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Lucy Christiana Sutherland

Lucy Christiana Sutherland

Female 1863 - 1935  (71 years)

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  • Name Lucy Christiana Sutherland  [1
    Born 13 Jun 1863  London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Census 1871  Guelph, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    age 4, daughter 
    Census 1881  Columberie, St Helier, Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    age 17, daughter 
    Census 1891  Davies Street, Mayfair, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    age 25, daughter, married "L C Wallace" 
    Died 20 Apr 1935  London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8175  Brooksbank
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2012 

    Father Douglas David Sutherland,   b. 1838, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1865, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Mother Elinor Saunders,   b. 1841, Puslinch, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1937, Bridgend, Glamorganshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Family ID F3284  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse 1 Sir James Charles Stuart Wallace, Bt,   b. 1845, Worthing, Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 15 Sep 1884  Bayswater, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Wallace=Sutherland marriage 1884
    Wallace=Sutherland marriage 1884
    Divorced 1893 
    Children 
     1. Lady Esmé Stuart Wallace, Countess of Halsbury,   b. Sep 1885, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1973, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years)
    Last Modified 4 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F3286  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse 2 Sir Cosmo Edmund Duff Gordon, Bt,   b. 22 Jul 1862,   d. 20 Apr 1961  (Age 98 years) 
    Married 1900 
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F3287  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Jun 1863 - London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Apr 1935 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Lucy Sutherland aka Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon circa 1917
    Lucy Sutherland aka Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon circa 1917

    Histories
    David Kennedy - a troubled history
    David Kennedy - a troubled history
    Survivors of the Titanic on board the Carpathia
    Survivors of the Titanic on board the Carpathia
    Laura Francatelli (circled right) stands next to her employers Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon and his wife Lady Lucy Christiana (to her right)

  • Notes 
    • Daughter of civil engineer Douglas Sutherland and Elinor Saunders, Lucy Christiana Sutherland was born in London and was raised in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. In 1884, Lucy married James Stuart Wallace, an alcoholic, with whom she had a child, Esme. Wallace was regularly unfaithful, and Lucy sought consolation in love affairs, including a long relationship with Dr Sir Morell Mackenzie.

      The Wallaces separated in about 1890, and Lucy started divorce proceedings in 1893. In order to support herself and her daughter, Lucy began working as a dressmaker from home. By 1894 she had opened Maison Lucile in Old Burlington St, in the heart of the fashionable West End of London. In 1897 a larger shop was opened at 17 Hanover Square, before a further move (c. 1901-04) to 14 George St. In 1903 the business was incorporated as "Lucile, Ltd" and the following year moved to 23 Hanover Square. In 1900 Lucile married Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon, the Scottish landowner and sportsman whose memory is forever tarnished following his escape from the sinking of the Titanic.

      from The Lady, 4 May 2012
      "...things could have turned out very differently for the enterprising Lucy, who was not only a divorc?e but a single working mother \endash at a time when both were considered the height of scandal. Born Lucy Sutherland in 1863, she was raised in Canada and the Channel Islands by her grandparents following her father's death. A disastrous first marriage at 21 to alcoholic womaniser James Wallace ended after six years when he left her for another woman. In a bold move she petitioned for divorce and, with a daughter, Esme, to support, had to take work as a dressmaker in her small London home. Her first client was her sister, Elinor Glyn, the erotic writer and film producer who introduced her to her theatrical friends."

  • Sources 
    1. [S2387] Carol Whalley 2012.

    2. [S2397] marriage f3286.