Countess of Ilchester et al. in Bowood House, Derry Hill, Wiltshire - 27 October, 1818, at night

from Diary of Thomas Moore, 27 October 1818, pages 203–206:

Dined at Bowood. Rogers went away yesterday. The company, besides the Aucklands, Lord and Lady Ilchester, two sons of Bobus Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Oakden, and Lysons, the Magna Britannia man, come to see Lord Ilchester about some Roman pavement which has been found on his lordship's estate. […] Music in the evening. Mrs. Oakden played the “Ranz des Vaches” and the beautiful “Chaconne” of Jomelli.

cite as

Thomas Moore, Diary of Thomas Moore, 27 October 1818. In Lord John Russell and Lord John Russell (ed.), Memoirs, Journal and Correspondence of Thomas Moore, volume 2 (London, 1853), p. 203–206. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Bowood House, Derry Hill, Wiltshire


1st Earl of Auckland
lawyer, Politician
3rd Marquess of Lansdowne
British statesman, Politician
3rd Earl of Ilchester
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard 1835-41, Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset 1837-39, Privy Counsellor, Whig politician
1st Baron Lyveden
Samuel Lysons
Thomas Moore
Poet, Singer, song writer

Listening to

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'Ranz des Vaches' performed by Mrs Oakden
written by Niccolò Jommelli
performed by Mrs Oakden

Experience Information

Date/Time 27 October, 1818, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


Samuel Lysons and his brother Daniel collaborated on the writing of Magna Britannia, but it is most likely that Moore was referring to Samuel in this instance, as he was also well known for his archaeological work on Roman sites. George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland, was unmarried. A previous entry from Moore's diary, dated 18 October 1818, mentions that two of his sisters were amongst the party at Bowood House. It is possible that they were also present on this occasion.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:42:03 +0100
Approved on Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:09:06 +0100