Biography and History

Mary Randolph was the daughter of William Hillhouse of Bristol, England, and the wife of Rev. Dr. Francis Randolph, D.D., Cannon of Bristol Rectory of Covent Garden, London. Mary Randolph traveled with her husband when he accompanied the Duke of Kent to live in Amorbach, Germany, in 1818, after he married Victoria Mary Louisa, Princess of Saxe-Coburg. Penelope Sophia Weston Pennington was married to William Pennington, an American colonist who returned to England. When the Randolphs went abroad, they offered the Penningtons their house on Lower Green, with the staff of servants which they left behind. Penelope Pennington was part of the literary world of Hester Lynch Piozzi, Anna Seward, and their circle.

Source: From the finding aid for C1180