Child-Villiers, Margaret Elizabeth, Countess of Jersey (F)

b. 29 October 1849. d. 22 May 1945. Nationality: English. VIAF.
Poet, travel writer, political hostess, philanthropist, anti-suffragist and pro-imperialist. Pseudonym: “M. E. L.” Father was the pro-Liberal William H. Leigh (2nd Baron Leigh). Married Victor A. G. Child Villiers, 7th Earl of Jersey, in 1872, a Conservative (and later a Unionist), and she supported her husband’s politics. President of the pro-empire Victoria League from 1901, leading member of the pro-Conservative Primrose League, and President of the Children’s Happy Evenings Association (from 1894). Member of the Women’s National Anti-Suffrage League, which was established in 1908 and became in 1910 the National League for Opposing Women’s Suffrage. Author of *Ballads and Poems* (1878). Biographical information: Reilly, *Mid-Victorian Poetry*, p. 93; *Orlando*; *ODNB*. (AC)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
St. George of England: A National Legend 1888-02 Atalanta Poet 1714