- Catherine Barton
Female adult bio
name = Catherine Barton Conduitt
caption = Catherine as a young woman
birth = 1679
birthname = Catherine Barton
death = 1739
Catherine Barton (1679 – 1739) was
Isaac Newton's half-niece, wife of the British MP John Conduittand probable mistress of Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax.
She was the daughter of Robert Barton, Gent, and Hannah Smith, half-sister of
Isaac Newton. Beautiful, witty and clever, sometime after Isaac moved to London to become Warden at the Mint she moved to London. She was known as a brilliant conversationalist, and attracted the admiration of such famous figures as Jonathan Swiftand Voltaire. Her uncle was also fond of her; an excerpt of an uncharacteristically warm letter from Newton survives, regarding her contraction of smallpox: "Pray let me know by your next how your [face is] and if your fevour (sic) be going. Perhaps warm milk from ye Cow may [help] to abate it. I am Your loving Unkle (sic), Is. Newton."
Following the death of the earl of Halifax's wife in 1698, Barton became his housekeeper and probably his mistress. There was much contemporary gossip on the subject, and thinly disguised accusations appeared in print.
Delariviere Manley's " Memoirs" of 1710 featured a character called Bartica who was widely taken to represent Barton. Halifax died of an inflammation of the lungs in May, 1715. His will contained a codicildated 12 June, 1706, which left the sum of £3000 and his jewels to Barton. A further codicil of 1 February, 1713, left her an additional £5000 plus his interest in the rangership of Bushey Park and his manor of Apscourt in Surrey. A sum large enough to leave her independently wealthy by the standards of the time, Halifax's will stated that these bequests were 'as a token of the sincere love, affection and esteem, I have long had for her person, and as a small recompense for the pleasure and happiness I have had in her conversation.'
Barton then returned to live with her uncle at his home in St Martin's Street. Shortly afterwards, however, she became engaged; in 1717, she married
John Conduitt, later a Member of Parliamentand master of the Royal Mint. The couple had one daughter, Catherine, born in 1719.
Conduitt died on
23 May 1737and was buried in Westminster Abbeyto the right of Sir Isaac Newton. Barton died in 1739 and was buried with him. Their daughter married John Wallop, Viscount Lymington, the eldest son of the first earl of Portsmouth, and their son, John Wallop, succeeded as second earl of Portsmouth.
A fictional Barton has a small role in
Neal Stephenson's novel "The System of the World", the final installment in Stephenson's " Baroque Cycle".
She also has a role in
Philip Kerr's novel "Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton".
* [http://www.newtonproject.sussex.ac.uk/prism.php?id=15 The Newton Project]
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