Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston, attending her trial for bigamy. Etching by John Hamilton Mortimer, 1776.
- Mortimer, John Hamilton, 1740-1779.
- Ap.l 15 1776
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The maids of honour hold a bottle marked "cordial". They are followed by a fat chaplain, a physician with a bigwig and sword, and a lean apothecary with a big enema syringe
Elizabeth Chudleigh married the Hon. Augustus John Hervey secretly in 1744; the marriage was not registered until 1759. In 1769 a consistory court declared her unmarried, after which she married Evelyn Pierrepoint, 2nd Duke of Kingston, in 1770. In 1776, 15-22 April, she was tried in Westminster Hall for bigamy, and convicted, the surgeon Caesar Hawkins having testified to the birth of her son by Hervey. She left England immediately and lived thereafter in Paris, St Petersburg and Rome
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