Evan Frederic Morgan (1893-1949) was the 4th Lord Tredegar and the 2nd Viscount Tredegar. Despite being a homosexual he first married Hon. Lois Sturt in 1928; she became Viscountess Tredegar in 1934, but died in 1937. In 1939 Evan married Princess Olga Dolgorouky, Olga divorced Evan in 1943. Olga died in 1998. Hon. Lois Ina Sturt ( 1900-1937)  was born in London. She was at her peak in the age of the flapper. A dazzling, single minded, one-off personality,  an accomplished actress and dancer, a clever painter who studied at the Slade School of Art and had her own art studio in Chelsea. She also became a successful race horse owner and breeder of Great Danes. Lois wanted to knock the stuffing out of convention and achieved this by engaging in mad-cap pranks and several long love affairs, generally with older, married men. She was for four years the lover of the much older Reggie Herbert, 15th Earl of Pembroke, and an intimate around the string of unapproved-of good-time girls chasing Prince George, the ill-fated Duke of Kent. She died suddenly in Budapest in 1937, a victim of long years of alcohol abuse and insane slimming treatments. 


Princess Olga Dolgorouky ( 1915-1998) was born in St Petersburg, Russia, a member of the Russian Imperial  family. She was among those saved when King George V sent the battleship HMS Marlborough to the Balkans to rescue what was left of the family of the Tsar after the Russian Revolution. Always treated well by her Royal British cousins, she lived with her father and other Russian exiles at Frogmore and in Paris. She first married and divorced a Polish aristocrat. Following the death of her father ( her mother died in Russia when she was small ) she was to be seen regularly in London in the company of ‘White Russians’, and frequented the various Russian tea rooms as well as the wider social scene. Olga was  photographed in The Tatler magazine and was a lover of  fun, High Society parties and dancing.  She met Evan Morgan and married him – but the marriage was never consummated and she divorced Evan in 1943. In the years that followed Olga  ( who received a settlement from the Tredegar Estate after Evan’s death) lived in London and finally became a part of a small  group of upper class British expatriates in Guernsey, CI, where she died in 1998, aged 83. When Tredegar House was bought by Newport Council in 1973, Olga ( who was a regular visitor to the House when it was a Catholic school and retained her title of Viscountess Tredegar) assisted the Curators David Beevers and David Freeman in the restoration of the House to its former glory.

LEFT : LOIS STURT BY AMBROSE McEVOY

RIGHT PRINCESS OLGA DOLGOROUKY IN THE TATLER MAGAZINE  

EVAN MORGAN'S TWO WIVES :

ANEW TALK FROM WILLIAM CROSS AND MONTY DART CELEBRATES THESE TWO REMARKABLE LADIES. FOR MORE INFORMATION e-mail

 williecross@virginmedia.com

 

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