Cecilia Margaretta Thrale

  • Posted on: 26 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

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I am a historian at the University of Warwick, UK working on domestic service in the later eighteenth century I have long been interested in Hester Thrale Piozzi's remarks about the early days of Cecilia Mostyn's marriage, and her claim that John Mostyn fathered a child on her maid Mason (Thraliana, Vol. 2, p.967; 11 October 1796).

I am of course, interested in the maidservant rather than the Mostyn's or the Thrales, but am rather hampered in pursuing Mason through - possibly - Poor Law Records and Denbighshire County Records in general, by not knowing her first name. Does anyone know any more about the maidservant?

I really don't think this episode has been written about by anyone, and though I'm willing to strike out into Denbighshire with minimal information, really, I don't know if the child was born in the parish of Llewesog, or indeed, if there ever really was a child.

I'd be so grateful if you could give me any tiny scrap of information. Your website is extraordinary - extraordinarily wonderful and beautifully arranged.

With best wishes

Carolyn Steedman

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First, please accept my apologies for the delay in replying. I am afraid I cannot cast any light on Mason. In fact this was a fact that I had overlooked.

I have since re-read the reference that you mention in Thraliana - very interesting! I have taken the liberty of including this snippet of information on my Cecilia page.

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