_. Claire Leonora Ward (née Baring), who died 4 August, 2019, aged 83, was a scion of the Barons Ashburton, and mother of Tracy, Duchess of Beaufort.
She was born 29 February, 1936, the daughter of Amyas Evelyn Giles Baring [1910-86], by his first wife the former Mona Montgomerie Mullins, from who he was divorced in 1949 [she died 1988]; she married 21 November, 1956 [divorced 1974] the Hon Peter Alistair Ward [1926-2008], scion of the Earls of Dudley, a son of the 3rd Earl of Dudley [1894-1969], by his 1st wife the former Lady Rosemary Millicent Leveson-Gower [1893-1930]; and had issue,  Rachel Claire Ward [b 12 Sept 1957] the actress [The Thornbirds, etc],  Tracy Louise Ward [b 22 Dec 1958] married 1987 [div 2018] the 12th Duke of Beaufort [b 22 May 1952], and  Alexander Evelyn Giles Ward [born 1 July 1961]. Claire Ward was the mistress for over 30 years of Antony, Viscount Lambton [the disclaimed Earl of Durham], and they lived together in Italy until his death in 2006.
Mrs Ward leaves 8 grandchildren.
A Memorial Service takes place at St Peter's Church, Cornwell, 17 September, 2019.
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