Marriage and Money

In 1773, Edward Loveden married Margaret Pryse, a Welsh heiress with property worth over £1,000 a year, which came to Edward at her death in 1784.  He then married an even richer heiress, the daughter of a wealthy London hop merchant, whose death in 1788 left him with an additional £4,500 a year.  His third marriage, to Anne Lintall, provided him with a further £400 a year, which continued, even after this marriage ended in a sensational divorce, which (in those days) could only be achieved through a parliamentary private member’s bill (the whole story is told in Lawrence Stone’s Broken Lives: Marital Separation and Divorce in England 1660–1857 published in 1993).


Together with moneys inherited from his uncle, he had a very comfortable gross income of £8,667 a year (about £335,000 by today’s values), though he had debts of around £54,000 (£2.08 million), some of which were incurred in the building of Buscot Park and the remainder in acquiring further land for the estate.

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