Our great great great grandmother, Sophia Blaney Sutherland, the wife of Noah Hickey of Dublin and mother of the Rev. Noah Sydney Hickey was a resourceful women who corresponded with the Duke of Sutherland in February 1833 seeking his financial support for herself and her five grandchildren.
Earlier the Duke had ?put forward? her son (Rev Noah Sydney Hickey) to take religious orders.
At the time of writing to the Duke Sophia was a widow . Her husband had been the partner in a failed business in Calcutta leaving Sophia ?without means to purchase food? for her children.
The Duke graciously came to her assistance.
As yet little is known about Sophia’s pedigree. Her father was Capt William Sutherland of the 45 Regiment. A Blaney family were tenants of the Duke of Sutherland but it is not known if they were related to Sophia.
For further information and imagers of the letters go to www.sutherlandcollection.org.uk/