Pamela Mitford

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Pamela Mitford
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Born
Pamela Freeman-Mitford

(1907-11-25)25 November 1907
Died12 April 1994(1994-04-12) (aged 86)
London, England
Spouse(s)
Derek Jackson
(m. 1936; div. 1951)
Parent(s)David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale
Sydney Bowles
FamilyMitford

Pamela "Pam" Freeman-Mitford (25 November 1907 – 12 April 1994) was one of the Mitford Sisters.

Biography[edit]

Pamela Freeman-Mitford was born on 25 November 1907, the second daughter of David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale, and Sydney Bowles (1880–1963).

John Betjeman, who for a time was in love with her, referred to her in his unpublished poem, The Mitford Girls, as the "most rural of them all", due to the fact she preferred to live quietly in the country. They met when she was managing Biddesden in Hampshire, the house of her brother-in-law, Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne.[1]

In 1936 she married the millionaire physicist Derek Jackson. Jackson was bisexual,[2][3] who married six times. They lived at Tullamaine Castle in Fethard, Co. Tipperary.[4] After her divorce in 1951, she spent the remainder of her life as the companion of Giuditta Tommasi (died 1993), an Italian horsewoman.[5] They lived at Caudle Green, Gloucestershire.[1] According to her sister Jessica, Pamela Mitford had become "a you-know-what-bian" (lesbian).[6]

Pamela Mitford died on 12 April 1994, in London.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tennant, Emma (1994). "Obituary: Pamela Jackson". The Independent. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  2. ^ Simon Courtauld (2007). As I Was Going to St Ives: A Life of Derek Jackson. Norwich [U.K.]: Michael Russell. ISBN 0-85955-311-6.
  3. ^ ‘Derek, please, not so fast’, Ferdinand Mount, London Review of Books, 7 February 2008
  4. ^ "Pamela's Irish Castle by Stephen Kennedy". The Mitford Society. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  5. ^ Thompson, Laura (2015). Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters. Head of Zeus. p. 215. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  6. ^ Charlotte Mosley, editor, The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters, London: Fourth Estate, 2007, p. 264.