Inscriptions for Robert and Thomas Bootle on the memorials at Melling Church

Near this place lies interred the body of Robert Bootle Esquire of Lathom in this county who departed this life. May the 7th 1758 aged 64

Being brought up to the sea service. He was employed in several voyages by the honourable East India Company as commander of one of their ships. In which services he so acquitted himself’ That after he had declined the Fatigue of Sea. He was for several years chose one of their Directors. Married Anne, Daughter of Edmund Tooke of London Merchant By whom he had several children but only one survived Mary Married to Richard Wilbraham Esq. Only aSon and Heir of Randle Wilbraham of Rode Hall in the County of Chester Esquire

To the memory of Thomas Bootle Knight

Chancellor to His Royal Highness Frederick late Prince of Wales and Attorney Genreal of the County Palatine of Durham and Member of Parliament.

He departed this life at Oxford the 24th day of December 1753 AE 68

This monument marking the Vault underneath where his remains are deposited was erected by his Brother Robert Bootle Esq.

 The following are pieces from press cuttings over the years:

(See Timelines for dates for these events)

1. The Duke of Connaught, the Duke of Marlborough, Lord Ivor Churchill, Spanish Ambassador and Mme. Merry de Val, Prince Firouz, the Marquis and Marquise de Salamanca, Senor Martinez de Hoz, Prince and Princess Antoine Bibesco and Princess George Bibesco are among the recent visitors to M. Sert’s exhibition of decorative panels  at 43, Old Bond Street, organised by Lady Juliet Trevor in aid of the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, Roehampton. Others include the Countess of Essex, Lady Islington, Lady Ribblesdale, the Earl of Lathom, Lady Dianna Duff.  M. Sert is the designer of the dresses and scenery in Le Astuzie Femminili and was also responsible for the original setting of the Legende de Joseph at Drury Lane.

2. Lady Ludlow – Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, with the Earl of Athlone, and Princes Margaret of Denmark were present last night at the dance given by Lord and Lady Ludlow at Bath House, which was attended by some five hundred guests. The staircase and ballroom were decorated with pink carnations, and ” Lady Love ” roses were used for the supper tables. A marquee for sitting out was erected on the terrace overlooking Piccadilly.

3. The Blue Ball – Only a few boxes for the Blue Ball on Wednesday remain unsold, and there is every prospect that it will prove ntb only one of the most successful, but also one of the most beautiful spectacles ever seen at the Albert Hall. Miss Lydia Kyasht as well as Mme. Pavlova, will appear in special dances.

4. The Duke of Rutland, the Ranee of Sarawak, the Duchess of Palmella, the Earl of Lathom, and Viscountess Northcliffe were among those present last night at the first performance of  the Garden of Allah at Drury Lane. The audience also included Lady Marjoribanks, Lad Lewis, Lady Colefax, Sir Reginald and Lady Brade, Lady Wyndham, Sir John Hare, Lady Price, Sir A. Nelson-Hood, the Hon. Mrs. Guthrie, and the Hon. S. A. Montagu.

5. The Duchess of Somerset, tho Duke and Duchess de Sangro the Earl of Lathom, Viscountess Massereene and Ferrard, Viscountess Curzon, Lady Juliet Trevor, Lord Revelstoke, Lady Lavery, and Mrs. Porgés are among those who will be present tomorrow evening at Princess Obolensky-Yourievsky’s song recital at the Queen’s Hall.

6. King Manoet and Queen Victoria, the latter in brown with flame -coloured toque were present at a concert yeaterday given by Mlle. Marie Antoinette Aussenac, at the Earl of Lathom’s house at 47, Great Cumberland Place. Among those who attended were the Duchess of Portland, Princess Sapieha, Lady Hardinge, Lady Villiers, Lady Bridges, the Hon. Mrs. Mrs. Eric Thesiger, Mrs. Stormonth Darling and Mrs. Harper. The musical programme  arranged bny Mlle Aussenac was a Bach Andante, Lizt’s Vallee d’Obermann, an Impromptu, and a Study by Chopin, some selections by Debussy and Saint-Saens, and Schumann’s Toccata.

