Other formats

    TEI XML file   ePub eBook file  


    mail icontwitter iconBlogspot iconrss icon

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]

The Countess of Ranfurly

The Countess of Ranfurly is the only child of James Alfred, seventh Viscount Charlemont, C.B., and her mother, who died in 1888, was the youngest daughter of the third Lord Castlemaine. One of her ancestors—the famous Sir Toby Caulfeild—fought for Queen Elizabeth against the valiant O'Neil, Earl of Tyrone, and his heir was created Lord Charlemont by James I. in 1620. Another was a distinguished Irish patriot, and raised the famous “Irish Volunteers” of the eighteenth century. The “Gentlewoman” page 13 of June 5th, 1897, says that “Lady Ranfurly's delicate, patrician beauty, and sweet and gracious presence, youthfulness, kindliness of heart, vivacity, conversational powers, and perfect taste in dress, will assuredly render her as beloved and popular in New Zealand as in English society.”