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1041: Elizabeth Rawdon, Countess of Moira

Antiquarian and Literary Patron

Born: 23 March 1731, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England (Present-day Castle Donington, United Kingdom)

Died: 11 April 1808, Moira, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Elizabeth was also a pioneer in the study of Bog Bodies. She undertook the first scientific study of a bog body in recorded history. The investigation took place after a bog body was discovered on Elizabeth’s husband’s lands in 1785. Elizabeth published her finds in the periodical Archaeologia.

She was also a carrier of five English peerages in her own right, including being the Baroness of Botreaux, Baroness of Hastings of Hungerford, Baroness Hastings of Hastings, Baroness of Hungerford, and Baroness de Moleyns. Elizabeth inherited those five titles from her brother Francis, but was also the Countess of Moira thanks to her husband who was the Earl of Moira.

Elizabeth had at least five children, but little else of her life is easily available to be researched online. Unfortunately one of the only available sources to list here is her Wikipedia entry.

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