When I go for a quick dip into ebay, I end up so often with hours of subsequent nosing into history. Today could have been even longer, had not the photo I chose been of a fourteen year-old lassie who turned out to belong to a decidedly ancient, wealthy, historical family. Which means, of course, that its been documented in those gazettes devoted to royalty, the peerage, aristocrats and whomsoever they breathed upon.
This is the photo. Taken in Brighton in 1876.
The lass is Miss Magdalen Louisa Finch (b St George's, London 17 December 1861; d Oakham Hospital 19 November 1935).
Well, she had nothing to do with Brighton, I soon discovered. 1871 census, there she is with father, George Henry, his mother Lady Louisa Finch (oyoy!), father's siblings Louisa, Charlotte and Henry, and his other children, Alan George and Gwendoline Harriet. But no mother. Father is an MP and they have ... what? Fifteen servants, plus gardeners ... 'Burley House' must have been some establishment!
Of course, as I was quickly to find out, it indeed was.
But first, a little stroll through herbiefatcat's other stock. And yes, there are Sybil aged 3 and Pearl aged 2!
Edith Sybil Mary Finch (b Westminster, London 1872; d Littlehampton 14 December 1938)
Margaret Georgiana (ka Pearl) Finch (b St George's, London 20 September 1873; d 16 Hartfield Square 20 June 1940)
Suffice it that the huge complex (four wings, four stories: 'the place is so immense that a small army of soldiers could be billeted within its walls and a whole squadron of cavalry accommodates in the stables') had been (re)built by ancestor Finch in the seveneenth century and handed down through his descendants -- Earl of Nottingham, Earl of Winchilsea -- to George Henry