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4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No. 44:

Clandeboye House, Northern Ireland. 

Built in 1801, the eccentric interiors are due to the 19th century traveller/ diplomat owner. 

Photos: mainly Country Life Images. 

An Excellent documentary about it is available on Youtube. 

historical women 18/?: Jahanara Begum, 1614-1681

Jahanara Begum Sahib was a Mughal princess and the eldest daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan from his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. She was also the older sister of her father’s successor and the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. After Empress Mumtaz Mahal died in 1631 from complications of giving birth to her fourteenth child, Jahanara became the First Lady (Padshah Begum) of the Mughal Empire, despite the fact that her father had three other consorts… Her father frequently took her advice and entrusted her with charge of the Imperial Seal… Shah Jahan’s fondness for his daughter was reflected in the multiple titles that he bestowed upon her, which included: Sahibat al-Zamani (Lady of the Age) and Padishah Begum (Lady Emperor), or Begum Sahib (Princess of Princesses)…  Jahanara was known for her active part in looking after the poor and financing the building of mosques. When her ship, the Sahibi was to set sail for its first journey, she ordered that the ship make its voyage to Mecca and Medina and, “… that every year fifty koni (One Koni was 4 Muns or 151 pounds) of rice should be sent by the ship for distribution among the destitute and needy of Mecca.” As de facto Primary Queen of the Mughal empire, Jahanara was responsible for charitable donations. She organized almsgiving on important state and religious days, supported famine relief and pilgrimages to Mecca.

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