Consuelo Montagu, Duchess of Manchester
|Consuelo Montagu, Duchess of Manchester|
Painter: John Singer Sargent
|Born||Doña María Consuelo Iznaga y Clement
Ravenswood Plantation, Concordia Parish, Louisiana, United States
|Died||20 November 1909 (aged 51)
Westminster, London, United Kingdom
|Spouse(s)||George Montagu, 8th Duke of Manchester|
|Children||William Montagu, 9th Duke of Manchester
Lady Jacqueline Montagu
Lady Alice Montagu
|Parents||Don Antonio Modesto Iznaga y del Valle
Ellen Maria Clement y Little.
María Consuelo Montagu, Duchess of Manchester (1858 – 20 November 1909), née Doña María Consuelo Iznaga y Clement, was a Cuban American woman who married Viscount Mandeville and later became the Duchess of Manchester.
She was born in 1858 on the Ravenswood plantation in Concordia Parish, Louisiana, and was the third of four children of diplomat Antonio Iznaga y del Valle and Ellen Maria Clement y Little. Her father hailed from an old and wealthy Cuban family who owned sugar mills, and they had also connections to several Spanish aristocratic houses. Her mother grew up at Ravenswood Plantation in Louisiana.
The couple had three children:
- William Montagu, 9th Duke of Manchester (1877–1947)
- Lady Jacqueline Mary Alva Montagu (b. 27 November 1879 † 15 March 1895 of consumption)
- Lady Alice Eleanor Louise Montagu (b. 27 November 1879 † 10 January 1900 consumption)
During her marriage Lady Mandeville engaged herself in charitable organisations. Poverty was a case that concerned her, and she was also interested in education and health.
The Duchess of Manchester was a renowned beauty. The same were her sisters, Emily Iznaga y Clement and Natividad (Natica) Iznaga y Clement. The latter was the wife of Sir John Pepys Lister-Kaye, 3rd Baronet. The Duchess was a celebrated society figure, belonging to the intimate circle of Edward VII of the United Kingdom, formerly the Prince of Wales.
On her death in 1909, the Duchess bequeathed a bracelet to her friend Queen Alexandra.
Titles and styles
Duchess of Manchester
|Reference style||Her Grace|
|Spoken style||Your Grace|
- 1859 – 1876: Doña María "Consuelo" Iznaga y Clement
- 1876 – 1890: Viscountess Mandeville
- 1890 – 1892: Her Grace The Duchess of Manchester
- 1892 – 1909: Her Grace' The Dowager Duchess of Manchester
- "DUKE OF MANCHESTER DEAD; SCION OF A FAMILY NOTED SINCE THE NORMAN CONQUEST". The New York Times. 1892-08-19. p. 9.
- "THE AMERICAN WOMAN'S INFLUENCE IN ENGLAND; Chiefly Due to the Remarkable Success of Two Members of a Remarkable Group of New York Girls Who, as Bouncers, Flourished Thirty Years Ago.". New York Times. 1907-04-07. p. SM5.
- Jorge Iznaga. JACQUELINE MARY MONTAGU E IZNAGA Iznaga Genealogy (IZNAGA - 1420 - Present), Retrieved 5 December 2012.
- Jorge Iznaga. ALICE ELEANOR MONTAGU E IZNAGA Iznaga Genealogy (IZNAGA - 1420 - Present), Retrieved 5 December 2012.
- "Manchester Tiara". Victoria & Albert Museum.