John Parker, 1st Earl of Morley (1772-1840) by Thomas Phillips,

RE-SENT FOR HIGHER RES Oil painting on canvas of John Parker, later 1st Earl of Morley (1772-1840) by Thomas Phillips. See SWNS story SWDARCY; A secret sex scandal which gripped Plymouth’s posh Saltram Estate has been uncovered. The lid has finally been lifted on a sensational scandal at Saltram House which involved a divorce trial, adultery and illegitimate children. And the academic who has uncovered it says it makes the likes of Downton Abbey and Poldark “look tame”. The events – involving a man said to be the inspiration behind Pride and Prejudice’s Mr Darcy – are revealed in a new book, Sex, Scandal and the Secret Life of the Country Life. Author Dr Susan Law has uncovered how The Earl of Morley’s divorce trial shocked the public when he sued his wife for adultery.

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