The Morning Post (London) 19th August 1896
The funeral of the Dowager Lady Dacre took place yesterday in the churchyard at Kimpton, near Welwyn, Herts. The body was conveyed to the church in a farm wagon drawn by four horses, and followed by the tenants and labourers on the estate. The Queen, who sent a wreath, was represented by Colonel the Hon. Henry Byng. Among others who attended were Lord Chesham, Captain the Hon. Thomas Brand, R.N., Lady Susan Byng, Lady Elizabeth Byng, Mr David Bevan, the Hon. Mrs Campion, the Hon. Mrs Thomas, Colonel the Hon. C. Byng, Lieutenant-Colonel Leopold Seymour, and the Hon. Mrs Bevan.
Lady Dacre, had been born Susan Sophia Cavendish, daughter of the first Lord Chesham, in 1817. She married Thomas Crosbie William Brand - the 22nd Baron Dacre - in 1837. The couple had no children and at the death of Lord Dacre in 1890 the title passed to his brother, the first Viscount Hampden. During the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign, Lady Dacre was one of the Women of the Bedchamber – an honour in the personal gift of the Queen. Lady Dacre died at the Priory, Royston – one of the other family houses.
The Dacre family had been influential residents of The Hoo, Kimpton, for generations.
For a fascinating history of the family and of The Hoo, Kimpton, see http://www.kimptonvillage.tsohost.co.uk/Groups/History/N%20and%20S%20revd%201.pdf