The Charitable Heiress

Angela Burdett-Coutts was a nineteenth-century philanthropist. She became the wealthiest woman in 1837 when she inherited her grandfather's fortune of around £1.8 million following the death of her step-grandmother, Harriot Mellon. She collected paintings and among them was Robert Scott Lauder's Christ Walking on the Sea. She received many marriage proposals. She was a great …

Mary Seacole

I just finished reading a very long but interesting biography of Mary Seacole. When I mentioned her to my husband, he immediately knew who I was talking about. He’s from Jamaica where Mary was born. She was born on November 23, 1805 to a Scottish father and Jamaican mother. Her father was a soldier in …

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