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*Abershaw, Louis Jeremiah (1773-1795) „Jerry‰


Notorious highwayman. Was hanged on August 3, 1795 on Kennington Common. His body was later set on a gallows on Putney Common to remind other brigands that this would be their fate as well.

It is mentioned in passing during the introductory conversation between Perry Taverner and Henry Fitzjohn that, years before, Taverner (Perry‚s father) had seen Jem Belcher fight Gamble at Wimbledon „∑the ring was within sight of the gibbet, and all the while they could hear Jerry Abershaw, who was hanging their in chains, creaking every time the wind caught him.‰ (chap. 2)

*Allardice, Robert Barclay (1779-1854)


Famed „pedestrian‰ (one who walks long distances as a sport or hobby) and strong man, commonly known as Captain Barclay. He succeeded to an estate in Urle, near Stonehaven in 1797. Entered the 23rd regiment in 1805; served in walcheron expedition as aide-de-camp to the Marquis of Huntly. In 1809 claimed, unsuccessfully, the earldoms of Airth, Strathern and Monteith. He is especially noted for his walking feats, which included walking one mile in each of 1000 successive hours. He also discovered and trained Thomas Cribbs, English Heavyweight Boxing Champion from 1809-1822.

He is mentioned in his capacity as the trainer of Tom Cribb during the Cribb/Molyneux mill near Grantham. (chap. 2)

*Alvaney, Lord


Member of the style setters, the „Unique Four‰ (Alvaney, Brummel, Mildmay and Pierrepont)

Personal friend of Lord Worth, issues the invitation to Peregrine Taverner to play macao at Lord Worth‚s table at Watier‚s. (chap. 8)

*Anglesey, Lord


It is mentioned in passing that Judith Taverner occasionally rides her „very spirited black horse‰ with Anglesey‚s „lovely‰, but unnamed daughters. (chap. 6)

Annesley, Mr.


Perry Taverner has hopes that Mr. Annesley will second his membership to the Four-in-Hand-Club, if only Henry Fitzjohn will sponsor Perry‚s membership. (chap. 15)

Aston, Colonel Hervey


Patron of Boxing and friend to the Duke of York. Intimate of Cribb‚s Parlor.

Armstrong, Colonel


Boxing aficionado, friend of the Duke of York and sparring partner with Lord Worth at Gentleman Jackson‚s Boxing Saloon.

Audley, Captain the Honorable Charles


Younger brother of Julian Audley, the Fifth Earl of Worth

A tall young man∑with a handsome laughing countenance∑‰

In Regency Buck Captain Audley joins the story during the Christmas Party at Worth. He is on recuperative furlough from the army after sustaing an injury to his right arm at the Battle of Arroyo del Molinos where he was engaged with one of the 4 regiments of Hussars, (unspecified in the text).

He is a bright and friendly fellow, liked by all, especially Judith Taverner, who is sternly warned (by Mrs. Scattergood her chaperone/companion) during the final Brighton portion of the story that she is showing a dicided partiality for him with her considerable attention to and flirting with the Captain. A match between Charles and Judith would be looked on very favorably by Judith‚s younger brother, Perry.

Captain Audley acts as a pivotal catalyst to the antagonist‚s final actions toward Miss Tavernrer, when he „accidentally‰ drops a special license in front of him at an inn where they have stopped to discuss the disappearance of Perry Taverner.

Audley, Julian St. John; Fourth Earl of Worth


See: Worth, Fourth Earl of, Julian St. John Audley

Audley, Julian St. John; Fifth Earl of Worth


See: Worth, Fifth Earl of, Julian St. John Audley

Baillie, Dr. Matthew (1761-1823)


Scottish physician, author and lecturer, brother of poet Joanna Baillie. He attended Balliol College, Oxford and in 1787 became a physician at St. George‚s Hospital, London. He studied anatomy with the famous William Hunter (his mother‚s brother) and in 1783 succeeded to his lucrative practice and lectureship.

When Judith Taverner is out-maneuvered by Lord Worth into choosing the lodgings in Brighton that he wished her to have, Judith appears, to Mrs. Scattergood, to fall into a funk. The concerned chaperone thinks that perhaps she should send for Dr. Baillie to prescribe a tonic for Judith. (chap. 16)

Ball, Mr. Hughes


a.k.a. „The Golden Ball‰

Acquaintance and neighbor (in Brook Street, London) of Judith and Perry Taverner, „who has so exaggerated an air of fashion that he must in any company be remarkable‰. (chap. 17) He was known as „The ŒGolden‚ Ball‰ because he was extremely wealthy.

*Bannister, John (1760-1836)


Famed comedic actor and mimic, son f Charles Bannister (1734-1804) actor and vocalist. Bannister displayed a taste for painting as a boy which led him to study art at the Royal Academy, but a penchant for cutting up in class led him to abandon the pursuit of painting as a career. After a long and celebrated career, usually appearing at Drury Lane (including 1 year, 1802-1803, as manager) Bannister retired from the stage in 1815. Bannister retained a taste for painting throughout his life. Rowlandson, Marland and Gainsborough were his close friends.

Listed by Bernard Taverner as one of the possible options for Judith Taverner‚s first visit to London theater. „There‚s Kemble and Mrs. Siddons at Covent Garden, or Banniser at Drury Lane if your taste runs to comedy.‰ (chap. 5)

*Barclay, Captain


see: Allardice, Robert Barclay

*Barrymore, Eight Earl of ; Henry Barry


a.k.a. Cripplegate

First mentioned as one of the three possible new employers of Henry, tiger to Lord Worth, when he is so highly insulted at having to sit behind Judith Taverner as Lord Worth tests her ability to drive a team of horses with his own curricle and greys, that he threatens to leave Worth‚s employ. (chap. 6)

Later Barrymore witnesses Judith Taverner‚s participation in the curricle race from London to Brighton (chap. 16) and nearly sinks her reputation when he puts the story about after recognizing her at the theater. (chap. 17)

*Bedford, Duke of


Member of Watier‚s and witness to Peregrine‚s loss of over 4000 pounds to Lord Worth at macao. (chap. 8)

*Belcher, James (1781-1811) „Jem‰


Agile, quick hitting fighter born in Bristol. Gained the title of Heavyweight Boxing Champion of England (1800-1805) by beating Jack Bartholomew in 17 rounds, and opened a pub, The Jolly Butchers. In 18?? Belcher lost an eye in a game of raquets, when struck by a ball. Belcher pridefully fought Thomas Cribbs to regain the title in 1807, but was hampered by his lack of vision and lost. The two met again in 1809, this time Belcher wagered his entire fortune on himself. Again, he lost. He died a ruined man in 1811.

Although Jem Belcher never appears in Regency Buck he is mentioned several times. Near the very end of the book Lord Worth and Judith agree that Belcher was „the greatest of them all‰ and Worth reveals to Judith that he used to spar with Belcher himself, at one time, to which she, greatly impressed, replies, „I had no notion -- Oh, I do hope that you did not kill my cousin!‰ (chap. 23)

*Belcher, Tom (1883-1854)


Brother of Jem Belcher who was Heavyweight Champion of England, 1800-1805. Never attained the skill or fame of his older brother. His greatest matches being victories over Dougherty and Firby.

Attendant in Cribb‚s Parlor the evening Lord Worth warns off Ned Farnaby at The King‚s Arm‚s. (chap. 11)

*Bentinck, Lord Frederick


Member of Watier‚s and witness to Peregrine‚s loss of over 4000 pounds to Lord Worth at macao. (chap. 8) Also, one of three purchasers of a 4 pound jar of a particular kind of snuff during December 1811. Bentenick purchased his Fribourg and Treyer‚s. The other two purchasers were the Duke of Sussex, who purchased his from Wishart and an unkown „gentleman who paid for it on the spot, and took it away with him, leaving no name.‰ at Pontet in Pall Mall.

The Black‰


See: Molyneux, Thomas

*Blackmore, Mr.


