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Left image: Portrait of the young Queen Anne, Wissing
Right image: Portrait of Elizabeth Knight, Davison
Born in 1674 as Elizabeth Martin, when she inherited Chawton from her deceased brothers she took the surname Knight, along with control of the management of the estate. Knight married twice in her life and both of her husbands had to take her surname as part of the marriage agreement.
The large amount of land and wealth Knight owned made her powerful – unusual for a woman at the time. However, what makes Knight such an interesting figure is that she seemed to relish her authority, taking an active role in managing her estates. Her letters indicate that she knew the minutiae of her accounts, as demonstrated by the financial reckonings written in her own hand.