Elizabeth Percy, Duchess of Northumberland
|born on||26 November 1716 Jul.Cal. (7 Dec 1716 greg.) at 20:00 (= 8:00 PM )|
|Place||London, England, 51n30, 0w10|
|Timezone||LMT m0w10 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||15°58' 08°35 Asc. 08°35'|
British peeress, courtier and diarist. She was the only daughter of Algernon Seymour, 7th Duke of Somerset and his wife, Frances Seymour, Duchess of Somerset (1699-1754), daughter of Henry Thynne.
On 16 July 1740, she married Sir Hugh Smithson, Bt and they had two sons, Hugh (1742–1817) and Algernon (1750–1830). On her father's death in 1750, she inherited his barony of Percy and her husband acquired from her father his earldom of Northumberland by special remainder and changed his family name from Smithson to Percy that year.
In 1761, Percy became a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Charlotte, a post she held until 1770. She became a duchess in 1766 when her husband was created Duke of Northumberland, and on her death on 5 December 1776 her barony and the earldom of Northumberland passed to her eldest son, Hugh, who inherited his father's dukedom ten years later.
Sy Scholfield quotes an account of her death in "Memoirs of a Traveller: Now in Retirement" by Louis Dutens (R. Phillips, 1806), p. 240: "On Thursday night she asked what o'clock it was; she was told, six. 'I have then still two hours to live,' said she, 'for I was born at eight o'clock;' and, in fact, about eight o'clock she died, having completed her sixtieth year."
"Peerage of England" by Arthur Collins (1812), p. 190 states "First, Lady Elizabeth Seymour, born November 26th, 1716, O. S."
- Vocation : Writers : Other Writers (Travel diarist)
- Vocation : Misc. : Other Vocation Misc. (Royal courtier)