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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Polly Marchioness of Lansdowne 1937-2019

_. Polly Marchioness of Lansdowne, who died 11 May, 2019, in Amsterdam, was the former wife of the 8th Marquess of Lansdowne, of Bowood, Calne. She was 82.

She was born the Hon Selina Polly Dawson Eccles, 18 January, 1937, daughter of David Eccles, later 1st Viacount Eccles [1904-99] by his wife the Hon Sybil Frances Dawson [1904-77].

Always known as Polly. Her father was Minister of Works at the time of the Coronation, for which he was appointed KCVO. He was created a viscount in 1964, one of the last so created.

Polly's maternal grandfather was Bertrand Dawson, 1st Viscount Dawson of Penn [1865-1945], physician to King George V, who administered the fatal dose of morphine to the dying monarch in January, 1936.

She married firstly, 1 June, 1962 [divorced 1969], Robin Andrew Duthac Carnegie [1937-2000], scion of the Earls of Southesk (now Dukes of Fife); married secondly, 22 Dec, 1969, as his second wife, the 8th Marquess of Lansdowne [1912-99], and became chatelaine of Bowood House, at Calne, Wiltshire. This marriage ended in divorce in 1978.

The Marchioness leaves a son, Andrew Carnegie, from her first marriage. He was born in 1963.

Following a private cremation in Amsterdam, the funeral will take place in London at a later date.

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