The First Duchess of Buckingham and Chandos
Anna Eliza led a troubled life that she bore with forbearance, tenderness and a strong sense of duty. Engaged to Richard Temple at the age of six (he was ten), she was to face the sudden death of her father and the insanity of her mother. Caged by strict guardians, Lady Caroline Leigh and Sir Francis Buller, she was prevented from meeting Temple. After a long struggle by the Grenvilles, the guardians gave way and Anna Eliza married Temple when she was just 16. A year later her only child, Richard Chandos, was born.
The marriage was often unhappy. Temple plunged the family into debt. His problems were partly solved by Anna Eliza (with the help of Sir Edward Hyde East) while he was in exile from 1827–29. She died at Stowe caring for Temple rather than at her beloved Avington, where she was buried.
Memorials to Anna Eliza:
De Vere and Lady Clanellan
Anna Eliza was the model for the Marchioness of Clanellan in Robert Plumer Ward’s novel De Vere, and although he assured Richard Temple “that none of his Characters were intended to represent any particular Persons”  he confided to journalist Peter Patmore “In the portrait of Lady Clanellan, on her introduction in the first volume, those who know her as well as I do may recognise the amiable Duchess of Buckingham. If they do, I cannot deny it.” 
The description was indeed flattering:
None that ever saw the marchioness for an hour, but wished to see her again; and none that had passed a day under her roof, but remembered her for ever. She was of a most illustrious family, and yet her birth was the very least of her recommendations. Others might be as great, but she reigned in the heart, while the trappings of others only caught the eye. In truth, she was the personification of benevolence, not unmixed with very lively observation when folly met her eye; but her benevolence always prevented her observation, keen as it was, from amounting to satire. The marchioness would not hurt anybody: to use a trite phrase, she would not hurt a fly. For these, and a thousand other amiable qualities, the high-born courted, the humble adored her. 
 HEH ST 98 Vol 4; entry for 22 October 1828.
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