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Paul Brewster   Link to this

L&M: "Sidney [1650-1727], the second (and favourite) son, was given what his father called 'a liberal breeding' -- his schooling in Paris 1661-4, a Grand Tour of the Continent 1669-71, and in between a spell in Madrid at the embassy. He served in the army as an ensign and sat for Huntingdon in the first Exclusion Parliament. He took the name Wortley-Montagu on marrying a Yorkshire heiress, and lived on her estates for most of his life. His daughter-in-law Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu has a description of him wearing 'a huge flapped hat, seated majestically in his elbow chair, talking very loud and swearing boisterously at his servants'."

Sjoerd   Link to this

After reading that the three Montagu boys Sidney, Oliver and John were sent to the Pepys household on August 13th
(http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/08/13/ ) to escape a smallpox outbreak, it is very interesting to find out that

- the Lady Mary Wortley-Montague already mentioned above, Sidney's future daughter-in-law, was scarred in the face by small-pox herself when young

- and maybe partly for that reason was very interested to find out - while living in Turkey as an ambassador's wife - the turkish habit of "inoculating" children in a primitive way.

- that she promoted this inoculation in Britain and had her two sons (Sidney's grandchildren) inoculated this way, one in Turkey and one in Britain.

See Vicente's entry on Smallpox

http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/363/
http://www.foundersofscience.net/lady_mary_mont...

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