Lloyd George, Frances Stevenson (1888–1972)

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Lloyd George, Frances Stevenson (1888–1972)

Countess Lloyd George of Dwyfor. Name variations: Frances Louise Lloyd George. Born Frances Louise Stevenson in 1888; died in 1972; daughter of John Stevenson; educated at Clapham High School and Royal Holloway College, London; married David Lloyd George (1863–1945, a Liberal politician and prime minister), in 1943; children: (earlier marriage) Jennifer (b. 1929).

Frances Stevenson worked closely with David Lloyd George, as his personal secretary and mistress, throughout his political career, and she was involved in the research and writing of all six volumes of his War Memoirs (1933–36). After the death of his first wife Margaret Lloyd George , Frances married David in 1943 and settled into the family estate at Criccieth in Wales. Following his death in 1945, because of numerous wrangles with his children, Frances moved to the family's English estate at Churt, Surrey, one that she had helped purchase with Lloyd George in 1921. Her diary from 1914 to 1944 was edited by A.J.P Taylor and published in 1971.

suggested reading:

Taylor, A.J.P., ed. Lloyd George: A Diary by Frances Stevenson. Harper, 1971.