Characters and place names

by Michael G Williamson

Anthony Trollope originally intended that The Duke’s Children should be a comprehensive conclusion of the Palliser Series and also indulged his well-loved preference for re-introducing characters and place-names from previous novels. The list below includes all the characters, together with some of the significant place-names appearing in the book together with references to novels in which they also appear (in italics). A key to the novels referred to can be found at the end of the index.


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AULD REEKIE

AMAZON, Miss:

The BALDFACED STAG:

BEARGARDEN CLUB: A rather bohemian gentlemen’s club thought to be loosely based on the Savage Club.

BEESWAX, Sir TIMOTHY: Conservative MP and Leader of the House of Commons during Lord Drummond’s period as Prime Minister. His wife, Lady BEESWAX and daughter. PM

BEEVOR, Mrs ARTHUR de:

BLOGOWNIE and TOODLEM MINES

The BOBTAILED FOX:

BONCASSEN, EZEKIEL and Mrs BONCASSEN: An American Scholar and his wife visiting England to use the resources of the British Museum. Their daughter, ISABEL. Eventually settled in Brook St.

BRAKE HUNT:

BRENTFORD, the Earl of:

BUBBS, Mr and his wife, Mrs BUBBS:

BULLOCK, Mr MARLEY: a ruined race-horse owner.

BURGH, Mr Herbert:

BUTTERCUP, :Lord: son of the Earl of Woolantallow. A Junior Minister

CAMBORNE, The Earl of:

CANTRIP, Countess of: Wife of the Earl.

CANTRIP, Earl of: Liberal politician of London and Custins in Dorset. Two married daughters. PF, PR, PM

CAPULET, The Marchioness of:

CARBOTTLE, Mr:

CARLTON HOUSE TERRACE (or CARLTON TERRACE) The London home of the Dukes of Omnium.

CARSTAIRS, Sir SIMON:

CASSEWARY, MISS (MISS CASS): Distant cousin and companion to Lady Mabel Grex.

CASSEWARY, Revd Mr: of the Parish of STOGPINGUM, Barsetshire.

CHILTERN, Violet, Lady: nee Effingham. Wife of Lord Chiltern.

CHILTERN, Lord: Eldest son of the Earl of Brentford

CLANFIDDLE, Countess and her daughter, Lady VIOLET:

CLORAL, MR: Chemist at Silverbridge.

COALHEAVER: A colt

COALITION: a filly held in joint partnership by Lord Silverbridge and Major Tifto.

COMFORT and CRIBALL, Messrs: of Crasham Court, Crutched Friars. Moneylenders

COURCY, Lady Rosina de:

CREAM CHEESE: A colt

CRUMBLEWIT, Sir Oliver: President of the Phrenological Society

CRUMMIE-TODDIE: A grouse moor in the west of Perthshire.

CUSTINS: The country seat of the Earl and Countess of Cantrip.

DOBBES, Mr REGINALD: A sportsman.

DROUGHT, Sir ORLANDO: Conservative MP. PR, PM, TWWLN

DRUMMOND, Lord: Conservative MP and later Prime Minister. PR, PM

DU BOUNG, MR: Brewer and local Liberal Politician of Silverbridge. PM

ERLE, BARRINGTON MP:

FAWN, Viscount:   and his young wife, Lady FAWN

FINN, Mrs MARIE: Formerly Madame Max Goestler, Wife of Phineas Finn.

PF, ED, PR, PM

FINN, PHINEAS MP: Liberal politician of Park Lane and a country house in Surrey. PF, PR, PM

FISHKNIFE: Winner of the Derby.

FITZGERALD, BURGO: First love of Lady Glencora.

FLETCHER, ARTHUR MP: Conservative MP for Silverbridge. PM

FOTHERGILL, Mr:

FOWLER: Huntsman of the Brake Hunt

GATHERUM CASTLE: The principal seat of the Dukes of Omnium in Barsetshire.

GEORGE, Lord MP: Conservative Politician

GLASSLOUGH, Lord: Member of the Beargarden Club.

GLOMAX, Captain:

GOTOBED, Mr: An American Senator and Minister. His wife, Mrs GOTOBED

GREEN, Captain: Major Tifo’s ‘inferior’ friend.

