Elizabeth Chudleigh (Duchess Of Kingston)
She was a beautiful bigamist, and a friend of William Pulteney, who afterwards became Earl of Bath. When she was twenty-four, she secretly married Lord Augustus Hervey, a lieutenant in the navy. They quarrelled and separated, and more than twenty years later she married Evelyn Pierrepoint, second Duke of Kingston; they lived for a time at 5 South Parade, and the Duke died there in 1773, leaving Elizabeth as heiress to his property. In the following year she was accused of bigamy by Kingston’s nephew, and was tried by her peers in London; Westminster Hall was so crowded that the Yeomen of the Guard had to be reinforced by troops. She was found guilty; but the peers, we are told, were ‘so moved by her penitence and beauty’ that they ordered her only to pay costs. After the trial she lived abroad in Rome and other cities and visited Catherine the Great in Russia. She died in Paris in 1788.