Margaret “MATHER” <I>Finlayson</I> PABST

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Margaret “MATHER” Finlayson PABST

  • Birth 21 Oct 1859 Ontario, Canada
  • Death 7 Apr 1898 Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA
  • Burial Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 8891014

Born in Tilbury East Township, Upper Canada, Margaret Finlayson was the daughter of Ann Mather & John Finlayson. The family moved to Detroit and owned a boarding house for sailors. She rose from hawking newspapers on Griswold St. in Detroit to become one of the world's leading Shakespearean actresses in the late 1800s. She was famed on the world's stages for playing Juliet, Rosalind, Lady MacBeth, Imogene and Cymbelind. She used her Mother's maiden name Mather as her stage name and was also known as Margaret Bloomer. Margaret collapsed on stage in west virginia while playing Imogene in "Cymbeline." she died the next day without regaining consciousness. She owned her own production company at the time of her death. The troubled career of Margaret Mather was not to end peacefully. She was buried on Easter Sunday, 1898, in a white gown--her costume from her role as Juliet. Thousands of bereaved fans listened as Jessie Bartlett Davis sang the eulogy, then mobbed her fresh grave for souvenir flower petals. A crowd of at least 5,000 seethed around the mortuary chapel of Elmwood Cemetery. Otis Skinner, a pallbearer, observed that the throng had been promised a view of the body attired as Juliet. When the coffin lid was removed, the mob swarmed into the funeral home out of control, and at the cemetery,trampled over "hallowed mounds...and by the time we reached the final resting-place of Margaret Mather's body, much of the spruce lining of the grave had been stolen for souvenirs."

Gravesite Details previous married name Haberkorn

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  • Maintained by: dennis miller
  • Originally Created by: Earl Richard Sutton
  • Added: 8 Jun 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8891014
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret “MATHER” Finlayson PABST (21 Oct 1859–7 Apr 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8891014, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by dennis miller (contributor 47015486) .