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Elizabeth Montagu

sandwich earl

Writer and society leader, born in York, North Yorkshire, N England, UK. In 1742 she married Edward Montagu, grandson of the 1st Earl of Sandwich, thus became a cousin by marriage to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. She established a salon in Mayfair which became the heart of London social and literary life. The members became known as ‘Bluestockings’, from the way several of them dressed. A family descendant, the 9th Earl of Sandwich, was father of the novelist Elizabeth Montagu (1917–2006).

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