Margaret Copley Thaw

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Margaret Copley Thaw
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Margaret and Mary Sibbet Copley circa 1912
Born (1877-01-09)January 9, 1877
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died January 9, 1942(1942-01-09) (aged 65)
Kongoni Farm
Rift Valley Province
Kenya Colony
Title Countess de Périgny
Parent(s) William Thaw
Mary Sibbet Copley

Margaret Copley Thaw (January 9, 1877 – January 9, 1942) was the Countess de Périgny, and a philanthropist.


She was born on January 3, 1877 to William Thaw and Mary Sibbet Copley.[1]

In 1898 she married George Lauder Carnegie (1876–1921), Andrew Carnegie's nephew.[2]

In Paris on November 12, 1923, she married Roger, Comte de Périgny.[3] In 1924 she was sued for over an apparent affair with Emmanuel Victor Modica.[2]

She died on January 9, 1942.[4]


  1. ^ "Kongoni". Retrieved 2010-12-29. Adventurous aristocrats set out for a new life in Kenya Amongst these were Roger, Comte de Perigny, and his wife, the former Margaret Copley Thaw, daughter of Pittsburgh railroad millionaire William Thaw. Her life was lived among the industrial giants of the United States. ... Aged 21, she married George Lauder Carnegie, a nephew of the steel magnate-philanthropist, and, in such surroundings, she enjoyed ostentatious luxury. After her first husband died in 1921, Margaret Carnegie followed a custom becoming fashionable among wealthy American widows. In 1923, she married into the French nobility, becoming the Countess De Perigny. Thereafter, she and her new husband divided their time between his Paris residence and the home they built in 1926 on land at the Naivasha lakeside which they called (after the many antelope of this species they found there) "Kongoni Farm". 
  2. ^ a b "Countess Perigny Sued For Alienation. Newark Woman Says Sister of Harry Thaw Stole Husband, an Auto Salesman". New York Times. February 10, 1924. Retrieved 2010-12-29. Countess Margaret Thaw Carnegie de Perigny, sister of Harry K. Thaw and widow of George Lauder Carnegie, nephew of the late Andrew Carnegie, was sued yesterday in the Supreme Court for $500,000 by Mrs. Madeline Helen Modica of Newark for the alleged alienation of affections of her husband, Emmanuel Victor Modica, an automobile salesman. 
  3. ^ "Count Roger De Perigny. British East Africa Rancher Married Carnegie Kin". New York Times. November 8, 1945. Retrieved 2010-12-29. ... was married to Count de Perigny in 1923, two years after the death of ... The ranch is to be shared by two nephews, George G. and William Thaw Whitney. ... 
  4. ^ "Countess De Perigny, Harry Thaws Sister. Widow of George L. Carnegie, Nephew of Steel Magnate". New York Times. January 10, 1942. Retrieved 2010-12-29. The Countess de Perigny, the former Mrs. Thaw of Pittsburgh and sister of Harry K. Thaw of Philadelphia, died yesterday at her home, Kongoni Farm, ...