Illusionist who performs „feats of slack-rope‰ when the Taverners attend Vauxhall Gardens. (chap. 7)

*Brown, Claud Delaby


Also referred to as „Delabey Browne‰ (chap. 6)

A fortune-hunter on the lookout for a rich heiress. One of three aspirants to Judith Taverner‚s hand rejected by Lord Worth (chap. 7), the other two being: Wellesley Poole and „young Matthews‰.

Brummel, George Bryan (1778-1840)


a.k.a. Beau Brummel

The younger son of William Brummel, who died in 1794 just after George entered Oriel College at Oxford, leaving an estate of 65,000 lbs, which was divided between George and a brother and sister. Brummel was granted a cornetcy in the 10th Hussars that same year by The Prince of Wales whom he had known since his years at Eton where his social aplomb, wit and attention to dress had made him very popular and earned him the nickname of „Buck‰ Brummel. Brummel was promoted to captain (1796) but retired in 1798 upon inheriting a 30,000 lb. fortune from a distant relative. He set-up a bachelor establishment at No. 4 Chesterfield in Mayfair and launched himself on the path of becoming the supreme arbiter of all things fashionable in Regency Society, in general, and, until his break with the Prince Regent, the Carlton House Set, in particular. Brummel was a member of the „Unique Four‰ (the other three being Alvaney, Mildmay and Pierrepont) and leader of the Bow Window Set, so named for sitting in the bow-window of White‚s Club, where they were seen by all who passed by, but (due to Brummel‚s strict code) acknowledged no one. Absolutely no one was allowed to sit in White‚s window without the express permission from the Beau. At the height of his influence he was able to lift a person into, or, cut them out of fashion with a single comment. Brummel continued to be the darling of the Beau Monde even after his break with Prinny in 1813 -- his hold over society was that strong. Eventually, he was forced to flee the country in 1816 to escape his debts brought on by his extravagant lifestyle and appetite for high-stakes gambling. He died in poverty at the asylum of Bon Sauveur in Caen in 1840.

Friend of Lord Worth for 18 years and, it is stated (chap. 21), that Brummel served with him in the 10th Hussars from 1794-1798. In actuality, Brummel (and therefore Worth) served in the 10th Light Dragoons which became the 10th Hussars in 1810, the year before Regency Buck begins).

Brummel rescues Judith Taverner from ignominy when „The Mosaic Dandy‰ -- Mr. John Mills -- christens her „The Milkmaid‰ for her provinciality, by simply sitting and talking with her for a half hour her first night at Almack‚s. Brummel becomes her friend (one guesses, partly, at the behest of Worth) and advises her on various matters throughout the story, most importantly, what to do to shake off the disgrace of her participation in the curricle race from London o Brighton.

*Byng, the Honorable Frederick


a.k.a. „Poodle‰ Byng

Witness to Lord Worth‚s test of Judith Taverner‚s driving ability, when Worth asks her to drive his curricle and four through Hyde Park. Byng is said to have commented to Sir Harry Peyton (whom he is strolling with) as to the identity of the woman driving Curricle Worth, „∑Perhaps it is Miss Taverner -- his ward, you know. I was hearing that she is an excessively delightful girl. Eighty thousand pounds, I believe.‰

*Byron, Lord (1788-1824) George Gordon


British Poet

Byron‚s Childe Harold‚s Pilgrimage is published in March of 1812, a little over half way through Regency Buck. It brings Byron instant fame and acclaim. Judith Taverner, however, is less than impressed with the newly hailed genius. Referring to his idiosyncratic conduct she says, „For my part I think it is a piece of studied affectation, and cannot smile at it.‰ (chap. 15) Byron flourishes, though, taking up with the Melbourne House Set and Lady Caroline Lamb in particular. Judith‚s dislike is further discovered to be rooted in pique, „He barely noticed me! You will not expect me to do him justice after that!‰, she explains to Captain Audley.

*Cambridge, Duke of (1774-1850) Aldolphus


The seventh son of George III

When Judith Taverner and Mrs. Scattergood attend church at the Chapel Royal one Sunday morning after taking up residence in Brook Street, the clergyman‚s first lesson is interrupted by a voice „∑saying in a loud hurried way: ŒToo much, too much! Don‚t mind the tithes, but can‚t stand that!‰ The Duke of Cambridge „talks to himself, you know.‰ Mrs. Scattergood explains. Soon Judith is making her first curtsy to Royalty in the persons of the Dukes Cambridge and Clarence outside the church. (chap. 6)

*Canning, George (1770-1827)



Mentioned in passing as one of the 4 combatants of the only two duels that Perry Taverner could remember as he prepares for his upcoming duel. (chap. 10)

*Carlisle, Lord


Mentioned in pasing by Mrs. Scattergood during a rant against being „bookish‰ to Judith Taverner. According to Mrs. Scattergood, Lord Carlisle had the misfortune of being treated rudely by Byron in „that horrid poem of his‰.

Castlereagh, Lord


Mentioned in passing as one of the 4 combatants of the only two duels that Perry Taverner could remember as he prepares for his upcoming duel. (chap. 10)

*Charlotte, Queen (1744-1818)


Born Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenberg-Strelitz, she married George II in 1761 and over their marriage of 57 years bore him 15 children, 9 sons (George III [1762-1830]; Frederick [Duke of York, 1763-1827]; William [Duke of Clarence, later William IV, 1765-1837]; Edward [Duke of Kent, 1767-1820]; Ernest [Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover, 1771-1837]; Augustus [Duke of Sussex, 1773-1843]; Adolphus [Duke of Cambridge, 1774-1850]; Octavius (1779-1783); and Alfred [1780-1782] and 6 daughters (Charlotte [Queen of Wurtenberg, 1766-1828]; Augusta [1768-1840]; Elizabeth [Princess of Hesse-Hornbutg, 1770-1840]; Mary [Duchess of Glouchester, 1776-1857]; Sophia [1777-1848]; and Amelia [1783-1810]).

During their discussion of snuff Lord Worth mentions to Judith Taverner that „The Queen‰ uses „Violet Strasbourg -- a vile mixture, but, generally much liked by females.‰ (chap. 6)

*Charlotte, Princess (1796-1817)


Only child of George III and Caroline of Brunswick. She married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coberg in 1816. Their contry hoe was Claremont. When in London they resided at Marlborough House. On November 8, 1817, Charlotte delivered herself of a stillborn son, dying herself a few hours later from complications of the birth.

During the (then) Duke of Clarence‚s proposal of marriage to Judith Taverner (chap. 13), Princess Charlotte is mentioned as one of the reasons that the Duke‚s royal family cannot possibly oppose his marrying Judith as both Charlotte and the Duke of York preced him in line for the throne.



Nickname of one of the guests of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland during their house party (chap. 12) an „inveterate whist-player‰.

*Clarence, Duke of


See: William IV



Nickname given to Miss Judith Taverner by Lord Worth when she refuses to introduce herself to him while she is out for a walk mear the beginning of the story (chap. 3). Shortly after „renaming‰ her, he adds insult to injury by stealing a kiss from the unsuspecting Miss Taverner. Worth uses the nickname throughout the story variously as an endearment and whenever he wishes to goad Miss Tavenrer into flashes of temper, as it recalls to her the „humiliating‰ experience.

*Coleraine, Lord


a.k.a. „Old Blue Hanger‰

Brother of Colonel George Hanger and friend of Mr. Hughes Ball. Lord Coleraine, like the Taverners, was a summer resident of Brighton in 1812.

