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Horatio Robert Forbes Brown was a Scottish historian who specialised in the history of Venice and Italy.
Born: February 16, 1854, Nice, France
Died: August 19, 1926, Belluno
Education: Clifton College
Lived: Newhall House, Carlops, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 9LY, UK (55.79672, -3.31732)
Ca’ Torresella, Zattere, Venice (45.42905, 12.32734)
Buried: Cimitero di San Michele, Venice, Città Metropolitana di Venezia, Veneto, Italy, Plot: Rec. Evangel, GPS (lat/lon): 45.4475, 12.34833
Find A Grave Memorial# 161099875

Born at Nice (then part of the kingdom of Sardinia) on February 16, 1854, Horatio Brown was the son of Hugh Horatio Brown, an advocate, of New Hall House, Carlops, who was a Deputy Lieutenant for Midlothian, and of Guglielmina Forbes, the sixth daughter of Colonel Ranaldson MacDonnell of Glengarry and Clanranald (1773–1828.) The marriage was in 1853, and his mother was a good deal younger than his father, who died on October 17, 1866, at the age of 66.
Address: Carlops, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 9LY, UK (55.79672, -3.31732)
Type: Guest Facility (open to public)
Phone: +44 1968 660206
Historic Scotland Building ID: 14644 (Grade B, 1979)
Place
Remodeled in 1850, Design by David Bryce (1803-1876)
There has been a house at Newhall dating back to the XIII century. The main part of the current house dates from 1703 when it replaced the original keep. This was added to under the ownership of Robert Brown in 1792 when he also built the walled garden. Many alterations were made and signs of former staircases and windows have been found in more recent alterations. Robert Brown’s son, Hugh, extended the house which included the north facing extension housing the dining room and billiard room above, the turreted front door and the domestic offices. The sun room to the rear and the extension housing the eight garages were added in recent years. The principal reception rooms include the drawing room, adjacent to the sun room with French windows to the rear lawn. To the front of the house is the dining room which can seat 22 people at one table. Since 1907, first as occasional tenants and then later as owners, the Maclagan family were connected with Newhall. The Kennedys moved to Newhall in 1998. Alison Maclagan died in 2002 aged 97
Life
Who: Horatio Robert Forbes Brown (February 16, 1854 – August 19, 1926)
Horatio Brown was a Scottish historian who specialised in the history of Venice and Italy. He spent most of his life in Venice, publishing several books about the city. He also wrote for the Cambridge Modern History, was the biographer of John Addington Symonds, and was a poet and alpinist. In 1877, the Brown family found itself in a bad financial position. Allan Brown emigrated to New South Wales, and a tenant was found for the family home in Midlothian, Newhall House. In 1879, Brown and his mother decided to live in Italy. They went first to Florence, where Guglielmina Brown’s Forbes aunts lived, and then settled at Venice, taking an apartment in the Palazzo Balbi Valier on the Grand Canal. Brown’s mother died in 1909, and Brown began to spend the summers in Midlothian, staying at the inn of Penicuik or with his friend Lord Rosebery, a former prime minister. During the Great War he stayed in Venice, and when the Austrians seemed likely to capture the city he moved to Florence, then home to Scotland, where he lived between the New club in Edinburgh and his home village of Carlops. Brown sold the Newhall estate before dying of heart failure on August 19, 1926 in Italy.



