Helen Elizabeth Lamont

Helen and her sister Georgina's parents were members of a Scottish gentry eager to shake off the corruption and backwardness of their clans' past and become part of an enlightened British ruling class. However, it would appear that faced with the might of the wealth flooding the New Town from lowland industrialisation, East Indian trade, West Indian plantations, and the prizes of war, even an important clan chief like John Lamont of Lamont could not share in the new society on the basis of a clan chief's traditional income base, tenant farmers on marginal land. Helen found her place in this society by leaving Scotland for Wells, in a part of England with strong connections to Charlotte Chapel.

Lived
c.1782 - 1827
Origin
7 Charlotte Square and Airdlamont
Father
John Lamont of Lamont d.1817. His main income came from the rents of his tenants. He inherited some debts but he increased his financial difficulties by living beyond his means: his son Norman also ran up large debts. In 1809, to provide for his family after his death, he sold an estate for over £40,000, and in 1815 sold his house in Charlotte Square for £3,000, having bought it for £1,800 in 1796. (4)
Mother
Helen Campbell daughter of Duncan Campbell of South Hall. Duncan and Frederica Campbell's father Neill Campbell of Duntroon were on the notorious jury in 1752 made up entirely of Campbells, in a court headed by Lord Justice General Archibald Campbell, Duke of Argyll, which hanged James Stewart of being an accomplice in the murder of Colin Campbell of Glenure; a trial of which Hugh Arnot said, 'This trial points out the propriety of alterations in the criminal law of Scotland'. (3)
Chapel connection
1809 (baptism)
Married on
28 Nov 1806 in South Knapdale
Spouse
John Elliot Porch
Children
John de Courcy (1809), Henry Elliot (d.1830, Midshipman in the Royal Navy then in the British Merchant service then in India), Helena Amelia (m. Alexander Charles Maxwell and moved to Sydney, Australia).
Related to
Georgina Lamont, sister

Sources

  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. Philip Feldman, The Psycology of Crime (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1993)
  4. National Trust for Scotland 'The occupants of the Georgian House' in The Georgian House Teacher's Pack (online accessed 27 July 2011)

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