*Cork, Lady


Extends the Taverners (and Mrs. Scattergood) an invitation to one of her gatherings. As Mrs. Scattergood says, „I tell Judith, nothing could be better, for all she may think it tedious! No cards, my love -- nothing of that sort, but the company of the most select, and the conversation all wit and elegance.‰ (chap. 7)

*Cowper, Lady Emily


When the Taverners (and Mrs. Scattergood) are invited to Lady Cork‚s select gathering Mrs. Scattergood enthuses, „I am sure we have to thank that dear, delightful Emily Cowper for it!‰, to which Lord Worth replies, „On the contrary, you have me to thank for it.‰ (chap. 7)

Crake, Captain


Second to Ned Farnaby for the duel resulting from the incident at the Cockpit Royal. Crake attends Henry Fitzjohn the morning after the at which time Mr. Fit john „∑instantly determined that his military rank was self-bestowed.‰ (chap. 10)

*Craven, Berkley


One of the stakeholders for the Cribb-Molyneux boxing match at Thistledown Gap, outside of Grantham. (chap. 2)

?Crewe, Miss Charlotte


Guest of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland‚s house party. (chap. 12) Miss Crewe is an accomplished harpist and attends with her matchmaking mama.

?Crewe, Mrs.


Matchmaking mother of Miss Charlotte Crewe who tries quite brazenly, to the embarrassment of some and entertainment of others, to interest Lord Worth in her daughter at the Duke and Duchess of Rutland‚s house party at Belvoir Castle. (chap. 12)

*Cribb, Thomas (1781-1848) „Tom‰


English Heavyweight Boxing Champion, 1809-1822, known as the „Black Diamond‰ from having worked as a coal porter on the London Docks. He was discovered ther by Robert Allardice (Captain Barclay) who acted as Cribb‚s trainer and sponsor at various times during his boxing career. Cribb began his career as a pub owner with The Golden Lion in Southwark. Finding this establishment too far east of London for his aristocratic patrons, Cribb purchsed The King‚s Arms Inn on the corner of Duke and King Streets in the St. James District which contained „Cribb‚s Parlor‰ a kind of inner sanctum which only a select few were allowed to enter. There they were allowed to meet and mingle with their heroes and other (usually high-born) aficionados of „the manly art of self-defense‰. Cribb was a better boxer than a businessman. After losing The King‚s Arm‚s he finally purchased The Union Arms in Haymarket in 1828. Cribb was among the boxers that were dressed as pages to guard the entrance to Westminster Hall at the coronation of George IV on the chance that his wife Caroline showed up and demanded entry.

Winner of the Cribb/Molyneux mill at Thistleton Gap outside of Grantham, Lechestershire. (chap. 2) In Regency Buck the fight ends in the 9th round. In actuality, although Molyneux did not get up in time a 10th round and the fight was officially over, Cribb allowed the fight to continue -- wanting to prove his worth. He knocked Molyneux unconscious in what would have been the 11th round. According to one source, the bout was witnessed by over 20,000 spectators, over π of which belonged to the upper classes.



see: Barrymore, Earl of



Taught the Prince of Wales violin-cello in his youth.

Cumberland, Duke of (1771-1851) Ernest


The fifth and most universally disliked of all of George III‚s sons.

Arrives at Brighton with his elder brother, the Prince Regent, at the end of the Taverner‚s first week in Brighton. Rumor and scandal swirl around his sinister figure. He is said to have had a hand in the death of his valet, two years previous. Yet as his brother, the Duke of Clarence explains to Judith, „Ernest is not such a bad sort, only if he knows where you have a tender spot on your foot he likes to tread on it.‰ (chap. 17)

*Dorset, Duke of


Mentioned in passing as one of the 4 combatants of the only two duels that Perry Taverner could remember as he prepares for his upcoming duel. (chap. 10) Also a guest of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland‚s at their Belvoir Castle house party. (chap. 12) When the Duke of York unexpectedly arrives, Dorset is displaced from his rooms when they turn out to be rooms habitually given to York. Dorset is understanding of the alteration and is „∑only glad that so notable a whist-player should have joined the party.‰

Dorset, Duchess of


Member of the Belvoir house party (chap. 12)

Drummond-Burrell, Mrs.


She lives up to her reputation as the most arrogant of Almack‚s patronesses when she visits (along with Lady Jersey) Mrs. Scttergood and Judith Taverner soon after they are established at their new Brook street lodging. Mrs. Drummond-Burrell is unimpressed with Miss Taverner‚s beauty OR fortune. „ ‚Farouche,‚ she said in her cold way. ‚I detest provincials.‚ „ (chap. 5)

?Downshire, Lady


First spotted out of the Taverner‚s window in Marine Parade, Brighton as Colonel MacMahon bows deeply to her as they pass each other in front of the Taverner‚s lodging. (chap. 17) Later, she precipitates a stern warning from Mrs. Scattergood to Judith for paying too much attention to Captain Audley when she asks Mrs. Scattergood when Judith and Charles‚ engagement will be announced.

?Dudley and Ward, Lord


Friend of the Fairfords and absent-minded dinner party partner of Judith at the first meal to shich she is invited at their home in Abermarle Street. Lord Dudley and Ward distinguished himself, when, thinking that he is in his own home, he apologizes for the badness of one of the entrees, explaining that the cook is sick. (chap. 7)

Esterhazy, Princess Therese


Wife of the Austrian Ambassador, Prince Paul Esterhazy, and a patroness of Almack‚s

One of the three patronesses present when Judith taverner makes her first appearance at Almack‚s. Although the Princess has a reputation for being good-natured, she is peculiarly rude to Judith on Miss Taverner‚s entrance into the assembly rooms. The Princess asks her partner, Sir Henry Mildmay, „∑who the golden rod might be, and upon hearing her name, laughed, and said rathe audibly; ŒOh, Mr. Mills Milkmaid.‚ „ (chap. 5)



Captain of Lord Worth‚s yacht, Seamew.

Fairford, Sir Geoffrey; Baronet


Wife: Lady Fairford

Children: Three sons, one in the army, one at Oxford (Tom) and one at Eton

Five daughters, including Miss Harriet Fairford, love interest of Perry Taverner

Homes: Abelmarle Street, London

St. Albans, Hertfordshire

A responsible Member of Parlieament and patriarch of the Fairford family. Sir Geoffrey is in no hurry to lose his daughter, but can see the benefit of having her so advantageously wed to the rich young Sir Perry Taverner. He refuses his consent to the betrothal without Lord Worth‚s consent as well, and when after six months Worth seems no closer to being willing to consent to setting a wedding date, Sir Geoffrey pays him a visit. By the time he leaves it has been decided, Perry and Harriet will marry in June 1812.

Fairford, Miss Harriet


Eldest daughter of Sir Geoffrey and Lady Fairford

Miss fairford is 17 years old and in her first season when she meets Perry Taverner at Covent Garden while he is out with his friend Henry Fitzjohn. She has large „dove-like‰ eyes, „pretty brown curls‰ and a „neat figure‰. She becomes Perry‚s first and, presumably, only love when they become engaged in chapter 9 and set their wedding date for June 1812 in chapter 18.

Harriet has a shy and unassuming nature when she first meets Judith Taverner. Later we find that already, she knows just what to say and do to control Perry, a fact thought to be unknown to Perry, but welcomed by Judith as it might work to keep Perry‚s youth and exuberance in check. Although the match is not looked upon UNfavorably by Lord Worth, he is extremely reluctant to give his consent to setting a wedding date and must finally be directly approached by Harriet‚s father, Sir Geoffrey Fairford, to bring it about.

Fariford, Lady


A „∑kindly, sensible woman in her early forties∑‰, wife of Sir Geoffrey Fairford and mother of his eight children, including Miss Harriet Fairford, love interest of Sir Peregrine Taverner.

Fairford, Tom


Son of Sir Geoffrey and Lady Fairford and brother of Miss Harriet Fairford

Perry Taverner and Tom engage in a race from the Fairford‚s Hertfordshire estate to London in chapter 13. Perry is leading the race when, on the Great North Road, a „highwayman‰ attempts to shoot him. We never learn if the race is carried through to the end, or, if it is, who won.

