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Lady Cynthia Mary Evelyn Asquith (née Charteris) (1887-1960), Author and Private Secretary to JM Barrie; wife of Herbert Asquith; daughter of 11th Earl of Wemyss and March
Sitter in 8 portraits
Writer and anthologist. Daughter of 11th Earl of Wemyss and Mary Constance Wyndham. In 1910, she married Herbert Asquith, son of the future Prime Minister. She was Secretary to the author of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie between 1918 and 1937 and her other literary friends included L.P. Hartley and D.H. Lawrence. Asquith wrote novels The Spring House (1936) and One Sparkling Wave (1943) as well as editing anthologies, writing for children and about the British Royal family. She is best remembered for her anthologies of Ghost Stories including My Grimmest Nightmare (1935).
- Stephen Andrew Romilly Michael Asquith (grandson)
- Annabel Laura Marguerite Ungoed-Thomas (née Asquith) (granddaughter)
- Hugo Richard Charteris, 11th Earl of Wemyss (father)