Lily Margaret Graham Gough
Lily Margaret Graham Parry was the daughter of Graham Parry from Cheltenham, England and later of Cobham, Virginia, USA.  She was born on Dec 10th 1884 in Cheltenham. She studied at the Slade School of Art in London (one of her water colours is shown on the right). It was at Slade that she met Robert Gregory. Robert was the only son of Lady Gregory of Coole Park, near Gort, County Galway. Lady Gregory was a well-known dramatist and writer on Irish folklore. With William Butler Yeats and Edward Martyn, Lady Gregory had co-founded the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. 
Lily Margaret (Margaret) married Robert Gregory on Sept 26 1907 in Paddington, London and they had three children.
As a wedding gift, Lady Gregory gave Robert a house in the Burren, Co. Clare called Mount Vernon. Margaret and Robert used to spend their summers at Mount Vernon, often with Bohemian Artist friends. Their children chose to summer with their grandmother. Lady Gregory, at Coole Park, Gort, County Galway.
Robert Gregory was also an accomplished artist and a renowned Irish Cricketer  and served with the Connaught Rangers and as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps in the first World War. He was awarded the Military Cross and the Legion of Honour for "many acts of conspicuous bravery". 
Unfortunately he was shot down on January 23rd 1918 over Padua, Italy, allegedly by 'friendly fire'. This event inspired Yeats's poems "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death," "In Memory of Major Robert Gregory," and "Shepherd and Goatherd" and "Reprisals". 
After his death, Margaret didn't marry again for many years.
Margaret married for a second time on 8th Sept 1928 to a neighbour of hers at Coole Park, Gort, Guy Vincent Hugh Gough, who lived in Lough Cutra castle. 
Gough was the son of of Colonel Hon. George Hugh Gough and Hilda Eve Moffatt.
In the 1920s the family moved out of the castle as it became too expensive to run, and moved into converted stables on the castle grounds.
In March 1949, whilst still living at Lough Cutra, Margaret bought Earlscliffe at auction from William and Norah Martin Murphy for £10,100.  The story was that she never occupied Earlscliffe  and instead put it straight up for sale later in September 1949. It didn't sell until May 1950 when it was bought by Brigadier Arthur Christopher Lancelot ("Kit") Stanley-Clarke for his wife Olive.
Margaret died in Exeter, Devonshire, England on November 27, 1979, aged 95. 
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List of Earlscliffe Residents
-  The Peerage website http://www.thepeerage.com/p47307.htm
-  History of Mount Vernon Guest House, Co Clare, Ireland, accessed 31st August 2018
-  Mrs Margaret Gregory, accessed 31st August 2018
-  ESPN cricinfo, accessed 31st August 2018
-  "Harrow memorials of the great war : August 23rd, 1914, to March 20th, 1915" as seen at http://www.archive.org/stream/harrowmemorialso05warn/harrowmemorialso05warn_djvu.txt , accessed 31st August 2018
-  "Representing the Great War: Texts and Contexts", The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th edition, accessed 31st August 2018.
-  Obituary "Robert Gregory (1881-1918): "Soldier, Scholar, Horseman", accessed 31st August 2018
-  "Ballyturin (or Ballyturn) Ambush, Gort, Galway", accessed 31st August 2018
-  "Abandoned Ireland, Ballyturin House, County Galway", accessed 31st August 2018
-  Irish Times, March 16 1949 pg 4, plus copy of deeds currently in the possession of Karen Foley
-  As told by Olive Stanley Clarke to David Robinson in the 1980s.
-  As an aside, Mahaffy was a supporter of Lady Gregory's work. In Stanford and McDowell's book on Mahaffy, they mention that he sent a subscription to the Irish National Theatre, with a personal note to lady Gregory. John Pentland Mahaffy: Biography of an Anglo-Irishman, W B Stanford and R B McDowell, Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd, 1971, ISBN 0 7100 6880 8
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