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Hon Somerset John Gough-Calthorpe and his wife

Hon Somerset John Gough-Calthorpe and his wife

A trick carte-de-visite portrait of Somerset John Gough-Calthorpe (1831-1912) and his wife, known in the family as 'Jack' and 'Leila'. There are actually only two sitters in this portrait; the same couple appear on the right and on the left of the image.

Born on 23 January 1831, Jack was the fourth son of Frederick Gough-Calthorpe, 4th Baron Calthorpe, and Lady Charlotte Sophia Somerset, eldest daughter of the 6th Duke of Beaufort.

On 28 January 1862 he married Mrs Frederick Crewe (née Eliza Maria Chamier), only child of Captain Frederick Chamier of the Royal Navy and widow of Captain Frederick Crewe. The marriage produced two sons and two daughters. At least two of the children were baptised at St George's in Hanover Square. According to the church's baptismal register, the family lived at 43 Lowndes Square in Belgravia.

Two of Jack's older brothers succeed as Baron Calthorpe but both died childless. A third brother had died at the age of sixteen so Jack eventually succeeded as 7th Baron Calthorpe on 22 July 1910, at the age of seventy-nine. He died on 12 November 1912, aged 81, at Woodlands Vale on the Isle of Wight and was buried nine days later at St John's Church, Perry Bar, Birmingham. Leila died on 26 August 1919, at the age of 86.

Photographed in 1865 by Louis Werner of Dublin.

From an album compiled by his brother Augustus Gough-Calthorpe, later 6th Baron Calthorpe. He is identified in the album as 'Jack' when he appears on his own; then, after his marriage, he and his wife are identified as 'The Sommys'.


Code: 125855
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