Friday, April 10, 2020

Margaret Esme Scott Whittingdale 1920-2020

_. Margaret Esme Scott Whittingdale [nee Napier], who died 7 April, 2020, aged 99, was a scion of the Lords Napier of Merchistoun.

She was born 30 December, 1920, daughter of Brigadier Arthur Francis Scott Napier [1890-1971], by his wife the former Phyllis Grace Fleming [died 1978]; married firstly, 18 May, 1942 [div 1946], Capt Ephraim Stewart Cook Spence, of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders; married secondly, 21 Sept, 1946, her kinsman, Maj Alexander Napier [1904-54], a great-grandson of the 9th Lord Napier of Merchistoun [1786-1834], son of Archibald Scott Napier [1865-1934], by his wife the former Katherine Edith Liveing [died 1942]; married thirdly, 30 Dec, 1957, John Whittingdale, FRCS [died 1974], and leaves a son by her 2nd marriage, Charles Scott Napier [born 1 July, 1947], and a son, the Rt Hon John Flasby Lawrence Whittingdale, OBE, MP, PC [born 16 Oct, 1959], from her third marriage.

Her younger son is Conservative MP for Malden, and is Minister of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport.


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