Marion Janet Greeves, MBE (née Cadbury; 18 July 1894 – 7 July 1979)[1] was a British politician who was the first of only two female members of the Senate of Northern Ireland, having been elected to serve as an independent member on 20 June 1950, retiring on 10 June 1969.[2][3]

Marion Greeves

Marion Janet Cadbury

(1894-07-18)18 July 1894
Died7 July 1979(1979-07-07) (aged 84)
Known forMember of the Senate of Northern Ireland
Parent(s)George Cadbury
Elizabeth Taylor
RelativesEgbert Cadbury (brother)
Edward Cadbury (half-brother)
Richard Cadbury (paternal uncle)

Born in England, Greeves was the daughter of George Cadbury, a Quaker philanthropist, and his second wife, Elizabeth Mary Taylor.[4] She married linen manufacturer William Edward Greeves (1890–1960), Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff of County Armagh, who was also a Quaker, on 14 February 1918, in Bournville. The couple had five children; two daughters and three sons. She lived a relatively normal life at Ardeevin House, Portadown, County Armagh.[5] A Girl Guides centre is named in her honour, she was President of the organisation in Ulster. In 1948, Marion Greeves was awarded the MBE. She died on 7 July 1979, 11 days before her 85th birthday.[6]

References Edit

  1. ^ Cadbury Family Tree Archived 11 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Profile, The National Archives of Ireland; accessed 22 November 2015.
  3. ^ Northern Ireland Elections,; accessed 22 November 2015.
  4. ^ Dame Elizabeth Mary Cadbury profile, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; accessed 22 November 2015.
  5. ^ The National Archives of Ireland; accessed 22 November 2015.
  6. ^ Profile,; accessed 22 November 2015.