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Lamb was a politician and writer and had a disputed parentage. His mother was certainly Elizabeth Lamb (bap. 1751, d. 1818), daughter of Sir Ralph Milbanke, and wife of Peniston Lamb, first Viscount Melbourne (1745û1828). His father was generally believed to have been George IV (1762û1830). That monarch took a benign and lifelong interest in his career and stood as his godfather. Lamb was therefore the half-brother of William Lamb, the future prime minister; of Frederick Lamb, the future Lord Beauvale; and of Emily Lamb, successively the wife of lords Cowper and Palmerston.
On 17 May 1809 Lamb married Caroline Rosalie Adelaide St Jules, the illegitimate daughter of Lady Elizabeth Foster and the fifth duke of Devonshire (Taken from http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/15915).
Although they had a turbulant relationship, at one point Caroline lived in Italy and conducted a very public affair with Henry Brougham in 1816, the couple were eventually reconciled the following year, and lived together until his death. They remained childless.
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.