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People/Characters: Harry Cust

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The Souls by Jane Abdy
To Marry an English Lord: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery by Gail MacColl
Unquiet Souls: A Social History of the Illustrious, Irreverent, Intimate Group of British Aristocrats Known As "the Souls" by Angela Lambert

Character description

Henry John Cockayne-Cust, JP, DL (10 October 1861 – 2 March 1917) was an English politician and editor who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Unionist Party. As the result of a purported pregnancy, he married on 11 October 1893 Emmeline Mary Elizabeth Welby-Gregory (1867 – 29 September 1955), known as Nina, who was the daughter of Sir William Welby-Gregory, 4th Baronet, and Victoria, Lady Welby. The marriage did not produce any living children. He is reputed to have had a number of lovechildren, most famously Lady Diana Manners, daughter of Violet Manners, Duchess of Rutland. A long-standing rumour has held that Cust had an affair with a servant at Belton House called Phoebe Stephenson, who consequently gave birth to a daughter named Beatrice, who married Alfred Roberts, a grocer in nearby Grantham; they were the parents of Margaret Thatcher. In the 1980s, the very elderly Diana Cooper referred to Thatcher as "my niece, the Prime Minister"

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