Borrowed from https://virginiaplantation.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-fashions-of-regency-england-1795-1837/

The Fashions Of Regency England

I found this while researching  my  work-in-progress, which is set in Regency England.  The original blog is from Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast, the birthplace of our fourth president, James Madison.

The author of the blog I’m reposting refers to 1795 – 1837 as the time period “generally accepted” as the Regency era.  Any student of history knows the Regency, strictly speaking, was 1811 – 1820.

“The Regency era in the United Kingdom is generally accepted as the period between 1795 and 1837. Effectively it combines the decline of George III’s rule, the period between 1811 and 1820 when the King was deemed unfit to rule and his son, the Prince of Wales was granted the title of Prince Regent to rule in his father’s name, and the period from 1820 when the Prince Regent became George IV on the death of his father until 1837 when Queen Victoria succeeded to the throne and a new era.”

 

  • George III:  born 1738, reigned 1760 – 1820, died 1820
  • George IV: born 1762, Prince Regent 1811 – 1820, reigned 1820 – 1830, died 1830
  • William IV: born 1765, reigned 1830 – 1837, died 1837
  • Victoria:  born 1819, reigned 1837 – 1901, died 1901

 

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast

Today we have a guest blogger from England. Kevin has written for us before and we love his posts. Last time was about a true English tea. Today we are talking about Fashion of Regency England. This would have been around the time Belle Grove’s main section was built. Seeing this you can image the people walking around Belle Grove after it was built. Just lovely!

Thank you Kevin!

During the last decade 18th Century George III was becoming noticeably more and more deranged. Elsewhere America declared it’s independence and the introduction of the guillotine in France sent shockwaves through the wealthy and privileged classes of Europe.

Marie Antoinette of France -  1778 Marie Antoinette of France – 1778

Miss Constable, 1787 Miss Constable, 1787

Regency Fashion -  1820 to 1850 Regency Fashion – 1820 to 1850

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The Memphis St. Patrick's Parade featured leprechauns and dinosaurs.

St. Patrick’s Parade on Beale Street

Saturday, March 11, 2017, was the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Memphis, TN.  (Okay, they were a little early.)  The official name was the 44th Annual Silky Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  I marched in it as one of the members of the Mid-South Renaissance Faire group.

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This was my favorite parade participant, a Shriner hillbilly car that blew bubbles.

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One of the many musical groups was the Memphis Ukulele Flash Mob.

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The Fire Museum of Memphis sent a firetruck.

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The Mid-South Buccaneers sent a boarding party, er, marching party.

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Not every St. Patrick’s Day Parade can boast of dinosaurs!  The t-rex dancing in the tutu was my son’s favorite part of the parade.  Before the parade began, Good Queen Bess made new friends.  We’re not sure of they’re her new pets or the new royal guard.

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It looks like Jerry Lawler is running for mayor of Memphis again.

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Here’s the Mid-South Renaissance Faire group.  We have a new location this year, at USA Stadium in Millington, TN, so we wanted to make sure people were aware of the Faire.  It will be the last two weekends of August, 8/19-20 and 8/26-27.

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Before and after pictures:  me at the start of the parade, and me after the parade.  By the end, both my hoop skirt and my French hood were slipping. (Please note the green muffin cap beneath my French hood in honor of the day.)  The weather was cool and damp, although luckily the rain stopped in time for the parade.  The stroll was wearying, but we threw many toy coins, rings, and beads to the children along Beale Street.  The youngsters seemed to have a good time, and so did we.

Gramercy to my son Ian, who took all the photos but one, and gramercy to Lauren Rushdi, who took the picture of Queen Elizabeth with the dinosaurs.

Remember, the Mid-South Renaissance Faire will be August 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2017, at USA Stadium in Millington, TN, just off Hwy. 51.  You can buy  autographed copies of my book, R is for Renaissance Faire there, or you can buy unautographed copies through Amazon.

 

The Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh

The Browne Sisters are one of my favorite Celtic music groups, and I was reminded of them the other day by a Celtic Thunder video.  This is odd, because normally it’s Celtic Woman who reminds me of the Browne Sisters.  Technically the name of the band is the Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh, as it consists of sisters Diane Browne, Pamela Browne Logan, Laura Browne-Sorenson, and their cousin, George Cavanaugh.

The other day on Facebook, I saw a video of Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder performing the popular folk song “Spanish Lady.” He did an excellent job, as did the woman dancing with him.  The set was beautiful.  The musicians were superb.  What surprised me was that Celtic Thunder asked on their Facebook page “Here is a fun song for you, anyone heard this one before??”  I was even more surprised when several people said it was new to them, or that they had only learned it from Celtic Thunder’s sister-group, Celtic Woman.  Alex Beaton has performed it.  The Dubliners have performed it.  So have the Irish Rovers, Johnny McEvoy, the Kilkennys, the Irish Tenors, the Whistlin’ Donkeys, and too many other musicians to count.  My personal favorite rendition is by George Cavanaugh and his three cousins, Diane, Pam, and Laura.  It’s on their album Ready for the Storm.  The song itself is roughly 300 years old.  Mind you, Emmet Cahill’s version is now my second favorite.

The Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh | Castle Dangerous     The Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh | West of Home      

Once when we were in the car, playing Castle Dangerous on CD, my daughter said that they sounded like Celtic Woman.  I pointed out that since the Browne Sisters have been performing longer than Celtic Woman has, no, Celtic Woman sounded like them.

The first time I heard the Browne Sisters in person was at the Orange County Highland Games, in Costa Mesa, CA.  My husband and I were still dating then, and we’ve been married more than twenty years, so we’ve been fans of the Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh for quite a while now.  They sing a mixture of Irish and Scottish folk songs, mostly traditional, some contemporary.  They sing a few songs in Gaelic.  When I last saw them perform in person, they said they learned the Gaelic songs phonetically, but it’s been a while.  For all I know they’ve learned to speak Gaelic since then.

They have seven albums, which means they have a lot of good songs.  When I listen to “Black and Tan,” I forget that my Irish ancestors were almost all northern Irish and sing along enthusiastically.  “Silver Darlings” is one of their most popular songs and the title song on their first album.  Their versions of “Follow Me Up to Carlow” and “Queen of Argyll” rival the versions by Wild Oats and other bands.  If I absolutely had to choose a favorite, it would be their album Castle Dangerous, which has some of my favorite songs:  “Gypsies in the Wood,” “The Irish Boy,” “The Gallant Forty-Twa,” “Smugglers,” and “Black is the Color.”


The Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh would be very happy if you bought any of their albums.  They’re available through CD Baby or at any good Highland Games.

Silver Darlings, Castle Dangerous, West of Home, Bringing Down the House, Ready for the Storm, Miles Through the Night, and Christmas Travelers


I would be very happy if you bought any of my books or stories.

R is for Renaissance Faire  (children’s book)

Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid  (four western stories)

Sword and Sorceress #30, containing my story “The Piper’s Wife”  (fantasy)

Colorado Supernatural, containing my story “Thank You, Thad”  (horror)

Barbarian Crowns, containing my stories “Vixen’s Song” and “Two Princes”  (fantasy)


Photo from the Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh’s webpage; used with their kind permission.  Tapadh leibh!