Mary Anna Sibell Elizabeth Marten, OBE

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Mary Anna Sibell Elizabeth Marten (Sturt), OBE

Birthdate: (80)
Death: January 18, 2010 (80)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Napier George Henry Sturt, 3rd Baron Alington and Mary Sibell Sturt
Wife of Lieutenant Commander George Gosselin Marten

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About Mary Anna Sibell Elizabeth Marten, OBE


A rainy day in 1890 as an aristocrat from Alington family and his friend out of the window and decided to bet on which raindrop on glass window that would hit the bottom of the window first.

The two men bet five pounds, a sizable sum in 1890, on each drop. Aristocrats lost friend, and went to the bank to withdraw money. If he was bitter for having lost, or just a great jester is not known, but the man asked for money in the smallest coin denomination that existed - farthing.

A bet on two rain drops 123 years ago resulted in a gain to the winner descendants of half a million NOK or 55000 pound in 2013.

The property was Alington-family ownership for 300 years, until Mary Marten, goddaughter of the late Queen Mother and childhood friend of Princess Margaret, who died at age 80 in 2010.

The mansion went on to Mary Martens six children and was eventually sold to an unknown buyer in 2013.

Children: <Private> Marten, <Private> Mcdonaugh (born Marten), <Private> Mosley (born Marten), <Private> Marten, <Private> Clarke (born Marten), <Private> Alexander (born Marten)

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Mary Anna Sibell Elizabeth Marten, OBE's Timeline

September 12, 1929
January 18, 2010
Age 80