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William Moorhouse and the Prince of Wales scandal
Posted by: Susan Roberts Date: February 09, 2002 at 03:36:22
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I've just discovered that William Septimus de septimo Moorhouse (my great-grandfather born in 1842 in Knottingley,Yorkshire) knew Edward VII,Prince of Wales while they were at Cambridge.Apparently they were involved in a scandal with one of his friends Charles (someone),Edward the Prince of Wales ( and some others) and a woman. William Septimus de septimo Moorhouse was paid 2,ooo pounds to leave the country (to go to Australia) to avoid the scandal and facing court. This seems to be around 1869 or earlier.I suspect the lady accused several of sharing her bed...Edward used to hunt regularly around the forests near Castleford.William was also an excellent horseman.Perhaps they were staying at a country house?His father and grandfather owned /had shares in about 40 ships between them..They were limestone merchants/quarry owners and lived at Marine Villa ,Hill Top , Knottingley.Their residence has been converted into a commercial building. The scandal would have been a real shock, especially as his cousin was the Anglican Bishop James Moorhouse of Melbourne and later Manchester.Has anyone else heard stories of this scandal?

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