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Lady Margaret Fortescue's funeral held at Castle Hill in Filleigh

By NDJWill  |  Posted: June 08, 2013

  • Mourners turn out for Lady Margaret Fortescue's funeral at Castle Hill in Filleigh

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HUNDREDS of mourners turned out for Lady Margaret Fortescue's funeral in Filleigh yesterday.

Lady Margaret, mother of Lady Arran, died on May 25 and was laid to rest at St Paul's Church on the family estate of Castle Hill in Filleigh.

A pony and trap carried the body of Lady Margaret, who was 89, from the house through the grounds of Castle Hill to St Paul's.

The carriage was followed by around 50 mourners on foot, including Lord and Lady Arran, while many more waited inside the church.

The funeral procession passed Filleigh Primary School, where pupils lined the road and stood in silence.

That silence was broken occasionally as Lord Arran spoke to the children.

The procession continued past stopped traffic and also passed a postman who stood at the side of the road, head bowed.

Lady Arran spoke briefly to the postman, who she knew by name.

Once the procession reached the church the mourners proceeded inside, before six pall bearers carried Lady Margaret's coffin in after them.

A private ceremony was then held and Lady Margaret's coffin interred to the grounds of St Paul's.

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  • tbalment  |  June 08 2013, 9:17AM

    It was always a great pleasure to meet & speak with Lady Margaret,when she brought her "Triumph Stag" car into the Garage where I was working during the 70's. A nicer person you could not meet,truly a Lady.

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