Farnaby, Ned


Ned Farnaby appears in the story after he introduces Perry Taverner to a gaming hell at #5 Pickering Place. Lord Worth is concerned that Farnaby may be trying to bleed Perry of is fortune at cards, and frightens Perry into believing that he (Lord Worth) will send him back to Yorkshire if he ever runs up any gambling debts.

Later Farnaby challenges Perry to a duel after a cock fight at the Cockpit Royal, when he intimates that Perry‚s cock was „squeezed‰ and that he (Perry) paid off the officials to ignore it.

Although it is never confirmed, the reader is led to believe that Ned Farnaby is either working with, or for, another individual to ruin, or even kill, Perry Taverner.

Fitzherbert, Mrs. (1756-1837) nee: Maria-Anne Smythe


Daughter of Walter Smythe, he married Edward Weld of Lulworth Castle in 1775. He died later that same year. She again married in 1778, this time to Thomas Fitzherbert of Swynnerton. She lived at Richmond after his death in 1781.

She first met the Prince of Wales in 1785. He fell, or thought he fell, in love at first sight. She fled to the continent to avoid his constant attention, but returned upon receiving an offer of marriage and was married in her drawing room. This marriage, without the king‚s consent, was invalid under the Marriage Act of 1772. When George married Princess Caroline, September 8, 1795, Maria left him for a short time but returned when given permission by her confessor (on instruction from Rome). Never know for his constancy, by 1803 the Prince of Wales is thought to have tried of her and issued an insult at a dinner for Louis XVIII at Carlton House which she could not overlook. She was told that she had no fixed placeat the dinner table and must sit „according to her rank‰, as plain „Mrs. Fitzherbert‰. She retired from court on a 6,000 lb. annuity.

She is said to be the only woman to which George IV was ever sincerely attached. He asked for her on her deathbed and dies with her portrait around his neck.

Despite the Marriage Act of 1772, she was looked upon kindly by George III, Queen Charlotte, the Duke of York and William IV and Queen Adelaide.

She died in Brighton 7 years after George, in 1837.

It is mentioned that the Regent does not have ladies to his dinner pariesany longer because there is no woman to act as hostess, a position previously filled by Mrs. Fitzherbert. Mrs. Scattergood comments, „People may say as they please, but I shall always hold that she was his true wife. And so, I hear, does the Princess of Wales though it is an odd thing for her to say, to be sure.‰

Fitzjohn, Henry


Best mate of Peregrine Taverner, resides in Cork Street, London

Perry meets „Fitz‰ at the Cribb/Molyneux mill at Thistleton Gap (chap. 2) when Mr. Fitzjohn offers him a place to park his gig to see the match. Fitzjohn carries on a mostly one-sided conversation with Perry throughout the fight, pointing out all of the important people attending and generally giving Perry (and the reader) the impression he is great, good fellow. Perry looks Henry up again when he is finally in London and proceeds to have Mr. Fitzjohn with him throughout most of his adventures. Fitzjohn acts as Perry‚s second at the duel with Ned Farnaby.



Perry Taverner‚s cocker. (chap. 9)

Forrest, Lady Albinia


Maternal aunt to Lord Worth

Lady Albinia acts as Lord Worth‚s hostess when he hosts a house party over the Christmas holidays at Worth, the family estate in Hampshire.

Forrest, Mister


Taciturn husband of Lady Albinia Forrest

Forrester, Major


Mentioned as one of the three possible new employers of Henry, tiger of Lord Worth, when Henry is so insulted at having to sit behind Judith Taverner as Lord Worth tests her ability to drive a team of horses with his own curricle and greys, that he threatens to leave Lord Worth‚s employ. (chap. 6)



Lord Worth‚s valet

Fox-Matthews, Mr.


The owner of the estate neighboring Lord Worth‚s estate in Hampshire. Mr. Fox-Matthews and his wife have just recently completed a trip to the Lake District and he is very keen to share all of his insights into the beauty of the region when he and his wife make an afternoon call during a house party at Worth. Unfortunately, he tries to impress Beau Brummel with this knowledge and is insulted in a most Brummelian way, causing Fox-Matthews and his wife to leave the gathering in a precipitous manner.

Fox-Matthews, Mrs.


Wife of Lord Worth‚s neighbor in Hampshire.

*Frederick, Lord


Member of Watier‚s and witness to Peregrine‚s loss of over 4000 pounds to Lord Worth at macao. (chap. 6)

*Frensham, Mr.


Overdressed popinjay whom Judith Taverner confuses with Beau Brummel on her first visit to Almack‚s. (chap. 5)

*„Gentleman Jackson‰


See: Jackson, John

*George III


It is mentioned in passing the George IV „∑had done what he could to overset his father‚s (George III) precarious reason.‰

*George IV


The 50-year-old Prince Regent makes his first appearance in Regency Buck once the story has moved to Brighton. Judith Taverner and Mrs. Scattergood first see him at Sunday church services, which he attends with his brother, the menacing Duke of Cumberland.

Judith and Mrs. Scattergood soon receive cards to attend Judith‚s first royal function, an evening soiree at the Brighton Pavilion. There amid its brilliance and excess, Judith makes her first curtsey to the future King of England. The Regent is fond of Miss Taverner, and she and Mrs. Scattergood are invited back often for concerts and receptions.

It is at one of these receptions that the Princes gifts Judith with a Petitot snuff box, after he has requested she join him in the Yellow Drawing room -- alone. The combination of heat and nerves cause Judith to faint dead away in the Regent‚s arms just as he is about to claim his thank-you, a stolen kiss. This is the scene burst in upon by Lord Worth, and it wounds the Prince‚s dignity, „∑always his most vulnerable spot.‰



Cousin of the Duke of Clarence

*Gully, John


Second to Tom Cribb at the Cribb/Molyneux boxing match. (chap. 2)

*Gibbons, Bill


Second to Tom Cribb at the Cribb/Molyneux boxing match at Thistleton Gap. (chap. 2) Intimate of Cribb‚s Parlor and attendant the evening Lord Worth stops in to speak to Ned Farnaby.

*Hanger, Colonel George


Brother of Lord Coleraine



Misogynistic, but devoted, tiger to Lord Worth. He was a chimney sweep before Worth found him. He is so highly insulted at having to sit behind Judith Taverner as Lord Worth tests her ability to drive a team of horses with his own curricle and greys that he threatens to leave Lord Worth‚s employ.

Hinkson, Ned


Groom to Peregrine Taverner. Hired shortly after the Taverner‚s arrival in London. Judith Taverner blames Hinkson (and rightly so) for filling Perry‚s speech with boxing cant. Hinkson is a former boxer who seeks the employ of Perry at the behest of Lord Worth.

Himkson saves Perry‚s life when a „highwayman‰ takes a shot at him as he drives over Finchley Common on his way home from a visit to the Fairford‚s country home in Hertfordshire. Hinkson knocks Perry off the seat of his curricle when he sees the attacker raise his arm to fire. (chap. 13)

Arivalry springs up between Hinkson and Jem Tyler, a groom recommended by Perry‚s cousin, Bernard Taverner. This rivalry is seemingly won by Tyler when Hinkson shows a predilection for „blue ruin‰ (gin) which causes him to be inebriated several times when he is required.

*Holland, Henry (1746-1806)


English architect, pupil & son-in-law of Capability Brown. Holland designed „Old‰ Carlton House, the original Brighton Pavilion, Brook‚s Club and others.

Mentioned in passing as the architect of the Brighton Pavilion (chap. 17)

*Hoppner, John (1758-1810)


English portrait painter, was born at White Chapel of German parents. At first a chorister in the Chapel Royal, he entered the Royal Academy in 1775 and was elected as a member in 1795. His portraits of women and children were highly admired for their simplicity and fine color and was Lawrence‚s only rival as a fashionable portrait painter.

Artist who paints Judith Taverner‚s portrait at the solicitation of her cousin, Bernard Taverner. Point of interest: Regency Buck begins in September of 1811 and runs through June of 1812. Hoppner died in 1810.

