Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Marion Wrottesley

Marion Wrottesley, who died 24 January, 2006, aged 83, was the second wife of Major Richard John Wrottesley, MC (later the 5th Baron Wrottesley).
She was born Joyce Marion Wallace at Shanghai, 3 January, 1923, daughter of Dare Frederick Alexander Wallace, directot-general of Burmah Oil, and was educated at Felixstowe Ladies' College. She married firstly, in 1940, aged 17, Sean Rainey, a private in the Seaforth Highlanders, by whom she had 2 children, Michael Sean O'Dare Rainey, and Shelagh Anne Rainey;she married 2ndly, 9 Dec 1949, as his 2nd wife, Maj. Richard Wrottesley (1918-77), nephew and heir presumptive to his uncle, the 4th Baron. The Daily Telegraph obituary says that Dick Wrottesley had reputedly locked her in the lavatory until she had agreed to marry him. They had a son, the Hon Mark Wrottesley, born 21 June, 1951, who died while serving in the Rhodesian army. The marriage ended in divorce in 1953 (nine years before Dick Wrottesley succeeded to the peerage), & in 1953 she acquired a 13-bedroom house at Soller, on Majorca. She later moved to a suburban villa near Palma, and afterwards to Tangiers. Her home in later years was in London.
Her son, Michael Rainey, married in 1966, the Hon Jane Teresa Denyse Ormsby-Gore, daughter of the 5th Baron Harlech, and her only daughter married in 1963, as his 3rd wife, the Hon David Pax Tennant (who d. 1968), a son of the 1st Baron Glenconner. She is survived by her children, Michael and Shelagh, and by at least 12 grandchildren, including the fashion stylist Ramona Rainey, and a grandson Gawaine, who is engaged to be married to Jasmine Guinness. . The funeral was held 27 January, 2006.

Sources: Daily Telegraph 28 January, 2006/Daily Telegraph 4 Feb 2006

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