Maud Petty-Fitzmaurice, Marchioness of Lansdowne

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The Marchioness of Lansdowne
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Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Alexandra
In office 1905–1910
Spouse Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne
Issue Evelyn Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 6th Marquess of Lansdowne
Lord Charles Petty-Fitzmaurice
Beatrix Beauclerk, Duchess of St Albans
Father James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Abercorn
Mother Louisa Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn
Born (1850-12-17)17 December 1850
Died 21 October 1932(1932-10-21) (aged 81)

Maud Evelyn Petty-Fitzmaurice, Marchioness of Lansdowne, GBE, GCStJ, CH, VA, CI (née Hamilton; 17 December 1850 – 21 October 1932), was a British courtier. She served as vice-regal spouse while her husband Henry Charles Keith Petty-FitzMaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne was Governor General of Canada from 1883–1888. She was then Vicereine of India from 1888–1894 while her husband was Viceroy.


Lady Lansdowne was a daughter of James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Abercorn and Lady Louisa Jane Russell. On 8 November 1869, she married the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne at Westminster Abbey and they had four children:

Later years[edit]

From 1905–09 she was a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Alexandra; she was Extra Lady from 1910–25. During the First World War she set up the Officers' Families Fund and served as its president, and she and her husband gave their house, Lansdowne House in Berkeley Square, London, as its headquarters. She also set up an auxiliary Red Cross hospital in the Orangery at Bowood House. [1]

For this and other charitable services, she was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the 1920 civilian war honours.[citation needed]


She died in 1932, aged 81, and was buried at Derry Hill Church, Chippenham, Wiltshire.



Honorary titles
Preceded by
HRH The Marchioness of Lorne
Viceregal Consort of Canada
Succeeded by
The Countess of Derby