Leisurely pursuits of noble ladies of North Yorkshire

Edith Sitwell

English: Portrait of Edith Sitwell

English: Portrait of Edith Sitwell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, the oldest child and only daughter of Sir George Sitwell, 4th Baronet, of Renishaw Hall; he was an expert on genealogy and landscaping.  Her mother was the former Lady Ida Emily Augusta Denison, a daughter of the Earl of Londesborough and a granddaughter of Henry Somerset, 7th Duke of Beaufort. She claimed a descent through female lines from the Plantagenets.” -Wikithingamobob.

My brother greeted me today on my return from the woods with a book of North Yorkshire 100 years ago (The North Riding of one hundred years ago by David Gerrard, Alan Sutton ISBN 0-7509-0292-2).  It definitely was another country back then.

Here’s how the mother of Edith (above, famous poet(ess)) got her kicks:

Sitwell

Well, well.  Nothing like a bit of fun and sport.  I hope they used proper rat catchers’ sticks. You know, the ones a bit like a hockey stick but stickier.

1900 The Sitwell Family by John Singer Sargent

1900 The Sitwell Family by John Singer Sargent (Photo credit: Sacheverelle)