*Howard and Gribb‚s


Money lenders

In chapter eight Lord Worth warns Peregrine Taverner, „ ŒIf I find that you have visited my friends Howard and Gribb‚s, or, in fact, any other money lender, you will return to Yorkshire until you come of age.‚ „

*Jackson, John (1769-1845)


a.k.a. „Gentleman Jackson‰

Heavyweight boxing champion of England, 1795 (retired upon winning the title). Proprietor of „Jackson‚s Rooms‰ a boxing saloon in Bond Street and instructor in the „manly art of self-defense‰ to members of the ton.

Referee of the Cribb/Molyneux mill at Thistleton Gap. (chap. 2) and instructor to Lord Worth, Perry Taverner, Henry Fitzjohn, et al, at his boxing saloon.

*Jersey, Lady (Sally)


Patroness of Almack‚s

Visits Judith Taverner and Mrs. Scattergood in their residence in Brook Street along with Mrs. Drummond-Burrell. True to her reputation of being kind-hearted, Lady Jersey issues Judith her vouchers for Almack‚s.

Lady Hersey is also in attendance at the Rutland‚s house party at Belvoir Castle (chap. 12) where we find out she is a personal friend of Lord Worth. She has an indecently good time at the expense of Worth, teasing him about another guest‚s (Mrs. Crewe) matchmaking ways .



Perry Taverner‚s valet



A groom to Lord Worth at his country home of Worth. Johnson attends Judith Taverner and Captain Audley when they take out Lord Worth‚s curricle and greys -- without Worth‚s permission.

*Jordan, Mrs. (1762-1816) Dorothy


The longtime mistress of the Duke of Clarence and mother of his 10 children.

The Duke and Mrs. Jordan are separated during Regency Buck. The duke continues to care for his children, though.



Judith Taverner‚s groom. Judson plays a prominent part in Judith‚s curricle race to Brighton. Once Lord Worth is spotted at The Red Lion Inn in Hand Cross, Judson advises Miss Taverner not to try to outrun Worth‚s chestnuts and, when he is ignored, keeps an eye on Worth‚s pursuit.

*Kemble, John Philip (1757-1823)



Listed by Bernard Taverner as one of the possible options for Judith Taverner‚s first visit to London theater. „There‚s Kemble and Mrs. Siddons at Covent Garden, or Banniser at Drury Lane if your taste runs to comedy.‰ (chap. 5)

*Lade, Lady (Letty)

Wife of Sir John Lade and notorious female horsewoman and whip. Known equally for the coarseness of her personality as her skill with horses. Although Lady Lade never appears in person in Regency Buck, she is mentioned twice. First as the only woman who can manage a team as well as Judith Taverner manages her own team with high perch phaeton -- acknowledging Judith immense skill. Later, after the aborted race to Brighton, Judith believes that Lady Letty is the only other woman who might have attempted such an audacious feat and realizes the indiscretion (and folly) of what she has done.

*Lade, Sir John

Noted whip and sportsman. Husband of Letty, Lady Lade. Mentioned and considered by Henry, Lord Worth’s tiger, to be the “second best whip in England” (after Lord Worth). Sir John is later singled out in the story when he commits the social faux pas of falling asleep in the corner at one of the Prince Regent’s musical programs in the Brighton Palace.

*Lamb, Lady Caroline


Mentioned in passing as the rumored paramour of Lord Byron after the release of his Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage in the spring of 1812.

*Lane, Doctor

Surgeon hired to attend the duel of Perry Taverner and Ned Farnaby. After the magistrates stop the duel, Doctor Lane explains that perhaps he was the source of their knowledge. A tall, dark gentleman who stopped at his establishment the day before led him to believe he was a second for Perry Taverner’s opponent, so in casual conversation he may have given away the information as to the duel’s time and location.

*Lee, Jack

Friend of Beau Brummel who was walking through Hyde Park with him when Miss Taverner made her maiden excursion in her new high-perch phaeton. (chap.6)

*Lennox, Colonel

Mentioned in passing as one of 4 combatants of the only two duels that Perry Taverner could remember as he prepares for his upcoming duel. (chap. 10)

*Lewis, Mister

a.k.a. Monk Lewis

Author of Ambrosio, or the Monk

*Lieven, Countess (Dorothea)

Wife of the Russian Ambassador, Count Christopher Andreievitch Lieven, and Patroness of Almack’s One of the three patronesses present when Judith Taverner makes her first appearance at Almack’s. The Countess, like Princess Esterhazy, was unacquainted with Judith or Mrs. Scattergood “…and beyond staring with the peculiar rudeness of the well-bred at Miss Taverner, she … took no further notice of her.” (chap. 5)

*Long, Miss Tylney

a.k.a. “Pocket Venus”

Judith Taverner compares herself to Miss Tylney Long when Perry refuses to believe that there is a possibility of the Duke of Clarence proposing to Judith, saying that she hoped she was as respectable as Miss Tylney Long, and that the Duke had proposed to her several times! Perry is unmoved and states that the Duke is no longer interested in the “Pocket Venus“, but Wellesley Poole is.

*Manners, Lord Robert

Member of the hause party given by the Rutlands at Belvoir Caste. He, along with Mr. Pierrepoint, are seated to the right and left of Judith Taverner at the dinner table.

Marley, Miss

Member of the hause party given by the Rutlands at Belvoir Caste. He, along with Mr. Pierrepoint, are seated to the right and left of Judith Taverner at the dinner table.

*Marley, Mrs.

Mother Of Miss Marley, and house guest at Lord Worth’s Christmas house party at Worth. (chap. 14)

*Matthews, “Young”

A fortune hunter on the lookout for a rich heiress. One of three aspirants to Judith Taverner’s hand rejected by Lord Worth (chap. 7), the other two being Wellesley Poole and Claude Delabey Browne.

*McMahon, Colonel

Secretary to and intimate of George IV

Upon his arrival in Brighton Captain Audley visits Judith Taverner at her house on the Marine Parade. While they are admiring the view of the ocean for the front window Colonel McMahon “tittupts” up the parade. When he reaches the Taverner’s house he espies them looking out the window and stares back so long and hard that he embarrasses Judith and causes her to pull back from the window.

*Mildmay, Sir Henry

One of the “Unique Four”, the other three being Alvaney, Brummel and Pierrepoint.

Member of Watier’s and witness to Peregrine’s loss of over 4000 pounds to Lord Worth at macao. (chap. 8)

The Milkmaid”

Nickname given to Judith Taverner by one of her first callers in London, Mr. John Mills. Mills declares that “no gentleman of taste would admire such blowsy prettiness.” The name catches the fancy of the ton and clings to Judith until she is saved from it by Brummel’s attention to her on her first night at Almack’s.

*Mills, Mr. John

The Mosaic Dandy”

Out of curiosity Mills pays a visit to Judith Taverner in Brook Street upon her arrival. His attitude of conceit and condescension cause Judith to give him “a sharp set-down”. In response, Mills christens Judith “The Milkmaid” and declares that “no gentleman of taste would admire such blowsy prettiness.” The name catches the fancy of the ton and clings to Judith until she is saved from it by Brummel’s attention to her on her first night at Almack’s.

*Minceman, Mrs.

Friend of the Taverners from Yorkshire who recommended they avoid The Angel for the stopover in Grantham on their trip to London. The Mincemans had had little comfort and shabby treatment at The Angel, therefore Judith had written to bespeak rooms for Perry and herself at The George.

*Molyneux, Lord

Lady Sefton introduces Judith Taverner to several people when she makes her first entrance into Almack’s, including Lord Molyneux, her own son. He engages Miss Taverner for her first dance. Unfortunately, Sir John Mills’ nickname for Judith of “The Milkmaid” has preceded her to the hallowed halls and comments and glances pertaining to it penetrates Judith’s awarenss during the first dance. She is angered to the point that she is extremely forbidding and stern looking. Her dance partner is wary to say the least, and a relieved Lord Molyneux finds Judith aseat as soon as the dance is over and escapes under the pretext of finding her a glass of lemonade.

