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Biography - Major General, Sir Robert Orby Hunter

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Re: Biography - The Irrepressable, “Kitty Hunter” (1740-1795).

Brian Hunter (View posts)
Posted: 16 May 2006 4:20PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Hunter, Clarke


The Orby Hunter dynasty graced, English upper-class society in 18th century .
Catherine Elizabeth Orby Hunter, or “Kitty Hunter” as she was popularly known, was born, during the reign of George, the second. She was the most unforgettable member of that family.

As a young woman “Kitty” was idolized, by London’s fashionable society. She enchanting them with her vitality and captivating beauty. Her likeness was captured by some of Britain’s most talented artists, including Sir Joshua Reynolds Later she scandalized that same society with her daring, amoral behaviour. As a young woman, she became the mistress of two leading Earls, of the realm .and bore a child to each.. But memories were short and society forgave her indiscretions, when at the age of thirty, she married a distinguished army officer with whom she had two more children.

.“Kitty” had an impressive pedigree. Her father was Sir Thomas Orby Hunter, Bart. Member of Parliament for Winchelsea and a Commissioner of the Admiralty, Her mother, Mary Hemming, the firsat wife of Thomas Orby hunter, died when kitty was nine years old.. Her paternal grandfather, General Sir Robert Hunter, was the first Governor of the Palintate of New York, then later Governor of Jamaca. Sir Robert Hunter was the grandson of Robert Hunter, 20th Laird of Hunterston. Kitty’s paternal grandmother, Lady Elizabeth Orby, was the daughter of Sir Thomas Orby . Lord of the manor of Crowland . Lady Elizabeth’s first husband Brigadier General, Lord Hay of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, who died in 1706.

Early in 1760, when Kitty was twenty-two, she had a passionate affair with a married man, Henry Herbert, 10th Earl of Pembroke and 7th Earl of Montgomery. (1734 –1794) He was the Colonel of the 1st Regiment of Dragoons Guards. Henry had returned from Germany Jan 1762, immediately met and fell for Kitty, they eloped to the Low Countries (him disguising himself as a sailor), but he was recalled by the Army. Kitty returned to England, already pregnant, and gave birth 1762, By March 1763, a remorseful Henry Herbert returned to the family home, for a concilliatary reunion with his wife, Lady Elizabeth Spencer, daughter of the third Duke of Malborough.

The child was baptised Augustus Retnuh Reebkomp. ( Retnuh = Hunter spelled backwards) and Reebkomp an anagram of Pembroke

Latter that year, Kitty became the mistress of a naval officer. Augustus John Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, a friend of Captain Cook. He became Colonel of the Plymouth Division of Marines in 1762. Kitty’s second child Augustas Henry Hervey, known as "Little Augustus, was born in 1764. Augustus John Hervey, returned to his wife and died without surviving, legitimate issue.

.In 1770 “Kitty” married, Alured Clarke , Colonel of the 7th Foot, later he became Field Marshall, Sir Alured Clarke, K.G.C.B. (Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath),.

‘Kitty’ Lady Catherine Elizabeth Alured Clarke died, a widow, in London in 1795
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