Mary Lewis (Goldsmid) (1779 - 1842) MP

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About Mary Lewis (Goldsmid)

Some of the following information is disputed.

Mary (Goldsmid) Lewis (1779-1842) was the mistress of George IV by whom she had a number of illegitimate children.

She was a daughter of the Jewish Goldsmid family. Her first husband was Menachem Mona (Nathan). She married him in a Jewish ceremony when she was 13, in 1792. She divorced him in 1800 when she was 21.

She became the mistress of George IV under the name Mrs. Lewis when he was Prince of Wales. She had a number of children with him who were given the surname Lewis.

In 1810 she married William Lewis of the Black Lion Brewery in Brighton after her intimate relationship with George ended. She and George continued to be good friends. She was one of the chief ladies of Charlotte, Princess of Wales, from childhood until Charlotte's death in 1817. Charlotte is said to have died in Mary's arms.

William Lewis' sister, Mrs. Mary (Lewis) Woodhouse, of Norley Hall, Cheshire, reared two of Mary's sons at Norley Hall, Samuel Lewis and Joseph Lewis. Mary's sons James Lewis and George Lewis were reared by William Lewis's cousin, Edward Henry Lewis, in London. Mary's son James Lewis and grandson James Lewis were both in the brewery / inn industry, as were George IV's sons by Maria Fitzherbert, William Payne and Randolph Payne

Historians question the paternity of Mary's children. Both the Nathan and the Lewis family had a family story of being descended from a Polish king and his Jewish mistress (or secret wife).

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Mary Lewis's Timeline

1779
1779
1792
1792
Age 13
1792
Age 13
1800
1800
Age 21
1801
1801
Age 22
Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
1803
1803
Age 24
1806
1806
Age 27
Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
1810
1810
Age 31
1842
1842
Age 63
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