The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse

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To my sister Pieta Dalglish,

for whom, as for me, the past is always present

Welbeck Abbey, 1889

Contents

Cover

Welcome Page

Dedication

Dramatis Personae

Epigraph

Act 1: Burial

Scene 1: Welbeck Abbey
,
December 1879

Scene 2: St Paul’s Cathedral,
March 1898

Scene 3: Highgate Cemetery,
March 1898

Scene 4: Baker Street and Cavendish Square
,
1860s

Scene 5: The Streets of London,
Summer 1898

Scene 6: Featherstone Buildings
,
December 1898

Scene 7: The New London Law Courts,
Three years later

Act 2: Resurrection

Scene 8: Bury St Edmunds,
October 1816

Scene 9: On Board RMS Oroya,
May 1903

Scene 10: An Office on London Wall,
March 1907

Scene 11: Marylebone Police Court,
October–December 1907

Scene 12: The Druce Vault,
December 1907

Scene 13: The Police Court,
One week later

Act 3: Revelation

Scene 14: London and Welbeck,
December 1907

Scene 15: London and Worksop
,
January 1908

Scene 16: Holloway Prison,
January 1908

Scene 17: A London Hotel,
September 1898

Scene 18: Sledmere House, East Riding,
1870s

Scene 19: A Library in Nottingham,
October 2013

Scene 20: Welbeck Abbey
,
October 2013

Epilogue: An Obscure Grave
,
London, December 2013

Postscript

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Plate section

Notes

Acknowledgments

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About the Author

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An Invitation from the Publisher

Copyright

Dramatis Personae

A
THERLEY
-J
ONES
, L
LEWELLYN

Barrister representing George Hollamby Druce/the prosecution in the perjury trial of
R
. v.
Herbert Druce
.

A
VORY
, H
ORACE

Barrister representing Herbert Druce/the defence in the perjury trial of
R
. v.
Herbert Druce
.

B
AILEY
, H
ORSEMAN

Solicitor at Baileys, Shaw & Gillett, legal representatives of the Dukes of Portland.

B
ARNES
, M
R
J
USTICE

Judge on the probate action brought by Anna Maria Druce to set aside the will of T. C. Druce in 1898.

B
AYLY
, C
ATHERINE

Long-serving nurse to the Druce family; testified to the death of T. C. Druce in legal proceedings.

C
ALDWELL
, R
OBERT

Witness for the prosecution/George Hollamby Druce in the perjury trial of
R
. v.
Herbert Druce
.

C
AVENDISH
-B
ENTINCK
, C
HRISTINA
A
NNE
J
ESSICA
,
LATER
L
ADY
T
ATTON
S
YKES

Descended from the 3rd Duke of Portland. Married Sir Tatton Sykes, Baronet of Sledmere House, Sledmere, Yorkshire in 1874.

C
AVENDISH
-B
ENTINCK
, W
ILLIAM
J
OHN
A
RTHUR
C
HARLES
J
AMES
, 6
TH
D
UKE
OF
P
ORTLAND

A cousin of the 5th Duke of Portland, inherited the dukedom when the 5th Duke died in December 1879. Died in 1943.

C
AVENDISH
-B
ENTINCK
, W
INIFRED
A
NNA
, D
UCHESS
OF
P
ORTLAND

Wife of the 6th Duke of Portland.

C
AVENDISH
-B
ENTINCK
-S
COTT
, W
ILLIAM
J
OHN
, 5
TH
D
UKE
OF
P
ORTLAND

referred to as ‘the
5
th Duke’, ‘Marquess of Titchfield’ or ‘Lord John’

The second of four sons to the 4th Duke of Portland, previously the Marquess of Titchfield, inherited the dukedom in 1854. Notorious eccentric. Alleged to have led a double life as T. C. Druce of the Baker Street Bazaar. Died in December 1879.

C
AVENDISH
-B
ENTINCK
-S
COTT
, G
EORGE
F
REDERICK
, L
ORD

referred to as ‘Lord George’

Younger brother of the 5th Duke of Portland. English Conservative politician and racehorse owner, notable for his role with Disraeli in unseating the prime minister, Sir Robert Peel, over the Corn Laws. Died in mysterious circumstances in 1848 at the age of forty-six.

C
OBURN
, T
HOMAS
K
ENNEDY
V
ERNON

Australian barrister, legal advisor and confederate of George Hollamby Druce.

C
OOPER
-M
ATHIESON
, V
ENI

see Amanda Gibson, below

Australian novelist, mystic and self-help guru extraordinaire. Worked in 1907 as secretary to the Druce-Portland Company.

C
UFFE
, H
AMILTON
J
OHN
A
GMONDESHAM
, 5
TH
E
ARL
OF
D
ESART

referred to as ‘Lord Desart’

Treasury Solicitor and Director of Public Prosecutions.

D
EW
, W
ALTER
, D
ETECTIVE
C
HIEF
I
NSPECTOR

A leading detective at Scotland Yard CID, in charge of the Druce case at a late stage of the proceedings.

D
RUCE
, A
NNA
M
ARIA

Daughter-in-law to Thomas Charles Druce, married his son Walter Thomas in 1872.

D
RUCE
, F
RANCES
E
LIZABETH
(‘F
ANNY
’)

The first daughter of T. C. Druce, generally regarded as his favourite.

D
RUCE
, C
HARLES
E
DGAR

Great-grandson of T. C. Druce and cousin of George Hollamby Druce. Lived in Sydney.

D
RUCE
, G
EORGE

The second son of T. C. Druce; emigrated to Australia.

D
RUCE
, G
EORGE
H
OLLAMBY

Son of George Druce; came from Melbourne, Australia.

D
RUCE
, H
ERBERT

Eldest son of T. C. Druce and Annie May. Inherited the business at the Baker Street Bazaar. Refused to give permission for T. C. Druce’s grave to be opened.

D
RUCE
, S
IDNEY

Eldest surviving son of Anna Maria Druce; emigrated to Australia.

D
RUCE
, T
HOMAS
C
HARLES

London businessman who made a fortune from the department store the Baker Street Bazaar. Ostensibly died in December 1864. Alleged to have been the 5th Duke of Portland in disguise.

D
RUCE
, W
ALTER
T
HOMAS

Son of T. C. Druce, married Anna Maria Druce in 1872.

F
RESHFIELD
, E
DWIN

Senior partner at the firm of Freshfield and Williams, legal advisor to Herbert Druce; in charge of the Druce case.

G
IBSON
, A
MANDA

later known as Veni Cooper-Mathieson

Australian novelist, mystic and self-help guru extraordinaire. Worked in 1907 as secretary to the Druce-Portland Company.

H
AMILTON
, M
ARGARET
L
OUISE
J
ANE

Witness for the prosecution/George Hollamby Druce in the perjury trial of
R
. v.
Herbert Druce
. Known as the ‘Veiled Lady’.

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