Thursday, August 7, 2008
Duchess of Marlborough
August 1888. The new Duchess of Marlborough (the American-born Lillian Price Hammersley) has become "quite a figure" in London Society. The Duke and Duchess are currently living with the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough, who has taken kindly to her "richly endowed daughter-in-law." The duchess' checking account has allowed the duke to purchase Lord Brownlow's mansion in Carlton House Terrace, where the young ducal couple will keep "groat state" next season. They plan to return to Blenheim, the ancient glories which are to be revived by the talisman of the American dollar." The former Mrs. Hammersley of Troy, NY, had inherited $6,000,000 after the death of her first husband.