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Earlscliffe Residents 1949 to 1950

Lily Margaret Graham Gough

Lily Margaret Graham Parry was the daughter of Graham Graham Parry from Cheltenham, England and later of Cobham, Virginia, USA. [1] She was born on Dec 10th 1884 in Cheltenham. She studied at the Slade School of Art in London (one of her water colours is shown on the right). It was at Slade that she met Robert Gregory. Robert was the only son of Lady Gregory of Coole Park, near Gort, County Galway. Lady Gregory was a well-known dramatist and writer on Irish folklore. With William Butler Yeats and Edward Martyn, Lady Gregory had co-founded the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

Lily Margaret (Margaret) married Robert Gregory on Sept 26 1907 in Paddington, London and they had three children.

As a wedding gift, Lady Gregory gave Robert a house in the Burren, Co. Clare called Mount Vernon.[2] Margaret and Robert used to spend their summers at Mount Vernon, often with Bohemian Artist friends. Their children chose to summer with their grandmother. Lady Gregory, at Coole Park.[3]

Robert Gregory was also an accomplished artist and a renowned Irish Cricketer [4] and served with the Connaught Rangers and as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps in the first World War. He was awarded the Military Cross and the Legion of Honour for "many acts of conspicuous bravery". [5]

Unfortunately he was shot down on January 23rd 1918 over Padua, Italy, allegedly by 'friendly fire'. This event inspired Yeats's poems "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death," "In Memory of Major Robert Gregory," and "Shepherd and Goatherd" and "Reprisals".[6] [7]

After his death, Margaret didn't marry again for many years.

On May 15th 1921 she was the sole survivor of the Ballyturin Ambush in Gort where the local IRA killed four people.[8] [9]

Margaret married for a second time on 8th Sept 1928 to a neighbour of hers at Coole, Guy Vincent Hugh Gough. Gough was son of of Colonel Hon. George Hugh Gough and Hilda Eve Moffatt.

In March 1949, Margaret bought Earlscliffe at auction from William and Norah Martin Murphy for £10,100. [10] The story was that she never occupied Earlscliffe [11] and instead put it up for sale in 1950 when it was bought by Brigadier Arthur Christopher Lancelot ("Kit") Stanley-Clarke for his wife Olive.[11] 

Margaret died in London in January 1980, aged 95.

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