Annabel of Alia

Private Collection

Annabel of Alia, Countess of Elsso (1656 – 1728)
To have been born in the county of Alia was not easy, known as ‘the land of tarts’ as it was a popular starting point for ladies before moving to bigger and better brothels. Raised in a convent and given a proper debut by her parents, she still managed to lose her virginity to the Earl of Elsso in a broom closet — within the first hour of her debut ball. It was a splendid union; she was to be the emblem of class and sophistication within their social circles.