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Catherine Gladstone (Glynne)

Birthplace: Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales
Death: Died
Place of Burial: London, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Stephen Richard Glynne, 8th Baronet and Mary Glynne
Wife of William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of UK
Mother of William Henry Gladstone; Agnes Wickham (Gladstone); Rev. Stephen Edward Gladstone; Catherine Jessy Gladstone; Mary Drew and 3 others
Sister of Sir Stephen Richard Glynne, 9th BNT and Henry Glynne
Half sister of Mary Lyttelton

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About Catherine Gladstone

Catherine Glynne Gladstone (6 January 1812 – 14 June 1900) was the wife of British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone for 59 years, until his death in 1898.


   * 1 Family
   * 2 Gladstone
   * 3 Genius
   * 4 Bibliography
   * 5 Notes
   * 6 External links


She was the daughter of Sir Stephen Glynne, 8th Baronet of Hawarden Castle, who died when she was only three, and was reared with her sister Mary by her mother. The Glynne sisters, very close, were renowned for their beauty. They married on the same day in Hawarden Church, and their families visited one another and holidayed together incessantly. When Mary died, as Lady Lyttelton, in 1857, Catherine acted in some ways as mother to her children.[citation needed]

Her brother Stephen succeeded to the baronetcy in 1815. On his death in 1874, the Glynne baronetcy became extinct and the estates passed to Catherine and William's eldest son, William Henry. Through the myriad strains and links in her heredity, Catherine found herself, according to Masterman, related in one way or another to "half the famous names in English political history".[1]


[image of William and Catherine Gladstone's grave in Westminster Abbey]

It was through her brother, who represented Flint as a Liberal MP, that Catherine met William Gladstone. They were married on 25 July 1839 and lived at her ancestral home Hawarden Castle, in Flintshire, North Wales. They had eight children, including Herbert John and Henry Neville Gladstone. She was buried next to her late husband in Westminster Abbey. Their daughter Mary referred to them collectively as "The Great People". [edit] Genius

"Catherine Gladstone", wrote Masterman, "was one of those informal geniuses who conduct life, and with complete success, on what the poverty of language compels me to call a method of their own."[2]

She was "like a fresh breeze" wherever she went and could, wrote a friend, grasp the subject of a discussion in "a few minutes' airy inattention".[3] Unlike her husband, she was a notoriously untidy person, habitually leaving her letters strewn on the floor in the well-founded faith that someone would eventually pick them up and post them. Her chests of drawers were similarly messy, and she was rarely much bothered with fancy attire. "What a bore you would have been," she teased her husband, "if you had married someone as tidy as you are."[4]

If her own life was always somewhat dishevelled, she went to great pains to improve the lives of others as a founder of convalescent homes, orphanages and the like. "Few people", wrote Masterman, "can have given so much of themselves to so many, and can have been directly responsible for more practical and effectual enterprises. This seems to have been achieved by a mind that kept the thread of its intentions through a series of inspired impulses and improvisations sustained, it should be said, by a circle of devoted people whose minds worked on more conventional lines."[2]


Drew, Mary. Mary Gladstone (Mrs. Drew): Her Diaries and Letters. Edited by Lucy Masterman. London: Methuen, 1930.


  1. ^ Masterman in Drew, 1930; page 1
  2. ^ a b Masterman in Drew, ibid. page 3
  3. ^ Masterman in Drew, ibid., page 3
  4. ^ Masterman in Drew, ibid., page 3

External links

   * Portraits of Catherine Glynne Gladstone at the National Portrait Gallery, London
   * Archival material relating to Catherine Gladstone listed at the UK National Register of Archives

Source: Downloaded January 1, 2011, from Wikipedia.

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Catherine Gladstone's Timeline

January 6, 1812
Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales
July 25, 1839
Age 27
June 3, 1840
Age 28
Age 30
London, Greater London, UK
April 4, 1844
Age 32
Westminster, London
July 27, 1845
Age 33
Westminster, London
November 23, 1847
Age 35
Westminster, London
Age 37
Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales
April 2, 1852
Age 40
Westminster, London
January 7, 1854
Age 42
London, UK