Little is known of Captain DeVane's history, including his given name. He married Benedicta when she was fifteen. He died five years into their marriage, leaving Benedicta a twenty-year-old widow with two young sons.
Events of the NovelsEdit
Lord John Grey contemplates how heartbroken his cousin Olivia Pearsall will be if her wedding to Joseph Trevelyan is called off, and he speaks with his mother Benedicta Grey. Benedicta explains that Olivia is still young, and for her it is more about the wedding than the marriage. When John asks his mother about her first wedding to Captain DeVane, all she says is that she "had a wonderful dress".
- DeVane is an Irish name originally written in a Gaelic form as O Daimhin, derived from the word damh, which refers to "an ox" or "a stag".