Charlotte Mary Waddington was born in Leicester, the only daughter and third child of Robert Guy Waddington and his wife, born Amalie Bates. Robert and Amalie Waddington were both journalists. In 1937, she married Ken Stott, who was a journalist for the News Chronicle. 
In November 2005 she was posthumously included (one of just five women) in the Press Gazette's 40-strong 'gallery' of most influential British journalists.
- BBC Radio 4 programme on Mary Stott - listen online: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xpp68
- Lena Jeger, Obituary - Mary Stott, The Guardian, 18 September 2002.
- M. Stott, 1975, Forgetting's No Excuse (London, Virago).
- M. Stott, 1985, Before I go. (Autobiography part 2)
- Elanor Mills With Kira Cochrane, "Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs"
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