Lyttelton, Sarah, Baroness Lyttelton (1787 -1870)

Sarah Lyttelton was born Lady Sarah Spencer at the Spencer seat of Althorp in Northamptonshire on 29 July 1787, the eldest daughter of the Whig politician Sir George Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758–1834) and Lady Lavinia Bingham (1762–1831). On 4 March 1813 she married Sir William Henry Lyttelton, 3rd Baron Lyttelton. They had five children, two daughters Caroline and Lavinia, and three sons George, Spencer, and William. She was widowed in 1837, and shortly afterwards was offered the post of lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria. Lady Lyttelton earned the respect of the Queen and the Prince Consort, and in April 1843, she was appointed governess to the royal children, including the Prince of Wales, the future Kind Edward VII. She was also made a Lady of the Bedchamber by Queen Victoria. In 1850, her daughter Lavinia died following the birth of her fourth child, and Lady Lyttelton requested the Queen's permission to resign so that she and her remaining daughter, Caroline, could return to Hagley to care for the motherless children. This was very reluctantly granted. Sarah Lyttelton died at Hagley on 13 April 1870 at the age of 82.
Seat / Residence(s): Hagley Hall
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Lyttelton, Sarah, Baroness Lyttelton (1787 - 1870) (Stamp t008) Monogram: S L
Coronet: Baroness