Full Name: Honorable Caroline Nsali Boscawen a Nkanga
Sexuality: Lesbian / Demisexual
Birthday/Age: September 29, 1793 / 18
Title: Honorable (honorific title when introduced or in letters)
From the island of Boriken*** comes the story of Caroline Nsali Boscawen. Her father was a landed gentry who decided to expand the family’s estate by establishing a trade to import a famous family rum from the Caribbean Island. Her mother was a woman of mixed Kongolese and Taino heritage whose father had perfected the rum recipe in a cooperative business. Hugh Boscawen had fallen so deeply in love with his wife, that for many years he almost forgot all ties to his land in Cornwall and established his residence in Boriken, learning the culture and language of the island, and raising two beautiful daughters. For many years these two daughters lived in the reality of Boriken’s culture, and they went by Taino and Kongolese names, learning English with the tutelage of their father. The daughters’ names were Nsali and Anani. The family lived a content, happy and modest tropical life until word came from one of the Boscawen ships in 1808 that George Boscawen had fallen ill with complication from the smallpox – and family pressure fell on Hugh to come back to Cornwall to claim and manage his lands and be prepared to take over the peerage if needed.
Caroline’s mother, Karaya, felt troubled trying to imagine a full-time life in England. The weather, culture and language would be so foreign to her. But she could not imagine a home without Hugh, and a life for her daughters without their father. With the encouragement of her father, Karaya decided to relocate with her husband to England, making him promise to return if he did not have to answer to the peerage. On the positive she saw it as an opportunity for herself and her daughters to act as Ambassadors to her people and her family’s rum dynasty.
Karaya became Diana, Nsali became Caroline and Anani became Sarah – first names they thought would help English people refer to them better – they used their Boriken names as middle names to show their ties to their people. The Caribbean blue became the silver cold Northern Atlantic as the ship made its way to a new life in 1809.
By 1810 Caroline Nsali had made her debut into English society at 17. The full year did not pass before she caught the eye of an accomplished businesswoman-who attracted much attention her masculine clothes as many women of her gender presentation. Caroline now rests in the hope that her father will give his final blessing to the match. She has been resting in this hope for about six months well into the next season where her father hoped she would at least catch the attention of a person with noble title. But for a young woman from Boriken with a culture very removed from all these titles, Betsey Martinez of Spain stands as a grand person in her heart. Maybe the support of a few friends will help her remain in her resolve.
*** Fast Reference Boriken is the indigenous name of Present History Puerto Rico.
-Friendships: Caroline would be a good friend for other debutantes even if game-wise I am not placing her in the marriage market. She can be an encouraging voice for all social ventures of the heart. She is loving the learning experience of getting to know the new society she finds herself in. If you win her confidence she may disclose how far her own courtship is going. She loves conversations about languages, literature, the arts, lady's accomplishments and social outings.
-People interested in wanting to chit chat about Rum: Perhaps you learn who her family is, perhaps you heard of her mother's rum cakes which may become rather famous very soon. Either way...people wanting to speak of the trade business are welcome. For quite a gentle lady Caroline knows her liquors (in moderation of course)
-People from Cornwall or friends of the Boscawens - feel free to welcome the newest addition to the neighborhood.
-Book clubs, philosphy and art lectures - you are welcome to invite Caroline to events of this nature as she is very interested in the subjects.
How to address in letters:
Miss Caroline Boscawen or Miss Boscawen.
(Her family sometimes call her Nashi [Nashee] - related to how her name is pronounced)
Paternal Grandfather: Lord George Hugh Boscawen, Previous Viscount of Falmouth (deceased)
Uncle: Lord George Boscawen the 2nd, Previous Viscount of Falmouth (deceased / October, 1811)
Father: Lord Hugh Boscawen, Viscount of Falmouth
Mother: Viscountess Diana Boscawen nee Nvita a Nkanga (full Boriken Name: Diana Karaya Boscawen a Nkanga / Honorific Title - Lady of the Kingdom of Kongo)
Sister: Sarah Boscawen (Boriken Name: Sarah Anani Boscawen
a Nkanga / Honorific Title - Lady of the Kingdom of Kongo) (Caroline has the same honorific title given by her maternal grandfather's family)
Maternal Grandfather: Nvita a Nkanga: Honorific title Lord Courtier of the Kingdom of Kongo - given as the son of a sitting King