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Sybil Mary Fane (St. Clair-Erskine), Countess of Westmorland

Birthplace: 40 Upper Brook Street, London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in 58 Queen Anne's Street, London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: Roslin Chapel
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Francis St. Clair-Erskine, 4th Earl of Rosslyn and Blanche Adeliza St. Clair-Erskine
Wife of Lt.-Col. Anthony Mildmay Julian Fane, 13th Earl of Westmorland
Mother of Vere Fane, 14th Earl of Westmorland; Lady Enid Victoria Rachel Turnor and Mountjoy John Charles Wedderburn Fane
Sister of Millicent Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, The Duchess of Sutherland; James Francis Harry St. Clair-Erskine, 5th Earl of Rosslyn; Alexander St Clair-Erskine and Angela Selina Bianca Forbes
Half sister of Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick and Blanche Gordon-Lennox, DBE

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About Sybil Fane, Countess of Westmorland,_Countess_of_Westmorland

Sybil Fane, Countess of Westmorland (20 August 1871 – 21 July 1910), born Lady Sybil Mary St Clair-Erskine, was a British aristocrat and socialite.


Born on 20 August 1871 at 40 Upper Brook Street in Mayfair, London, Lady Sybil was the daughter of Robert Francis St Clair-Erskine, 4th Earl of Rosslyn and Blanche Adeliza Fitzroy. Her sisters were Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland and Lady Angela Forbes; and Daisy, Countess of Warwick was a half-sister, from their mother’s previous marriage to Hon. Charles Henry Maynard.

She was renowned for her beauty, and had no qualms about enhancing it by the use of cosmetics, which was considered daring at the time. She was connected with the group known as The Souls, having been introduced by George Curzon.

On 28 May 1892 she married Anthony Mildmay Julian Fane, 13th Earl of Westmorland. The wedding took place at St. Michael’s in Chester Square, Belgravia, London. Upon her marriage, Sybil took the title Countess of Westmorland. The couple had the following children:

Lieutenant-Commander the Honourable Vere Anthony Francis St Clair Fane, 14th Earl of Westmorland (15 March 1893 – 12 May 1948)

Lady Enid Victoria Rachel Fane (24 April 1894 – 9 September 1969)

Major the Honourable Mountjoy John Charles Wedderburn Fane (8 October 1900 – 9 October 1963) Lady Violet Gloria Sybil Fane (born 11 April 1902)

In July 1897 Sybil attended the Duchess of Devonshire’s grand ball, at Devonshire House in Piccadilly, London. The ball was held in celebration of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, and was one of the most extravagant aristocratic parties ever. Guests were asked to attend dressed as allegorical or historical figures from before 1815. Sybil dressed as Hebe, goddess of youth, carrying a gold cup in her hand, with an enormous stuffed eagle strapped to her shoulders, in imitation of a painting by Joshua Reynolds. The society photographers, Lafayette Studios of Bond Street London, erected a tent in the garden, and the printed photographs of the guests still exist in the Devonshire archives at Chatsworth. Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough remembers Sybil as the outstanding beauty of the Devonshire House Ball:

"She had perhaps the most perfect face. I can see her now in a Greek peplum impersonating Hebe. The grey feathers of a life-like stuffed eagle perched on her shoulder, set off the glorious sheen of her red hair".

Lady Westmorland died at 58 Queen Anne’s Street in Marylebone, London on 21 July 1910, aged 39, and was buried in the Rosslyn Chapel.


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Sybil Fane, Countess of Westmorland's Timeline

August 20, 1871
40 Upper Brook Street, London, Middlesex, England
May 28, 1892
Age 20
St.Michael's, Chester Square, London, Middlesex, England
March 15, 1893
Age 21
6 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, Middlesex, England
Age 22
Age 28
July 21, 1910
Age 38
58 Queen Anne's Street, London, Middlesex, England
July 26, 1910
Age 38
Roslin Chapel