Milbanke, Anna Isabella

NOBLEMAN (ENGLAND)
BORN 17 May 1792, London - DIED 16 May 1860, London: St. George's Terrace
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (087/IR (15958))

Annabella Milbanke (11th Baroness Wenthworth) married the notorious Lord Byron on 2 Jan 1815, after refusing his first proposal of marriage in 1812. Byron called her his princess of parallelograms, since she was interested in mathematics. She tried to reform him, but her efforts were in vain. Byron treated her badly and amost certainly had an incestuous affair with his half sister Augusta (possibly he was the father of one of Augusta's children). With the help of her parents Annabella obtained a divorce in 1816. By that time their daughter Ada Augusta was just a few months old.

Later in life Annabella claimed that Byron would have returned to her if he hadn't died in Greece in 1824. After twenty years, she met Byrons half sister Augusta once more in 1851. Annabella wanted a confession from Augusta, but Augusta just wanted a reconciliation and their meeting failed.

Annabella held progressive (some say radical) views and sponsored an industrial and agricultural school at Ealing Grove (1834-1848). When she was ailing she told Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1856 her version of the story of her marriage to Lord Byron. She lingered on until 1860 and was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery. Beecher Stowe published the story in 1869 and seriously damaged Byron's reputation by stating his incestuous relationship in writing.

Family
• Daughter: Byron, Augusta Ada, Lady Lovelace
• Husband: Byron, George Noel Gordon

Related persons
• was a friend of Beecher Stowe, Harriet
• has a connection with Byron, Augusta Mary

Sources
Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
• Gunn, Peter, My dearest Augusta, Bodley Head, London, 1968
The True Story of Lady Byron's Life - Harriet Beecher Stowe - The Atlantic
• Pierson, Joan, The Real Lady Byron, Robert Hale, London, 1992

Images

The grave of Annabella Milbanke at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (10 Aug 1997)

 


Milder-Hauptmann, Anna

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 14 Jul 2012