KING GEORGE III - Lock of Hair (approximately 90 strands). This is one of three known locks of King George's hair in the world. This hair is contained in two envelopes.
One which reads, "His Majesty's hair cut off July 30th 1814" on one side and For Mrs. Bootle-Wilbraham's kind Remembrances Nov 23rd 1825.
" The inner envelope reads again, "His majesty's hair cut off July 30th 1814. Mary Elizabeth (nee Taylor) Bootle-Wilbraham, whose wax seal is featured on one of the envelopes with her initials (MEB), was the sister of Sir Herbert Taylor - personal secretary to King George III for many years. Ife of Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Baron Skelmersdale, and resided at Lathom House in Lancashire, UK. This lock of hair undoubtedly came directly from her brother, Sir Herbert Taylor. There is a "sister" lock of hair similar to this one preserved in the archives of the London Museum.
Hair of His late Majesty King George III Received from Sir H. It has the exact same handwriting on the envelope as this one. The hair preserved at the London Museum underwent scientific tests in 2005 under the direction of Prof.
In his published findings, it was discovered that the hair contained high concentrations of arsenic - likely the cause of King George's madness. The only other known lock of hair from King George III is contained in the Royal Archives.