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From donkeys to zebras and from squires to maharajas

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LAST week I wrote about Squire Cheape of Tiroran. Today my subject is Lady Meux (pronounced ‘mews’) from Alladale, near Bonar Bridge in Ross-shire, who came from an altogether different background.

At the same time as Mrs Cheape was introducing donkeys to Mull, the colourful and beautiful socialite, Lady Meux, was driving herself around in a four-wheeled carriage drawn by a pair of zebras.

Lady Meux was born Valerie Langdon in 1847. She was the daughter of a Devon butcher and worked as an actress and a banjo-playing barmaid before marrying Sir Henry Meux, 3rd baronet (1856-1900). According to her obituary in the New York Times, she met Sir Henry while performing in Brighton.

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