The Journals Of Lewis Harcourt spin Queen Victoria tale.


Mr Harcourt’s diaries came to light in 2003, as extracts were published in historical magazine The British Diarist.

Harcourt’s diaries contain the following:

John Brown and Queen Victoria.

“On February 17, 1885, he wrote: “Lady Ponsonby [the wife of the Queen’s private secretary] told the HS [the home secretary: the author’s father] a few days ago that Miss Macleod declares that her brother, Norman Macleod, confessed to her on his deathbed that he had married the Queen to John Brown, and added that he had always bitterly regretted it.” 

Patrick Jackson, “who wrote the introductory article to the extracts in The British Diarist said at the time of their release: “Lewis Harcourt is an almost ideal diarist.”” (

Who is Patrick Jackson? Jackson wrote the following books:

Harcourt and Son: A Political Biography of Sir William Harcourt,1827-1904 Hardcover – 1 Aug. 2004

Loulou: Selected Extracts From The Journals Of Lewis Harcourt (1880-1895) Hardcover – 15 July 2006  

This is my favourite! It has no description or reviews on it’s Amazon page: Enigma Variation, a Fictional Memoir, Patrick Jackson, 27 Oct. 2004. How many historians could imagine, that the Harcourt diaries, maybe as fictional as Patrick’s Enigma Variation Memoirs? The Harcourt diaries, came to light; only one year earlier in 2003.

Enigma Variation: a Fictional Memoir, is about Edward Elgar (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934), the renowned English composer. Elgar wrote music for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. Elgar was fascinated by cryptography. His letters and music scores, for example, are dotted with codes and anagrams. Elgar wrote a piece of music called the Enigma Variation which was supposedly based on a famous tune that was coded.