Wednesday June 3, 2020

A duel in the crown and a marriage on the hoof

The story of an easily impressed heiress and two aristocrats who couldn’t shoot straight is revealed in Whyte’s latest sale

31st March, 2019
A poster produced to promote the Northern Irish linen industry

Auction catalogue notes can make riveting reading, and Whyte’s forthcoming sale has some corkers. There’s Regency gossip, for example, in the shape of a note sent in 1811 by William Wellesley-Pole (the Duke of Wellington’s nephew) to Stephen Moore (later 3rd Earl of Mount Cashel) accepting his challenge to a duel.

Having fallen out over an heiress, the pair arranged a duel which was thwarted when their seconds negotiated a...

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