Judicial duel, 1249 (Catalogue reference: KB 26/223)

22 May 2014

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Thomas Pitt, second Baron Camelford was born into a life of privilege. Tall and handsome, he was the heir to a vast estate and fortune and had a promising career as a naval officer. Thomas's life, however, was dogged by controversy. He was complicit in at least two murders, was discharged from the navy in disgrace, had more than one court appearance relating to assault and was eventually to die in violent circumstances in a duel at the age of 29. All of which was a constant concern to his immediate family which contained not only the Prime Minister William Pitt but also the Foreign Secretary Lord Grenville.

Chris Barnes has worked at The National Archives since 2010 and is a record specialist in the Advice and Records Knowledge department. He has an interest in modern domestic records and researches a variety of topics including crime, disease and politics.

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