A presentation on the unconventional life and philanthropy of 19th century British banking heiress Angela Burdett-Coutts (1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts), who inherited her family’s vast fortune at the age of 23, and her affiliations with some of the giants of her day: Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington; Florence Nightingale; Charles Dickens; David Livingstone; and Sir James Brooke, the so-called “White Rajah of Sarawak” among others. Unconventional, self-willed and determined throughout her long life, Angela set her own course from the beginning, defying Victorian precepts regarding both marriage and the treatment of the poor and marginalized. With her philosophy “What is the use of my means but to try and do some good with them?,” she was among the most generous and committed of Victorian philanthropists. This event includes light refreshments with an international and Victorian twist (served in the Croghan Schenley Room). .