Frederick Cunliffe-Owen

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Frederick Philip Lewis Cunliffe-Owen (30 January 1855 - 30 June 1926) was an English-born writer and newspaper columnist. He was a son of the exhibition organizer and museum director Philip Cunliffe-Owen and an older brother of the industrialist Hugo Cunliffe-Owen. [1]

Frederick Cunliffe-Owen was educated at Lancing College and the University of Lausanne. He joined the diplomatic service and spent time in Egypt and Japan. [2] In 1877 he married Emma Pauline de Couvreu de Deckersberg. They were divorced in Switzerland in 1887. [1]

In 1885 Cunliffe-Owen moved to New York City with his second wife, Marguerite de Godart, comtesse de Planty et de Sourdis, who was known as Countess Marguerite Cunliffe-Owen.[3] He wrote for the New York Tribune, becoming first the paper's foreign editor and later its society editor. Using the pseudonym "Marquise de Fontenoy", Cunliffe-Owen wrote syndicated feature articles about European aristocratic and court society. He also wrote a series called "An Ex-Attaché's Letters" about European diplomatic and political affairs and wrote editorials on these subjects for the New York Times.[4][2] In 1916 he was sued by Rudolph de Landas Berghes for libel, after writing to the Bishop of Pennsylvania to warn him "against giving any countenance whatsoever to the soi-disant 'Prince de Berghes' ".[5]

Cunliffe-Owen received numerous honours including being named a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau in 1908 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire and Knight Commander of the Order of the White Eagle (Serbia) in 1920.[6][7][8]

Frederick Cunliffe-Owen died in New York on 30 June 1926. [9]Countess Marguerite Cunliffe-Owen died on 29 August 1927. [10]


  1. ^ a b "Frederick Philip Lewis Cunliffe-Owen". The Peerage. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b Homberger, Eric (2013). "Introduction". Titled Americans: A List of American Ladies Who Have Married Foreigners of Rank. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 9781783660056.
  3. ^ "Countess's death reveals her as author of mystery book, "Martyrdom of an Empress"". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 4 September 1927. p. 50. Retrieved 14 January 2016 – via open access
  4. ^ "Novelist countess, king's descendant, dies in New York". The Montreal Gazette. Montreal. 29 August 1927. p. 2.
  5. ^ "Author he sued assails bishop". New-York Tribune. New York, N.Y. 9 February 1916. p. 6. Retrieved 14 January 2016 – via open access
  6. ^ "Wilhelmina Knights F. Cunliffe Owen". New York Times. New York, N.Y. 12 June 1908. p. 6.
  7. ^ "England Honors F. Cunliffe-Owen". New York Times. New York, N.Y. 13 April 1920. p. 9.
  8. ^ "Serbs Decorate F. Cunliffe-Owen". New York Times. New York, N.Y., United States. 9 January 1920. p. 12.
  9. ^ "CUNLIFFE-OWEN, (Philip) Frederick". Marquis Who Was Who in America 1607-1984. 2009.
  10. ^ "Death summons Countess Cunliffe-Owen in New York". Reading Times. Reading, PA. 29 August 1927. p. 15.