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In defense of King, country, and family, he would unhesitatingly have sacrificed his virtue to Nessie, had that been required. If it was a question of Olivia marrying a man with syphilis and half the British army being exterminated in battle, versus himself experiencing a 'personal interview' with Richard Caswell, though, he rather thought Olivia and the King had best look to their own devices.

Olivia Pearsall Stubbs is the orphaned cousin of Lord John Grey and Harold Grey, Duke of Pardloe. She was Hal's ward for ten years, and lived in her aunt Benedicta's house in Jermyn Street. She is the wife of Malcolm Stubbs and mother of Cromwell Stubbs.

Personal HistoryEdit

Following the deaths of her parents Olivia was placed into the care of her maternal cousin Harold Grey who is head of the Grey Family. She grew up in her aunt Benedicta Grey's home on Jermyn Street. Following her sixteenth birthday Hal betrothed her to his friend Joseph Trevelyan, a prominent Cornish business man. Before the wedding could take place the engagement was terminated. Though not to wallow long in this sadness Olivia had secretly been courting Malcolm Stubbs and with consent of her cousin John Grey the two married. The two welcomed a son, Cromwell Stubbs, during her aunt's wedding in 1758.

Lord John SeriesEdit

Lord John and the Private MatterEdit

In June 1757, Olivia is occupied with finalizing arrangements for her wedding to Joseph Trevelyan, a wealthy Cornish merchant and friend of her cousin and guardian Harold Grey. Unknown to Olivia her other cousin Lord John Grey takes up a person investigation into Trevelyan after noticing a sore on Trevelyan's privy member. A few days prior to Grey discovering this Olivia met Malcolm Stubbs while riding in the Row. While seeking advice from Harry Quarry, a member of Hal's regiment and a good friend to the family, about what he should do in regards to Trevelyan he explains to Harry how Olivia is an orphan who has been Hal's ward for the last ten years while living at his mother's home.The two make a plan on how to determine if Trevelyan is truly poxed and to by those ends force Trevelyan into ending the engagement to save Olivia from social embarrassment.

Grey's personal investigation into Trevelyan become entangled with his murder investigation to Timothy O'Connell a suspected spy and member of his regiment. During her aunt's Wednesday musicals, this particular event dedicated to German music to honor their Hanoverian guest Stephan von Namtzen, Grey tried to slip through unnoticed. However, Olivia spots her cousin and attempts to convince him to sing. Grey's attempts to get out of any involvement fail as Lady Mumford spots him and Olivia murmurs that the Lady Mumford had been hoping he'd arrive and leaves him in her company going instead to her betrothed's side.

Olivia later, through obligation, leaves Trevelyan to save her aunt from von Namtzen finding herself instead trapped speaking to the very tall and loud man. In her absence Lady Mumford chooses that she and Grey should keep Trevelyan company. The trio discussing the pending nuptials. Trevelyan's demeanor not betraying the slightest sense of inner disquiet making Grey wonder if he had truly seen a sore. Olivia finds herself saved from further conversation with von Namtzen who sets upon Grey joyful wanting to speak to a fellow soldier. While von Namtzen had the room's attention Olivia and Lady Mumford decamp to the supper tables leaving Grey with Trevelyan who share an inside joke about the French.

After a slightly heated topic of Tom Byrd, whom Grey was under the impression Trevelyan had sent to help with his investigation of Tim's murder and the disappearance of Jack Byrd Grey moved the conversation to the wedding plans. Grey speaking of how his female relations have been obsessed with wedding preparations for any other thoughts. Grey bringing up that the house has been filled with bridesmaids, bolts of lace, and sempstresses to the point that he cannot sit without fear of impalement from a stray pin or needle. The conditions at Trevelyan's own home are similar though lacking in bridesmaids, in preparations for the wedding. Trevelyan giving a faint wistful look to Olivia from across the room as he spoke. Before Trevelyan left for the evening he stopped giving his goodbyes to Olivia with a smoothness of manner to make Grey again question if a man afflicted with the French disease could discuss his pending wedding with such insouciance.

Following Grey's night with Nessie in his quest to find the truth of Trevelyan's affliction, Olivia shares breakfast with him as she goes through the mail. Olivia, trying to determine the best edging for handkerchiefs, asks her cousin his opinion explaining she was getting a dozen made for Joseph as a wedding gift using her dowry money. She brings up Grey's new valet calling him an odd little person and rather young and unpolished for the position. Grey assures her that Tom may lack in some things he makes up for in experience being able to administer a proper shave - which upon touching his face Olivia gives approval of - and is most assiduous about his wardrobe. Olivia makes note to him that he should have his gray velvet suit repaired, having noticed a the hem had come unstitched and she wanted him to wear the suit for the wedding.

When Grey teases that she is practicing her care of domestic details Olivia apologizes for being overbearing. Trevelyan had told her she didn't need to trouble over anything as his butler would handle such things. Olivia, however, does not want to be the sort of wife that has nothing more to do than be an ornament. Grey, in effort to assure her of her own value tells her she is never less than ornamental and that any man of worth would discern her truth nature of character and value it more highly than her outward appearance. They slip into silence after that till rather suddenly Olivia asks if he has ever thought of marriage. Grey explains that he hadn't given having no estate or household and that Hal and Minnie had been doing a grand job with contributing to the family already having three sons, Benjamin, Adam, and Henry.

Olivia points out that this is true, but many ladies swoon after him even if he enjoys being the gay bachelor. Taking his hints that the subject wasn't one he wished to discuss further Olivia returned to her breakfast allowing to return to his thoughts. But it was a subject that she apparently could not let rest asking if he had ever been in love. Grey explains that yes he had been. When he explains he couldn't marry his lover due to their death Olivia is sympathetic giving her apologies. Dropping the subject she gave him his mail to read though shortly after a visitor arrived and Grey left her company.

