Margaret King Moore

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  • Anne Markey (Dublin City University)

Margaret King, the second child and eldest daughter of Robert, Earl of Kingsborough, and his wife, Caroline, née Fitzgerald, was born in Henrietta Street, Dublin on 24 October 1772 (McAleer: 19). Her parents’ marriage was a strategic one, designed to unite the fortunes and lands of two powerful Anglo-Irish families, and the relationship between the earl and his wife was always fraught, eventually ending in the late 1790s in estrangement and separation (Todd, 2003a: 126). Shortly after Margaret’s birth, the King family removed to London, from where Lord and Lady Kingsborough set off on a tour of the continent in 1773, leaving behind Margaret and her brother in the care of a nurse and household servants. In later life she recalled:

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Markey, Anne. "Margaret King Moore". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 January 2013
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

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