Seaham, Co. Durham

Seaham Hall, Seaham was the home of Annabella Milbanke, who married Lord Byron here in Jan 1815. She had an interest in mathematics - Byron called her his 'Princess of Parallelograms' - which she passed on to their daughter Ada, later Countess of Lovelace.

Annabella was born at nearby Elemore Hall, 'off the road ... from New Pittington to Easington Lane' which would be about 5 miles ESE of Seaham, in Co. Durham. The house is now a school.

Several characters (Donna Inez, Miss Millpond, Aurora Raby) in Byron's Don Juan are based on Annabella. [Myers, pp.14-15; Blue Guide.]


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