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Hon Gwyneth Ericka Morgan, A Beautiful Nuisance

Hon. Gwyneth Ericka Morgan, the only daughter of Courtenay Morgan, the third Lord Tredegar, was one of the Bright Young people of the post war era who disappeared from a house in Wimbledon in 1924 and whose body was later discovered in the River Thames.


The Honourable Gwyneth Ericka Morgan was born in 1895, the second child of Courtenay Morgan and Katharine Carnegie, later Lord and Lady Tredegar, of Tredegar Park, Monmouthshire. The family history on both her father and mothers sides is filled with a variety of the rich, the famous and the notorious. The Morgans had their roots in South Wales. The Carnegies in the Highlands of Scotland. Gwyneth spent a great deal of her life in London, or abroad, and in the Surrey home maintained by her mother, near Dorking. She also spent time with her maternal grandparents, the Earl and Countess of Southesk, at Kinnaird Castle, and with her brother Evan Morgan ( 1893-1949) and her parents at sea on board the family yacht Liberty. She spent part of her childhood at Ruperra Castle, South Wales. Talented, attractive, an heiress to the Tredegar fortunes from land, coal and agriculture, she became a part of the rituals of the great and good of London and Highland Society in the years before and after the First World War. Court, Northern Meeting, Balls, the Shooting Season and health and gambling trips to Cannes, Paris and Italy. Gwyneth had an adventurous streak and a reputation for being something of a bohemian. She was however struck down with ill-health after the excesses of high living and overseas travel. She mixed with some East-End and West End types that her family disapproved of and they warned her about the consequences. Coming into some perilous situations involving dangerous people, and with the increasing concerns of her family and friends she spent her last years moving between rented accommodation as though on the run. Receiving medical care from the most famous physician in the country, Sir John Atkins, Gwyneth suddenly disappeared in December 1924, her body was later pulled out of the Thames five months later in May 1925.

Was it an Accident, or foul play?


Speaker(s):

Mr William Cross, FSA Scot | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

30 April 2014 at 7:00 pm

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

Gelligaer Historical Society
Llancaiach Fawr Manor
Gelligaer Road
Nelson, Treharris
CF46 6ER

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William Cross, FSA Scot
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This talk is based on the THREE Books by William Cross, FSA Scot and Monty Dart including A Beautiful Nuisance: the Life and Death of Hon. Gwyneth Ericka Morgan

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