Tag Archives: snobbery

Earl Grey

I was watching a recent episode of QI (Series N, Episode “Noble Rot”) and found this interesting story about Earl Grey (both the tea and the man). This is Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845), prime minister of Great … Continue reading

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Wife-Swap

I found this story in The British Chronicle, 15 September 1790. If Doris Day didn’t star in some sort of 1960s bedroom comedy farce with a similar plot, I’ll eat my hat. “The following circumstances created some buzz at a … Continue reading

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Apologizing to Servants

Another really quick one today, as I wrap up E.S. Turner’s What the Butler Saw. What do you do if you, as an aristocrat, have been rude to one of your members of staff or blamed them for something wrongly? … Continue reading

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No Tea For Servants

Just a quick one today. I got the following story from E.S. Turner’s What The Butler Saw. I know that tea was a highly politicized drink in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I remember reading somewhere about various moralistic tracts … Continue reading

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No Servants

I found the following story in E.S. Turner’s What the Butler Saw. We’ve talked a bit on this blog before about servants needing to be invisible to their employers. This takes it to a new level. “It had always been … Continue reading

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The 5th Duke of Portland, Redux

I found this story in E.S. Turner’s What the Butler Saw. One of the very first posts I wrote on this blog was about the 5th Duke of Portland (1800-1879), who epitomised aristocratic eccentricity. He loved privacy to such an … Continue reading

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The Gardner Peerage Case

I found the following story in Margot Finn, Michael Lobban, and Jenny Bourne Taylor’s Legitimacy and Illegitimacy in Nineteenth-Century Law, Literature and History. Do you guys like stories about vicious course cases, aristocrats, and issues of dodgy paternity? OF COURSE … Continue reading

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