Portrait of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (1787), oil painting, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK. Wikimedia commons.

Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire

Georgiana Cavendish, fifth Duchess of Devonshire captivated late eighteenth-century society with her youth, charm and high rank. Her epistolary novel The Sylph explores the relationship between high society, sociability and suicide.
Portrait of James VII & II, National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

James, Duke of York and Albany (and court culture in Edinburgh)

This entry explains how the stay of James, Duke of York and Albany, and his court in Edinburgh (1679-1682) changed some of the forms of sociability. Indeed, it refashioned a royal court in the Scottish capital at a time when the merchant class had come to be the elite.