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Lady Emma Portman

Lady Emma Portman

Born Hon Emma Lascelles on 16 March 1809, she was the daughter of Henry Lascelles, 2nd Earl of Harewood and his wife, Henrietta Sebright.

On 16 June 1827 she married Edward Portman, son of Edward Berkley Portman, the 18th century property developer and politician. They had six children. Her husband, who had earlier been the MP for Dorsetshire for nearly a decade, was briefly the MP for Marylebone from 1832 to 1833. He was raised to the peerage as Baron Portman in 1837. In 1873 he was further honoured when he was created first Viscount Portman, of Bryanston in the County of Dorset.

Lady Portman served as Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria between 1837 and 1851, then an Extra Lady of the Bedchamber between 1851 and 1865.

She died on 8 February 1865.

Photographed by the Southwell Brothers of London.


Code: 125676
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