The Earl, his lover, their temple: the story of Black Jack Needham

The recording of a talk that I give to Richmond Local History Society on the 2 Earl of Kilmorey.




One of the most colourful people to have lived in Richmond is Francis Jack Needham, 2nd Earl of Kilmorey (1787–1880). He was a traveller, a sportsman, a builder and a believer in the occult. He is notorious for eloping with his young ward, Priscilla and, on her death, erecting an Egyptian Mausoleum for her – which moved house with him.


Legends and myths are attracted to Kilmorey like bees to the honey pot, but in his case the truth is possibly more unbelievable than the stories.