GRESHAM, Mr: The most significant Liberal Prime Minister during the Palliser Series. Possibly based on William Gladstone? PF, ED, PR, PM

GREX, Earl of: of Belgrave Square and the estate of Grex in Yorkshire

GREX, Lady Mabel: Only daughter of the Earl Grex. Second cousin to Frank Tregear.

GREX, Lord PERCIVAL: Only son and heir of Earl Grex

GREY, JOHN:

GREY, ALICE: nee Vavasour.

GRIFFIN, Mr GREEN

GWYNNE, Dr: Master of Lazarus College, Oxford BT

HARNAGE, Mr: Lord Gerald’s tutor at Trinity College, Cambridge.

HARRINGTON HALL:

HINDES, Mr JACK

THE HORNS: Residence of the Palliser family in Richmond on the River Thames.

JAWSTOCK, Mr JEREMIAH: of Juniper Lodge, Staines.

JONES, Mrs MONTACUTE: Wife of a rich industrialist and a leading Society hostess. With properties in Grosvenor Place, London, Gloucestershire, Roehampton and Killancodlem in Perthshire. IHP

JOSEPH:

KILLANCODLEM: Mrs Montacute Jones’ house in Scotland. IHP

LAZARUS COLLEGE, Oxford: BT

LENNOX, Revd SOMERSET: Lord Gerald’s private tutor.

LONGSTAFFE, ADOLPHUS (DOLLY): Son of Adolphus Longstaffe, Squire of Caversham. Member of the Beargarden Club. TWWLN

LUPTON, Mr MP: Conservative Politician. TWWLN

MACLEAN, Mr: A tutor at Trinity College, Cambridge.

MASTER of TRINITY COLLEGE, Cambridge,

MATCHING PRIORY: The Yorkshire country home of the Palliser family.

MAULE, Mr GERALD: and his wife, Mrs ADELAIDE MAULE, nee Palliser

MELROSE: A horse owned by Lord Silverbridge.

MIDLOTHIAN, Countess of: Related to both Lady Glencora and Alice Vavasour and who interferes in respect of both their marriages. CYFH

MILDMAY, Mr WILLIAM MP: Former Liberal Prime Minister.

MONOGRAM, Sir DAMASK: an impoverished sporting baronet. TWWLN, PM

MONK, Mr JOSHUA MP: Liberal Politician. Chancellor of the Exchequer in both the Omnium and Gresham governments. PF, PR,

MONTAGUE, Countess

MORETON, MR : Agent to the Duke of Omnium.

NEWCOMB, Mr:

NIDDERDALE, Lord: Cousin to Glencora, Duchess of Omnium and heir to the Marquis of Aukl Reekie. Married to the younger daughter of Lord Cantrip. WWLN

OMNIUM, Duchess of: Now deceased. Formerly Lady Glencora M’Cluskie and a great heiress of her father, The Lord of the Isles. SH, CYFH, PF, ED, MM, PR, PM

OMNIUM, Duke of: Plantagenet Palliser. Principal seat at Gatherum Castle, Barsetshire; also Matching Priory, Yorkshire, The Horns, Richmond and Carlton House Terrace in London. Former Liberal Prime Minister of a coalition government between the Conservatives (Tories) and Liberals (Whigs). SH, CYFH, PF, ED, PR, PM

OMNIUM, the former Duke of: Now deceased. Uncle of the present Duke. FP, DT, SH, CYFH, PF, ED, PR, PM

PALLISER, Lord Gerald: Younger son of the Duke of Omnium

PALLISER, Sir Guy:

PALLISER, Jeffrey: Cousin to Plantagenet Palliser and next heir to the Dukedom should Plantagenet’s line fail. Country house in Gloucestershire. CYFH

PALLISER, Mrs Jeffrey: Wife to Jeffrey Palliser.

PALLISER, Lady MARY: Only daughter of the Duke of Omnium.

PEOPLE’S BANNER:

PEPPERMINT: A Jockey.

PINEBOTT: The Conservative attorney at Polpenno.

PLAYFAIR, Sir HENRY:

POOK, Mr: Horse trainer to Lord Silverbridge.

