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William Cross, FSA Scot, Writer and Researcher

About William Cross
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Latest Book on Catherine Wendell and Tillly Losch
Not Behind Lace Curtains : The Hidden World of Evan, Lord Tredegar
Aspects of Evan : The Last Viscount Tredegar:New Book
Death of Lord Carnarvon Sensation
Lordy! Tutankhamun's Patron As A Young Man
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A Beautiful Nuisance : A New Book by Monty Dart and William Cross
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About William Cross, FSA Scot :   Will Cross is a writer, lecturer and researcher based in Newport, Gwent. He is the author/ co author of three books on members of the Morgan family of Tredeger House, Newport, and four books on the Herberts ( Carnarvons ) of Highclere Castle ( Downton Abbey ). Will is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a member of the Society of Authors. Enquiries: contact Will by e-mail.   williecross@aol.com 

LATEST BOOK FROM WILLIAM CROSS
 
TILLY LOSCH : 'SCHLAGOBERS'
 
SWEET FRAGMENTS FROM HER LIFE
 

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LATEST  NEW BOOK FROM WILLIAM CROSS
"CATHERINE AND TILLY : PORCHEY CARNARVON'S TWO DUPED WIVES"  THIS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON 
18 NOVEMBER 2013 
 
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READ ON ( BELOW ) FOR NEW BOOK ON EVAN  MORGAN

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Latest Book From William Cross
 
Contact Will by e-mail     williecross@aol.com
 

A sensational new book ‘Not Behind Lace Curtains’  from author William Cross, FSA Scot, ( the controversial biographer of  Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, and the instigator of lurid tales about other society women ) spills the beans on the toffs once again.

 

This time  Cross extols on a British Peer of the Realm’s hidden world of illegal homosexual vice; he even sweeps one British Prime Minister with those involved.

 

The Peer’s favorite sport was chasing  ”rough trade” [ rent boys],  as well as celebrating Black Mass in Welsh churchyards, and near  the Sussex Downs with disciples of The Great Beast 666, the occultist Aleister Crowley. In the end his luck ran out when his ‘right trusty cousin’ Queen Mary discovered compromising photographs of her family in the man’s company.  

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR WILLIAM CROSS, FSA SCOT

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William Cross ( Will ) spent 28 years as a Civil Servant in London. He took early retirement in July 2005 to concentrate on writing and research. His roots are Scottish, although he now lives in Wales. He is the author of many articles and booklets on Scottish history and genealogy topics.  He is a regular Lecturer at the Society of Genealogists, London, on Scottish subjects. He was Editor of Renfrewshire Family History Society’s Journal from 1999-2011. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland since 1984, he is also a founder member of Newport’s Screwpacket Playwrights and an authority on the Morgan women of Tredegar House, the one time seat of the Lords Tredegar. Will is also a member of the Society of Authors.

 

Along with a writing partner Monty Dart,  he completed in 2010, a biography (now published) of Hon. Gwyneth Ericka Morgan entitled  A Beautiful Nuisance. Since then they have taken up their own individual writing projects and worked jointly on others, their latest joint work is on Ronald Firbank, whose grave in Rome’s Campo Verano Cemetery  Monty and Will have been restoring over the last few years.   

 

Will Cross is married to Perry and they have two grown-up sons and two grandchildren.  In 2011,  Will published a follow up book on Almina, Countess of Carnarvon,  Lady Carnarvon’s Nursing Homes : Nursing the Privileged in Wartime and Peace.  Two new books are planned for 2012.  The Dustbin Case ( due out in the Spring )  will reproduce the 17 days of proceedings in the High Court in London involving the scandal ridden case of Dennistoun v Dennistoun,  in which Almina became embroiled in 1925. Lordy! Tutankhamun’s Patron As A Young Man is a retrospection on George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, This will be produced to mark the 90th anniversary of the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun, which falls in November 2012.

Latest Projects : 
 
Not Behind Lace Curtains : The Hidden World of Evan, Viscount Tredegar
 
Aspects of Evan: The Last Lord Tredegar
 
 
Also Available  from William Cross, FSA Scot :
 
Lordy! Tutankhamun's Patron As A Young Man.
 
A Beautiful Nuisance - The Life and Death of Hon. Gwyneth  Ericka Morgan.   
 
 
 The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon :   A candid biography of Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon of  Tutankhamun Fame

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                                Almina, Countess of Carnarvon

 

Despite the passage of more than  80 years,  the fascinating  legacy of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter’s 14 year obsession in the Valley of the Kings which led to the immense discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhaman continues to attract close attention.  But the many dozens of books on the quest itself, those on the treasures exploited,  and the curse surrounding  the curious death of Lord Carnarvon and others have nearly exhausted the subject more than any other adventure tale.

 

Carnarvon’s remarkable widow and patron Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, has never been subject to  an extensive appraisal except  for the odd minor write-up and the coverage of  her sometimes enforced part in the 5th  Earl’s  long escapades in Egypt.  

 

Writer and researcher, William Cross, FSA Scot,  has now completed the biography  of Almina Carnarvon.  Who was this woman?  What were her triumphs and disasters? Who were her loves and what were her loaths?   What became of her after all the limelight from her past had faded?

 

The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon reveals the story of woman beneath the legend of the discoverer of King Tut's tomb, who lived to the great age of 92.

 

Lady Carnarvon was born Almina Victoria Marie Alexandra Wombwell ) ( although it was later claimed that she the illegitimate daughter of  Baron Alfred de Rothschild,  a member of the great Jewish banking family.

 

Almina’s mother was Marie Boyer,  a woman of French descent, who married Frederick Wombwell a brother of Sir George Wombwell of Newburgh Park, Yorkshire. There was one son, a half-brother to Lady Carnarvon,  Frederick Charles Wombwell,  who died in 1912, aged only 42.  When Marie and Wombwell were estranged Alfred de Rothschild became her lover and father to Marie’s second child,  who was named Almina after the pet name of "Mina" Alfred gave to Marie. 

 

Almina’s life was especially fulfilled in War  time  ( the First and Second World Wars ) by the creation of hospitals for wounded soldiers and airmen and later by her generous patronage and huge personal input and sacrifice into the nursing homes that bore her name.   

 

A separate project is being undertaken on the marital scandal that rocked the establishment,  80 odd years ago in Dennistoun v  Dennistoun from 1925.   That case features  Almina, Countess of Carnarvon as the wife of the defendant in the malarchy,  Lt  Colonel Ian Onslow Dennistoun, whom Almina had married in December 1923, barely 8 months after the 5th Earl’s death.     Colonel Dennistoun was sued by her first wife Dorothy Muriel Dennistoun ( formerly Dorothy Webster )  for a relatively small amount of money.  However, the case became an extraordinary  mud slinging affair lasting 17 days in the High Court, in London and resulted in many good names in British Society being  tarnished.  The King himself, George V,  was disturbed  and disgusted by the day by day disclosures. 

 


Contact Will by e-mail at williecross@aol.com

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Almina, Countess of Carnarvon

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Almina, Lady Carnarvon
 
Born London, England, 1876.
 
Died Bristol, England, 1969.
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