Queer Places, Vol. 2 edited by Elisa Rolle
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Horatio Brown moved to Ca’ Torresella on the Zattere, where he lived till 1926 when he died, apart from a temporary evacuation during WW1. Every Monday evening, he gave a salon there and British visitors armed with letters of introduction could meet all the great and good.
Address: Zattere, Venice (45.42905, 12.32734)
Type: Private Property
Place
In 1879, Horatio Brown and his mother decided to live in Italy. They went first to Florence, where Guglielmina Brown’s Forbes aunts lived, and then settled at Venice, taking an apartment in the Palazzo Balbi Valier on the Grand Canal. In 1885, the Browns bought a tall, narrow, tenement building on the Zattere looking down the Giudecca Canal and reconstructed it as a house called Cà Torresella. Brown’s close friend Antonio Salin, a gondolier, also lived in the house with his wife and family. The receptions he gave at home on Mondays were described by Frederick Rolfe, known as Baron Corvo.
Life
Who: Horatio Robert Forbes Brown (February 16, 1854 – August 19, 1926)
In Venice, Horatio Brown met the archaeologist Giacomo Boni, who became his colleague in a common passion for the antiquities of Venice and Italy. Brown became a leading figure in the English-speaking community, churchwarden of St George’s Church in campo San Vio, president of the city’s Cosmopolitan Hospital, and honorary treasurer of the Sailors’ Institute. He also befriended local gondoliers and fishermen, helping them in their battles, gaining the material for a book of local colour, “Life on the Lagoons,” which appeared in 1884. The ailing Robert Louis Stevenson (whom Brown had met in 1881 at Symonds’s house at Davos, Switzerland) read it and wrote the poem "To H. F. Brown" to celebrate "your spirited and happy book.” An alpinist, Brown climbed peaks in Switzerland, the Carnic Alps and the Tyrol, and was a member of the Alpine Club of Venice. Lord Ronald Gower stayed with Brown in Venice in the 1890s and noted in his diary: "Every morning Horatio Brown goes to his work at the Archives, and I go a-sight-seeing." Brown spent part of the summer of 1895 staying with Gower in London, when they visited picture galleries together. In 1899, his portrait was painted by Henry Scott Tuke. Brown’s friend John Addington Symonds appointed him his literary executor, so that in 1893, when Symonds died, Brown received all his private papers. He went on to publish “John Addington Symonds, a Biography” (1895), followed in 1923 by “Letters and Papers of John Addington Symonds.” In both, he suppressed almost all of Symonds’s homosexuality, and in Brown’s own will he left orders for the destruction of the papers, apart from Symonds’s autobiography, and that was not to be published for at least fifty years. In 1923, an equally discreet obituary of Frederick Rolfe was printed in the London Mercury, and Brown commented with sympathy: “If it was necessary to modify concerning Rolfe – a freelance with no ties – imagine what I was forced to do in my John Addington Symonds books, with his daughters and their husbands insisting on seeing the MS before it was printed!” Brown published some homoerotic poems in his collection “Drift” (1900), but was hostile to the Uranian writers in the circle of Edward Carpenter, and because of his suppression of the truth about Symonds they saw him as a hindrance to homosexual emancipation. After the war he sold most of his Venetian house, keeping an apartment. In March 1925 he had a heart attack, but recovered. He died of heart failure on August 19, 1926 at Belluno, where he had gone to escape the summer heat. He was cremated on San Michele. His estate at death was £6,117, a substantial sum. Brown’s friend and fellow-historian Frederick York Powell described him as "Horatio Brown, the Venetian historian, a real good sort, cheery, broad-faced, shock-headed, tumble-dressed,” while after his death the Cornhill Magazine called him a "Scotch laird, with his ruddy countenance, muscular limbs, and sturdy frame.”



Queer Places, Vol. 3 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532906695
ISBN-10: 1532906692
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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San Michele is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. It is associated with the sestiere of Cannaregio, from which it lies a short distance northeast.
Address: 30135 Venezia, Italy (45.44644, 12.34685)
Type: Cemetery (Open to public)
Phone: +39 041 729 2811
Place
Along with neighbouring San Cristoforo della Pace, the island was a popular place for local travellers and fishermen to land. Mauro Codussi's Chiesa di San Michele in Isola of 1469, the first Renaissance church in Venice, and a monastery lie on the island, which also served for a time as a prison. San Cristoforo was selected to become a cemetery in 1807, designed by Gian Antonio Selva, when under French occupation it was decreed that burial on the mainland (or on the main Venetian islands) was unsanitary. The canal that separated the two islands was filled in during 1836, and subsequently the larger island became known as San Michele. Bodies were carried to the island on special funeral gondolas. Among those buried there are Igor Stravinsky, Joseph Brodsky, Jean Schlumberger, Christian Doppler, Frederick Rolfe, Horatio Brown, Sergei Diaghilev, Ezra Pound, Luigi Nono, Catherine Bagration, Franco Basaglia, Paolo Cadorin, Zoran Mušič, Helenio Herrera, Emilio Vedova, and Salvador de Iturbide y Marzán. The cemetery is still in use today. The cemetery contains 7 war graves from WWI of officers and seamen of the British merchant and Royal Navy. Aspasia Manos was initially interred at the cemetery of Isola di San Michele. Her remains were later transferred to the Royal Cemetery Plot in the park of Tatoi Palace. Other attractions include the Cappella Emiliana.
Notable queer burials at Isola di San Michele:
• Princess Catherine Bagration (1783-1857) was the wife of the general Pyotr Bagration. She was known for her beauty, love affairs and outrageous behaviour. She counted many Parisian celebrities among her close friends: Stendhal, Benjamin Constant, the Marquis de Custine, even the Queen of Greece. The Princess's cook for a time was Marie-Antoine Carême, the founder of Haute Cuisine. Balzac mentions in one of his letters that she was one of the two women upon whom he based the character Feodora, heroine of his first novel “La Peau de Chagrin”. Similarly Victor Hugo mentions her salon in “Les Misérables”.
• Horatio Brown (February 16, 1854-August 19, 1926) was a Scottish historian who specialised in the history of Venice and Italy.
• Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) was a Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes, from which many famous dancers and choreographers would arise.
• Ezra Pound (1885-1972) was an expatriate American poet and critic, and a major figure in the early modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a movement derived from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision and economy of language.
• Frederick Rolfe, better known as Baron Corvo (1860-1913), was an English writer, artist, photographer and eccentric.
• Jean Schlumberger (1907-1987) was a French jewelry designer especially well known for his work at Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger was a very private person but liked to socialize among friends like Cristóbal Balenciaga, Emilio Terry, Diana Vreeland and Hubert de Givenchy.
• Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) was a Russian (and later, a naturalized French and American) composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the XX century.



