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The Carnarvons of Highclere Castle

An illustrated talk by William Cross, FSA Scot giving an overview of all the past 8 Earls of Carnarvon and their respective Countesses of Highclere Castle, Hampshire, stretching from 1793 until the present day. NB Highclere Castle is the backdrop to TV’s period romp Downton Abbey.

William Cross, FSA Scot author of FIVE BOOKS on the Carnarvon Earls and Countesses give his own appreciation of Highclere folk. There have been eight Earls of Carnarvon from 1793 to the present day. Favourites family first names are Henry and George. The 4th 6th and 8th Earls married twice. Notable Earls were Henry, the 3rd Earl, traveller, Classical scholar & poet ; Henry, the 4th Earl scholar & statesman who served as Colonial Secretary and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland; George, 5th Earl, co-discoverer with Howard Carter of the Tomb of Tutankhamum in 1922; and Henry, 7th Earl, horse racing manager to Queen Elizabeth II. Among the Countesses, Almina Wombwell, 5th Countess was a pioneering nurse in the Great War and beyond; Tillie Losch , one of the two 6th Countesses was a ballet dancer and film star.


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Date and Time:

14 May 2015 at 10:00 am


2 hours



Blackwood Pontllanfraith Probus
Maes Manor Hotel
NP12 0AG

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William Cross, FSA Scot
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William Cross, FSA Scot is the biographer of the 5th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and the biographer of the two Sixth Countesses of Carnarvon

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