Tag: Marquisate of Bosworth

New Year at Gracedieu Hall

A Happy New Year from the Duchy of Charnwood!

The day after the New Year ball, the Charnwood Grenadiers returned to their barracks with the pleasing news that the Marquisate of Bosworth had awarded the regiment some hand-stitched fabric oak-leaves to wear on their caps (oak leaves being a feature of the Bosworth family Coat of Arms). These had been made personally by the Marchioness and her ladies. The Duke pronounced himself delighted with the kind gesture and instructed that local seamstresses should make more as the regiment fills its ranks.Furthermore, the Charnwood Grenadiers would henceforth be always required to wear them when on parade.

Lady Eleanor had enjoyed the experience immensely until she was finally found by her governess asleep on a duchesse brisée chair, long before the end of the dancing. Her mother, the Duchess, was reportedly also found similarly exhausted on another chaise longue just prior to the evening’s conclusion, being attended to by a number of gallant male guests.

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Lady Eleanor’s impromptu bed.

The Duke, meanwhile, couldn’t resist talking politics throughout the evening and showing off his new grenadiers to impress visitors from neighbouring states.

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The Duke spent New Year’s Day meeting with a delegation from the Chamber of Commerce amongst a number of other mundane administrative chores. Her Grace the Duchess, Charlotte Augusta, spent a far more pleasant day by riding out with the Earl of Rutland who had stayed over at the Duke’s residence after the ball. The Duchess was well-known for enjoying riding with many other gentlemen. Indeed, Charlotte would frequently spend most of the day in this activity, returning (it is said) quite exhausted at the close of day…

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The Duchess

Meanwhile, the training of new recruits to the Charnwood Grenadiers continues apace…

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A Ball at the Hall

Lady Eleanor was most excited. Her father, the Duke, had earlier in the year agreed to her suggestion of hosting a celebratory ball on New Year’s Eve. And now the time was almost upon them. Being only ten years old, Lady Eleanor would not be formally taking part in the evening’s events but she would greatly enjoy the whole occasion nonetheless, watching from the wings under the care of her governess, Miss Browne.

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Gracedieu Hall c.1760

With just a day to go, food and drink was being stockpiled at Gracedieu Hall, extra serving staff had been arranged, and the stable block was being made ready for all the expected guests and dignitaries. Amongst those expected would be Lord Welby and his eligible young daughters from Ragdale Hall in the Wolds; also corpulent Sir John Garendon, Lady Garendon and his dashing young son (an Ensign in the Swithland Fusiliers); from the northern reaches of the Duchy was the inscrutable Lord Castledine and party; and not forgetting the dependable old soldier General Sir Henry De Soar, 6th Baronet of Mountsorrel.

Of greatest interest to young Lady Eleanor was the news that a party from the Marquisate of Bosworth, ever-dependable ally of the Duchy in times of war, would be attending. The Marquis himself was due to attend with a considerable entourage.

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Lady Eleanor Gracedieu

To Lady Eleanor’s disdain, dull and haughty Lord Ulverscroft would also be there with a detachment of his newly raised regiment, the Charnwood Grenadiers. The newly recruited Grenadiers were nearly fully equipped with their new uniform and much was expected of it. A rumour had reached her ear that the Marquis of Bosworth was to grant a special honour upon the new regiment. As servants scurried about making ready the guest’s rooms around the Hall, she idly wondered what it might be…

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Men of the 1st (Charnwood Grenadiers) Regiment, on parade earlier today as part of the preparations for the Duke’s New Year celebrations.

More pictures of the first batch of Charnwood Grenadiers to follow in another post…