*Molyneux, Thomas

a.k.a. “The Black”

An American slave who won his freedom by beating a rival plantation champion in a boxing match. He toured England in 1810 and 1811 and fought Tom Cribb the English champion twice. The first fight took place Dec. 18, 1810 and lasted 33 rounds. In the 18th round Molyneux is said to have held Cribb so that he could neither throw punches or fall down. The angry crowd rushed the ring and in the ensuing chaos one of Molyneux’s fingers was broken. Suffering from the weather and Cribb’s having closed both of his eyes, the fight was called in the 33rd round when he could not continue. The second meeting, September 29, 1811 at Thistleton Gap, was much more decisive. Molyneux was unable to answer the bell after the 10th round and the fight was officially over, but Cribb’s, eager to prove his worth, allowed him to recover and continue. The fight lasted 2 more rounds with Cribb knocking Molyneux unconscious in the 11th round.

Note: Although Heyer spells the name “Molyneux”, American reference books refer to him as Thomas “Molineaux”.


Molyneux fights English Heavyweight champion Tom Cribb at Thistleton Gap, on the outskirts of Grantham, in chapter 2 of Regency Buck. It is their second meeting. Unfortunately for Molyneux, the result is the same. He loses the fight in the eighth round. Perry Taverner backs the Black against his soon-to-be friend, Henry Fitzjohn, who backs Cribb. The actual date of the match was September 29, 1811, which is verified by Heyer, in her usual understated, but, precise way when she writes that the Taverners began their final trip to London two days later on a “…fine warm October day…”.

*Montagu, Mr.

Member of Watier’s and witness to Peregrine’s loss of over 4000 pounds to Lord Worth at macao (chap. 8) After the macao game breaks up Montagu asks Beau Brummel if he has ever fought a duel to which Brummel responds with a witty story about the only time he almost fought one.

*Morton, Lord

Owner of a distinctive “long-tailed grey” which he rode in Hyde Park. Heyer writes in chapter 6 that, due to her expert handling, Judith Taverner and her spirited black mount were soon as well-known as Lord Morton and his grey.

*Nelson, Lord Horatio (1758-1805)

Upon Judith Taverner’s meeting her uncle, Admiral Taverner, she tries to get him to tell her of the Trafalgar action and especially Lord Nelson. Unfortunately, Admiral Taverner does not hold the same opinion of Lord Nelson as Judith, for whom Nelson had been a hero in her school days. The Admiral only describes him in the most unflattering terms, “He had not liked him, did not see that he had ever been so very remarkable, never understood what the women saw in him -- a wispy fellow: nothing to look at he gave her his word.” The Admiral’s opinion does little to diminish Judith’s of Lord Nelson, but does sink her opinion of her uncle even further.

*Norfolk, Duke of

Norfolk -- Title held by various members of the Howard family since 1483. The title ranks as the highest in the peerage in England, being proceeded only by members of the Royal Family.

Perry Taverner accompanies Henry Fitzjohn to a meeting of the Sublime Society of Beefsteaks, presided over by the Duke of Norfolk in dirty linen and an old blue coat. He was genial and good-humored, ate more beefsteaks than anyone else and fell asleep before the meeting was over.


The possible tailor of the Duke of Bedford’s coat cited by Lord Frederick in response to Bedford’s asking Beau Brummel his opinion of his new coat. The scene immediately follows Perry Taverner losing over 4000 pounds at macao to Lord Worth at Watier’s. (chap. 8)

*Payton, Sir Henry

a.k.a. Sir Harry Payton

One of the three possible new employers (the others being The Earl of Barrymore and Major Forrester) of Henry, tiger to Lord Worth, when he is so highly insulted at having to sit behind Judith Taverner as Lord Worth tests her ability to drive a team of horses with his own curricle and greys, that he threatens to leave Lord Worth’s employ. (chap. 6) Of the three possibilities Lord Worth favors Payton and offers to send a note to Sir Harry himself to help Henry secure the position.


Footman to the Taverners in Brook Street, London

*Petersham, Lord

Connoisseur of snuff and collector of snuff boxes whose knowledge is only equaled by Lord Worth. Lord Petersham is also an expert on teas. He requests Lord Worth present Judith taverner to him after he sees her demostrate her technique for taking snuff when they are all house guests at the Rutland’s house party at Belvoir Castle. (chap. 12)


Member of the “Unique Four” (Alvaney, Mildmay, Brummel and Pierrepoint)

Mentioned in passing as a member of the “Unique Four” by Bernard Taverner to his cousin Judith. (chap. 7)

*Poole, Wellesley

A fortune-hunter on the lookout for a rich heiress. One of three aspirants to Judith Taverner’s hand rejected by Lord Worth (chap. 7), the other two being: “young” Matthews and Claude Delabey Browne.

*Rann, John (?-1774)

Notorius British Highwayman known by the nickname “Sixteen String Jack”

It is mentioned in passing that Letty, Lady Lade was rumored to have been the mistress of Sixteen String Jack before her marriage to Sir John Lade.

*Richmond, Bill

Black American freedman and boxer who toured England in the early 19th century.

Second to Tom Molyneux in his bout against Tom Cribb at Thistleton Gap. (chap. 2)


Valet to Beau Brummel

At the Christmas house party at Worth, Lord Worth’s neighbor, Mr. Fox-Matthews inquires of Brummel which of the lakes in the Lake District was his favorite. Brummel answers by calling Robinson and asking him, “Robinson, which of the lakes do I most admire?” to which Robinson replies, respectfully, “Windmere, sir.”

*Rogers, Samuel (1763-1855)

At 16 or 17 Rogers entered his father’s bank and in 1784 became a partner. He began his writing career in 1781when he had essays published in Gentleman’s Magazine. He withdrew from the bank in 1803 to live singly on 5000 pounds in St. James and pursue his muse and sharpen his already caustic wit at parties. He collected art which at his death sold for 50,000 pounds. He was offered laureateship by Prince Albert in 1850, the same year he was struck by a carriage and crippled. Highlights of his writing include: 1792’s Pleasures of Memory, 1798’s An Epistle to a Friend, 1812’s Voyage of Columbus and 1822’s Italy.

It is mentioned that Judith Taverner enjoyed reading Roger’s “Pleasures of Memory” (chap. 5) and that Rogers hosted a dinner party at which Lord Byron behaved rudely. It is from Byron’s actions at this party that Judith conceives her unflattering opinion of him. (chap. 15)

*Rutland, Duchess of

The Duke and Duchess of Rutland host a house party at their family seat, Belvoir castle. (chap. 12) Among the guests are Lord Worth, Judith taverner, Mrs. Scattergood and the many other lights of the tom, including: the Duke of York, the Duke and Duchess of Dorset, Lord and Lady Jersey and Beau Brummel.

*Rutland, Duke of

The Duke and Duchess of Rutland host a house party at their family seat, Belvoir castle. (chap. 12) Among the guests are Lord Worth, Judith taverner, Mrs. Scattergood and the many other lights of the tom, including: the Duke of York, the Duke and Duchess of Dorset, Lord and Lady Jersey and Beau Brummel.

Scattergood, Mrs. Maria

Maria Scattergood is a cousin, of Lord Worth, recommended to Judith Taverner as her companion chaperone by Lord Worth. Originally, Judith intends to meet with Mrs. Scattergood and politely decline her services, but she is bowled over by the small, thin woman with the “improbably” colored chestnut-colored hair and heavily painted face. So Judith yields to the onslaught that is Mrs. Scattergood and maria joins the Taverners in Grillion’s Hotel the same evening she meets them and remains with them throughout the story.

