Lucy Noël Martha, Countess of Rothes

Lucy Noël Martha, Countess of Rothes

The Countess of Rothes (Lucy Noël Martha Dyer-Edwards), was born in Kensington, London on 25 December 1878 the daughter of Thomas Dyer Edwardes and Clementina Villiers. 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.

ImageThe Countess boarded the Titanic at Southampton with her parents (travelling cross-channel only), 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 Noel married Colonel Claude Macfie DSO in Chelsea, London.

Lucy died in Hove, Sussex on 12 September 1956, aged 77.  Lucy Macfie was cremated at the Downs Crematorium, Brighton, Sussex (the funeral home was Hannington Funeral Home, Brighton). Noel's remains are buried next to her first husband in the Leslie Vault in Christ's Kirk on the Green Churchyard, Leslie, Fife, Scotland.

Notes

  1. He died 23nd December 1963, aged 85, and was cremated 30th December 1963 at Cheltenham cemetery and crematorium, Surrey, London. His remains were collected by Malcolm George Dyer-Edwardes Leslie (later 20th Earl of Rothes) and later scattered at sea.

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References and Sources

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Denver Times, 15 April 1912
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April 1912
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1912
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