Today marks the 60th Anniversary of the Death of the 7th Marchioness of Londonderry, who died on this day in 1959. The daughter of the 1st Viscount Chaplin and Lady Florence Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, she was raised mainly at Dunrobin Castle in Scotland by her maternal grandfather, the Duke of Sutherland. In 1899, she married Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, who succeeded his father as the 7th Marquess of Londonderry in 1915, making her chatelaine of several large houses, including Londonderry House in London, Mount Stewart in County Down, Wynward Park in County Durham, Seaham Hall and Plas Machynlleth in Wales. Lord and Lady Londonderry had five children, including the 8th Marquess and Lady Mairi Bury, the youngest and the favourite. The 7th Marchioness was a influential society hostess between the two World Wars, notable for her friendship with Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, and served as the Colonel-in-Chief of the Women’s Volunteer Reserve, becoming the first woman to be appointed to be a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Military Division. Lady Londonderry died of cancer on this day in 1959.
Click HERE to take a look at the Londonderry Jewels, which are on display at the V&A!