MISS LACEY: Mrs. Drummond-Burrell

Rosie’s scandalous waltz at Almack’s is satirized in a print that shows the patroness Mrs. Drummond-Burrell in a dead faint.

  • Clementina Drummond Clementina was the daughter and heiress of James Drummond, 1st Baron Perth.

    Clementina Sarah Drummond by Sir Thomas Lawrence. Grimsthorpe Castle.

    She married Peter Robert  Burrell, a great dandy of the day, in 1807. On his marriage, at his father-in-law’s insistence, he joined his wife’s  family name to his. His father had been created Lord Gwydyr, and in 1820 he  succeeded to that title; his mother was Lady Willoughby de Eresby in her own  right, and in 1828 he also succeeded to this title, and Clementina became Lady Willoughby de Eresby. One of the young patroness of Almack’s, she was considered, along with Lady Castlereagh, to be the highest stickler and overly grand.

    The portrait of a turbaned lady most often identified as Mrs. Drummond-Burrell is actually that of her mother-in-law: Priscilla, Lady Willoughby de Eresby. The painting above by Sir Thomas Lawrence, painted before Clementina’s marriage, hangs in Grimsthorpe Castle, home of the de Eresby family since 1516.