Thursday, 29 March 2007

Countess of Pomfret Bookplate


Lady Henrietta Louisa Jeffreys, countess of Pomfret (1698 - 1761)
Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Caroline

F10401 - Jacobean Armorial trophy
Arms – Fermot, with Jeffreys on an escutcheon, impalling Jeffreys
Dated 1733

Lady Henrietta Louisa was the dau of John Jeffreys, 2nd Baron Jeffreys of Wem (1673 – 1703) and Lady Charlotte Herbert (circa 1676 – 1733) daughter of Philip Herbert, 7th Earl of Pembroke and Henrietta Mauricette de Penancoet.
Her grandfather was the famous George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem (1645-1689), Judge and Lord Chancellor in the reign of James II (see, G. W. Keeton, Lord Chancellor Jeffreys and the Stuart Cause, 1965 & Judge Jeffreys: Towards a Reappraisal, in «Welsh Historical Review», # 265, 1962).
She married Thomas Fermor (1698 – 1753), 2nd Baron Leominster (cr. 1692, in the Peerage of England), created in 1721 Earl Pomfret, in the County of York, in the Peerage of Great Britain son of William Fermor (c 1648 — 7 Dec 1711), 1st Baron Leominster and Lady Sophia Osborne. The latter’s father, a staunch royalist, Sir William Fermor, Bart. (1621-1661) was created a baronet in 1641, by Charles I. In 1660, he became a member of the Privy Council that restored the monarchy.
She was the mother of George Fermor, 2nd Earl of Pomfret (1722 – 1785). The title became extinct with the death of George Richard William Fermor, 5th Earl of Pomfret (1824-1867).
Lady Henrietta was a distinguished diarist and letter writer.

The seat of the Fermor family was Easton Neston, in Northamptonshire.. The house came to the Hesketh family through the marriage, in 1846, of Lady Anna Maria Arabella Fermor, sister and heiress of the 5th earl of Pomfret, and great grand daughter of Henrietta Louisa, to Sir Thomas George Hesketh (1825-1872), 5th Baronet of Rufford.
However, this splendid country house former seat of the Fermor Family had its destiny sealed like many other fine houses in Britain and elsewhere, which finish up in the hands of rich American financiers or industry potentates, rich Arab oil magnates or even pop-stars.
Indeed, the house was recently sold by their great-great-grandson Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, KBE, PC, 3rd Baron Hesketh and a former Minster for Industry, to a Russian-born US retail businessman and designer, Leon Max as reported in the press.

Lady Henrietta Louisa, countess of Pomfret used two other bookplates (plus one variant) recorded in Franks’ Collection Catalogue under F10402-10404. Her husband, the 1st Earl of Pomfret also had a bookplate registered, as F10400. Their son, the 2nd Earl of Pomfret also used a bookplate – F10399 and so did his wife Lady Anna Maria Draycott – F10405.

Bibliography: see, Brian North Lee, British Royal Bookplates and Ex-Libris of Related Families, Aldershot, Scolar Press (1992), p. 6, reproducing the fine and large bookplate engraved by Samuel Wale for the Countess, p.7; British Bookplates. A Pictorial History, London, David & Charles, 1979, reproducing the other fine bookplate with two shields acccolé (#51), p. 55-56)

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_of_Pomfret
http://www.inthefirstperson.com/firp/firp.detail.collections.aspx?collectioncode=OHC0005027

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