Kelly, Eleanor King

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HCR diary 21.4.1823 at Aders "I found there Ellen's aunt Miss Kelly of the Custom House - she is said to be a very amiable and worthy woman - she may be so - her appearance not altogether favourable - she is very bulky and wears expensive ornaments - her clothes rich but too gay - she is ever talking of great people and her ancestors - Sir Paulet the jailer of Queen Mary of Scotland - and is oracular too in uttering commonplace remarks but I should think she is good-natured and kind-hearted" Ellen and Mrs Aders "were both delighted with Miss K's visit and it is in several respects valuable to them but I thought they took rather too much trouble to make themselves agreeable"

                   25.5.1835 at Aders "A chat - Miss Kelly of the Custom House dead and in debt - even to the Lees!!! There is something in the name of Kelly I am averse to - never did I know or hear of one that I respected"

HCR Reminiscenses 19.10.1857 about Mrs Aders' reputation "And this is certainly a strong testimony in her favour that after her marriage with Mr A: she was noticed by the most respectable of Col Kelly's relations Mrs Kelly (a stately dame I had seen in Euston Square)"

See mr Background Aricle "3 Wives, 3 Husbands Living". Robinson's comment in 1857 suggests that he had forgotten, or reassessed, the entry of 1835 above. Eleanor King Kelly was the daughter of Redmond Kelly and his wife Bridget, sister of John Parker, Ist Baron Boringdon, father of John Parker (DNB 1772-1840). Captain Redmond Kelly of 91st regiment of foot, Ireland, under the Hon. Cadwallader Blayney, fought at Minden 1759 and married Bridget Parker on 22.2.1760 at Plympton St Mary, Devon. Her father was John Parker of Saltram House and her mother was Catharine, sister of Vere, Lord Poulett. Captain Kelly's regiment was disbanded in 1763 and he was on half-pay of 4s 9d a day till 1778. Part of this time the Kellys may have lived at Hinton St George, Somerset, but by 1768 they were living at Isleworth, Middlesex. (See London Metropolitan Archives ACC/1360 for a loan he was involved in with a neighbour there). In "The English Militia" etc by J R Western (1965) p 334-5 the story was told of Kelly's being brought in as a regular soldier to sort out the supposedly inefficient Devon militia regiments , with the support of his relative Lord Poulett the Lord Lieutenant of Devon. He served there from 1778 to 1783. His three sons Montagu Henry, John Francis and Redmond Hinton, went to Westminster school and Redmond Kelly lived his last years at Deans Yard, virtually part of the school. From there he voted for Hood in 1788 and Gardner in 1796, his will was dated 11.4.1798 and he was buried in St Margaret's Westminster towards the end of April 1798. Administration was granted to Eleanor King Kelly, Bridget her mother having renounced. Bridget Kelly of Queen Street, St George Hanover Square, was buried at St Margaret's Westminster on 1.1.1806 and administartion of her estate was again granted to Eleanor King Kelly, who obtained the post of housekeeper to the Custom House. On p222 of Gronow's Reminiscenses was a description of John Francis Kelly. "Among the odd characters I have met with, I do not recollect anyone more eccentric than the late Lieutenent-Colonel Kelly, of the First Foot Guards, who was the vainest man I ever encountered. He was a thin, emaciated-looking dandy, but had all the bearing of the gentleman. He was haughty in the extreme, and very fond of dress; his boots were so well varnished that the polish now in use could not surpass Kelly's blacking in brilliancy; his pantaloons were made of the finest leather, and his coats were inimitable: in short, his dress was considered perfect. His sister held the place of housekeeper to the Custom-house, and when it was burnt down, Kelly was burnt with it, in endeavouring to save his favourite boots." Gronow went on to describe how Beau Brummell and other dandies vied to secure the services of his valet. A full report of the Custom House fire can be found in the appendix to the Annual Register for 1814, p13. The fire was on 12.2.1814 and Kelly died from his injuries, added to complaints he had incurred during military service, on 23.2.1814 and was buried with his parents at St Margarets Westminster on 3.3.1814, aged 41. He had been promoted to Major General in 1813 but the report referred to him as Colonel Kelly. Eleanor King Kelly, her sister, and her brother Captain Hinton Kelly, all escaped, though "almost naked", and the Colonel was reported as saving his sister (rather than his boots). Two orphan girls Miss Kelly had taken on as servants perished in the flames. On 5.9.1820 Miss Kelly's sister Susan Barbara married George Bartholomew Pocock of York Street, Marylebone at All Hallows, Barking, and her husband was knighted (as Captain of Gentleman Pensioners) on 8.8.1821. See Griggs, Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, letters 1578, 1579, 1586 and 1609 for Coleridge's hopes of a sinecure as Paymaster to the Gentleman Pensioners in which Sir George Pocock is referred to as Mrs Aders' brother in law (not to be confused with Sir George Pocock 1765-1840). George Bartholomew Pocock was son of Thomas Pocock gent of Langley Farm, Hampstead Norris, Berkshire whose will was proved PCC 1831 and who had married Ann Bartholomew at Aldworth, Berks on 30.10.1775. In the 1851 census the Pococks were living at York Street and Lady Pocock's age was given as 74, born St George Somerset. However her burial record on 26.3.1854 gave her age as "about 86". The will of Eleanor King Kelly PCC 1835 and dated 3.3.1830 mentioned among others her brother in law Sir George Pocock, her first cousin Capt William Kelly of Stilton, Hunts, her cousin James Kelly, her 2nd cousin Eleanor King Kelly, her niece Eleanor King Kelly, and Mrs Ley of Half Moon St, and said "to my heart felt sorrow I fear I shall die insolvent but it is a comfort to my soul that it is not from any extravagance of my own but the wish to save a Brother which after ruining myself I failed in doing". The brother was probably Redmond Hinton, who had obtained a BA at ChristChuch Oxford in 1801, and served in Surinam in 1804 as Lt in 64th Regt of foot, became Captain 1810, went on half pay in 1817, and sold out his half pay in 1825 (Westminster Alumni) where it also said he died in 1831, but a Redmond Hinton Kelly was discharged from the Kings Bench debtor's prison on 18.12.1833. For the other brother Montagu Henry kelly, see his entry. Eleanor King Kelly was buried at St Dunstan in the East in 1835 her age given as 73 (FindMyPast record, original not seen)