Harley, Jane, Countess of Oxford and Countess Mortimer

BORN 1774 - DIED 20 Nov 1824, London: Bayswater
BIRTH NAME Scott, Jane Elizabeth
GRAVE LOCATION Brampton Bryan, Herefordshire: St Barnabas' Church

Daughter of Rev. James Scott, the vicar of Itchin, Hampshire and Jane Elizabeth Harmood. Her father married her on 3 March 1794 to Edward Harley, the fifth Earl of Oxford, whose body and mind were 'equally contemptible in the scale of creation' according to her lover Lord Byron.

It was a bad marriage and her husband was only in law the father of her children, who were called the Harleian Miscellany, after the literary collection brought together by the second Earl of Oxford. The affair with Byron, whose radicalism she encouraged, started in 1812 and lasted for a couple of months, ending when she left for the Continent. Lady Oxford was an influencial Whig intellecual. She was called Aspasia.

Childeren: Edward (20/1/1800-1/1/1828); Alfred, Sixth Earl of Oxford; Jane; Charlotte Mary; Anne; Frances; Louisa.

Related persons
• was the lover of Byron, George Noel Gordon
• has a connection with Caroline von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel

• Hibbert, Christopher, George IV, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1988
• Quennell, Peter, Byron, The Years of Fame - Byron in Italy, Collins, London, 1974

Hart, Joseph

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 02 Aug 2021