Viola Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster

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The Duchess of Westminster
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Born Viola Maud Lyttelton
(1912-06-10)10 June 1912
Died 3 May 1987(1987-05-03) (aged 74)
Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Residence Eaton Hall, Cheshire
Ely Lodge, Enniskillen
Spouse(s) Robert Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster
(m. 1946)
Issue Lady Leonora Grosvenor
Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster
Lady Jane Grosvenor

Viola Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster (10 June 1912 – 3 May 1987) was the wife of Robert Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster.

Born Viola Maud Lyttelton, she was the daughter of Sir John Cavendish Lyttelton, 9th Viscount Cobham[1] and Violet Yolande Leonard.[2]

She married Robert Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster, son of Captain Hugh William Grosvenor and Lady Mabel Florence Mary Crichton, on 3 December 1946.[3] The family had a home at Ely Lodge, just west of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.[4]

As the Hon. Viola Maud Lyttelton she gained the rank of Flying Officer in the service of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, during the Second World War, where she was mentioned in despatches.[5]

Her marriage to the Duke of Westminster produced three children:

From 1979 until her death in 1987 she was Lord Lieutenant of Fermanagh.[6] She famously ordered workmen to drill holes in the ceiling of Florence Court, the stately home in County Fermanagh, to drain water away during a serious fire which almost destroyed it in 1955.[7]

The Duchess died in a car accident near Dungannon, County Tyrone on 3 May 1987, aged 74.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage website". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ "Descendents of William the Conqueror". Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage website, ibid.". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  4. ^ Grosvenor estate Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage website, ibid.". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  6. ^ "Girl Guide leaders site". Female Governors 1920-1990. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "History of Florence Court, County Fermanagh". Ireland's Eye. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "2-Car Crash In Ulster Kills British Duchess, Pair In Other Auto". Toledo Blade. Toledo, Ohio: Google News Archive Search. 4 May 1987. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Westminster
Lord Lieutenant of Fermanagh
Succeeded by
The Earl Erne