Hilda Gordon-Lennox, Duchess of Richmond

Hilda Madeline Gordon-Lennox, Duchess of Richmond DBE FRHS JP (née Brassey; 16 June 1872 – 29 December 1971) was the daughter of Henry Brassey and Anna Harriet Stevenson (died 15 July 1898), and granddaughter of the railway pioneer Thomas Brassey. She was known as Lady Settrington 1893-1903, and as Countess of March 1903-1928, when her husband inherited the dukedom.

She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1902,[1] and in 1927 she became the first chairman of the National Gardens Scheme.[2] She held the office of Justice of the Peace (JP) for Sussex and, later, Morayshire. She was invested as a CBE, and, later, as DBE in 1946.

She died in 1971, aged 99.

Hilda Madeline Brassey
Duchess of Richmond
Born 16 June 1872
Died 29 December 1971 (aged 99)
Spouse(s) Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, 8th Duke of Richmond
Lady Amy Gwendoline Gordon-Lennox
Lady Doris Hilda Gordon-Lennox
Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, Lord Settrington
Frederick Gordon-Lennox, 9th Duke of Richmond
Father Henry Brassey
Mother Anna Harriet Stevenson


On 8 June 1893 Hilda Madeline Brassey married Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, the 8th Duke of Richmond (born 30 December 1870 — died 7 May 1935); they had the following children:

  1. Lady Amy Gwendoline Gordon-Lennox (born 5 May 1894 — died 1975) M. 1917 James Coats
  2. Hon. Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox (born 15 August 1895 — died 5 September 1895)
  3. Lady Doris Hilda Gordon-Lennox (born 6 September 1896 — died circa 8 February 1980)
  4. Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, Lord Settrington (born 26 January 1899 — died 24 August 1919)
  5. Frederick Charles Gordon-Lennox, 9th Duke of Richmond, 9th Duke of Lennox, 9th Duke of Gordon (born 5 February 1904 — died 2 November 1989)


  1. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36773). London. 21 May 1902. p. 9.
  2. ^ "Lady Heald obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 31 August 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  • Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 489.

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