Royal Nursery: Miss Frances Garth

‘Lady Dashwood, as governess, was supported by Miss Frances Garth, whose pedigree was considered by the King and the Queen to be impeccable. This was surprising, for by one of the strange anomalies to be met with in this family, she was the niece of General Thomas Garth, who, when Equerry to the King, had a love affair with his daughter Princess Sophia and got her with child.When Miss Garth was engaged as sub-governess, the Queen wrote to the Prince of Wales, ‘Her appearance is neat and clean, not offensive in her manners but modest and pleasing, not befeathered, nor any inclinations to get into the great world.’ If only she knew of what Glenbervie called ‘the supposed royal connection’, she certainly did not take advantage of it. The only criticism we hear of this admirable lady is that she was ‘lacking in firmness’, which as Charlotte grew from baby to child, was necessary in dealing with her.’
[an extract from ‘Prinny’s Daughter: A Biography of Princess Charlotte of Wales’ by Thea Home]
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Picture: The Old Manor, Puddletown, Dorset where General Thomas Garth lived with his son. According to Wikipedia, ‘Garth rented Ilsington House at Puddletown, which was often visited by the royal family en route for Weymouth’. Picture taken from http://www.westcountrytiling.com/photos/gallery/large/new/47.jpg

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