Lady Augusta Murray

Lady Augusta De Ameland (née Murray; 27 January 1761[1] – 4 March 1830) married Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, the sixth son of George III, on 4 April 1793 in Rome. Their union was in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act 1772 because the Prince had not asked his father's permission, and so she was not recognised as his wife.

Lady Augusta Murray
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Born(1761-01-27)27 January 1761
Died4 March 1830(1830-03-04) (aged 69)
Ramsgate, Kent, England
ChildrenAugustus d'Este
Augusta Emma d'Este
Parent(s)John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore
Lady Charlotte Stewart

Early lifeEdit

Lady Augusta was born in Scotland. Her father was John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore and her mother was Lady Charlotte Stewart, a younger daughter of Alexander Stewart, 6th Earl of Galloway.


Lady Augusta secretly married Prince Augustus Frederick, sixth son of King George III, on 4 April 1793, in a Church of England ceremony in her lodgings at Hotel Sarmiento, Rome. They were married again on 5 December 1793 in St George's, Hanover Square, London, using their correct names but without revealing their full identities. Both marriage ceremonies were outside the terms of the Royal Marriages Act 1772 and were annulled in July 1794.

The couple had two children:

Later lifeEdit

For many years Prince Augustus tried to have his marriage to Lady Augusta recognised but eventually he separated from her. On 27 November 1801 the King created him Duke of Sussex, Earl of Inverness, and Baron Arklow. In 1806 Lady Augusta was given royal licence to use the surname De Ameland instead of Murray.[2] She was granted a pension of £4,000 per annum and bought a house in Ramsgate where she created a small estate. Augusta died on 4 March 1830 and is buried in the D'Este mausoleum in the churchyard at St Lawrence in Thanet.[3]

After Lady Augusta's death the Duke of Sussex married Lady Cecilia Underwood.


  1. ^ National Records of Scotland. Old Parish Registers Births. Airth. pp. 469/20 158.
  2. ^ "No. 15966". The London Gazette. 18 October 1806. p. 1364.
  3. ^ Abel Smith, Julia (2020). Forbidden Wife. The History Press. ISBN 978-0-7509-9333-3.

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