Newbolt, Margaret Edina, b.1867/8 (née Duckworth, wife of Sir Henry John Newbolt)
- Existence: b.1867/8
Margaret Edina Duckworth was born circa 1868 at Puttenham, Surrey, fourth daughter of the Rev. William Arthur Duckworth of Orchardleigh, Frome, Somerset. On 15 August 1889 she married the poet and writer, Sir Henry John Newbolt (1862-1938). Both courtship and marriage were unconventional, as Margaret originally refused him on the basis of her close relationship with her cousin Ella Coltman; her consent was obtained only by Newbolt's assurances that Ella would not be deserted. Ella became in effect a third member of the household, and about two years after the wedding Newbolt and she became lovers, with Margaret aware of the arrangement, and Ella moving into the house. Newbolt and Margaret had two children: Margaret Cecilia 'Celia' (1890-1975), and Arthur Francis (1893-1966). Margaret died in 1960.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Letters from Margaret Newbolt (Netherhampton House, Wiltshire) to Hester Sassoon, 28 Aug. 1910-28 Aug. 1960 (year inferred (most likely 1920s-30s))
A few miscellaneous letters including condolences on the death of her mother Lady Gatty (1949), offers of furniture from Margaret Newbolt, news of George [Thornycroft Sassoon]'s progress from 'Nanny Evans', invitations to a dance in 1926, and a letter from Nicholas Gatty to his uncle Stephen.
Three letters sent from Margaret Newbolt to Ida Darwin between November 1900 and January 1911. The letter from November 1900 thanks Ida and her family for their hospitality following a recent visit by Margaret and her daughter Celia; the remaining two letters express sorrow for the pain caused to Ida's son Erasmus by the realisation that his feelings for Celia are not reciprocated.