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Paul Brewster  •  Link

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

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


Bill  •  Link

Hon. Sidney Montagu assumed the name of Wortley, and was father of Edward Wortley Montagu (husband of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu). He died in 1727.
---Wheatley, 1899.

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