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Duke only outlived her a few months, dying in 1723 at the age
of fifty-one. The Duke was buried in Henry VII. 's chapel in
Westminster Abbey, but in 1750 his body was moved to the
vault under Our Lady's Chapel in the Cathedral at Chichester.
On a tablet at the end of this vault is this inscription : —

" Sibi et suis posterisque eorum hoc Carolus Richmond dive ; Sivi nias
et Albiniaci dix anno erve christianae mdccl. Hoce est domus ultima."

The concluding words gave rise to the following epigram : —

" Did he, who thus inscribed this wall.
Not read, or not believe, St. Paul r
Who says there is — where'er it stands —
Another house not built with hands ;
Or may we gather from these words.
That house is not a house — for Lords ! "

The Real Louise de Keroualle

Although the Duchess of Portsmouth lost her son and his
wife, she survived to see many of her grandchildren and great-
grandchildren, and she always took the keenest interest in their
matrimonial alliances. In 1722 we find her writing about the
marriage of her son's second daughter, Lady Anne Lennox, who
married the following year William Anne Keppel, second Earl
of Albemarle, by whom she became the mother of fifteen chil-
dren ; and the Duchess of Portsmouth, on her last visit to
England, saw her three great-grandsons, the young Keppels,
who were destined to distinguish themselves a few years later
at the capture of the Havana.

But most of all was she interested in her grandson, Charles,
second Duke of Richmond. She had been greatly pleased that his
birth should have occurred on the 29th May (1703), and she
was much taken up about his marriage — arranged so prosaically
and ending so poetically. Like his mother, the first Duke of
Richmond was an inveterate gambler ; he won an immense sum
from Lord Cadogan, that distinguished cavalry officer who fought
with Marlborough. Lord Cadogan could not pay, but he had
two daughters, co-heiresses of the fortune of their mother, who
was a Dutch heiress, daughter of John MOnter of Amsterdam,^
and it was agreed that the gambling debts should be cancelled
if Lord Cadogan gave his eldest daughter. Lady Sarah Cadogan,
as a wife to the Duke's eldest son. Accordingly, as the story
goes, the young Lord March, who was eighteen years of age, was
brought from college, and Lady Sarah, aged thirteen, from her
nursery, for the ceremony. The bride was silent and astonished,
but the bridegroom exclaimed, "Surely you are not going to
marry me to that dowdy ! " Married, however, he was, and directly

^ Margaretta Cecilia Miinter was married to Lord Cadogan at the French
Church at The Hague in 1704.


^lU clODi [(EV KNEr.LER, pi,nx.

Anne, 1st Duchess of Richmoxd.
(From the painting in possession of the Duke of Richmond)


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