Eva Primrose, Countess of Rosebery

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Dame Eva Isabel Marion Primrose, Countess of Rosebery and Midlothian DBE, JP, (17 June 1892 – 29 January 1987) was the daughter of Henry Bruce, 2nd Baron Aberdare and his wife, Constance.

First marriage[edit]

Eva Isabel Marion Bruce married, firstly, Algernon Strutt, 3rd Baron Belper on 26 April 1911 in St. Margaret's, Westminster. The couple were divorced in 1922 after having three children:[1]

Second marriage[edit]

She married, secondly, to Harry Primrose, 6th Earl of Rosebery, on 24 June 1924 and they had one son:


She held the office of Justice of the Peace (JP) for Buckinghamshire. She was invested as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1955. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of Laws (LL.D) from the University of Edinburgh in 1957. She was decorated with the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.

She was the mother-in-law of Bernard Fitzalan-Howard, 16th Duke of Norfolk who married her daughter, Lavinia Strutt, in 1937. She died on 29 January 1987, aged 94.


  1. ^ "Lady Belper Is Granted Divorce". The Ottawa Journal. 27 Apr 1922. p. 1. Retrieved 24 December 2016 – via Newspapers.com.


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