Lygon, Lettice Mary Elizabeth, Countess Beauchamp (1876 -1936)

Lettice Mary Elizabeth Grosvenor was born on Christmas Day 1876 in Eccleston, Cheshire, the daughter of Victor Alexander Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor, and Sibell Mary Wyndham. In 1902 she married William Lygon, 7th Earl Beauchamp and had seven children. Despite the marriage, William Lygon’s homosexuality, to which the Countess was oblivious, was exposed, and in 1931 he was shunned by society, including the King George V, and his brother-in-law the Duke of Westminster. He was made an offer to separate from his wife, without a divorce, and to leave the country, but he refused. Shortly afterwards the Countess sued for divorce. The Earl fled the country and lived on the Continent. Lady Beauchamp died in 1936, aged 59, estranged from all her children except her youngest child, Richard.
Seat / Residence(s): Madresfield Court
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Monogram: L B
Coronet: Countess