From information provided from Rabbie MacNab Grey finds himself going to Lavender House and having a private word with Richard Caswell about Trevelyan's comings and goings in a green velvet dress. Through this Grey learns that Trevelyan is indeed having an affair, though oddly he entertains a woman while at Lavender House. When Grey speaks to his mother on the subject and how brokenhearted Olivia would be if the engagement was ended Benedicta recommended leaving it be. She advises that men of Trevelyan's age do have affairs and if he keeps a mistress after the marriage she trusts he would be discreet. She points out that Olivia knows nothing of the sort of man Trevelyan is beyond that he is rich, well dressed, not bad-looking, and highly attentive to her and more than that knows nothing of marriage and if she is in love with anything it is her wedding dress. Benedicta is firm in that if anything should come up after the marriage Olivia would ignore it and if she couldn't she'd think her life was ruined till she had children and discover that it's not.

Through further investigation Grey confronts Trevelyan demanding that he end his engagement to Olivia due to him being poxed. A request that Trevelyan asks for three days to find the best way to do so that would not cause Olivia nor his own reputation harm. Though Trevelyan was looking for more than just the three days as he poisons Grey with mercury in an attempt to slow him down and ensure he could not interfere with his plans. Grey manages to catch up to Trevelayn on the Nampara with the missing Jack, Finbar Scanlon and Maria Mayrhofer.

Trevelyan reveals that he has married Maria in the wake of her murdering her husband Reinhardt Mayrhofer after leaning the man had murdered their newborn son shortly after he was born. Trevelyan explains that he plans to escape to India and live, if he and Maria survive the malaria that they were purposely given to cure their syphilis, and word would be sent back that he had been washed overboard thus allowing Olivia's social status and reputation be unmarred by the termination of their engagement.

Olivia was not all that brokenhearted at the news her marriage was being called off. She'd secretly, since their first meeting, been courting Malcolm Stubbs. On August 18th, 1757 at a party being thrown by Benedicta to celebrate the victory in Bengal Malcolm sought Grey's approval to marry Olivia before their regiment was shipped out and Grey agrees given everything was already from all the preparations for her marriage to Trevelyan.

Lord John and the Brotherhood of the BladeEdit


Physical AppearanceEdit


-- Relationship summary for Harold Grey --

-- Relationship summary for Lord John Grey --

Joseph Trevelyan agreed to become betrothed to his good friend Harold Grey's cousin and ward Olivia Pearsall due to the fact that his lover Maria Mayrhofer refused to leave her husband. If he had thought there was a chance Maria would leave Reinhardt he would never have agreed to the marriage. The betrothal was of convince more than love and Trevelyan intended to not end his affair with Maria after marrying Olivia.

When Lord John Grey approached him insisting the betrothal be terminated due to Trevelyan being poxed Trevelyan requested three days to come up with a reasonable reason to call of the wedding that would save both him and Olivia face. The time he asked for was just for time to flee the country with his lover. Following the death of Reinhardt Trevelyan married Maria and took her away by sea to India. He explains to Lord John that word would come back that he had died at sea, this eliminating Olivia of being thought of as jilted by her fiancee and making her free to marry someone else of good standing.

During the final plannings of her wedding to Joseph Trevelyan Olivia met Malcolm Stubbs and the two secretly courted. When Joseph went missing and the wedding was called off Malcolm sought the approval of Lord John Grey, who in the absence of Harold Grey was head of the Grey Family, for them to marry. Wishing for his cousin to be happy and knowing that soon Stubbs, like he, would be shipped out agreed to the union. The two welcomed a son, Cromwell Stubbs, during her aunt's wedding in 1758. Olivia remains unaware that while her husband was in Quebec he had an affair with an Indian woman resulting in an illegitimate son, John Cinnamon.


  • Olivia is a name first used in this spelling by William Shakespeare for a character in his comedy 'Twelfth Night' (1602). Shakespeare may have based it on Oliveror Oliva, or perhaps directly on the Latin word oliva meaning "olive".[2]
    • Oliver is from Olivier, a Norman French form of a Germanic name such as Alfher or an Old Norse name such as Áleifr (Olaf).[3] Alfher is a Germanic name composed of the elements alf "elf" and hari "army, warrior",[4] while Olaf is from the Old Norse name Áleifr meaning "ancestor's descendant", derived from the elements anu "ancestor" and leifr "descendant".[5]
    • Oliva is a Late Latin name meaning "olive".[6]
  • Pearsall is a habitational name from Pearshall in Staffordshire.[7]
  • Stubbs it is possibly a topographical but is usually locational deriving from the village of 'Stubbs' near Pontefract in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and virtually all the early name recordings are found in this area. The origin is from the word stybb and this refers to an area of ground covered by tree stumps, probably following a forest fire. The name later was applied as a nickname to people of short and/or stocky build.[8]


  • Had a stubborn but amiable bulldog named Alfred.


  1. Age as of the end of Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
  2. Behind the Name: Olivia - accessed 06 July 2016
  3. Behind the Name: Oliver - accessed 06 July 2016
  4. Behind the Name: Alfher - accessed 06 July 2016
  5. Behind the Name: Olaf - accessed 06 July 2016
  6. Behind the Name: Oliva - accessed 06 July 2016
  7. Ancestry: Pearsall - accessed 06 July 2016
  8. Surname Database: Stubbs - accessed 05 July 2016

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