Richard Nash (Beau Nash)
Who was he?
Beau Nash (18 October 1674 – 3 February 1762), born Richard
Nash, was a celebrated dandy and leader of fashion in 18th-century
Britain. He is best remembered as the Master of Ceremonies at the spa
town of Bath. He played a leading role in making Bath the most
fashionable resort in 18th-century England.
Why was he in Bath?
He came to Bath in 1705 after less-than-successful careers in the army
and the law. His skill and good fortune at gambling enabled him to live
in the house that bears the bronze plaque, now the Garrick's Head
The text reads
"Here lived Beau Nash M.C. 1743 - 1761"
A change in the gambling laws in 1739 caused a drastic reduction in
his income and he was forced to move in with his mistress, Juliana
Popjoy, in the house virtually next door:
The text on the smaller wall tablet reads
"In this house resided the celebrated Beau Nash and here he died Feby
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