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Lady Mary Holborow

Lady Mary Christina Holborow, DCVO (19 September 1936 – 9 June 2017), née Stopford, was a British magistrate who was Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall. She was a daughter of the 8th Earl of Courtown.

On retirement from her career as a magistrate (JP) she became the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and since then as a trustee of Cornwall Rural Community Council,[1] the South West Lakes Trust, the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth and the TR14ers Community Dance Team Team based in Camborne. Lady Mary served as Commissioner for St John Ambulance Cornwall from 1982 until 1987, being awarded DStJ (1987).

In addition she was a Governor of University College Falmouth, Vice President for Exeter Charity, St Loye's Foundation and President of Cornwall County Scout Council [2] She was also Patron of the Citizens Advice Bureau Cornwall. Her work and chairmanship of the Cornwall chapter of Macmillan Cancer Relief was longstanding and especially relevant to her personal commitment to the hospice movement and health services within the county. Soon after the establishment of the Hypatia Trust, Penzance, Cornwall in 1996, she became a supportive member of its Council of Trusted Friends.[3]

Holborow was appointed Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (DCVO) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.[4] She died in Cornwall on 9 June 2017.


On 8 August 1959, Lady Mary married Geoffrey Jermyn Holborow (died 11 August 2015); they had two children, Katherine Mary (born 1961) and Crispin (born 1963).[citation needed]


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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Viscount Falmouth
Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall
Succeeded by
Edward Bolitho