in 1863.

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Edward Granville Eliot and Jemima Cornwallis (1824)
CORNWALLIS, Marquess of
GORDON, Dukes of
BRAYBROOKE, Barons of
MONREITH, Maxwell of, Scotland
RICHMOND, Dukes of
MURKLE, Baronets of, Scotland
MANCHESTER, Dukes of
BEDFORD, Dukes of
Edward Granville was the only son of William Eliot, making him the heir to the title of Earl of St. Germans and the Port Eliot estate. As an M.P. and the son of a peer, Edward Granville was part of London's high society. He married Lady Jemima Cornwallis, third daughter of Charles, 2nd Marquess Cornwallis, and the granddaughter of General Cornwallis of Yorktown fame. The couple were married at St. James', Piccadilly, on 2 Sep 1824. They were married for almost thirty-two years (until Jemima's death in 1856) and blessed with eight children, six sons and two daughters.

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Rev. George Martin and Charlotte Sophia Eliot (1825)
MARTIN of Ham Court, Worcestershire
JOHNSON, Baronet of, Bath
The youngest daughter of William Eliot, 2nd Earl of St. Germans, married the Rev. George Martin (Canon Residentiary and Chancellor of the Diocese of Exeter) at the Church of St. James in Westminster on 26 Jul 1825. They were married by William Howley, the Lord Bishop of London, and William Eliot (father of the bride) and Henry Lygon (brother-in-law of the bride) signed as witnesses. The Martins had six children, two sons and four daughters. They had been married almost fourteen years when Charlotte died on 8 Jul 1839. George married again and had four more children before his own death in 1860.

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Rev. Walter Ponsonby and Louisa Susan Cornwallis Eliot (1850)
BESSBOROUGH, Earls of
WESTMORLAND, Earls of
SPENCER, Earls of
GARLAN, Baron (George FitzRoy Henry Somerset)
BEAUCHAMP, Earls of
GUEST of Dowlais, Wales
The oldest (and only surviving) daughter of Edward Granville Eliot, 3rd Earl of St. Germans, was married in grand style at St. James', Piccadilly, on 15 Jan 1850. Her groom was Rev. Walter William Brabazon Ponsonby, later 7th Earl of Bessborough. The wedding took place in the morning, after which the wedding party "repaired to the mansion of the Earl and Countess of St. Germans, in Dover-street, where a sumptuous dejeuner was provided for a large circle". The bride and groom left for a honeymoon at Roehampton, while the Earl and Countess of St. Germans gave a large ball in celebration of the marriage. Dancing lasted until almost three o'clock the following morning. Walter and Louisa were married for fifty-six years and blessed with eight children, five sons and three daughters.

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Charles George Cornwallis Eliot and Constance Rhiannon Guest (1865)
GUEST of Dowlais, Wales
LINDSEY, Earls of
SCHREIBER of Colchester
BESSBOROUGH, Earls of
WIMBORNE, Baron of, Canford Magna, Dorset
MARLBOROUGH, Dukes of (Spencer-Churchill)
WESTMINSTER, Marquess of
EATON of Tolethorpe Hall, Rutland
Charles was the youngest son of Edward Granville Eliot, 3rd Earl of St. Germans. He married the fourth daughter of the late Sir John Josiah Guest, manager and co-owner of the Dowlais Iron Company. The wedding took place at the Parish Church of Great Canford in Dorset on 26 Oct 1865. Despite the stormy weather, there was a large crowd in the church to witness the wedding. Charles and Constance spent their honeymoon in Paris. They were married for thirty-five years and blessed with seven children, five sons and two daughters.

Henry Cornwallis Eliot and Emily Harriet Labouchere (1881)
TAUNTON, Baron, Somersetshire
ELLIS (ELLICE)
Just months after succeeding to the title of the Earl of St. Germans, Henry Eliot married the daughter of the late Henry Labouchere, Lord Taunton. The marriage took place at the Chapel Royal, Savoy, on 18 Oct 1881. The bride was conducted down the aisle by her brother-in-law, Colonel (later General and Sir) Arthur Ellis. The service was conducted by Eliot's brother-in-law, Walter Ponsonby, and the marriage service was "fully choral". Henry and Emily spent their wedding trip on the Continent. They were married one month shy of thirty years and blessed with two sons. Sadly, Emily outlived her husband and both sons. She never married again.

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Christian Edward Cornwallis Eliot and Laura Grey Chetwode (1897)
CHETWODE of Oakley, Stafford
Christian was the fifth child and third son of Charles and Constance Eliot. He married Laura Chetwode on 3 Jul 1897, and their marriage lasted until her death in 1938. They were blessed with three children, one son and two daughters.