Teresa Rothschild

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The Lady Rothschild

Teresa Georgina Mayor

(1915-09-10)10 September 1915
London, England
Died29 May 1996(1996-05-29) (aged 80)
London, England
EducationBedales School
Alma materNewnham College, Cambridge
Occupationcounter-intelligence officer
Spouse(s)Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild
Children4, including Emma Georgina Rothschild and Amschel Rothschild
Parent(s)Robert John Grote Mayor
(Katherine) Beatrice Meinertzhagen
RelativesF. M. Mayor
John Grote
Richard Meinertzhagen
Beatrice Webb

Teresa Georgina "Tess" Rothschild, Lady Rothschild, MBE, JP (née Mayor; 10 September 1915 – 29 May 1996) was a British counter-intelligence officer and magistrate. She was the second wife of Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild.

Early life[edit]

She was born Teresa Georgina Mayor in London on 10 September 1915, the daughter of Robert John Grote Mayor (1869–1947), a civil servant working for the Board of Education, and his wife, (Katherine) Beatrice Mayor, née Meinertzhagen (1885–1971), a poet and playwright. [1]

Her maternal grandfather was Robert John Grote Mayor, the brother of English novelist F. M. Mayor and a greatnephew of the philosopher and clergyman John Grote.[1] Her maternal grandmother, Katherine Beatrice Meinertzhagen, was the sister of soldier Richard Meinertzhagen, and the niece of author Beatrice Webb.[1]

She was educated at Bedales School from 1929 to 1934, and was head girl, followed in 1935 by Newnham College, Cambridge, where she was "the most celebrated actress of her day".[1][2]


After Cambridge, she worked for the publisher Jonathan Cape.[1] During the Second World War, she was recruited by MI5 to work as assistant to Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild, working in anti-sabotage operations.[1][2]

She became a magistrate, and was Chairman of the Bench, and was a lecturer at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, and she sat on various Home Office boards investigating the subject of penal reform.[2] She was a trustee of Cambridge's Arts Theatre.[2]

Personal life[edit]

On 14 August 1946, she married Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild, her boss in MI5, and they had two sons (one died in infancy) and two daughters together.[1]

Later life[edit]

Rothschild died on 29 May 1996 in London, and was survived by her two daughters, both of whom pursued academic careers, and a son, who entered the Rothschild banking business.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Teresa Georgina [Tess] Rothschild Lady Rothschild (1915–1996)". 1. OUP. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/40176.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Annan, Noel; Ferguson, James (30 May 1996). "Obituary: Teresa, Lady Rothschild". The Independent. Retrieved 28 November 2017.