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ISBN-10: 1532906692
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Henry Brooks Adams was an American historian and member of the Adams political family, being descended from two U.S. Presidents.
Born: February 16, 1838, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 27, 1918, Washington, D.C., United States
Education: Harvard Univeristy
Humboldt University of Berlin
Buried: Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA, Plot: Section E, Lot 202, GPS (lat/lon): 38.94679, -77.0106
Find A Grave Memorial# 5
Spouse: Marian Hooper Adams (m. 1872)

End of 2003, Howard Austen died; later, in Feb. 2005, he was re-buried at Rock Creek Cemetery, in Washington, D.C., in a joint grave meant for both Gore Vidal and Austen.
Address: 201 Allison St NW, Washington, DC 20011, USA (38.94744, -77.01203)
Type: Cemetery (open to public)
Phone: +1 (202) 726-2080
National Register of Historic Places: 77001498, 2010
Place
Rock Creek Cemetery is an 86-acre (350,000 m2) cemetery with a natural rolling landscape located at Rock Creek Church Road, NW, and Webster Street, NW, off Hawaii Avenue, NE in Washington, D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood. It is across the street from the historic Soldiers’ Home and the Soldiers’ Home Cemetery. It also is home to the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. It was first established in 1719 as a churchyard within the glebe of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish. The Vestry later decided to expand the burial ground as a public cemetery to serve the city of Washington and this was established through an Act of Congress in 1840. The expanded Cemetery was landscaped in the rural garden style, to function as both a cemetery and a public park. It is a ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish with sections for St. John’s Russian Orthodox Church and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Rock Creek Cemetery’s park-like setting has many notable mausoleums, sculptures, and tombstones. The best known is Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Stanford White’s Adams Memorial, a contemplative, androgynous bronze sculpture seated before a block of granite. It marks the graves of Marian Hooper “Clover" Adams and her husband, Henry Adams, and sometimes mistakenly, the sculpture is referred to as Grief. Saint-Gaudens entitled it The Mystery of the Hereafter and The Peace of God that Passeth Understanding. Other notable memorials include the Frederick Keep Monument, the Heurich Mausoleum, the Hitt Monument, the Hardon Monument, the Kauffman Monument, known as The Seven Ages of Memory, the Sherwood Mausoleum Door, and the Thompson-Harding Monument.
Notable queer burials at Rock Creek Cemetery:
• Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918)
• Howard Auster (1929–2003)
• Frances Benjamin "Fannie" Johnston (1864-1952), pioneering photojournalist and documentary photographer. She was cremated and her ashes scattered over the family plot.
• James Trimble, III (1925-1945)
• Gore Vidal (1925–2012)
Life
Who: Eugene Louis Vidal (October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) aka Gore Vidal and Howard Auster (1929 – September 22, 2003) aka Howard Austen
Gore Vidal and Howard Austen are buried side by side at Rock Creek Cemetery. Near them there is also Henry Adams, the American journalist, novelist, academic and historian who featured in Vidal’s books, and the great love of Gore Vidal’s life, Jimmy Trimble. Gore Vidal’s second novel, “The City and the Pillar” (1948) caused a moralistic furor over his dispassionate presentation of a young protagonist coming to terms with his homosexuality and a male homosexual relationship. The novel was dedicated to "J.T."; decades later, Vidal confirmed that the initials were those of James Trimble III, killed in the Battle of Iwo Jima on March 1, 1945; and that Jimmie Trimble was the only person Gore Vidal ever loved.



