Davies, Lucy Clementina (DNB00)

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DAVIES, Lady LUCY CLEMENTINA (1795–1879), authoress, was born at the Château of St. Germain, France, on 21 Nov. 1795. Her father, commonly called Lord Leon Maurice Drummond de Melfort (1761–1826), was fourth son of James, third duke of Melfort in France, and would have been thirteenth earl of Perth but for the attainder of his ancestor. Her mother (d. 1824) was Marie Elizabeth Luce de Longuemarre. The claim of her brother, George Drummond, to be heir male of the earls of Perth was admitted by the House of Lords in 1848, and the attainder was reversed in his favour on 28 June 1853, and she herself was granted a patent of precedence as an earl's daughter on 30 Sept. 1853. She was partly educated in Scotland under Miss Playfair, sister of Professor Playfair, and in the various changes of residence of her parents between France and England saw a great deal of life, and at times suffered some hardships. She married, on 8 Sept. 1823, at Marylebone, London, Francis Henry Davies, a registrar of the court of chancery, who died at Coblentz on the Rhine on 22 Oct. 1863, aged 72.

She died at the residence of her son-in-law, John Sale Barker, barrister-at-law, 22 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, London, on 27 April 1879. She was known as a writer by the publication in 1872 of two volumes entitled ‘Recollections of Society in France and England,’ a work which contains much of her family history and very interesting particulars of the court of France under the Bourbons and the Bonapartes.

[Times, 10 May 1879, p. 7; Morning Post, 2 May 1879, p. 5.]

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DAVIES, MARIANNE (1744–1816?), musician, born in 1744, was the daughter of a flautist, and made her first appearance at Hickford's Rooms, Brewer Street, on 30 April 1751, when she played a concerto on the German flute and a concerto by Handel on the harpsichord, besides taking the principal part in a ‘Full Piece for two Flutes’ and orchestra, and singing some songs. At this time her father lived ‘opposite the Golden Leg in Long Acre.’ In 1762 Benjamin Franklin invented a musical instrument consisting of a series of glasses fixed on an axle, which was moved by a treadle, and played and tuned something like ordinary musical glasses. This he called the ‘armonica.’ It is generally said that Franklin was a relation of the Davies family; but this statement is not confirmed by the pedigree of the Franklin family (Sparks, Life and Works of Franklin, i. 546). The instrument, however, seems to have become the sole property of Marianne Davies, and on 18 Feb. 1762 she performed on it in public at ‘the Great Room in Spring Gar-