Dorothy Bland (Mrs Jordan) - Cadogan Place, London, UK
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N 51° 29.829 W 000° 09.454
30U E 697295 N 5708943
Quick Description: This Greater London Council blue plaque, to Dorothy Bland, is attached to a building on the north east side of Cadogan Place close to the junction with Pont Street.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/11/2015 4:59:48 AM
Waymark Code: WMNNX8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
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Long Description:

The Owings Stone website tells us about Dorothy Bland:

Dorothea (sometimes Dorothy or Dora) Jordan, the comic actress, nee Bland was born to an Irish father and Welsh mother and spent her childhood in Dublin and Wales. She made her stage debut in 1777 at the age of 15 and her first Drury Lane appearance in 1785. She kept her hold on the public for nearly 30 years, mainly in comic tomboy roles.

Already the mother of five children, in 1790 she became the mistress of the Duke of Clarence, afterwards William IV. The relationship, which was a very happy one, produced ten children. Seven were born after they settled in Bushy House in 1797.

The King had given Bushy House to the always financially strapped Duke. Even so he needed help and Dorothea contributed to the upkeep from her own stage earnings as well as producing a further seven children.

As the years went by the Duke came under pressure from the royal family to find a suitable (preferably rich) wife. The Duke ended the relationship in 1811 when he met a young heiress, although he did not find and marry Adelaide of Saxe-Meinengen until 1818.

Dorothea is recorded as living at Gifford Lodge, on Twickenham Green, between 1808 and 1810.

Although the Duke made a generous settlement for the support of her family, Dorothea was completely devastated by the separation. After a son-in-law ran up huge debts in her name she fled to France in 1815. She died alone, in poverty, at St. Cloud, outside Paris in 1816, and was buried there.

Blue Plaque managing agency: Greater London Council

Individual Recognized: Dorothy Bland

Physical Address:
30 Cadogan Place
London, United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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