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Margaret Sheila Mackellar Chisholm
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Birth: Sep. 8, 1898
Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
Death: Oct. 13, 1969
London, England

Socialite. She was the youngest of three children of native-born parents Harry Chisholm and his wife Margaret, née Mackellar. She was educated at home. When World War I broke out, she went with her mother to Egypt in 1915, planning to nurse soldiers and to see her brother John who was serving with the Australian Imperial Force. She met Francis Edward Scudamore St Clair-Erskine, Lord Loughborough, son of the 5th Earl of Rosslyn. They married at the British Consulate, Cairo, on 27 December 1915. They went to England in 1916 and were to have two sons. The marriage suffered financial hardship from Loughborough's inveterate gambling and they divorced in Edinburgh in 1926. In London in the 1920s Sheila became a member of the Prince of Wales's set, also known as 'The Darlings'. In November 1928 she married 26-year-old Sir John Charles Peniston ('Buffles') Milbanke, 11th baronet, of Halnaby, Yorkshire. This marriage also ended in divorce. On 29 October 1954 at the register office, St Marylebone, she married Dimitri Alexandrovitch Romanoff, a Russian prince and a descendant of Tsar Nicholas I. They lived modestly at Belgravia. In 1967 they came to Australia, her first visit home since flying to Sydney in 1937 to see her mother. Interviewed by the press on the coincidence of all her husbands being titled, Sheila said: 'I married them all for love. None of them ever had any money'. Princess Dimitri was buried with Episcopal rites in Rosslyn Chapel, near Edinburgh, where there is a memorial window to her younger son who had been killed on active service with the Royal Air Force in 1939. Her elder son, who succeeded as 6th Earl of Rosslyn, survived her.

 
 
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 Children:
  Peter George Alex St Clair-Erskine (1918 - 1939)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rosslyn Chapel
Roslin
Midlothian, Scotland
 
Created by: julia&keld
Record added: Apr 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35540046
 


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