Serena Dunn Rothschild

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The Right Honourable
The Lady Rothschild
Born Serena Mary Dunn
(1935-04-28) 28 April 1935 (age 83)
Nationality British
Occupation Thoroughbred racehorse owner
Spouse(s) Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild
Children 4, including Hannah Mary Rothschild and Nathaniel Philip Rothschild
Parent(s) Philip Gordon Dunn, 2nd Baronet Dunn
Lady Mary Sybil St. Clair-Erskine
Relatives Nell Dunn
James Hamet Dunn

Serena Mary Dunn Rothschild, Lady Rothschild (née Dunn; born 28 April 1935), is a British Thoroughbred racehorse owner and the wife of Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild.

Early life[edit]

Lady Rothschild was born as Serena Mary Dunn, the daughter of Sir Philip Gordon Dunn, Bt., and Lady Mary Sybil St. Clair-Erskine (daughter of James St Clair-Erskine, 5th Earl of Rosslyn). Her sister is the writer Nell Dunn. Her paternal grandfather was Sir James Dunn, Bt., a prominent Canadian financier.

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Rothschild oversees the management of Waddesdon Stud at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.[1] In November 2006, she paid 3 million guineas for the mare Spinning Queen, then a world record price (for a filly or broodmare) of 4.6 million guineas when she purchased Magical Romance at the Tattersalls sale.[2]

In 2009, her colt Pounced, trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. In 2011, her colt Nathaniel won the King Edward VII Stakes (G2) at Ascot and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), also at Ascot. In 2012, she won the Eclipse Stakes (G1) with Nathaniel, The Lancashire Oaks (G2), and then the Irish Oaks (Classic G1) with Great Heavens.

Personal life[edit]

On 20 October 1961, she married financier Jacob Rothschild, with whom she has four children:[3]

The couple make their home at Pewsey, Wiltshire, and maintain a villa on the Greek island of Corfu. [1] She and her husband are involved in a number of charitable and humanitarian organizations, and she is a Vice President of the Wiltshire Blind Association. [2]


  1. ^ "The Rothschilds' racing heritage".
  2. ^ Rushmer., By Tony. "Magical Romance sold for 4.6m gns".
  3. ^ a b c d e The Rothschild Foster Trust: "The descendants of Charles Rothschild" Archived 2012-09-07 at the Wayback Machine. retrieved September 27, 2012