Violet Herbert, Countess of Powis
|The Right Honourable
The Countess of Powis
|Born||1 June 1865
Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, England
|Died||29 April 1929|
|Title||suo jure 16th Baroness Darcy de Knayth; Countess of Powis|
|Spouse(s)||George Herbert, 4th Earl of Powis|
|Children||Percy Herbert, Viscount Clive
Mervyn Herbert, Viscount Clive
Hon. Hermione Gwladys
|Parent(s)||Sackville Lane-Fox, 12th Baron Conyers
Lady Powis was the youngest child of the Sackville Lane-Fox, 12th Baron Conyers and his wife, Mary Curteis. Her sister, Hon. Marcia Lane-Fox, became the Countess of Yarborough, and her brother, Hon. Sackville Fitzroy Henry Lane-Fox, died at age 18 at Durban, South Africa. Her paternal grandparents were Sackville Walter Lane-Fox and Lady Charlotte Mary Anne Georgiana Osborne (daughter of George Osborne, 6th Duke of Leeds).
On 21 August 1890, she married George Herbert (who succeeded his uncle as Earl of Powis six months later) at St George's, Hanover Square, London, England. Lady Powis persuaded her husband to entrust the entire management of the deteriorating gardens at Powis Castle to her in 1911. Over the next 18 years, she effectively recreated the gardens of Powis into the internationally renowned form that they have today.
The Earl and Countess of Powis had three children:
- Percy Robert Herbert, Viscount Clive (1892–1916), died of wounds received at the Somme.
- Lady Hermione Gwladys (1900 – 1995), married Roberto Lucchesi-Palli, 11th Duke della Grazia and 13th Prince di Campofranco. They had one daughter.
- Hon. Mervyn Horatio Herbert, Viscount Clive, 17th Baron Darcy de Knayth (1904–1943), father of Davina Ingrams, 18th Baroness Darcy de Knayth.
Barony of Darcy de Knayth
In 1888, Lady Powis' father died and the Baronies of Darcy de Knayth and Conyers fell into abeyance between his two daughters. On 8 June 1892, the abeyance of the Barony of Conyers was terminated in favour of the Countess of Yarborough. Eleven years later, on 29 September 1903, the Barony of Fauconberg (a title which had been in abeyance since the death of the last holder, the 6th Baroness Fauconberg in 1490), was also granted to Lady Yarborough. On the same date, The House of Lords also agreed that their father had held the barony of Darcy de Knayth, which was granted to Lady Powis.
- College of Arms. Visitation of England and Wales, Volume 13, 1905. pg 110. Google eBook
- "The Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331). Violet Lane-Fox, Baroness Darcy
- Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1029.
- The National Trust. National Trust Images, LADY VIOLET IDA EVELYN LANE-FOX, 16TH BARONESS DARCY OF NAYTH, COUNTESS OF POWIS, (1865-1929)
- Henry Robert Addison, Charles Henry Oakes, William John Lawson, Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen. Who's Who," A. & C. Black, 1907.
- National Trust Collections, Portrait of Lady Violet Ida Evelyn Lane-Fox, 16th Baroness Darcy of Nayth, Countess of Powis (1865-1929)
- The National Trust, Powis Castle, Powys
|Peerage of England|
|Baroness Darcy de Knayth
1903 – 1929