Porter, Pierce Walsh

He married Harriet Hope Scrope (born 1770, died 23-5-1819), who was the daughter of Rev Dr Richard Scrope (1728 – 1787), Rector of Castle Combe, Wiltshire. Harriet has been described as ‘a beautiful and accomplished young lady’. She and Pierce had issue two sons, one dying in infancy, and four daughters. Pierce and Harriet went to London soon after their marriage where Pierce dropped his first name and became plain Mr Walsh Porter’. He wrote two or three plays, the best known being a comic opera in two acts named ‘The Chimney Corner’. He also composed several pieces of ‘sprightly music’. Around 1798 he published a book entitled ‘Travels Through Russia’, although there is no record of his ever having been to Russia. Living in London, initially in Argyle Street, Mr Porter was an avid hunter and kept a small stable of horses. In 1805 he purchased Craven Cottage, in Fulham, London, which included several acres of land. He spent a considerable amount of money enlarging and embellishing the cottage and the grounds. Through influential contacts he became friendly with the Prince of Wales and often entertained him at his house. However, his health was suffering, and he came to Bath to rest or to take the waters, but died of an abscess on his liver on 9th May 1809.

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