The inscriptions both read 'This set of 18 Silver gilt Dessert Plates were hand beaten and gilded by Alice wife of Archer Earl Amhurst as a gift to her brother-in-law Henry 6th Earl of Lisburne. He died before they were finished when done they were given to his Son Ernest 7th Earl of Lisburne 1903. To be an Heirloom.'
Alice Dalton Probyn (d.1933) was the eldest daughter of Edmund Probyn (1825-1890) of Huntley Manor, Gloucester and his wife Charlotte. She married firstly in 1878, Ernest, 5th Earl of Lisburne (1836-1888). Her stepson Arthur, 6th Earl of Lisburne (1862-1899) married her sister, Evelyn Probyn, and it was to him as both stepson and bother-in-law that the plates were to be presented. The inscription records that due to the death of Arthur in 1899 they were given to his son Ernest, 7th Earl of Lisburne in 1903. She married secondly in 1899, William, 3rd Earl of Amhurst (1836-1910) and thirdly H.S.H. Prince Jean Sapieha-Kodenske in 1914