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Valerie Pakenham

Author of The Big House in Ireland

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Valerie McNair Scott was born to Major Ronald Guthrie McNair Scott and his wife the Hon. Mary Cecilia Berry. In 1964, she married Thomas Pakenham, later 8th Earl of Longford, an historian and arborist, making her Countess of Longford. Life in the Pakenham's ancestral home of Tullynally Castle -- a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle near the village of Castlepollard in County Westmeath, one of the Big Houses of Ireland -- provided her with material to write The Big House in Ireland (2002). Her reading of the many sporting and travel books amassed there by her husband's family over the years inspired her first book, The Noonday Sun: Edwardians in the Tropics (1986). She and her husband worked together on Dublin: A Traveller's Companion (2003). Her daughter Eliza Pakenham is also a writer.
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