Dame Margaret Wakehurst (1899 - 1994):
Born 4th November 1899 at Glen, Peebleshire, on her father's 76th birthday, the thirteenth of the sixteen children of Sir Charles Tennant Bt. It was noted on her death in 1994 that her life, and that of her father, had spanned 171 years in only two generations, he having been taken, as a boy aged nine years, on a march in support of the Great Reform Bill of 1832. She married, in 1920, John Loder who succeeded his father as second Lord Wakehurst in 1936 and had a daughter and three sons. Her husband was appointed Governor of New South Wales in 1937 and served in that capacity until 1946, following which he was engaged in the work of the Order of St John, of which he became Lord Prior. In 1952 he was appointed Governor of Northern Ireland. For much of her life Margaret Wakehurst involved herself in voluntary service and charitable causes and during her husband's tenure as Governor at Government House, Hillsborough, was responsible for founding the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health in 1959. It included a club for members named ‘Beacon House', so-called by her wish for a name that suggested light. She returned to visit in 1989 to witness the great progress which had been achieved in the almost thirty years since its inception. She was also a founder member of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship and President from 1984 to 1986.
Lady Wakehurst received an honorary LLD from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1957 and was appointed a Dame Grand Cross of the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem in 1960 and Dame of the British Empire [DBE] in 1965. After her husband's death in 1970 she chose to be known as Dame Margaret Wakehurst. She died in London on 19th August 1994 in her ninety-fifth year.
|Born:||4 November 1899|
|Died:||19 August 1994|
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