Gertrude Savile - a Georgian Lady from Rufford Abbey

Ruth Imeson Da Silva

East Midlands
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Paid: £50
18th September 2017
History | Local History | Women | Family History

Born in 1697, Lady Gertrude Savile was an unmarried lady in a time when that made her a burden on her family and a social outcast. Her brother, George, was the 7th Baronet Savile, whose family seat was at Rufford Abbey.

Gertrude’s story is told from her original diaries and is a cross between Downton Abbey and Eastenders. From dalliances on the marriage circuit at Bath to family arguments at the dinner table, to the interactions with servants, Gertrude’s story is both familiar and alien. Gertrude witnessed prisoners being carried to Tyburn, the zoo at the Tower of London and was a business woman who traded stocks and invested in East India bonds.

This talk is a fascinating and entertaining insight into the life of an unmarried lady in Georgian times.

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About Ruth Imeson Da Silva

I love learning and talking about history. My passion lies with the lives of individual people like you and me. How did they live? Who did they love? What were their daily lives actually like?

Each of my talks tells the story of one person and those who shared their lives. From an Elizabethan exorcist, to a Georgian lady, to a World War One fighter pilot, I bring their stories to life - in their own words.

I have been interviewed several times on the BBC and delivered talks to, amongst others, the U3A, local history societies and the Southwell Poetry Festival.

All talks are illustrated and researched from the original letters, records and diaries of the people concerned.

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