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MS 329 Commonplace book of Lady Combermere

Lady Combermere

Caroline, Viscountess Combermere, (1783-1837) was the second daughter of Captain W.Fulke Greville, RN, and his wife Meliora Southwell. She became the second wife of Stapleton Cotton, first Viscount Combermere, on 18 June 1814. Combermere was the commander of the allied cavalry in the force under the command of the Duke of Wellington, 1811-14. He commanded the allied cavalry in Paris in from July 1815 until the end of 1816. Lady Combermere accompanied her husband to Paris in 1815.

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Commonplace book of Caroline, Lady Combermere: signed at the front of the volume “Caroline Combermere, May 9th 1815". The commonplace book contains extracts of poetry, in English and French, and prose pieces dated and written in specific locations, such as Brighton or Tonbridge. Two small samples, of flowers and leaves respectively, as well as of a small hank of wool, have been flattened within the pages of the volume. The poetry in the volume is a mixture of original or unidentified and some from Thomas Moore. These include: ‘Translation of a French couplet by Mrs Greville’; ‘The Goshawk La Garenne’; ‘Lines on Lady Ellenborough, June 1829, Paris’: ‘Farewell Bessy [from a poem by Thomas Moore].

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