Taken at the best angle I could (muddy feet were not allowed inside Gibside Chapel!) here is a replica of the wedding dress worn by Mary Eleanor Bowes, heiress of Gibside Hall, in Rowlands Gill, Tyne & Wear.
She wore the glamorous gown for her marriage to John Lyon, the ninth Earl of Strathmore, in 1767. Mary Bowes, the Countess of Strathmore, embarked on an unhappy marriage to the Earl and eventually went on to live a life of scandal, affairs, abuse and divorce, which hit the headlines back in their day.
Following her unhappy marriage to Lyon, who died in 1776, the countess embarked on an affair before being tricked into marrying Andrew Robinson Stoney, a tyrant who imprisoned her and held her at gunpoint.
The countess was buried in the dress when she died in 1800.
Hopefully I will get to return to get a better shot of this lovely creation!
NB FOR ANYONE INTERESTED, HER STORY IS TOLD IN A BOOK CALLED 'WEDLOCK' - sorry, I cannot remember the author at the moment.
|Camera:||Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!|
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|
|Date Taken:||16 Feb 2013 - 3:26 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/4.4|
|Exposure Mode:||Not Defined|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|