Hester Thrale (1741 - 1821)
Birth and family
Hester Lynch Salusbury, was born between 4 and 5pm on 16 January 17411 in Bodvel, Caernarvenshire, Wales. Hester was baptised at Llanere church, Wales on 10 February 1741.
Her father was John Salusbury Governor of Nova Scotia (from 1749). Her mother was Hester Maria Cotton. Hester was the 8th great granddaughter of King Henry VII (1457-1509) on both sides on her family line.
Aged six, she became a favourite of the Duke and Duchess of Leeds after being introduced to them by her Uncle, Sir Thomas Salusbury Kt. 1708-1773. It is said that Hester - aged 14 - was the lady in William Hogarth's painting The Lady's Last Stake and was given by Hogarth a monkey''s paw mounted in a base of silver as a reward.
She went to school in Queen Square2. Her handwriting was delicate, and was skilled in languages reading Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish. Around this time Hester and her mother lived alternately at Offley Place and 24 Dean Street, London.
She was only 4 feet, 11 inches tall, with an animated face, touched with rouge, which she continued to use when she found that it had spoilt her complexion. She was clever, vivacious, independent, with a sensitive - if not a tender - nature. She was also a good horsewoman.
Before she was fifteen she had written papers in the St James's Chronicle. She read literature, could quote aptly, and put knowledge as well as playful life into her conversation. Hester is best know for her letters, and also wrote prose and verse.
Later in her life at the age of 65, she started started to learn Hebrew from Reverend John Roberts to "divert Ennui & pass the Summer Months away". Edward Mangin also attributes her as having a knowledge of Greek.
Hester was on the management committee of the St. Stephen's Ladies' Charity School for Training Girls.
|Henry Thrale M.P.
1724/9 - 2 May 1821
|Henry Thrale||Family tree and portraits · Homes · H. Thrale & Co. brewery · Parliamentary career · Pets · Travels · Coaching accident · Ill health · Death · Mourning tablet · Burial vault · Will · Testimonials|
|Hester Salusbury||Courtship · Marriage dowry · Marriage · Children · 13th anniversary|
|People||Father: Ralph Thrale M.P. · Arthur Murphy · Samuel Johnson · Jeremiah Crutchley · Sir John Lade · Streatham Worthies · King Louis XVI & Queen Marie Antoinette|
|Writings about||Dr Johnson's 'Own Dear Master · The Thrales of Streatham Park · Three Centuries · Thraliana|
|Hester Lynch Thrale née Salusbury
1741 - 2 May 1821
|Hester Thrale||Family tree and portraits · Homes · Works · Writings . Thraliana · Pets · Travels · 80th party · Criticism · Death · Obituaries|
|Henry Thrale||Courtship · Marriage dowry · Marriage · Children · 13th anniversary|
|Gabriel Piozzi||Marriage · 7th anniversary · Adopted son · Miscarried daughter|
|People||Samuel Johnson · Streatham Worthies · Proposal from Mr. Swale · King Louis XVI & Queen Marie Antoinette|
|Writings about||The Thrales of Streatham Park · Dr Johnsons Women · Intimate letters · Hester Lynch Piozzi · Dr Johnsons Women · Doctor Johnson's Mrs Thrale · By Samuel Johnson: Ode to · 35th verses · By Herbert Lawrence: Song to Hester|