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Duchess of Kingston charged with Bigamy

Kathy Copeland Padden
Sep 6 · 4 min read
How did they pull that hair off without Aquanet?

On April 15, 1776, the Duchess of Kingston was brought to trial on bigamy charges in Westminster Hall. This scandalous display of aristocratic bad behavior — involving even the King himself — kept London buzzing for months on end. The reason the story was so compelling? The pretty, witty, and charismatic lady at the center of it all.