The Austens and the Real Morlands of Court Lodge

4 October 2019 4:00pm

The Otago English and Linguistics Seminar series for semester 2, 2019 continues this week with a presentation by Dr. Heather Dyke, whose talk is entitled, “The Austens and the Real Morlands of Court Lodge.” 

Dr. Heather Dyke is a lecturer in Philosophy in Otago. She emphasises that this presentation is more literary and historical than philosophical!, and describes the subject as follows:

I briefly outline the history of my family, the Morland family, from 1733, when they took ownership of Court Lodge in Lamberhurst, Kent, to the generation of that family contemporary with Jane Austen. One member of that generation, Margaretta Morland, married Col. Thomas Austen, Jane’s second cousin. I explore the connections between Jane and Thomas’s branch of the Austen family, and the connections between the Austens and the Morlands. I show that the latter connections run far deeper than had previously been thought, and show that the story of these connections is one that would not have been out of place in one of Austen’s novels.

The seminar meets as usual in the Castle Lecture Theatre D, at 4.00 p.m. on Friday, 4 October.  


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