Orton & Tebay Local History Society,
spent an enjoyable and interesting evening recently, in the company of
Lord Hothfield at Drybeck Hall. Lord Hothfield is a direct descendant
of Lady Anne Clifford and very knowledgeable about her life and
history. She was married twice and through her marriages became the
Countess of Dorset and Pembroke. Her struggle to regain her family
inheritance is well recorded. He showed the Society members many
pictures, books and artefacts relating to Lady Anne, and explained that
her daughter married into the Tufton family linking the two.
One series of pictures shows Lady Anne at various ages, a
young girl of 13, then at 30 and 40, and the final picture at 56. There
was also a lot of information regarding Lady Anne’s castles of Appleby,
Pendragon, Brougham, Brough and Skipton.
In the last century his family were great friends of ‘The
Yellow Earl’ of Lowther Castle, and various letters and mementos of
this period were on show. There was also a very interesting series of
black and white photographs which showed Lowther Castle and it’s
gardens, of special interest as the gardens at Lowther are at
this present time being restored.
One interesting book listed the immense household of Richard
Earl of Dorset from 1613 to 1624, and another gave a sample menu
running into many exotic dishes.
Wendy Higgins, programme secretary thanked Lord Hoffield for
giving up his time, and said how much everyone had enjoyed the visit.