The young Miss Hussey of the Hussey Delaval family who later became Countess of Tyrconnel. We were told that her behaviour was so outrageous that the word "hussey" to describe such a woman was the result of her notoriety. Unfortunately, the Oxford English Dictionary disagrees, noting the first use of the word in 1505 and its derivation from the Anglo Saxon "huswife". It makes a nice story to tell the visitors, however. The portrait is in the gallery of the West wing of the house, which was re-occupied by the family (then Lord and Lady Hastings) in the 1950s. The present Lord Hastings subsequently sold the property to the National Trust.
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