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The Genteman’s Magazine -
April 10. At his palace at Rome, aged 63, his Eminence Thomas Weld, Cardinal of the Church of Rome; brother-
He was born Jan. 22, 1773, the eldest son of Thomas Weld, esq. Of Lulworth castle, Dorsetshire who was the founder of the Roman catholic college at Stoneyhurst in Lancashire. His mother was Mary , eldest daughter of Sir John Stanley Massey-
Mr. Weld married in 1796 Lucy-
In a letter from Rome, dated the 15t h April, it is stated: ‘Yesterday the Pope was present at a requiem, celebrated in honour of Cardinal Weld. The Sovereign Pontiff wished thus to express the great esteem he felt for that dignitary. Newer was mourning more general here.”
Extract from "The Weld Family & Lulworth", undated:
Edward Weld 1705-
Edward, like his father, inherited before he was 21. He married Catherine Aston, daughter of Lord Aston of Forfar, but they soon separated. In a rather lurid court case, she sued him for breach of promise on the ground of non-
THE CARDINAL'S ROBES
Press Release issued by The Lulworth Estate, 10 March 2003:
While sorting through her attic Sally Weld, had an amazing and rare find. Rummaging through boxes she came across a Harrods hat box which at first she thought contained a 'Red Riding Hood' fancy dress outfit. On closer inspection she found a silk robe. Wilfrid Weld, looking through the box later that day, recognised his mother's handwriting saying "Cardinal's Robes".
After looking at all the pieces carefully they found they had discovered the Cardinal's robes originally belonging to Thomas Weld, who the Pope made Cardinal-
Speaking form her home today Sally Weld said "This was an amazing discovery. I was up in the attic looking for some display items for my antique shop when I discovered the box. When my parents-
The robes have since been sent to Fiona Hutton, who is a textile conservator and undertakes a lot of work for the National Trust. Fiona was amazed at the condition the garment was in, "All I had to do was send the robe to a specialist dry cleaner and just clean a few of the smaller items".
The robes have now been put on display in St Mary's Chapel which is in the grounds of Lulworth Castle. The Chapel had been built by the Cardinal's father, also Thomas, in 1786 and was the first free-
For any further information please contact Hennie Weld or James Weld on 01929 400352
10th March 2003
Extract from the Victoria History of the County of Dorset 1908:
The Lulworth Hounds were kept by the Welds in Purbeck and hunted from 1790 till 1810. The Lulworth estate contains the best hare and partridge land in the county, and some remarkable bags have been made there year after year.
Extract from Tyneham A Lost Heritage by Lilian Bond 1956 reprinted 1984:
We had a regular and welcome visitor in Mrs. Augustus Foster who 'tripped' , as she liked to call it, from her cottage at East Lulworth over heath and hill, disdaining roads and taking rough short cuts but looking as neat and well groomed at her journey's end as if she had driven all the way in a carriage and pair. She wore a long, dark petticoat and kilted up her ankle-
Before she settled at Lulworth she had lived at Holworth and had regularly 'tripped' to early Mass at Lulworth, a good six miles from point to point, by circuitous downland paths.
The friendship between Welds and Bonds withstood the test of centuries and, during penal times, when to possess a horse was, for a Roman Catholic, a punishable crime, my family's stables housed mysterious animals which were 'lent' to Lulworth Castle when required.
TEA AT ARISH MELL
Extract from The Western Flying Post, June 1777:
Some days since a Dunkirk schooner landed near Arish Mills [Mell] on the Dorchester coast upwards of twenty tons of tea, in sight of and in defiance of the Custom House officers and others, as they were mounted twenty four-