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Author photo. Margaretta Eagar, back, and another nanny with Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, and Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, ca. 1900.

Margaretta Eagar, back, and another nanny with Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, and Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, ca. 1900.

Margaretta Eagar (1863–1936)

Author of Six years at the Russian court;

Includes the names: Margaretta Alexandra Eagar

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Margaretta (or Margaret) Eagar was born in Limerick, Ireland, into a Protestant family. She trained as a nurse in Belfast and later worked as the matron of an orphanage. She was appointed to serve as a nanny for the four young daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra from 1898 to 1904. They learned to speak English with a distinct Irish accent that later was corrected by their tutor, Sydney Gibbs. Margaretta left the Russian court in 1904 and received an Imperial pension. She published the memoir Six Years at the Russian Court (1906) and continued to work as a governess. She later ran a boarding house and died in penury.
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