Love and Marriage at Berrington Hall

The drawing room at Berrington Hall

We've been busy delving into the archives at Berrington and have made some romantic discoveries of tales of love and loss...

Martha Drummond

Mrs Martha Drummond was the second born daughter of Thomas and Ann Harley of Berrington Hall. On 30 November 1779, Martha married George Drummond of Stanmore, son of Robert Hay-Drummond, the Archbishop of York.

The engagement itself took place at a hunting party at Berrington Hall. Records show George was very fond of Martha and he sent the following letter to his uncle upon their engagement:

‘I hope this will find you in the midst of your rural amusements at Cadland. I have also had my amusements at Berrington, but they have not consisted…in the destruction of many hares or partridge, yet in my opinion in pursuit of much better game, in short, everything here has turned out agreeable to my wishes, Miss Harley has consented and I am made happy’.

The couple had three children together, George, Andrew and Henrietta. Tragically Martha died in the summer of 1788 followed by George less than a year later; both just 31 years old. 

Lady Anne Rodney

Born on 13 May 1759, Anne was the third daughter of Thomas and Ann Harley. Thomas was said to have encouraged an alliance with George Rodney, son of Naval hero Admiral Lord Rodney who sent his son the following letter;

‘When you see Mr Harley, who is a very old acquaintance, remember me to him and, my dear George, if your heart is touched by either of his daughters, indulge the flame, she is of a great and noble family’.

George did in fact fall for Anne Harley and the couple married in 1781. Together they produced 14 children though sadly, only half survived.  On Thomas Harley’s death, George and Anne inherited Berrington and divided their time between here and the Rodney family seat-Old Alresford in Hampshire where both Anne and George were both laid to rest upon their death.