Dora Jordan by Anne Warrington
Online - 12 August 2020
Mrs Jordan (1761-1816)
Dora, an actress of Irish descent
Enjoyed her life causing little offense
Except to the Queen who did much lament
Her son’s naughty and wilful preference
For a comic actress from low background
With whom at Bushy, William sowed his seeds.
Such goings-on thrived ‘til a turnaround
In royal status led to abject deeds.
Poor William’s lively and fertile mistress
Now homeless, trailed by debtors, fled to France
Where alone she died, bereft, and stateless.
And yet in sculpture form you may per chance
At Buckingham see where she now presides
Madonna-like waved to by palace guides.
by Anne Warrington
Mrs Jordan: an actress, courtesan, and mistress of the future King William 1V. Bushy House in Teddington was their residence until William, then the Duke of Clarence, became King. Together they had 10 illegitimate children.