Lucy NoŽl Martha, Countess of Rothes (nťe Dyer-Edwards)
The Countess of Rothes (Lucy NoŽl Martha Dyer-Edwards), was born in Kensington, London on 25 December 1878. She married Norman Evelyn Leslie (19th Earl of Rothes) in Kensington on 19 April 1900. In 1902 their son Malcolm was born, followed in 1909 by a second son, John.
The Countess boarded the Titanic at Southampton with her cousin Gladys Cherry and her maid Roberta Maioni. She was travelling to Vancouver, BC, Canada. She and Miss Cherry occupied cabin B-77.
The countess, her cousin and maid were rescued in lifeboat 8, she was later put to the tiller. As able seaman Thomas Jones put it "She had a lot to say, so I put her to steering the boat". This was not meant as a sarcastic remark, Jones seemed to admire the Countess very much and later presented her with the brass number plate from the boat, in later years they maintained a correspondence.
The Earl of Rothes died in March 1927, the total value of his Will being £2,000. On 22 December 1927 she married Colonel Claude Macfie DSO in Chelsea, London. Lucy died in Hove, Sussex on 12 September 1956, aged 77.
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Lucy NoŽl Martha, Countess of Rothes
Cause of Death: Heart Failure / Disease
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