Georgian Society for East Yorkshire

The most remarkable woman in the kingdom

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Thursday, 21st April 1814

Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts, was born 207 years ago today as Angela Georgina Burdett. She was the daughter of Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Baronet and Sophia, daughter of banker Thomas Coutts. In 1837 she became the wealthiest woman in England when she inherited her grandfather's fortune of nearly three million pounds. She spent her fortune on philanthropy; one of her first charities, co-founded with Charles Dickens, was a home for young women who had "turned to a life of immorality".

Edward VII is reported to have described her as: "After my mother, the most remarkable woman in the kingdom."

She died in 1906.

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