Apple Piety

Probably due to the hardships of his early life, Lord Kenyon was known for his frugality, or parsimony, among his acquaintances. When he died at the age of 70, there were some who said he had died of indigestion from the habit of eating leftover pie crusts for breakfast to save the expense of muffins. In consequence of that, it was said, Lord Ellenborough, who succeeded to the Chief Justiceship upon Lord Kenyon’s demise, “always bowed with great reverence to apple pie as the means of his promotion,” ‘Which reverence,’ said a gentleman who dined on the tale, ‘we used to call apple-piety.’

You may groan freely.

Allegedly a recount of a visit by Tom Moore to Lady Donegal’s to meet the Princesses Augusta, Sophia, and Mary in the summer of 1824, recounted in the Jan. 30, 1869 edition of Once a Week.

Lord Kenyon:
Lloyd Kenyon, 1st Baron Kenyon PC SL KC (5 October 1732 – 4 April 1802) was a British politician and barrister, who served as Attorney General, Master of the Rolls and Lord Chief Justice. Born to a country gentleman, he was initially educated in Hanmer before moving to Ruthin School aged 12. Rather than going to university he instead worked as a clerk to an attorney, joining the Middle Temple in 1750 and being called to the Bar in 1756. Initially almost unemployed due to the lack of education and contacts which a university education would have provided, his business increased thanks to his friendships with John Dunning, who, overwhelmed with cases, allowed Kenyon to work many, and Lord Thurlow who secured for him the Chief Justiceship of Chester in 1780. He was returned as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hindon the same year, serving repeatedly as Attorney General under William Pitt the Younger.”

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