Emily Augusta Allnatt

Lady Durand (1826–1905)

Emily Augusta Allnatt was the daughter of Charles Blake Allnatt, of Shrewsbury. Emily was married firstly to Rev. Henry Polehampton, whom she accompanied to India. Reverend and Mrs Polehampton were present during the siege of the British residency at Lucknow during the Mutiny (1857), where her husband eventually died after being hit by musket shot, and was evacuated to Allahabad.

She then became the second wife (1859) of the noted civil servant and diplomat, Sir Henry Marion Durand (1812–1871), to whom she bore two daughters, Ethel Durand (1860–1933), married firstly James Sligo Jameson (died 1888), of Glen Lodge, Sligo, and secondly, Roberto, Conte di Villamarina (died 1916), and Muriel Durand (died 1933), who remained unmarried. The Dowager Lady Durand survived her second husband over three decades (1871–1905). She was stepmother to Sir Edward Law Durand, first baronet (1845–1920) and Sir Henry Mortimer Durand (1850–1924). Lady Durand died (March 30, 1905) aged seventy-eight.