Suffolk woman’s textile tribute to dandy ancestor’s battle daring
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A former Suffolk schoolgirl whose heroic ancestor was decorated for his leadership at Waterloo has created a fittingly sartorial souvenir for the battle’s bicentenary.
Profits from the sale of Isabella Singleton’s Waterloo Scarf will be donated to the Household Cavalry Foundation.
The 24-year-old printed textiles designer is an ex-pupil of Framlingham College and the great, great, great, great-granddaughter of Henry Paget, Earl of Uxbridge, made the 1st Marquess of Anglesey for his courage as commander of the British cavalry.
His bravery was exemplified when he lost part of his right leg to cannon fire. During amputation, for which there was no anaesthetic, Paget neither spoke nor moved, flinching only when the saw blade jammed.
He was fitted with the first fully articulated artificial leg, which can still be seen at the Paget’s National Trust-owned family home, Plas Newydd, in Wales.
Isabella is also niece of the current Marquess and granddaughter of the 7th Marquess, whose book, One Leg, is the definitive biography of his heroic ancestor.
The playful design of her Waterloo Scarf is based on the particularly flamboyant helmet worn by officers of the 1st Regiment of Life Guards – later incorporated into Isabella’s chosen charity, the Household Cavalry.
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The Leeds College of Art graduate, who lives and works in London but regularly returns home to Sibton, said the 1st Marquess had a reputation at the time as a dandy, adding: “Apparently he loved good tailoring and his own regiment, the 7th Hussars, was amongst the best dressed in the British army.
“I hope he would have approved of my very small contribution – I have included his wooden leg in the design as a tribute to him.”
The scarves are made in Britain and like all Isabella’s designs, originate with a hand drawing before being digitally printed. Made from luxurious silk twill and available in two colour ways, it costs £65 with all profits going to the Household Cavalry Foundation . The scarves are available from Isabella’s website www.isabellasingletondesign.com.