With how things have gotten in the general connections thread, I thought it would be best if I took James' tie building to the side. Since I have been an eager beaver in pursuing ties, I feel partially responsible for making the general post the morass it is now.
A tall and reasonably attractive young man of 24, the young Duke of Somerset is an athlete and outdoorsman to the core. Following in the footsteps of his late brother Nigel and father Henry, James is an excellent rider and has a genuine gift with horses. Indeed, the Richmonds of Bath are known to produce some of the finest horses for dressage, steeplechase, and horseracing.
James was a bit of hell-raiser and a rascal before he left for India, getting into mischief with the Trouble Squad ™️. By the grace of Heaven, he was not ruined, nor his family's reputation ruined. Since his return from India in April of 1810, Duke James enjoyed hosting extravagant hunts and house parties at Castle Richmond in Bath or at Castle Dunrobin in Sutherland, Scotland. With his mother, the dowager duchess's help, he also hosted a ball just before the last London season.
Those who follow horses and horse racing would be aware that the Dukes of Somerset have one of the finest stables and breeding programs in Western Europe.
Weight: 200 lbs, Athletic build
Hair: Light Brown
Eyes: Bright Blue Eyes
Titles: 7th Duke of Somerset, 9th Marquess of Bath, 5th Earl of Sutherland
Easy / Quick Character Tie Options
Horse enthusiasts of all kinds.
Peers from his time at Cambridge
Locals to Southwest England, where his mother was a consummate hostess
Those generally in their mid-twenties who debuted in the spring of 1807
Political types who knew and worked with Henry Richmond (Father), 5th Duke of Somerset in Parliament.
Naval types who were at the battle of Trafalgar and knew his late brother (Nigel)
Ladies who were debuted at the same time as his late sister (Anne)
NOTE: None of what appears below is really "open info" but is meant as a way for me to connect with people I don't know and to build a richer backstroy for my character. I really hope you'll respect me and my character by not meta-gaming anything you read here.
England/Scotland — Recent History
May 1810 — February 1811
Dance Partners at a Ball during the end of the 1810 season.
You were at one of my house parties or a hunt (fall 1810)
I spilled my drink on your date by accident (or on purpose).
You're an older sort that I have a fascination with.