Lady Juliet Tadgell

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Lady Juliet Tadgell
Born Ann Juliet Dorothea Maud Wentworth-Fitzwilliam
(1935-01-24) 24 January 1935 (age 82)
Education University of Oxford (MFA)
Spouse(s) Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol
(m. 1960; div. 1972)

Somerset de Chair
(m. 1974; his death 1995)

Dr. Christopher Tadgell
(m. 1997)
Children Lord Nicholas Hervey
Lady Ann Hervey
Helena Rees-Mogg
Parent(s) Peter Wentworth-FitzWilliam, 8th Earl FitzWilliam
Olive Dorothea Plunket

Lady Ann Juliet Dorothea Maud Tadgell (née Wentworth-Fitzwilliam; born 24 January 1935),[1] previously Marchioness of Bristol, is a British heiress, race horse breeder, and landowner. She consistently appears on the Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated net worth of £45 million, based on family assets she inherited in 1948.

Early life[edit]

Lady Juliet was born to Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, Viscount Milton, the only son of the 7th Earl Fitzwilliam, and his wife, Olive Plunket. Through her mother, Juliet is a granddaughter of Benjamin Plunket, Bishop of Meath, and a great-granddaughter of Lord Plunket, Archbishop of Dublin.

When she was thirteen, her father inherited the title of Earl Fitzwilliam and she became Lady Juliet. By this time, her parents' marriage was strained, and there was talk of divorce. In 1948 Earl Fitzwilliam died in a plane crash in France with his lover, Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington, the widow of the heir to the Dukedom of Devonshire and a sister of the future U. S. President John F. Kennedy. As her father's only child, Lady Juliet, still aged only thirteen, inherited his whole unentailed estate and his huge art collection. The following year, she and her mother left their main house, and most of its contents were sold.[2]

Marriages and family life[edit]

In 1960 Lady Juliet married Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol, 20 years her senior, 18 days after he inherited his title upon his father's death. He had been divorced the previous year and in his 20s was adjudicated a bankrupt, declared the "No.1 Playboy of Mayfair", and jailed for jewel robbery. The couple had two children:

  • Lord Nicholas Hervey (26 November 1961–26 January 1998)
  • Lady Ann Hervey (26 February 1965), stillborn

The couple separated in 1965 and divorced in 1972.

In 1974 she married Somerset de Chair. De Chair was former Conservative MP for South West Norfolk and Paddington South. The couple had one child:

  • Helena Anne Beatrix Wentworth Fitzwilliam de Chair (b. 1977), a writer on a trade magazine for the oil industry. She married the Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg, son of former Times editor Lord Rees-Mogg, on 13 January 2007 at Canterbury Cathedral[3][4] They have five children:
    • Peter Theodore Alphege Rees-Mogg (b. 2007)
    • Mary Anne Charlotte Emma Rees-Mogg (b. 2008)
    • Thomas Wentworth Somerset Dunstan Rees-Mogg (b. 2010)
    • Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam Rees-Mogg (b. 2012) [5][6] and
    • Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius Rees-Mogg (b. 22 Feb 2016)[7]

After de Chair's death Lady Juliet married for a third time, in 1997, to architectural historian Christopher Tadgell. The couple live at Lady Juliet's estate of Bourne Park, near Canterbury.[2]

On 26 January 1998, two days after her 63rd birthday, her son Nicholas committed suicide.

Lady Juliet holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oxford. Her daughter Helena attended the University of Bristol, and her son Nicholas was educated at Eton College, followed by Yale University.

Wealth and inheritance[edit]

As the only child of the 8th Earl Fitzwilliam, Lady Juliet inherited his estates, which have since passed into a trust for her benefit, and include his vast art collection, including seven paintings by George Stubbs and six by Anthony van Dyck and properties in England, Ireland and the United States.[3] She consistently makes the Sunday Times Rich List, rising in 2009 to 1550th in the ranking with £35 million, although she suffered a £10 million drop that year because of the recession.[8] She ran a stud farm and continues to own some racehorses.[9]

Styles from birth[edit]

  • 24 January 1935 – 15 February 1943: The Honourable Juliet Wentworth-Fitzwilliam
  • 15 February 1943 – 23 April 1960: The Lady Juliet Wentworth-Fitzwilliam
  • 23 April 1960 – 1972: The Most Honourable The Marchioness of Bristol
  • 1972 – 1974: Juliet, Marchioness of Bristol
  • 1974 – 1997: The Lady Juliet de Chair
  • 1997 – present: The Lady Juliet Tadgell



  1. ^ The Peerage
  2. ^ a b Lady Juliet also owned a large estate in Ireland, Coolattin Park, situated outside the village of Shillelagh in County Wicklow, which had been the seat of the Fitzwilliam family in Ireland since the 17th century. That was sold in 1977, and the famous "Tomnafinogue wood", one of the largest ancient oak woodlands in the British Isles and part of the former Coolattin Estate, is now under state ownership.The DiCamillo Companion
  3. ^ a b "Jacob gets hitched, old-Tory style", the Daily Mail, 14 January 2007.
  4. ^ "Tory couple will live at West Harptree", Chew Valley Gazette, February 2007.
  5. ^ "A sprog for Rees-Mogg", the Daily Mail, 17 October 2007.
  6. ^ "Jacob Rees-Mogg: Maybe he's canvassing in the King of Spain's private loo", The Times, 11 April 2010.
  7. ^ [1], Daily Telegraph 24 February 2016
  8. ^ Lady Juliet Tadgell, the Sunday Times Rich List 2009, 26 April 2009.
  9. ^