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"Strange Inheritance" can be regarded as an essential primary source - I used it in my own work on The Earl St. Maur when this book first appeared in 1983. The late Sir John "Jock" Colville produced an excellent book, largely centred on Tangier-born Ruth Cavendish-Bentinck, née St. Maur - 1st illegitimate offspring of the Earl St. Maur (1835-1869) and the so called gipsy kitchen maid Rosina Swan (1849-1873). Sir John Colville's close association with his distant relative, the Ninth Duke of Portland, gave him a unique access to primary sources not deposited at records centres, and held by the Duke, who was one of Ruth's sons. Not only does the author introduce us to the Seymours (Dukes of Somerset), Cavendish-Bentincks (Dukes of Portland), the Sheridans (the Earl's St. Maurs maternal ancestry), the Grahams (Dukes of Montrose) and the Thynne family, but also to Rosina Swan's more humble ancestry. The main tapestry is a perambulation through the colourful life led by Ruth Cavendish-Bentinck; mother of five, a Suffragist, a champion of the poor, the down-trodden, and women's rights and votes. Whilst enjoying some of the trappings of her birthright, she straddled two opposing worlds to fight worthy causes and was instrumental in founding the Cavendish-Bentinck Library, for the hitherto denied education of women, in 1909. Author of a tract in the Fabian Society's manifesto, Ruth was close to the Pankhursts, the Webbs and the author George Bernard Shaw, Prime Minister Keir Hardy and other leading socialists of her day. An excellent, absorbing and informative read, brought to us in a unique, eruditely compiled exposé. Related reading: "In The Best Society", by Lady M. Graubard (née Cavendish-Bentinck), iUniverse, 2010; "The Dukes", Brian Masters, The Anchor Press, UK, 1975 & 1980 and my own book, "The Secret Life of the Earl St. Maur (1835-1869)" (+ strapline), Trafford Publishing, September 2010, ISBN 9781425161972.
Unfortunately, this last book, by me, is no longer available through Trafford Publishing. I terminated the contract in 2012, as it was never available for purchase by booksellers or individuals, not having been registered with Nielsen Book Data. Please see: http://www.sil4books.co.uk, for its replacement volumes and copies the original from me. Please do not part with money to buy through Trafford; there is simply no mechanism to buy it, as all file copies were to be destroyed. So you would lose your investment.
Joe A A Silmon-Monerri (author).