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1814: Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts – The Richest Heiress in Victorian England

1814: Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts – The Richest Heiress in Victorian England
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  • Historical event
  • 21 April 1814
  • Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts was the only woman in the Victorian era in the UK who held the title of Baroness because of her merits, and not because of marriage or attachment to the royal dynasty.

The wealthy English girl Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts was born on this day in 1814.

She donated a lot of money to charities, so Queen Victoria gave her the title of Baroness (Baroness BurdettCoutts).

Therefore, Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts was the only woman in the Victorian era in the UK who became a member of aristocracy due to her merits, rather than her marriage or attachment to the royal dynasty.

Politician Sir Francis Burdett was her father, and her mother belonged to Coutts family, the wealthy banking family (the owners of the Coutts & Co, which is a private bank).

Apparently, Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts was the richest heiress in England and throughout the UK. Therefore, she became the richest person in the UK when she inherited that wealth (considering that she was “personally” rich, not her husband).

She was a philanthropist and sponsored many institutions, especially those helping children and other people in need.

She also sponsored many churches, and advocated nonviolence towards animals. She died at the age of 92, and was buried in the famous Westminster Abbey in London.

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