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December 13th, 2006 (08:01 pm)
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I'm Charles the Mad. Sclooop.
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

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Posted by: rustica (rustica)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)

There's a certain theme developing here....

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
arthurelaineletr

You could say that... I even said that I was 'feeling papal', but I didn't turn into a pontiff - but which one? Alexander VI?

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)

Hahaha I am a DIFFERENT NUTTER to all the rest of you

I'm William John Cavendish-Bentinck-Scott, the Fifth Duke of Portland!
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

Posted by: rustica (rustica)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)

*wants to know what the write-up is for the madness of the 5th Duke*

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)

You are William John Cavendish-Bentinck-Scott, the Fifth Duke of Portland!

Sometime Marquis of Tichfield, Earl of Portland, Viscount Woodstock, Baron of Cirencester, co-heir to the Barony of Ogle and renowned as the finest judge of horseflesh in England, you took the tradition of aristocratic eccentricity to unprecedented heights. Having inherited the stately home of Welbeck Abbey, you proceeded to construct miles of underground tunnels and a ballroom, in pink, beneath it. The ballroom was complete except for one small detail. It had no floor. Despite this vast home, you lived exclusively in a suite of five rooms, each one also pink.

Having been turned down by your opera singer objet d'amour, Adelaide Kemble, in your youth, you suffered a broken heart and never married. This did not stop you from caring deeply about the wellbeing of your servants. Occasionally you would even help them muck out the stables. However, you did not neglect discipline, forcing disobedient underlings to skate themselves to exhaustion on your subterranean skating rink. Servants were given strict instructions regarding conduct: if they met you in a corridor, they were to ignore your existence while you froze to the spot until they were out of sight; and a chicken was to be kept roasting at all times in case you felt like sneaking into the kitchen for a snack.

You became ever more eccentric with age. You built another tunnel, this time to the railway station, through which you would ride your carriage. When you reached the station your carriage, with you inside, would be hoisted up onto the train in its entirety.

Upon your death, your multitude of titles passed to your cousin, who was obliged to delve into your curious domain to find your body once the servants had reported your absence. Entering your private rooms, he found that, aside from a commode in the centre of your bedroom, the only objects in the whole suite were hundreds of hatboxes, each containing a single brown wig.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
parrot

I'm certain that his surname was Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck rather than Cavendish-Bentinck-Scott, though I know where they found the erroneous form.

How did the writers justify associating you with the great tunnel-builder?

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)

Bloody hell, the locals round here are a bit intellectually demanding! I dunno.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)

Ah, David Archer's ancestor! ;-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)

Well, predecessor. Tim Bentinck is descended from the younger half-brother of the first duke of Portland, who was the second earl of Portland. This younger half-brother (who spent most of his life in the Netherlands and was prime minister to the princes of Orange in the 1740s and 1750s) was not in remainder to the dukedom when it was created in 1716, but was in remainder to the earldom, created in 1689. When the ninth and last duke died in 1990, his very distant cousin, Tim Bentinck's father, succeeded as eleventh earl, and was in due course succeeded by Tim as twelfth earl.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)

Pedant ;-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)

It's what I used to be paid for... ;)/:(

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Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
Re: I am in a club all by myself

Well this is a popular meme, isn't it ;-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
Re: I am in a club all by myself

I think that sally_maria was also a member of the Norton I club, on another occasion.

I like Norton I - given how ramshackle the US government was on the eve of the Civil War, I've always viewed him with a lot of sympathy.

Posted by: wrong but wromantic (sally_maria)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Re: I am in a club all by myself

I got the aforesaid Emperor last time I did this meme - in September 2005. I wonder if it has actually been going round LJ the whole time, or just been resurrected. :-)

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: December 13th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Re: I am in a club all by myself

One of Neil Gaiman's Sandman stories is about Joshua Norton.