Guests of the Salmons et al. in near Devizes, Wiltshire - 2 August, 1819, at night

from Diary of Thomas Moore, 2 August 1819, page 348:

In the evening a fête champêtre at Salmons’ near Devizes; a beautiful place, and everything gay and riant; a boat on the little lake, musicians playing on the island in the middle of it, tents pitched for it, &c. &c. Bessy did not go, which I was very sorry for. Walked about with Mrs. P., and danced afterwards till three o'clock.

cite as

Thomas Moore, Diary of Thomas Moore, 2 August 1819. In Lord John Russell and Lord John Russell (ed.), Memoirs, Journal and Correspondence of Thomas Moore, volume 2 (London, 1853), p. 348. accessed: 14 April, 2024

location of experience: near Devizes, Wiltshire


Thomas Moore
Poet, Singer, song writer

Listening to

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music for dancing
Music at a garden party

Experience Information

Date/Time 2 August, 1819, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, outdoors


The Salmons were a prominent Devizes professional and landowning family that included William Salmon (d. 1826), a Devizes attorney, and his son, William Wroughton Salmon (d. 1855), also a lawyer and banker. At various times, the Salmons owned Devizes Castle and Southbroom House, either of which property might have been the venue for the party attended by Moore.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:42:06 +0100
Approved on Fri, 28 Aug 2020 11:45:17 +0100