Baroness E C de Calabrella 1793 – 1857

Paris opera 1850Baroness E C de Calabrella 1793? – 1857 was a British Socialite, authoress and poet.

Calabrella was a friend of Marguerite Power Farmer Gardiner Countess of Blessington, Count Alfred Guillaume Gabriel d’Orsay, and Frederick Hervey Foster Quin,

Calabrella (Mrs. Thomas) was married to Captain Thomas Jenkins (who she met through Marguerite Power Farmer Gardiner Countess of Blessington), her third marriage (the first to a Mr. Lee, and the second to a Mr. de Blaquierre).

Calabrella had acquired her own title by the purchase of some land abroad. Calabrella lived for some time in Abbeville, and then after her second husband’s death, she moved to Paris.

Calabrella was part of the Prince Regent‘s set (George IV), and she was the sister of Golden Ball HughesEdward Hughes Ball (known as Golden Ball Hughes due to his vast fortune), 

Calabrella wrote The Land of Promise, The Prism of Imagination, The Prism of Thought, The Double Oath, The Cousins, The Tempter and the Tempted, The Venetian Glass, The Ladies Science of Etiquette, various character sketches, and she edited The Court Journal Library, Evenings at Haddon Hall, and she also wrote poetry,

6 thoughts on “Baroness E C de Calabrella 1793 – 1857”

  1. Catherine’s second husband was Captain George de Blaquiere, third son of Lord John de Blaquiere and Eleanor Dobson, and the 3 x great grandfather of my husband. Her first husband, Rev. Francis Lee divorced her in 1810, citing Captain George de Blaquiere as co-respondent. Rev. Lee subsequently committed suicide. A son was born of the Ball-Hughes-de Blaquiere union.

    If you have any further information on Catherine, I would be most grateful if you could let me have it.

    Many thanks and Kind Regards,
    M.C. Batstone, Victoria, Australia

  2. In response to the comment above: Rev. Lee did commit suicide, but not until 1826 – I’m not sure you can attribute it directly to his failed marriage. And a minor point: Catherine was never a “Ball Hughes” – her brother added Hughes to his name, but his sisters did not. I have been writing and polishing a Wikipedia article on Edward Hughes Ball Hughes.

  3. A further comment: I’m not sure Catherine and de Blaquiere were ever actually married. Lee did not divorce her, he got a divorce “a mensa et thoro” – the equivalent of a legal separation. And since both Rev. Lee and de Blaquiere died in 1826, the couple probably didn’t get married before he died – if they were still living together, which I’m not sure they were. And I can find no record of the marriage, either.

  4. You are quite correct with your statement that Catherine was not “Ball-Hughes”. A marriage between Catherine and de Blaquiere is indeed not recorded any place that I can find, either, however, irrespective of whether a marriage between the two ever took place, a child was born and it is this child I am interested in finding out about.

    I find it puzzling that after the court proceedings in 1910, there is no mention of George. Could it be that the family disowned him? There is also no record of his death, alleged to have occurred in 1826, and no cemetery records of his burial.

  5. I see that Christine is a relative of George de Blaquiere. I am also from harriette his granddaughter. I also cannot find details death or marriage to Catherine Ball. On australian records Louise Smith is down as the mother of George William Dixon de Blaquiere the son of Major George de Blaquiere. Major George was the 3rd son of lord de Blaquiere and did have a relationship with Baroness de Calabrella when she was married to Rev. Lee. I would be interested in your research to compare with mine in australia

  6. Jan, I have just discovered your email and would be very happy to correspond with you regarding our mutual ancestors. My email is [email protected].

    There are also no details found of a Louisa Smith, the name of GWDdeB’s alleged mother, but it is possible that it was an assumed name considering she “lived in sin” with Major George, both before and after the court case, such a scandal in those days.


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