Marguerite Gardiner, neé Power, came from humble farming stock, near Clonmel in County Tipperary. Born in 1789 she went on to become one of the better known writers of her day, chiefly remembered for her work Conversations of Lord Byron.
Her father sold her into an arranged marriage at aged only 15 – to a Captain Maurice St. Leger – from whom she fled after three months. Shortly after his death, Marguerite married Charles Gardiner, Viscount Mountjoy and earl of Blessington.
Her portrait, painted by Thomas Lawrence in 1822, can be seen above. More can be read about her interesting life and times, here.