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Dennistoun v Dennistoun

Chapter Beginnings " The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon"
About William Cross, FSA Scot
Brief Summary of the Dennistoun Case
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The Main Participants in the Case


The Life and Secrets
of Almina Carnarvon  
New Book just published

Details about the book

In 1924-5, Almina Carnarvon was caught up in litigation between her former friend, Dorothy Dennistoun, and Dorothy's former husband the caddish Lt Colonel Ian Dennistoun, whom Almina had married in 1923. The case of Dennistoun v Dennistoun rocked Britain.

Dennistoun v Dennistoun

In 1925 the case of Dennistoun v Dennistoun rocked British society.
It was a messy divorce case ( over maintenance and money ) fought bitterly over 17 days in the High Court  in the Strand, London, between Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Onslow Dennistoun,  as defendant,  and his ex-wife Dorothy Muriel Dennistoun, born Dorothy Webster, as the plaintiff.

Dorothy brought the action against  Ian Dennistoun, a retired Army officer, to recover 1300 she advanced him for bills and loans during their marriage. She also claimed damages for breach of a verbal contract for maintenance. 

A Million Pounds To Keep Your Mouth Shut

One American newspaper carried this headline, adding:

What England's smart set would have paid to escape the smirtching of some its most prominent figures received from the shocking mud-slinging of Mrs Dennistoun's suit.

The full, extraordinary story is told in a new book by William Cross, FSA Scot.

"The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon" a candid biography of the 5th Countess of Carnarvon is available from 22 April 2011. Contact the author by e-mail


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