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1705-1726 - Charing Cross (Westminster)

Courtier and sallonière Adelaide Talbot was born Adelaide Paleotti on 24 July 1660 in Bologna, the daughter of Marquis Andrea Paleotti. She was the widow of Count Roffeni who was said to be in the service of Queen Christina of Sweden. In 1705, she married Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury in Augsburg. He claimed to have converted her to Protestantism.

On the accession of George I, she became Lady of the Bedchamber to the Princess of Wales, a position which she retained till her death in June 1726. She assembled a salon of Italian friends at Warwick House, Charing Cross, which was the family residence. She was both liked and criticised for her eccentric, often exuberant behaviour at court. She died in June 1726.

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