[Francis] Edward Ligonier

Name
[Francis] Edward Ligonier (Earl Ligonier of Clonmell)
Birth and death
1740 - 1782
Occupations
Profession details
Army Officer
Related place
Author
Alistair Grant

[Francis] Edward Ligonier, Earl Ligonier of Clonmell (1740?-1782) army officer. Edward was the nephew of John Ligonier, and was taken into his care when his father Francis Augustus Ligonier [formerly Fran├žois-Auguste de Ligonier] (1693-1746) died. Edward fought a duel in Hyde Park with Count Vittorio Alfieri an Italian poet who had an affair with his wife, Penelope. Count Alfieri visited Cobham Park to 'meet' the Lady Penelope, who had something of a reputation. Apart from being a great social scandal it inspired a popular novella entitled 'Lord Lelius and the Fair Emelia, or, The Generous Husband' of 1771. Portraits of Lord and Lady Ligonier were painted in 1770 by Thomas Gainsborough and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1771, which are now in the Huntington Library.

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