Friday, March 21, 2008
The Countess of Rothes
Lucy Noel Martha Leslie was born on December 25, 1884 as the only child of millionaires Thomas and Clementina Dyer Edwardes. She was spoiled by her parents surrounding her with playgrounds, good food the best education, well you get the picture. After much courtship, she married Count Norman Leslie on April 19, 1900 after meeting at a soldier ball. She became social and beautiful. She was also excentric. The couple lived on a 10,000 acre land in Fifeshire, Scotland. Her husband's favorite pastime was hunting and he always wanted to live the simple life so he decided to go to Pasadena, California. There, they had a vacation home where Norman was a fruit farmer. Lucy was going to America on the TITANIC and then take several trains for the rest of the way. On board the TITANIC, she was titled as one of the rich and famous when they were living off the money she inherited from her aunt. She was also traveling in cabin B-22 with her cousin and her maid. When the TITANIC was sinking, she was woken up by the steward and told to get their lifebelts on and go up on deck. They got into lifeboat No. 8. After the TITANIC sank, one seaman in her boat said, "She had alot to say, so I put her to steering the boat." She was in charge of the tiller all night until they reached the rescue ship R.M.S. Carpathia. Because of her bravery, she was named heroine in the disaster and was presented with the name plate of her lifeboat which kept for the rest of her life. Her husband later died in 1927 of an unknown illness. Lucy later died of heart failure on September 12, 1956 at the age of 77.