Augustus Reebkomp (later Montgomery),
Illegitimate son of 10th Earl of Pembroke, born "Augustus Reebkomp":
Reebkomp was the illegitimate son of the 10th Earl of Pembroke.
See The elopement of the 10th Earl and Kitty Hunter.
It is about as well-documented an illegitimacy as you could imagine, and about as well-accepted by the legitimate family. Even Lady Pembroke generously welcomed him at their seat Wilton House (though she blocked his adoption of the surname Herbert).
He was liked especially by his half-brother George (the future 11th Earl), who had no other brother.
Money came out of the Herbert family for them for almost a full hundred years.
Think he grew up mainly at Wilton.
Not sure how much contact he had with his mother Kitty Hunter. The Earl of Pembroke paid her a pension. Presumably she did not visit Wilton. But they stayed in contact. Her new lover the (future) Earl of Bristol was Reebkomp's godfather, and her eventual husband Alured Clarke stayed in contact with Reebkomp (and with the Montgomery family, after Reebkomp's death).
He was educ Eton 1767 (age 4) to 1771. His older brother was sent to Harrow.
[Thomas, 2008] references research about the youngest ever boys at Eton, and says Reebkomp was "the youngest Etonian ever."
Royal Navy career:
He entered Royal Navy as child.
First record is June 1773, age 10.
See Royal Navy career of Augustus Montgomery 1773 to 1797.
He was in England and present at Wilton House during the Royal visit 1778.
Lady Pembroke writes from Wilton on 18 Feb 1779 and says "Rep. is with me." [Pembroke Papers, vol.1, p.150]
He sailed to North America in May 1779.
He served in American Revolutionary War, 1779 to 1783.
He wrote to his father from his ship at Port Royal, Jamaica, on 21 Nov 1779. He sends love to stepmother, half-sister and mother: "My kind love to Lady P. and Charlotte. Let Mrs. C. know that I am well." Interesting that his father remains in contact with Kitty Clarke. See [Pembroke Papers, vol.I, p.323].
There was a story among his Gibbon descendants that he went on the
with his half-brother the future 11th Earl.
[Pembroke Papers, vol.I]
shows no sign of him on his brother's lengthy tour (which was in 1775-80).
The 11th Earl sat for a portrait by Greuze in Paris in 1780, and Reebkomp had a matching portrait of himself painted by Greuze. However [Pembroke Papers, vol.I] shows no sign of him in Paris with his brother in 1780. More likely it was painted after he went on leave in 1783.
Takes the name "Augustus Montgomery".
He took the surname "Montgomery" on becoming Commander in 1781.
He became Captain in 1782. He then requested Navy records change to "Montgomery".
Listed as "A. Montgomery" in [Dublin Almanack, 1783].
American Revolutionary War ended Sept 1783.
He went on leave in Sept 1783 for nearly 5 years.
says he joined Lady Pembroke at Nice
in Nov 1783.
[Pembroke Papers] says that when out of the Navy, in 1783-88, Augustus spent his time between England and the Continent.
His half-brother the 11th Earl defends him against some worries by their father, in a letter of 3 Apr 1787: "he is going on very well, living a great deal in a circle of very good acquaintance, whom he likes, and who like him ... rejoice at his being a thorough worthy and pleasant being, which he most undoubtedly is." [Pembroke Papers, vol.2, p.346]
Serves in Mediterranean, meets wife:
He re-joined active service in the Navy in 1788.
See Beechey portrait painted 1789.
He served in the Mediterranean in 1790-91. Presumably in the Eastern Mediterranean, and that is how he met his wife.
He went on leave on 5 May 1791. He got married in Oct 1791. He does not seem to have returned to service until around the time George was conceived in early 1793.
mar Oct 1791, Smyrna, Turkey,
to Susan Maltass [born est c.1774].
On 8 Jan 1793, he was appointed Captain of the Inconstant.
George would be conceived around Feb 1793. In Apr 1793, the Inconstant is listed as having left England.
The 11th Earl writes to his mother, 27 Aug 1793, saying that Reebkomp's marriage is not happy: "A Wasp's Nest there very likely is, but I fear she has been herself insupportable to him, and she is such an execrable fool, that I am inclined to fear there are but small hopes, and I have likewise heard enough to make me suspect that her conduct has not always been the most regular in any respect." [Pembroke Papers, vol.2, p.489]
However, Reebkomp in his will 1796 still refers to "my beloved wife Susan".
His father the 10th Earl
died in Jan 1794.
His mother died Aug 1795.
Elizabeth would be conceived around Oct 1795.
He went on leave on 16 Nov 1795, though was apparently already in England (in Portsmouth).
Augustus dies, 1797:
His will is dated 13 June 1796, written on board his ship the Theseus at sea. He says if his wife and children die he leaves his estate to his half-brother the 11th Earl.
Augustus died 6 Feb 1797, age 34 yrs, on board his ship the Theseus at Cawsand Bay, Plymouth.
There was apparently no fighting so he may have died of some illness.
See notice on p.173 of The Gentleman's Magazine, Feb 1797.
He was bur 16 Feb 1797 in churchyard of Stoke Damerel church, Plymouth. No monument erected to him there.
His will was proved (by 11th Earl) 11 Mar 1797, Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
There were family names Augustus, Augusta and Montgomery in the Gibbon family after him.
show that the 11th Earl took care of Reebkomp's children after his death.
The children regularly visited, or even largely grew up at,
the Earl's homes, Wilton House and Pembroke House.
Susan lived on for decades.
She went to live in France by 1818.
She had an affair as a middle-aged widow, and gave birth to a natural son in Paris in 1818.
See Susan's life after Augustus.
Augustus and Susan had issue:
[Steel's List, Jan 1790] shows Augustus Montgomery as Captain of the Mercury, then in the Mediterranean.
Montgomery served in the Mediterranean in 1790-91.
Presumably in the Eastern Mediterranean, and that is how he met his wife, Susan Maltass of Smyrna, who he married in 1791.
See full size.
Will of Arthur Augustus Gibbon (died 1907) mentions a miniature portrait of Reebkomp and Susan.
Two copies of the same picture, framed in gold.
One copy went to Mildred Gibbon (died 1952).
The other copy went to either Lily Gibbon (died 1932) or Florence Gibbon (died 1949).
"I am glad Lord P. [Pembroke] provided well for them [George and Elizabeth]
and he was obviously very fond of them."
[Letter from 16th Earl of Pembroke, 1960] after making contact with the Gibbon descendants of Elizabeth Montgomery.
The 10th Earl died after George was born but before Elizabeth existed.
It was the 11th Earl who really provided for them.
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