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Clarges, Louisa

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Notes: Louisa Clarges (née Skrine; b. c.1755, d. 1809), was known as the daughter of William Skrine and his first wife Jane Sumner, although Skrine's parentage has been questioned. In 1777 she married Sir Thomas Clarges, 3rd baronet (1751–82). After his death she made frequent visits to Italy, before settling in England in 1799. The children of the marriage included Thomas, who succeeded to his father's title on coming of age on 25 December 1802; Louisa (d. 1806, aged 27); and William (1782–1807), but the Bull-Pennant correspondence suggests that there was another son, killed in naval service in 1794 (see 1226). Portraits of Lady Clarges were painted by Thomas Gainsborough [external link] and John Downman [external link]). On her relationship with Richard Bull's daughters, see Elizabeth Bull. Hist P s.n. Sir Thomas Clarges, 3rd Bt.; William Skrine; Edward A. Bloom and Lillian D. Bloom (eds.), The Piozzi Letters: Correspondence of Hester Lynch Piozzi, 1784–1821 (formerly Mrs. Thrale). Volume 4 1805–1810 (London and Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1996), pp. 95, n. 29, 251–2, n. 5.

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