Related family members
The lives of the Thoroton family in the second half of the 18th century were intimately bound up with the family of the Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle. Thomas Thoroton (1723-1794) married Roosilia, daughter of the 3rd Duke by his long-term mistress, 'Mrs Drake'. The Duke and Mrs Drake lived together openly for 45 years, and Thomas and Roosilia also usually lived with the Duke at Belvoir Castle or Rutland House. The Duke left estates in Leicestershire and Yorkshire, and Rutland House in London, to his natural son Captain Edward Manners, Roosilia's brother.
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