POLPENNO:

POPPLECOURT, Lord: of the estate of Popplecourt. A racing peer and politician sitting in the Lords.

PRIME MINISTER: A colt held in joint partnership by Lord Silverbridge and Major Tifto.

PROBY: A Cambridge undergraduate.

QUOUSQUE: Defeated horse at the Derby.

RABBIT, DICK: First Whip of the Brake Hunt.

RAMSDEN, Lord: Conservative Shadow Chancellor. PM

RATLER, Mr MP: The Liberal Whip in the House of Commons.

ROBY, Mr THOMAS MP: The Conservative Whip in the House of Commons

ROPER, Mr: Conservative politician

RUNNYMEDE HUNT:

RUNKS: son of Old RUNKS, Veterinary from Rufford.

ST BUNGAY, Duke of: Now an elderly but wise and significant supporter of the Liberal Party. He has a Duchess and two, daughters, Ladies Adelaide and Flora Fitzhoward. His residences include St James’ Square, London and the country estate of Longroyston. CYFH, PF, ED, PR, PM

SARCINET: A spotted chestnut mare

SEVENKINGS, Mr EZEKIEL: An American Poet.

SCHOTZDAM, Madame : A singer

SILVERBRIDGE, Earl of: Plantagenet Palliser. Elder son of the Duke of Omnium. Referred to as ‘Silver’ by his brother. CYFH, PF, PM

 SILVERBRIDGE. The second most significant borough in Barsetshire. Originally a pocket borough in the gift of the Dukes of Omnium. Held as a Liberal Member of Parliament by Plantagenet Palliser before he succeeded to the Dukedom. Then by John Grey and Arthur Fletcher. SH, CYFH, PM

SLOBODY, Sir SIMON:

SOLOMON: A bookmaker

SPOONER, Mr TOM: of Spoon Hall, and his wife, Mrs SPOONER nee Leatherside.

SPROTTLE, Mr: Mr Boncassen’s Secretary.

SPROUT, MR: Bootmaker and local Conservative politician of Silverbridge. PM

SPRUGEON, MR: Ironmonger and local Conservation politician of Silverbridge. PM

STIRLING, Lord:

STOGPINGUM:

STUFFA, Mdlle: The ‘nightingale of the season’. Married to Mr Thomas Jones.

SUNFLOWER: A colt

TEMPEST, Revd Dr MORTIMER: Rector of Silverbridge LCB

TIFTO, MAJOR T: of Tally-Ho Lodge near Egham in Surrey. Master of the Runnymede Hunt.

 TOPPS, Mr MAHOGANY:

 TREGEAR, FRANCIS (FRANK) OLIPHANT: The younger son of Squire Tregear and his second wife of the estate of Polwenning, near Polpenno, Cornwall. Cousin of the Earl of Grex, Has rooms in Duke St.

TREGEAR, Miss: Frank’s older half sister

TREGEAR, Squire: of the estate of Polwenning and his wife Mrs TREGEAR. Parents of Frank. Squire Tregear also has a son and daughter by his previous marriage.

TRUMPETON WOOD:

TURVEYDROP, Mr: Professor of Deportment

TYBALT, Lord:

UFFORD AND RUFFORD HUNT:

VANSINOFF, General: A Dutch traveller.

VILLIERS, Mr GILBERT: A racing man.

WALKER, Mr GEORGE: Attorney at Silverbridge LCB

WARBURTON, Mr:

WEAZELING, Lord: Liberal Lord Chancellor. PR, PM

WILLIAMS, Revd Mr:

WOOLANTALLOW, the Earl of:

 

Key to novels referred to above

 AS              THE AMERICAN SENATOR

BT              BARCHESTER TOWERS

CYFH         CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?

DT               DOCTOR THORNE

ED               THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS

FP               FRAMLEY PARSONAGE

IHP             IS HE POPENJOY?

LCB           THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET

MM           MISS MACKENZIE

PF              PHINEAS FINN

PM             THE PRIME MINISTER

PR              PHINEAS REDUX

SH              THE SMALL HOUSE AT ALLINGTON

WWLN       THE WAY WE LIVE NOW