7. Laurette and Mrs. Campbell met again. Lord Lathom, a wealthy young bachelor and patron of the theatre, had backed Mrs. Camp­bell in a production of “Madame Sand.” After a brilliant opening for which Lathom had bought the house, there was a party in his home at Great Cumberland Place. The invitations read: “To meet George Sand and her Lovers.”

8. Lester Donahue, noted pianist, described what happened. “Mrs. Pat, in pink velvet with a pink velvet crown on her head, was talk­ing to me in the dining room when Laurette and Hartley arrived. Laurette saw me, but not Mrs. Pat, and sang out, `Hello, Lester. The invitation read to meet Mrs. Pat and her lovers, and I couldn’t resist that!’ Then she swept on upstairs where most of the guests were assembled in the main concert room.

9. Later, Ned Lathom, myself, Laurette and several others were sitting on cushions on the floor. As usual Laurette was being vastly amusing, and we were laughing uproariously when Mrs. Pat came up the stairs. Spying her, Laurette broke off to remark, “Ah, here’s Mrs. Pat. Just like the rain, we know she’s good for the crops, but we hate to see her coming.” There was a quick explosion of laughter. Mrs. Pat, ignoring everyone else, bore directly down on the group.

“What is that horrible woman saying about me now?” she de­manded.

“Ned, the tactful host, immediately made up a story out of whole cloth. But Laurette would have none of it. ‘He’s just trying to be polite,’ she announced. ‘I said no such thing. What I did say was’ – and while the rest of us gaped, she repeated her exact words to Mrs. Campbell.”

“I believe,” concluded Donahue, “it was the only time anyone ever saw Stella Tanner bereft of speech. But she was – just that.”

The Earl of Lathom, Lord Alington, Lady Barbara Seymour, Lady Dianna Duff-Cooper, Lady Churston, Lady Stracey, Lady Russell and Mrs. Benjamin Guiness were among those present last night at the first performance of Madame Sand at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

10. The Countess of Dudley, Earl Fitzwilliam, the Eart of Lathom, Lady Maud Warrender, and Lady Randolph Churchill were among those present last evening at the first performance of Tiger, Tiger at the Strand Theatre. The audience also Baroness d’Erlanger, Lady Kensington, Lady Churston, Lady Diana Duff-Cooper, Lady Lavary, Sir Otto Beit Mr. Henry Arthur Jones and Mr. Somerset Maugham.

11. The Countess of Limerick, Priscilla Countess Annesley, Earl Russell, the Earl of Lathom, Lady Diana Cooper, Sir Eric Hambro, Lady Duke, Sir Henry Newbolt, the Hon. Mrs. McLaren, and the Hon. M. Pickford were among those present at the opening perfomance yesterday of John Ferguson at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.

12. The Earl of Lathom has been appointed as Aide-du-Camp to the Governor of Bombay. Lord Lathom. who only attained his majority last May, has for the past year been serving at the front with the Lancashire Hussars Yeomanry. He is at present home on sick leave, but leaves in about a fortnight to take up his new post.

13. Princess Christian has given her patronage to Miss Lila Field’s second dramatic musical Matinee which takes place on March 3 at the Playhouse (by permission of Mr. Cyril Maude). The programme will include a one act comedy, Plain Fare by Miss Field, and a comedy by Mr.Kinsey Peile, as well as a one-act fairy play performed by children. Among those who are also patronizing and subscribing to the series of matinees are the Portuguese Mïnister, Princess Alexis Dolgorouki , Princess Hatzfeldt, the Duchess of Norfolk, the Duchess of Marlborough, the Earl and Countess of Craven, the Earl and Countess of Clancarty­, the Earl of Lonsdale, the Earl of Lathom, Earl Fitzwilliam, Viscount Tredegar, Lord Elphinstone, Lord Alington, Lady Wantage, the Baroness de Goldsmid, Lady Paget, Lady Watts, and Sir Arthur and Lady Wilshire.

14. Regret has bees caused in Lancashire by the announcement of the Earl of Lathom that he intetnds to close  Lathom House for ten years. It is stated at Lathom however, that this does not mean that the house will be absolutely shut up, but merely that his lordship will reside practically in London, and that he will visit his Lancashire residence only in the summer. Still, it is feared in the district that his action may ultimately result in the closing of the hall.