Lady Winifred Fortescue (7 February 1888 – 9 April 1951) was a writer and actress. She was also the wife of Sir John Fortescue, the Librarian and Archivist at Windsor Castle and British Army historian.
Winifred Fortescue (born Winifred Beech) was born in Great Bealings rectory, the daughter of Howard Beech, the rector of the village from 1886. She was mainly educated at home having "outgrown her strength" but at age 16 her doctor informed her mother that she was suffering from "intellectual starvation" and she applied for, and was successful in getting into, Old Cedar House School, Slough. This later transferred to London and became Wentworth Hall, Mill Hill. She then attended F.R. Benson's Dramatic School to train for the stage. She then went on the stage, performing in Sir Herbert Tree's company, and later starring in Jerome K. Jerome's "The Passing of the Third Floor Back".
In 1914 she married John Fortescue, despite being 28 years younger than him. She gave up her stage career and took up an interior decorating and dress designing business until illness forced her to give up. She then began writing for Punch, the Daily Chronicle and The Evening News, and then started a Womans' Page for the Morning Post.
In the 1930s she and her husband moved to Provence, France beginning her book writing career with "Perfume from Provence". She wrote a number of other books whilst there. Her husband died within 2 years of them moving to France but she stayed on until forced to move out by the German invasion in World War II. She returned at the end of the war and died in Opio, Provence.
- 1935 Perfume from Provence
- 1937 Sunset House
- 1939 There's Rosemary, There's Rue
- 1941 Trampled Lilies
- 1943 Mountain Madness
- 1948 Beauty for Ashes
- 1950 Laughter in Provence