Lady Elizabeth Murray

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Lady
Elizabeth Murray
Dido Elizabeth Belle.jpg
Murray (right) and her cousin Dido Elizabeth Belle
Born Elizabeth Mary Murray
(1760-05-18)18 May 1760
Warsaw, Poland
Died 1 June 1825(1825-06-01) (aged 65)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) George Finch-Hatton
Children
Parent(s)
Relatives

Lady Elizabeth Mary Murray (18 May 1760 – 1 June 1825) was a British aristocrat and the subject of a notable painting, probably by David Martin in the style of Johann Zoffany.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Murray was born on 18 May 1760 in Warsaw, Poland.[2] She was the daughter of David Murray, 2nd Earl of Mansfield (1727–1796), by his first marriage to Henrietta Frederica von Bünau.[2] Her maternal grandfather was Count Heinrich von Bünau (1697–1762).[2]

Following her mother's death in 1766, she was brought up at Kenwood House by her father's uncle William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield and his wife Elizabeth. They soon also took in their great-niece Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761-1804), the mixed-race natural daughter of Murray's nephew, Sir John Lindsay; he sent the young Dido to his uncle from the West Indies.[3]

Marriage[edit]

She married George Finch-Hatton (1747–1823) on 10 December 1785.[2] They had three children:

Coincidentally, George Finch-Hatton's father Edward and the 1st Earl of Mansfield's wife Elizabeth were both children of Daniel Finch, 7th Earl of Winchilsea and Anne Hatton.

Elizabeth Murray was the great-grandmother of Denys Finch Hatton, known as close friend of Danish author Karen Blixen.

Death[edit]

She died on 1 June 1825, aged 65.[2]

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