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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George Francis Alexander Seymour, 7th Marquess of Hertford was the son of Hugh Seymour, 6th Marquess of Hertford.
Born: October 20, 1871
Died: February 16, 1940
Lived: Ragley Hall, Alcester B49 5NJ, UK (52.198, -1.89599)
Buried: Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, SW1P 3PA
Find A Grave Memorial# 173506576
Spouse: Alice Cornelia Thaw
Parents: Hugh Seymour, 6th Marquess of Hertford
Coronation date: 1912
Grandparent: Francis Seymour, 5th Marquess of Hertford

The country estate of George Seymour (1871-1940), Earl of Yarmouth and 7th Marquess of Hertford. Seymour inherited Ragley Hall in 1912 but never lived there, preferring the high life in London. Ragley Hall is a mid XVIII century park landscaped by Lancelot Brown, with late XIX century formal gardens and pleasure grounds laid out by Robert Marnock.
Address: Alcester B49 5NJ, UK (52.198, -1.89599)
Type: Museum (open to public)
Phone: +44 1789 762090
English Heritage Building ID: 305020 (Grade I, 1967)
Place
Ragley Hall is located south of Alcester, Warwickshire, eight miles (13 km) west of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Hertford and is one of the stately homes of England. The house, which was designed by Dr Robert Hooke, was built for the Edward Conway, 1st Earl of Conway and completed in 1680. The Great Hall is thought to have been decorated by James Wyatt in 1780. Financial instability of the Seymour family left the house threatened with demolition more than once. In 1912, following the death of Hugh Seymour, 6th Marquess of Hertford, the estate's trustees recommended that the house be demolished. However, during World War I and World War II, the house found use as a military hospital. Hugh Seymour, 8th Marquess of Hertford, who inherited Ragley Hall from his uncle in 1940, fought to save it after the war. It was refurbished between 1956 and 1958, when it became one of the first stately homes opened to the public. In 1983, the painter Graham Rust completed a huge mural including pets, friends and family members which is known as "The Temptation" and is exhibited on the Southern staircase. Ragley was the site of the Jerwood Sculpture Park, opened in July 2004. The Park included works that won the Jerwood Sculpture Prizes, and the work of Dame Elisabeth Frink, among others. However the site was closed in April 2012.
Life
Who: George Francis Alexander Seymour, 7th Marquess of Hertford (October 20, 1871 – February 16, 1940)
George Seymour, 7th Marquess of Hertford, was the son of Hugh Seymour, 6th Marquess of Hertford. Seymour became a Lieutenant in the Warwickshire regiment before joining the Black Watch. He became Earl of Yarmouth in 1884 and the 7th Marquess of Hertford in 1901. In 1895 he arrived at the sugar district of Mackay, Queensland, Australia, taking up a small mixed farm. Despite his senior rank and status, the local population showed him little respect, scandalised by his behaviour. The local paper called him a ‘skirt dancer’ and local memory is of him performing dances in a sequined outfit with butterfly wings and of hosting male-only parties on his isolated property. Seymour seems to have returned to England for Queen Victoria's Jubilee then travelled to the US, where he married Alice C. Thaw of Pittsburgh on 27 April 1903; their childless marriage was annulled in 1908 on the grounds of non-consummation. Alice Cornelia Thaw (January 2, 1880 – May 8, 1955) was an American philanthropist, born to William Thaw, Sr. and Mary Sibbet Copley. She was the younger sister of Harry Kendall Thaw. Lord Hertford filed for bankruptcy in 1910 and inherited Ragley Hall and its large Warwickshire estate in 1912, but never lived there, preferring the high life in London. Lord Hertford died in 1940, aged 68 and childless, and his titles passed to his nephew, Hugh Seymour.



Queer Places, Vol. 2 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532906312
ISBN-10: 1532906315
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