*Scott, Sir Walter

Author of “Lady of the Lake”

Judith imagines “the great Mr. Scott” coming out of Hatchard’s book shop, but then realizes that he is probably in Scotland. (chap. 5)

? Scrutton

Perry Taverner purchases a mare which Scrutton has put up for sale at Tattersall’s. (chap. 5)

* Sefton, Lady Maria (d. 1851)

Maria Margaret, married 1792, daughter of the 6th Baron Craven. Generally acknowledged as the “kindest” of the patronesses of Almack’s.

Lady Sefton is one of Judith Taverner’s first callers in the Taverner’s new home in Brook Street, London. Later on Judith’s first rip to Almack’s, she is snubbed by Princess Esterhazy and the Countess Lieven as she makes her entrance into the hallowed halls, leaving Lady Sefton to come to her aid and make her first introductions. She even secures her son, Lord Molyneux, as Judith’s first dance partner.

*Sefton, Lord (1772-1838) William Phillip

The second Earl Sefton

Lord Sefton is pointed out to Perry Taverner by Henry Fitzjohn as he attends the Cribbs/Molyneux mill at Thistleton Gap as a “stoutish man with a crooked shoulder”. (chap. 2) Lord Sefton vouches for Perry Taverner to get him elected to Watiers, assuring Beau Brummel that none of the distasteful odors that often cling to country squires (the smell of the stable and bad blacking) shall linger with Perry. (chap. 6)

*Siddons, Mrs. Sarah (1755-1831) nee: Sarah Kemble

Born to an acting family, she joined her father, Rodger Kemble’s theater company even as a child. In 1773 she married fellow actor William Siddons. Her first appearance (as Portia) at Drury Lane in 1775 was not well received and she returned to touring the provinces until 1782. When she returned in Fatal Marriage. Her success was immediate and she reigned as the queen of English theater, specializing in tragic roles, until her retirement. She joined her brother John Kemble’s company in 1803 at Covent Garden and from there retired in 1803. She was acknowledged to have a beautiful, expressive face, queenly figure and voice of rich power and flexibility.

Listed by Bernard Taverner as one of the possible options for Judith Taverner’s first visit to London theater. “There’s Kemble and Mrs. Siddons at Covent Garden, or Banniser at Drury Lane if your taste runs to comedy.” (chap. 5)

* “Sixteen String Jack”

See: Rann, John

*Skeffington, Sir Lumley St. George (1771-1850)

Fop and playwright. Acquired a taster for the theater while attending The School of the Family of Newcombe at Hackney, which had a reputation for theatrical productions. He was a member of the Carlton House Set and is said to have invented a color known as “Skeffington Brown”, a somewhat olive green-tinged brown. He was on intimate terms with Leading actors of the day and never missed an opening night. He wrote and produced his own plays, the greatest success coming with “The Sleeping Beauty” at Drury Lane in 1805. He was a frequent target of Gilray’s caricatures.

Skeffington succeeded to a baronetcy in 1815 on his father’s death, but his having permitted his father to cut off the entail of their large estates and his own extravagance of lifestyle caused him to live the rest of his life in straightened circumstances.

Southey, Robert (1774-1843)

Poet, historian and miscellaneous author

Judith Taverner chooses Southey’s Curse of Kehema on a trip to Hatchard’s book shop in chapter 5.

*Smyth, Sir Henry

Intimate of Cribb’s Parlor and attendant the evening Lord Worth stops to speak to Ned Farnaby.


Coat maker favored by Henry Fitzjohn.

*Sussex, Duke of

One of three purchasers of a 4 pound jar of a particular kind of snuff during December 1811. Sussex purchased his jar from Wishart. The other two purchasers were Lord Bentinck who purchased his at Fribourg and Treyer’s and an unknown “gentleman who paid for it on the spot, and took it away with him, leaving no name.” at Pontet in Pall Mall.


A violinist who has performed at the Prince Regent’s Brighton Pavilion.

Taverner, Admiral

Father of Bernard Taverner

Younger brother of the late Sir John Taverner

Uncle of Miss Judith and Sir Peregrine Taverner (Heir to Sir Peregrine)

Admiral Taverner has been living in London for some time (following his retirement from His Majesty’s Navy) before the arrival of Judith and Peregrine Taverner. His existence cannot be a benefit for the Taverner’s entrance into polite society, though, as he is generally held by most persons of quality to be quite gauche. It is indeed Sir John’s Taverner’s dislike and mistrust of his brother, the Admiral, that causes him to leave the sole stewardship of his two children (and their considerable fortune(s) ) to his old friend, the Earl of Worth. Judith Taverner and Mrs. Scattergood are shown to confirm that opinion on their first meeting with the Admiral, and this facet of the Admiral’s personality is reinforced throughout the story, most cahraters react with disdain at the mere mention of his name.

Admiral Taverner is shown to have very little interest in anything though out the story, except possibly that he (a retired seaman who must be at least in his mid-50’s) might succeed his 19-year-old nephew, Peregrine, to the family-held baronetcy.

Taverner, Bernard

Son of Admiral Taverner

Cousin of Miss Judith and Sir Peregrine Taverner

Bernard Taverner is indeed an amiable and sincere young man with such grace and consideration that is must be recognized that he is as pleasing as his father is offensive. On their first meeting at The George Inn in Grantham, Mr. Taverner gives up his and his friends rooms for the Taverner’s use, seemingly without knowing they are his cousins.

Indeed, Mr. Taverner’s mean throughout the entire story could be said to be described in one word: concerned. He is concerned with Lord Worth’s general interference in the Taverner’s lives and concerned with Worth’s lack of interference when Perry apparently falls in with a bad crowd. He is concerned with Lord Worth’s interference in Judith’s marital offers and concerned when Lord Worth does not interfere in Perry’s proposal to Miss Fairford. Indeed when Perry Taverner disappears from Brighton Bernard is concerned that Lord Worth may be responsible. These and many other concerns he voices to Miss Taverner with frequency, but such in such a pleasing way that Judith cannot but be gratified at the care he shows for his cousins.

His concern on with different opinions by different characters, Perry Taverner looks upon him as an interfering busybody. Lord Worth seems to think his only real concern may be to secure Judith’s hand in marriage and possibly even the baronetcy, as well.

Unfortunately for Mr. Taverner, the only relationship Judith Taverner is interested in continuing is that of friend and cousin, a fact made plain to him when he expresses his great desire to approach Judith after she reaches her majority. She firmly tells him that she has no desire for their relationship to change. That doesn’t stop Bernard from hoping -- and maybe even trying -- for more.

Taverner, Sir John, Baronet

Deceased father of Miss Judith and Sir Peregrine Taverner

Sir John Taverner, deceased when this story begins, was an irascible man with a miserly bent, who, when the gout was upon him, was known to be downright cantankerous. He lived at odds with his neighbors and held his only brother in such low regard (which was said to be reciprocated) that he left the care and supervision of his children, Judith and Peregrine Taverner, to an old friend, the Earl of Worth, to be exact. Unfortunately for those involved in this story, the fifth Earl, Judith and Perry; Sir John’s friend was actually the fourth Earl of Worth, but since his will was drawn up some 9 months after the fourth Earl’s death the will is legal and binding, and whether Sir John named the fifth Earl by accident or purpose, it is no matter, setting up this story of an unwilling guardian and his even more unwilling wards.

Taverner, Miss Judith

Daughter of the later Sir John Taverner

Sister of Sir Peregrine Taverner

Niece of Admiral Taverner

Cousin of Bernard Taverner

Ward of the Earl of Worth

Miss Judith Taverner is a statuesque beauty with bolnd hair and “startling” blue eyes who has spent these past 20 years in the wilds of Yorkshire. She holds her own beauty quite in contempt and would have preferred to be a brunette. Indeed, it is pointed out to her that blondes are “not quite the fashion”, but Judith is “quite out of the ordinary way”, as regards her looks and in other respects as well.

