Revealed: How a lustful 18th century lord fathered 43 children with at least nine mistresses and let them live with him in his stately home
- Third Earl of Egremont, George Wyndham, will feature in upcoming series of The Secrets of the National Trust
- Show, presented by Alan Titchmarsh, will explore his domestic arrangements
- Wyndham, born in 1751, was son of Charles Wyndham, the 2nd Earl of Egremont
A lustful lord who fathered 43 children with at least nine mistresses will be revealed in the upcoming series of The Secrets of the National Trust.
The show will see presenter Alan Titchmarsh enter the grounds of Petworth House in West Sussex and explore the mysterious 18th century figure who became the lord of the iconic stately mansion.
Alongside his lustful ways, the third Earl of Egremont, George Wyndham, also had a rather peculiar living arrangement which saw most of his children and their respective mothers reside in the same household.
George Wyndham, who fathered 43 children, had an interesting living arrangement which saw most of his children and his mistresses live under the same roof
Presenter Alan Titchmarsh will enter the grounds of Petworth House in West Sussex and explore the mysterious 18th century figure -the third Earl of Egremont
Describing the dramatic first episode on Channel 5, Titchmarsh told The Sunday Express: ‘This was no ordinary stately mansion.
‘Egremont, known as George Wyndham, made his own rules, fathering a reputed 43 children, remarkably having many of them living here with him.
‘They were most unusual domestic arrangements.’
Wyndham, who was born in 1751, was the son of Charles Wyndham, the second Earl of Egremont and Alicia Maria von Brühl, is said to have displayed behaviour that was typical one many affluent men from the era.
It is also believed the young Wyndham entered a relationship with the then high society It girl Lady Melbourne, known as Elizabeth Lamb, whose extra-marital led to her being compared to the scheming siren Marquise de Merteuil from Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Historians say Wyndham went on to father three of Lady Melbourne’s six children – William in 1779, Frederick in 1782 and Emily in 1787.
Wyndham, who was born in 1751, lived in Petworth House, which lies in the scenic hills in South Downs
The affluent lord is also believed to have had dalliances with Mademoiselle Rosaline Duthe
As the lord’s mysterious story begins to unravel in the episode, avid viewers will see how the wealthy figure garnered the attention of an Italian opera singer before leaving her for the French courtesan Mademoiselle Duthé.
The courtesan was known for her dalliances with French kings and the nobility.
In 1801 the earl went on to marry his favoured mistress Elizabeth Ilive- who he shared eight children with.
He died at his home in 1837 at the age of 85.
Petworth House, which lies in the scenic hills in South Downs, was built in 1682 and comprises of grand state rooms and a myriad of paintings and sculptures.
The house also saw the renowned painter and friend to Wyndham, JMW Turner, whose iconic paintings include one of Petworth Park, spend many hours with the third Earl of Egremont inside the estate.
Wyndham’s life will be retold in the news series of The Secrets of the National Trust set to air on Channel 5 next month.
The earl also entered a relationship with the then high society It girl Lady Melbourne, known as Elizabeth Lamb
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