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Researcher Janette Bright uncovers the curious story of a noble lady whose twins were secretly taken to the Foundling Hospital.

William Hunter was considered one of Britain’s leading obstetricians in the 18th century. He was intelligent, sociable and moved in admired circles. He used to relay the anecdote of a peer’s daughter who needed his assistance. She promised to give birth in silence so the child could be secretly taken to the Foundling Hospital. However, at Christmas in 1767 she gave birth to not one infant, but to twins. The real father died and the lady soon married.

Was the story even true? And what happened next? Janette Bright reveals how the Foundling Hospital archives proved it was, but also what happened to the children. There will be a live Q&A following the talk.


The Foundling Museum

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