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Christmas at Wilton House, Dec 1806

Wilton accounts show Elizabeth Montgomery (age 10) and her widowed mother Susan Maltass coming to Wilton House, Wiltshire, for Christmas 1806.
The host was Elizabeth's uncle and guardian, the 11th Earl of Pembroke, at this point a widower of many years, with two surviving children and not yet a 2nd wife.
He took care of the education and expenses of Elizabeth and her brother, who often stayed at Wilton and his town house, or even more or less lived there.

Elizabeth's descendants through the Gibbon family still have today the present she got that Christmas, a book of Gulliver's Travels.


An extract from [Thomas, 2009] rang a bell with me.
It said that Wilton account books [WSHC 2057/A6/35] have an entry for 28 December 1806 for: "Expenses for Conveyance of Elizabeth and Mrs. Montgomery to Wilton on the 23rd".
I then looked on my shelf and realised we still have Elizabeth's Christmas present.

The present that Elizabeth Montgomery got that Christmas, an 1803 edition of Gulliver's Travels.
Still owned by her descendants.
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The inside shows an 1806 inscription to Elizabeth Montgomery, and a later signature of her married name, Elizabeth Gibbon.
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Inscription on the book, given to Elizabeth Montgomery on 22 Dec 1806 by her uncle the 11th Earl of Pembroke.
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3D view of Wilton House.
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What a magical place to come for Christmas.

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