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The Hon. Gwyneth Ericka Morgan was born in London on 5 January 1895, the second child of Courtenay Morgan and Lady Katharine Carnegie, later Lord and Lady Tredegar, of Tredegar Park, Monmouthshire. The family history on both her father and mother's sides is filled with a variety of the rich, the famous and the notorious. The Morgans have their roots in South Wales, the Carnegies in the Highlands of Scotland.
Gwyneth spent a great deal of her life in London, and abroad, She also spent time with her maternal grandparents, the 9th Earl and Countess of Southesk, at Kinnaird Castle, near Brechin in Scotland and as a child with her brother Hon. Evan Morgan (1893-1949) at Ruperra Castle, South Wales.
Talented, attractive, an heiress to the Tredegar fortunes from land, coal and agriculture, she became a part of the rituals of the great and good of London and Highland Society in the years before and after the First World War.
Gwyneth had an adventurous streak and a reputation for being something of a bohemian. She was however struck down with ill health after the excesses of high living and overseas travel. She mixed with London East-End and West End types that her family disapproved of and they warned her of the consequences. Gwyneth suddenly disappeared in December 1924, her body was later pulled out of the River Thames in May 1925. She was aged 29 when she went missing.
Why did she flee? What happened to her after she disappeared? Newport writers, Monty Dart and Will Cross have completed a book called "A Beautiful Nuisance" on Gwyneth's life and death, The story is full of questions with many bizarre, strange, unpleasant, and frightening facts.
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Strong characters have imperfections: they can never compromise. Gwyneth Morgan could never compromise. The shadow of chaos threatened her from birth. Beautiful, wealthy, witty, but unbalanced, her family was popular only because they were rich and had close links to the British Royal Family. Gwyneth was the daughter of a Welsh coal baron; her mother was from an old aristocratic Scottish family. Launched as a stunning debutante, Gwyneth enjoyed but more endured the rituals of the London and Highland Society in the years before and after the First World War. She had an unconventional streak, earning a reputation as a bohemian. Struck down by ill-health from the excesses of high living and travel, she was caught up with dangerous people of whom her family disapproved. With increasing concern Gwyneth was forced to spend her last years as a virtual prisoner moving between locations. Under medical supervision from a Society doctor, the harsh regime imposed became unbearable. She disappeared into a London fog in 1924; her badly decomposed body was pulled from the River Thames 5 months later. Where did she go? What happened? How did she die? This book explains why Gwyneth (once dubbed "A beautiful nuisance") was airbrushed from history. The life and death of Hon. Gwyneth Ericka Morgan" is full of surprises - the tale of a rich girl who may have paid the ultimate price to maintain her family's coveted place in high Society.About the Author:
William Cross is a writer, lecturer and researcher based in Newport, Gwent, South Wales, UK. He is the author/ co author of four books on members of the Morgan family of Tredeger House, Newport, and five books on the Herberts ( Carnarvons ) of Highclere Castle ( Downton Abbey ). Will is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a member of the Society of Authors.William Cross is available to give a variety of talks, illustrated lectures and presentations on all his books. He is also happy to give talks/ workshops and lectures on various aspects of Scottish history and Scottish genealogy. Will is a regular lecturer at the Society of Genealogists, London on Scottish topics. He has given talks/ lectures to many groups across the UK, including Probus, Woman's Institute, U3A and local history organizations.
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Book Description William P.Cross, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1905914105