After graduating in History of Art from Cambridge University, Julia has worked for Art UK and The Landmark Trust. While researching the history of the trust’s Pineapple folly in a walled garden in Scotland, she discovered Lady Augusta Murray and was captivated by her dramatic story. Her subsequent research in the Royal Archives and Dunmore family papers resulted in Forbidden Wife being published by The History Press in 2020.
She will be introducing her highly-readable biography of Lady Augusta Murray: a largely unknown story of a courageous and determined woman, set in the reigns of King George III and IV and whose family is commemorated in many sites across Ramsgate from Augusta Road and Steps to D’Este Road, Truro Road, Sussex Street and the now rather down-at-heel Mount Albion House in Victoria Road.
Lady Augusta’s marriage to Prince Augustus Frederick in Rome on 4 April 1793 was not only concealed, it was also illegal. The Royal Marriage Act forbade such a union without the King’s permission and Augusta’s life was changed forever. From a beautiful socialite she became a social pariah; her children were declared illegitimate and her family was scorned.
Yet in ‘dear Ramsgate’ she found solace. At Mount Albion on the East Cliff she created a secluded Elysium and lived there with her daughter, Augusta, later Lady Truro, until her death in 1830 when she was buried in the Este Mausoleum at St Laurence’s Church.
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