The Unknowing Heiress: Meriel Leicester of Tabley Old Hall
|Starts:||14:30 16 Nov 2017|
|Ends:||16:00 16 Nov 2017|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Venue opening hours:||Thursday - Sunday and Bank Holidays, 1pm- last entry 4:30pm.|
/ £13 (Friends and Volunteers)|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Families, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public, Post 16|
Meriel was the only, and precious, daughter of Sir Francis Leicester and the heiress of Tabley. Although she lost her mother as a little girl, she had a happy childhood with Sir Francis at Tabley. Her first marriage was a grand local alliance with the Leghs of Lyme.
‘I hope to God she behaved herself’ wrote Sir Francis when she arrived at Lyme after marrying Fleetwood Legh the heir to that great estate. She did but tragedy ensued and she was a left a widow. Later, she married Sir John Byrne and finally provided Tabley with a male heir, Sir Peter Byrne Leicester. This is a fascinating glimpse of little-known young woman’s life, a life crucial to the survival of the Leicester family of Tabley.
Following the talk tea and homemade cake will be served as part of the price.
Concessions: £13 (Friends and Volunteers)
Role: Trustee and Associate Researcher
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