Julia Camoys Stonor

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Julia Camoys Stonor
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Born Julia Maria Cristina Mildred Camoys Stonor
(1939-04-19) 19 April 1939 (age 78)
Occupation Writer
Known for "I Know Myself To Be Without Fred"
Notable work Sherman's Wife: A Wartime Childhood Among the English Aristocracy
Relatives Sherman Stonor, 6th Baron Camoys
Thomas Southwell, 4th Viscount Southwell
Charles Stourton, 19th Baron Stourton
Website http://www.juliacamoysstonor.com

Julia Maria Cristina Mildred Camoys Stonor (born 19 April 1939) is the eldest daughter of Sherman Stonor, 6th Baron Camoys by his wife Jeanne Stourton. She is best known for her books about her family, exposing long-suppressed family scandals and her claims to be the rightful heir to the Camoys barony.


Julia Camoys Stonor was born Julia Maria Christina Mildred Stonor, the eldest daughter and first child of Ralph Robert Watts Sherman Stonor, 6th Baron Camoys of Stonor Park and Newport, Rhode Island, USA (1913–1976), by his wife (Mary) Jeanne Stourton (1913–1987). Her mother's maternal grandfather was Thomas Southwell, 4th Viscount Southwell. According to Julia Stonor, the Spanish aristocrat Pedro de Zulueta was her mother's father.[1]

Legally, Jeanne Stourton's maternal grandfather, was the paternal grandson of Charles Stourton, 19th Baron Stourton. Jeanne Stourton's great-uncle the 20th Lord Stourton succeeded as 20th Baron Stourton in 1872, and as 23rd Baron Mowbray & 24th Baron Segrave in 1878 when those baronies (last held by Edward Howard, 9th Duke of Norfolk) were called out of abeyance 101 years after his death in 1777.


Stonor is the author of Sherman's Wife: A Wartime Childhood Among the English Aristocracy,[2] a rather scandalous memoir of her controversial mother Jeanne, Lady Camoys. She is currently at work on the second part of her memoirs, Sherman's Daughter. In the first book, she described her half-Spanish half-English mother, who was fathered by a Spanish aristocrat, and whose lover died in the Spanish Civil War fighting on Franco's side. Stonor alleged in the book that her mother was an ardent Nazi sympathizer, and had been the lover of several men including Joachim von Ribbentrop and her own father-in-law. More controversially, she argued that her mother Jeanne had murdered her husband Lord Camoys (who died in 1976) and that Lady Camoys had been murdered by her younger son Honourable Robert Camoys (died 1994).[3]

In later years, Stonor has claimed that she is the only legitimate child of her parents; her mother's other four children, including the present Lord Camoys, being illegitimate and biologically unrelated to Sherman Stonor. Thus, she has argued that she is the rightful heir to the Camoys barony.[4]

She is an active supporter of several charities, including Exiled Writers Ink!,[5] and has worked as a freelance writer, author, human rights activist, volunteer, and charity-supporter.

Stonor was one of the many who attended the memorial service for Sir John Mortimer in November 2009.[6]


Stonor was married to Donald Robin Slomnicki Saunders (d. 1996), and the marriage ended in divorce 1977, followed by an annulment 1978. Two children were born

  1. Alexander William Joseph Stonor Saunders (b. 1964) who married 2000 Mary Margaret Ohannessian, and has issue one son and one stepdaughter.
  2. Frances Hélène Jeanne Stonor Saunders (b. 1966), or Frances Stonor Saunders, a British journalist and author of, among others, The Cultural Cold War: The C.I.A. and the World of Arts and Letters (The New Press, 2000; first published in the UK in 1999)


  • Sherman's Wife - A wartime childhood amongst the English Catholic Aristocracy, by Julia Camoys Stonor (published by Desert Hearts, 2006)
  • Sherman's Daughter, by Julia Camoys Stonor (publication date to be confirmed)


  1. ^ Stonor, Julia Sherman's Wife, Desert Hearts Publishing, 2006 pages 21, 60, 151, 156, 263.
  2. ^ “Sherman's Wife Archived 2010-08-16 at the Wayback Machine.,” Desert Hearts Publishers
  3. ^ Chishom, Anne. “Rampant fascism near Henley Archived 2009-10-30 at the Wayback Machine.,” The Spectator. 12 July 2006. (Retrieved 2009-08-18.)
  4. ^ Gillard, Michael. "The Nazi, the banker and a poisonous feud", The Sunday Times, 26 October 2008
  5. ^ “List of Patrons Archived 2009-03-30 at the Wayback Machine.,” Exiled Writers Ink!
  6. ^ "Memorial Service: Sir John Mortimer", The Times

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