A Matter of Course The story of Noelle Rothes Titanic's 'Plucky Little Countess'

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As ever, Randy always gives and oustanding piece of work. The quality is excellent, well written, and well searched.

Brilliant stuff.

Orchids and applause Randy, for a magnificent article on the lovely and courageous lady- my favorite effort to date. The photographs are a revelation. I am sure the family could not be more pleased. Bravo!
As Randy knows, I find the (large) Leslie family much more interesting than most Brit aristos, and he makes it clear how the injection of the energetic Noelle's genes kept that reputation going. If she lived now, she'd probably be running a giant corporation.... or winning The Apprentice. A tour de force, Randy.

[Moderator's note: This post and the one above it were in a separate thread, but have been moved to the pre-existing one on the same subject. JDT]
Thank you very much for the kind words, everyone. I hope all readers will find Noelle Rothes inspirational, not just as a Titanic heroine but as a woman who led a compassionate, courageous life before and after that famous night.

And it’s been a timely debut for the article —— this month marks the 50th anniversary of Noelle’s death.
An excellent work on an excellent woman!

I caught part of the PBS doc on Marie Antoinette last night and couldn't help thinking how many queens throughout history would have done well to take a page out of Noelle's book.

Well done, Randy!
Randy, you continue to set the highest standards for scholarship and readability in the Titanic community. This piece on the "plucky countess" is currently my favorite now of your many fine short research articles on Titanic ladies. What's next?

Thank you, again, for unselfishly sharing your research and excellent writing with all of us.

Best regards,

Inger Sheil

Very interesting piece, as always. I've been flat out for time and have only had the opportunity to read through once, thus doing a disservice to this highly researched and well written piece. I've no doubt missed a good deal in the density of information provided, but that will make the re-read all the more interesting.
Thanks again, folks. I’m happy as long as people remember the victims and survivors for their lives apart from the disaster. My goal in writing on the passengers is to give some perspective on their individuality. The most important thing left to Titanic researchers is to record the lives of those who experienced the event in a way that sheds light on their personalities, not just what they did on April 14.

To Doug —— good to "see" you here. What’s next? I don’t know. I am always working on several projects at once because I get bored easily and have to turn to something else. Rene Harris and Edith Russell are the subjects of long-languishing, half-written stories. As you know, I report community news for local papers so finding the time to write anything else as the holiday season starts will be tough. But Rene and Edy are at the top of the list whenever I get around to doing another Titanic related biography.

To Grant —— I had nothing to do with the article appearing on the front page. Phil Hind is the editor and owner of the site. All new articles get front-page exposure for a time. There’s nothing special about mine being featured in this way. I have written only about 4 articles for ET over a 3 year period so I’m nowhere near prolific, that’s for sure!

Inger — Glad you liked it, if that’s what you were trying to say!

Inger Sheil

Sorry Randy - I did forget to include the words 'I enjoyed it', which should have been in there! I was too busy admitting that I haven't had the chance to read it with the careful attention that the wealth of information it contained deserved, but that I look forward to doing so (everything I do these days seems to be on the run).
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