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Mary Emily Williams-Bulkeley (Baring)

Birthplace: London, England
Death: Died in Elham, Kent, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Maj. Henry Bingham Baring and Lady Augusta Baring (Brudenell)
Wife of John Oakley Maund and Sir Richard Llewellyn Mostyn Williams-Bulkeley, 11th Baronet
Mother of Sir Richard Henry Williams-Bulkeley, 12th Baronet and Bridget Henrietta Frances Guinness
Sister of Lt--Gen. Charles Baring; Henry Baring; Francis Baring and Augusta Baring

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About Mary Emily Williams-Bulkeley

Born Mary Emily Baring, her parents were Major Henry Bingham Baring and his wife, Lady Augusta née Brudenell, daughter of the 6th Earl of Cardigan. Her great-grandfather was one of the founders of Baring Brothers & Co.

She married, firstly, on 18 May 1857, Richard Lewis Mostyn Williams-Bulkeley, later 11th Baronet, son of Sir Richard Williams-Bulkeley. The couple were divorced in 1864. According to a report in the Morning Post (12 November 1864), Captain Richard Bulkeley sued for divorce on the grounds of his wife’s adultery with Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Armitage of the Coldstream Guards. ‘The marriage of the parties took place in 1857, the petitioner being a son of Sir Richard Bulkeley, and the respondent, Mary Emily Baring, a daughter of Sir Henry Bingham Baring, MP. He was 32 years of age, and she 26, so that there was no disparity of any kind between them. They cohabited at Hertford-street, Mayfair, at Windsor, and other places; and at the time of the separation they were residing at a cottage on the estate of Sir R. Bulkeley, called Bryn. A former servant, Jane Snowdon, gave evidence that she had watched her mistress for six or seven nights and seen Colonel Armitage enter her room on each of those nights. ‘The last two or three times the lady’s maid Franklin was with me. On the 5th night the nursemaid also watched’.

Mary Emily Bulkeley subsequently married, on 27 July 1867, Lieutenant John Oakley Maund, later Sir John Oakley Maund (died 1902), a banker, mountaineer and hunter.

Mrs Mary Emily Maund died at Folkestone on 18 February 1887.

According to the BMD index she was 49 when she died, which would mean she was born in 1838. However, the newspaper report of her divorce stated that she was 26 at the time of her marriage in 1857, which would mean she was born in 1831.

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