She is also possessed of an impressive fortune, 80,000 pounds, making her a target of fortune hunters when she and her brother, Sir Peregrine Taverner come to London to take their place in polite society. She is protected from these opportunists by her guardian, the dashing earl of Worth, who due to her direct and forceful personality, she constantly finds herself at odds. It is indeed this same forthrightness that threatens to sink her social career before it begins when she is dubbed “the Milkmaid” by an affronted early caller. The nickname catches on and it looks as though Miss Taverner trip to London may be for naught, until she is saved and subsequently befriended, by none other than the supreme arbiter of fashion, Beau Brummel himself.

All in all, Miss Judith Taverner must be considered a prime catch in the marriage marketplace and all manner of men, from a royal prince to her own guardian’s brother are interested in her hand, but would they be if it weren’t accompanied by the 80,000 pounds? “A lowering thought, indeed.” Perhaps it doesn’t matter anyway, for Lord Worth insists that he will not consent to Judith’s betrothal to anyone during his guardianship.

Taverner, Sir Peregrine, Baronet

Son of the late Sir Joh Taverner

Brother of Miss Judith Taverner

Nephew of Admiral Tavernier (Sir Peregrine’s Heir Presumptive)

Cousin of Bernard Taverner

Ward of the Earl of Worth

At 19 years of age and accompanied by his sister, Miss Judith Taverner, the youthful and sometimes hot-tempered Sir Peregrine Taverner embarks upon a trip to London from his family seat in Yorkshire to join the Beau Monde. He partakes in every activity a young regency gentleman could possibly be interested in, boxing; both as a spectator and participant, riding and driving, cockfighting, gambling and on and on. But is there a cloud over Perry? He is challenged to a duel, develops an unexplained cough and is fired upon as he races home from the country home of his sweet, young fiancee, the 17 year-old Miss Harriet Fairford. Eventually Perry disappears leaving his sister, Judith, in state o near panic, yet his guardian, the dashing earl of Worth seems unconcerned. The only person, beside Judith, who is concerned is his cousin Mr. Bernard Taverner. Bernard has been following Perry’s sometimes perilous exploits and he has a very good idea who may be behind the disappearance and all the previous near-dangerous incidents, as well.

Tyler, Jem

Groom hired by Perry Taverner at the request of his cousin, Bernard Taverner, when Bernard must let him go. This causes a good deal of strife in the stable when a rivalry springs up between Tyler and Ned Hinkson, the groom hired by Perry when he first arrives in London. This rivalry is seemingly won by Tyler when Hinkson shows a predilection for “blue ruin” (gin) which causes him to be inebriated several times when heis required. Judith Taverner prefers Tyler to Hinkson as “He knew his work, could handle a team and was not only respectful, but did not regle his young master’s ears with grim tales of the Ring…” (chap. 19) By the end of the story though, Tyler has, albeit unwillingly, changed his profession and become a sailor.

*Viotti, Jean Baptiste (1753-1824) nee: Giovanni Battista Viotti

Italian violinist who preformsat the Prince Regent’s Brighton Pavilion parties.

*Ward, Joe

Bottle holder for Tom Cribb at the Cribb/Molyneux fight. (chap. 2)


Intimate of Cribb’s Parlor and attendant the evening Lord Worth stops in to speak to Ned Farnaby.


One of the two tailors (the other being Scheitzer and Davidson) recommended to Perry Taverner by Lord Worth when he first arrives in London and feels the need to replace his provincial wardrobe with one more befitting his new station amongst the ton.


A harpist who performs at the Prince Regents Brighton Pavilion parties.

*William IV (1765-1837

Third son of George III. Know as The Duke of Clarence until after the death of his elder brothers, Frederick, Duke of York in 1827 and George IV in 1830 when he was crowned William IV. During his short reign, his informal style helped to restore the popularity of the monarchy which had been seriously damaged during the debt-ridden regency and reign of his elder brother, George IV. William married Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen on July 11, 1818, who reigned as his queen during his seven-year rule (1830-1837).

“…a burly, red-faced gentleman with very staring blue eyes and a pear shaped head.” Separated from Mrs. Jordan, his longtime mistress and mother of his 10 children, when he meets Judith Taverner after church services in London, he “…is looking about for a rich wife!” as Mrs. Scattergood says (chap. 6) and, indeed, by chapter 13 he has proposed to Judith who must trust Lord Worth to get her out of her situation.

*Worchester, Lord

Personal friend of Lord Worth. They attend the Cribb/Molyneux fight together.

Worth, Fourth Earl of, Julian St. John Audley

Father of the Fifth Earl of Worth, Julian St. John Audley and Captain Charles Audley

The Fourth Earl (deceased when the story begins) was a friend of Sir John Taverner, father of Miss Judith and Sir Peregrine Tavener.

Worth, Fifth Earl of, Julian St. John Audley

Father: Julian St. John Audley, Fourth Earl of Worth

Brother: Captain Charles Audley

Wards: Miss Judith and Sir Peregrine Taverner

Homes: Cavendish Square, London

“Worth” in Hampshire

Lord Worth, the height of regency manhood, is on his watch a mill when he runs into, first literally and on later occasions figuratively, the beautiful Miss Judith Taverner and her hot-tempered younger brother, Sir Peregrine. He christens Miss Tavernier “Clorinda” when she refuses to introduce herself, and so begins their eight-month adventure chronicled in Regency Buck.

Lord Worth’s father (the Fourth Earl) was an aquaintance of Sir John Taverner, father of Judith and Perry. Sir John mistakenly (?) writes in his will that Julian St. John Audley, the Fifth Earl of Worth shall be the sole guardian of his two children on his death. Since the will was written 9 months after the death of the Fourth Earl, mistaken or not, it is legal and binding. Throughout the book the dashing and blunt Lord Worth, whose hobbies range from connoisseur of snuff to noted whip to pugilist supreme, alternately protects and antagonizes the Taverners from forces without and within. All the while falling for the charms of the beautiful and wealthy Judith, unbeknownst to her. He has many rivals for her wealthy hand, from a prince to fortune hunters to his own brother, and none of them café under the restriction of being her guardian as he does.

*Wyndam, Colonel

House guest as the Duke and Duchess of Rutland’s house party. (chap 12) Wyndam, who arrives with the Duke of York, is a “smart man-about-town” (for whom the Duchess of York has an “inordinate dislike”).

*Wynne, Sir Watkins Williams

A boxing aficionado, pointed out to Perry Taverner by Henry Fitzjohn as he attends the Cribb/Molyneux mill at Thistleton Gap. (chap. 2)

*Yarmouth, Lord

Member of Waiter’s and seated next to Peregrine when he loses over 4000 pounds to Worth at macao. (chap.8) Also, intimate of Cribb;s Parlor and attendant the night Lord worth stops in to speak to Ned Farnaby.

*York, Duke of (Frederick)

The Duke if York spent most of his like in the military, he was uninspired as a commander, but his organizational skills allowed him to shine as Commander-in-Chief. He resigned in 1809 when a scandal involving his mistress, Mary Anne Clark, erupted. She was accused of selling army commissions. He was reinstated in 1811.

Like his brothers he spent much of his life in debt. He married a Prussian princess, who remained at their country home of Rutland with her many pets, while York lived his life away, coming home to her affable welcome when he chose.

The Duke of York, a tall, stout man was nearing fifty when he throws the Duke and Duchess of Rutlands house party into something of an uproar as he arrives unexpectedly with Colonel Wyndam. The Dukes habitual rooms had already been allotted to the Duke of Dorset, however, he (Dorset) is happy to acquiesce under the circumstances for he “…was only glad that so notable a whist player should have joined the party.” he has recently been reinstated as Commander in Chief of the military, the scandal of his mistress selling army commissions having died down these 2 years past.

*York, Duchess of

Wife of Frederick, Duke of York. She was a Prussian princess before their marriage in 1791. Their “weekend marriage” was said to have suited them both very well.

The Duchess is mentioned as remaining at Oatlands with her myriad of animals, while Frederick attends the Duke and Duchess of Rutland’s house party at Belvoir Castle.

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