News from 1907: Death of Margaret (Mrs. T. H.) Ismay


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The Times (London), 10 April 1907

MRS. ISMAY, widow of Mr. Thomas Henry Ismay, the founder of the White
Star Line, and mother of Mr. Bruce Ismay, head of the International
Mercantile Marine Company, died yesterday morning, at the residence of
her daughter, Mrs. Geoffrey Drage, in Cadogan-square, London, where she
had been staying for some months. Mrs. Ismay had been in failing health
for some time. She was the daughter of the late Mr. Luke Bruce,
shipowner, and was married, in 1859, to Mr. Ismay, by whom she had a
family of three sons and four daughters. Since her husband’s death
in November, 1899, Mrs. Ismay had lived in retirement at Dawpool,
Thurstaston, Cheshire. In the early part of 1900, in accordance with her
husband’s wish, she gave £10,000 to establish the Margaret Ismay Widows’
Fund as a continuation of the Liverpool Seamen’s Pension Fund, founded
by her husband, under the Mercantile Marine Service Association, in
1887, by a gift of £20,000. Mrs. Ismay augmented her gift in October
last by a further donation of £5,000. She also contributed £10,000 to
the Liverpool Cathedral scheme, and had agreed to provide the great east
window of the Cathedral in memory of her husband, while she augmented
the benefice of Thurstaston, and the new Dawpool schools were almost
entirely the result of her generosity. She was in her 70th year. The
funeral will take place at Thurstaston Church, at 3 30 on Friday
afternoon.

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